Applying to the graduate program in Biology is easier than you might think. Your first step is to contact professors you’d like to work with and explain why you are interested in their research program and what skills and passion you can bring to their lab. Once you’ve found a potential supervisor go online and complete the application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. You will need contact information for three references, your transcripts, your statement of interest and your curriculum vitae.
For both the MSc and PhD, students work closely with a supervisor and their research is supported by that supervisor. Thus, no student is accepted into the program unless a faculty member first agrees to supervise that student. Applicants can apply without having secured a supervisor in advance.
Master of Science (MSc) in Biology
Graduates with a four-year bachelor’s degree in biological science, or its equivalent, with at least a B+ average in the last two years of study, may be admitted as candidates for the Master of Science degree.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology
Graduates from a recognized university with a master’s degree or equivalent in biological science, with at least a B+ average or with a medical degree, may be admitted as candidates (PhD I) in a program of study and research leading to the PhD degree.
MSc students between 12 and 16 months after first registering may request to be advanced in status to candidates (PhD I) for the PhD degree without completing the requirements for the MSc degree, but only if approved by their Supervisory Committee and the Graduate Program Director. Candidates wishing to make this change must pass a qualifying examination which takes the form of the PhD preliminary examination. For students converting from a master’s to a PhD program, the qualifying examination must be held within 20 months of first registering in the master’s program. If successful, transfer students must then apply to the PhD program for September entry.
Our program welcomes applications from international students, however due to funding constraints we can accept only several MSc and PhD international students per year. These positions are offered competitively based on merit, and you must have secured a supervisor before you can be considered for an offer.