MASC and PhD Admissions

Application Dates

Fall (September) 2024 entry:

  • Opens: October 15, 2023
  • Closes: March 15, 2024

Winter (January) 2025 entry:

  • Opens: March 15, 2024
  • Closes: October 15, 2024

Minimum Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements for each program are outlined below.  Please note that meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee that an offer of admission will be granted. 

M.A.Sc. Program

A 4-year degree (or equivalent) in engineering or natural sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics/statistics) with a B+ average (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study.

Ph.D. Program

B+ (or equivalent) successful completion of a research Master’s degree in engineering or the physical/chemical/biological sciences with an overall average of at least B+ (or equivalent).

Entering the PhD Program directly after completing the MASc or MEng

Students who complete an MASc or MEng in the Department of Chemical Engineering and wish to begin a PhD in the department immediately after finishing their master’s, are to apply for PhD admission through the SGS Admission Application System.  Please contact the Graduate Assistant for information on the most expedient way to apply for admission.

Entering the PhD Program directly after completing a BEng or BASc (Direct-Entry)

Students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their BEng or BASc studies may enter the PhD program directly after their undergraduate studies.   Typically, an applicant must have achieved an A-range average and have participated in a research project, either through an undergraduate thesis or through research conducted in a lab.

Flex-Time PhD

Those interested in applying to the Flex-time PhD program (completing a PhD while concurrently working in the profession) must contact the Graduate Administrator prior to applying.

Degrees from Outside Canada

To determine whether your degree is equivalent to the degree required for admission, please click here.

English Language Proficiency Testing

Applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of their application. 

Tests recognized by the university


Applicants must meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements prior to receiving an offer of admission.

Scores are to be sent electronically directly from the test centre or organization (TOEFL, IELTS, COPE) to the university.  If sent by mail, they are to be sent directly from the test organization or centre to the Graduate Office in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (see address below).

Entrance Scholarships

All MASc and PhD applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships in order to make their application more competitive.  Please see the Scholarships & Awards information on the SGS website.  For applicants, the awards under Government-Funded Awards and International Student Awards will be of particular interest.

Visit our Graduate Financial Support page for further information.

MASc and PhD Application Procedures

Step 1:  Complete the School of Graduate Studies Online Application and pay the application fee by the application deadline.  The following items are required in order to submit your application:

  • transcripts – unofficial/electronic versions are accepted but must include a transcript legend/key
  • CV
  • two references (two academic or one academic and one professional)
  • letter of intent

The first two references that are submitted and meet our criteria will be considered in the application review.

Step 2:  Find a Supervisor. For MASc and PhD applicants, an offer of admission may only be considered when the applicant both meets admission requirements and has a faculty member that agrees to provide research supervision and financial support. Visit this website’s Research section and faculty listing to explore our professors’ research interests.  Applicants are encouraged to approach potential supervisors early in the application process, and may approach more than one faculty member at a time.

If admitted, official final transcripts will be required before the start of the program.  Transcripts are considered official when they have been prepared, sealed in an envelope and signed over the back flap by an official at the issuing institution.  Official electronic transcripts are also acceptable if they are sent directly from the issuing institution to our Graduate Office.

Official transcripts are to be sent to the Graduate Office:

Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
University of Toronto
200 College Street, Room WB218
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3E5 Canada
Telephone: (416) 946-3987