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Step 2: Review Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

OISE graduate programs operate under the umbrella of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS). The School establishes minimum admission requirements. Some programs have additional requirements (for example higher academic standing); these are also detailed in the SGS Calendar (along with program requirements).

Not all degrees from outside Canada are considered equivalent to an appropriate bachelor's or master's degree. Refer to the International Degree Equivalencies section of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies website for more information.

English Language Proficiency

As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Toronto, applicants must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin. It is important that applicants follow University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies’ policies on English language testing requirements and take one of the required tests for admission to a graduate program.

Applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination (ideally) as part of their application.

You are not required to complete an English language proficiency test if you are a Canadian Citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French.

Generally, if you completed an appropriate bachelor's or master’s degree at an institution where the official language of instruction and examination is English you do not need to submit proof of English language proficiency. Sometimes determining whether the requirement is applicable or not can be complicated. The Office of the Registrar and Student Services cannot provide a specific determination prior to submission of an application for admission.

If applicable, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit satisfactory evidence of English language proficiency as part of a complete application for admission. When evidence of English language proficiency is required, an offer of admission will not be issued until the requirement is fully satisfied. In addition, because available spaces in a program are limited a department may not reserve an offer of admission if the English language requirement is not satisfied at the time of application.

Evidence of English language proficiency must be demonstrated by providing satisfactory results of one of the following tests. You must arrange for your test score to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services) by the testing agency. The only test for which paper scores will be accepted is MELAB. To be valid, a test must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 
The TOEFL is offered in two formats:
paper-based, on which a minimum total score of 580 is required (must include the Test of Written English component with a minimum score of 5.0)
internet-based, on which a minimum overall score of 93 is required (with a minimum score of 22 for both the writing and speaking components)

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
English Testing Canada Limited

The minimum MELAB score required is 85.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
English Testing Canada Limited

The IELTS test is available in two formats: academic and general training. The academic version is necessary for admission to the University of Toronto. The minimum IELTS score required is 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each component.

The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)

The minimum COPE total score required is 76 (with a minimum score of 22 in each component and a minimum score of 32 in the writing component).

The University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, English Language Program, Academic Preparation Course (Level 60 – Advanced)

The University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, English Language Academic Preparation Course completed at Level 60 (Advanced) with a grade of at least ‘B’ is required. 

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