Supporting Documents for Domestic and International Applicants

Every Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) application must include an unofficial electronic transcript from every post-secondary institution attended, letters of recommendation, and a resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Once you submit your application, you will have up to 10 days to upload your supporting documents. An application is considered submitted once you sign and submit the application and pay both application fees (total $235.00 CAD).

Additional Supporting Documents

Some OISE programs require additional supporting documents. Each program lists the specific requirements on the individual program webpage. Additional supporting documents may include samples of written work, an additional letter of reference, or an experiential learning chart. We encourage you to review the program you intend to apply to carefully. 

Application Checklist

Once you submit your application in GradApp (U of T's online admissions application system), all required supporting documents specific to the program of study to which you are applying will be listed on the Application Checklist with a status of Awaiting or Received.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are uploaded within 10 days of submitting your application.

Application Fee

An application is only considered officially submitted after paying both application fees (total $235.00 CAD). Each fee is paid separately:

  1. SGS Application Fee ($125.00 CAD)
  2. Supplemental Application Fee ($110.00 CAD)

Note: Applicants can submit one, two, or three applications under one application fee. Once the application fee has been paid, the second and third applications are considered submitted after confirming and submitting the application.

Transcripts Overview

Applicants must upload an unofficial electronic transcript from every post-secondary institution attended. Ensure transcripts uploaded to GradApp are clearly legible, accurate, and complete (upload all pages, front and back, including the grading scale). An illegible or incomplete record will delay or prevent processing and review of your application.

Submitting an official transcript at the time of application is not required. If you receive an offer of admission, official transcripts are required as a condition of admission.

Post-secondary study includes: 

  • degree programs
  • pre-degree courses (e.g., CEGEP in the province of Quebec)
  • post-degree courses (even for one single course)
  • professional development (e.g., Additional Qualification courses for educators)

For in-progress study, including courses without final grades, an unofficial transcript must still be submitted. If an updated transcript is subsequently required, it will be requested.

Applying to a Doctoral program? Transcripts from both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees must be submitted. 

Additional Transcript Considerations

Applicants must upload an English translation of all international documentation written in a language other than English or French to be submitted as part of a transcript. Submitting both the original language document and an English translation is preferable. If the original language document is unavailable at the time of application, submit the English translation only.   

Do not submit an official certified English translation because it is not required at the time of application. If you receive an offer of admission, you must arrange for an official transcript with an official certified English translation to be sent to the Registrar's Office & Student Experience. If you have difficulty obtaining official transcripts, we will accept official records from the World Education Services (WES).

You must upload an unofficial electronic transcript of your study at the University of Toronto to your online admissions application. If you receive an offer of admission, official transcripts are typically not required as a condition of admission because the student record is accessible to us.

If you receive an offer of admission, you must submit official transcripts (and official certified English translations, if required). Learn more about sending official transcripts from both domestic and international institutions.

Letters of Recommendation

Most OISE programs require two letters of recommendation (also referred to as letters of reference): one academic and one professional. The academic recommendation should be from a university instructor with whom you have studied. The professional recommendation should be from someone familiar with your professional work and promise. If a program requires a third letter of recommendation, it will be listed on the program webpage.

GradApp lists an option to upload an employer recommendation. This type of recommendation is not used by any OISE program – only identify a referee as academic or professional. If you are using your employer as a referee, they are typically identified as professional.

Do not designate more than the required number of referees. Any extra or supplemental documents will not strengthen an application, are not permitted, and will not be evaluated.

Be prepared to provide contact information for your referee. A valid institution/ organization email address is necessary for a referee to upload their letter. Email addresses that are shared, anonymous, generic or not linked to an institution, organization or business, are not acceptable (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo!). Letters of recommendation submitted through dossier services such as Interfolio are also not acceptable.

We recommend you contact your prospective referees in advance of submitting your application to:  

  • ensure they are willing and able to provide a timely letter of recommendation;
  • confirm their current contact information; and 
  • alert them to expect an email invitation to upload a letter of recommendation.

GradApp allows you to resend the verification link to your referee. If you need to change your referee because they can no longer write you a letter of recommendation, you can add a new referee on GradApp. To do so, first add the new referee and then exclude the old referee.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

You must upload an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae (CV) on GradApp as part of your online application. It should include the following: 

  • Education history (both academic and professional)
  • Employment history, including names of employers, job titles, position responsibilities, dates employed, and whether you were full-time or part-time
  • Awards
  • Business and professional achievements
  • Community activities
  • Any special skills

International Credentials

Graduates of recognized academic institutions outside Canada should hold an appropriate Bachelor's or Master's degree or equivalent, as assessed by the University of Toronto.

Use the International Credentials Equivalencies tool to see which international credentials are required for admission.

Students attending an OISE Orientation event.

Proof of 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.

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 submitting your application.

It is important that applicants follow the School of Graduate Studies’ policies on English language proficiency and testing requirements. OISE requires minimum scores for all ELP tests. If submitting TOEFL scores, we require minimum scores listed under the academic division “Social Sciences.”

Important: If you have taken an English test within 24 months of applying, arrange for the test score to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto, Enrolment Services, by the testing agency at the time of application. If the results expire before they are submitted officially, we cannot consider them as part of your application.