Prepare to Apply

The application deadline for a September 2020 start has passed.
Applications for a September 2021 start will begin in fall 2020. The application deadline is normally November 15th at 5:00pm each year.


Learn About Admission Requirements

Please see Admission Requirements to learn more about what our program offers and to ensure you are eligible to apply.



Stick to the Timeline

Opening date (for a September 2021 start): Late September/early October 2020

Application deadline: Normally November 15th at 5:00pm

Program start date:  September (no January start)

Next available program start date:  September 2021

Applicants can expect to hear back by March.


**Only applications received by this deadline will be considered. No advantage is given to early applications


Gather Application Components

  • Transcripts must be submitted in two different formats: Online (electronic) and paper (official).
  • Upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each and every post-secondary institution you have attended (including OISE and the University of Toronto). Instructions are provided within the online application system.
  • Make arrangements with your undergraduate school to have paper (official) transcripts sent to OISE’s Office of the Registrar and Student Services (ORSS) on the 8th floor at 252 Bloor Street West. Applicants are not required to submit paper (official) transcripts of study undertaken at the University of Toronto from 1998 Fall Session to present.

Two supporting letters of reference are required:

  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae: Please include all experience working with children – paid and volunteer.

At the bottom of your CV, please list experiences working with children using the MA CSE Experience Summary Form.

Describe your background and learning/research interests related to the program. Highlight your assets and strengths. Provide examples for interest and a deeper understanding of who you are and what you would bring to the program. (1000-1500 words, 2-3 pages).

Applications to the RIT field of study will not be accepted for the fall of 2021.

Please nominate three supervisors of interest in your statement of intent. You can cite any faculty member in our department – Applied Psychology and Human Development (APHD). Should you be shortlisted for admission into the program, our MA CSE Program Chair will be in touch to identify your supervisor. The following links will help you familiarize yourself with faculty research interests.

Research at Jackman ICS

APHD Faculty Profiles

Please indicate your field of study preference when you complete the online application. It is possible to apply to both PBI and RIT, ranking preference. Note that RIT applicants generally have some research experience and some knowledge of research methods. 

If you apply for RIT, please complete the RIT Application Form. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to provide the completed form to the Admissions Committee.

Please email for further information that will be helpful. The Office of the Registrar and Student Services website has information that will be of assistance as well. 

For further guidance, please see Application Tips.


Understand Tuition and Support Options

Tuition information can be found here (click on Tuition and Financial Support Information). 

Financial Support for MA CSE Students



Ready? Apply Now

Our Program Liaison will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. Please email