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Additional Qualifications Online Application System

You may use this system to:

  • Apply for Additional Qualifications courses
    (Note that a valid email address and credit card are required)
  • Check the registration status of your application
  • Update your current contact information


What program of study should I apply to?


Deciding what to apply to can be difficult (we make your choice easier because a single application allows you to select up to three programs). To identify a program that's a good fit for you:

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It's past the November 15 application deadline, can I still apply?

It depends. To be sure your application will be considered for a place in a program, as well as for financial support, submit your complete application (including all supporting documents) by November 15. As of November 15 some programs will close, others will stay open. Bottom line – after November 15 if a program is still considering applications you can apply. 


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I'm an international applicant – are there special things I need to know?

Absolutely. English language proficiency and financial considerations are two key issues, and along with helpful resources and other information, they're tackled within the Information for International Applicants and International Applicants pages.


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Do I have to be a teacher to apply to OISE?

Most programs don't require professional teacher certification. For admission to an MEd degree, generally a year of professional education for teaching (or the equivalent in pedagogical content) and at least one year of relevant successful professional experience is helpful.


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What is the difference between a special student and a regular student?

Fundamental difference is a special student (whether part-time or full-time) is not enrolled in a program leading to a degree. Reasons for taking courses as a special student include preparatory work, prerequisite study, transfer credit, and professional development.


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Can courses I complete as a special student be credited to a degree program? And fees I pay?

Yes to course credit, no to fee credit. Subject to approval courses completed as a special student may count for up to one full course or equivalent, or twenty-five percent of the course requirements for the degree, whichever is greater, in a subsequent degree program at the University of Toronto. Credit is possible only if the courses have not already been credited towards another degree, diploma, certificate, or any other qualification. Tuition fees paid as a special student cannot be transferred to a subsequent degree program.


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Should I speak with an OISE professor before submitting my application?

Sometimes it's beneficial. If you're applying to a doctoral program you may want to identify OISE faculty with whom you're interested in studying. If you have questions about their focus or the possibility of working together there may be value in contacting a professor before submitting your application. Faculty profiles are a good place to discover who's doing what.


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Is online learning or distance education available at OISE?

Yes – but with limitations. We offer some sections of some courses via distance education (mainly computer conferencing). While opportunities for online learning are growing, it may not be possible to complete all program requirements off-campus (an exception is MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy, online/hybrid format).


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I'm currently enrolled in a graduate program, can I transfer to OISE and get credit for my studies?

If your current program is based at a university other than the University of Toronto, transfer is not possible and an application for admission is required. If you’re currently undertaking a University of Toronto graduate program an application for admission is not necessary, but a completed Degree/Program Transfer Form must be submitted to OISE's Office of the Registrar and Student Services. Deadlines to request a transfer may be applicable and you're responsible for ensuring all supporting documents (such as official transcripts and letters of reference) accompany the transfer request.

If you receive an offer of admission or your transfer request is successful, subject to approval transfer credit for graduate work completed in another program is normally limited to one full course or equivalent, or twenty-five percent of the course requirements for the degree, whichever is greater, provided the courses have not been credited towards another degree, diploma, certificate, or any other qualification. Transfer credit will not reduce the total degree program fee (in other words fee credit will not be given for transferred courses).


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I'm having problems with the online application – help!

There are different sources of assistance.

For technical issues (access interrupted/denied, error message, field not functional) contact the School of Graduate Studies (admissions.sgs@utoronto.ca, 416-978-6614).

For questions about information you input, review the system's help feature where descriptions of most fields are provided, as well as Apply via Online Admissions Application.

Most questions about application process, admission requirements, deadlines, supporting documents (and more) are answered within this OISE Admissions website. If not, contact us directly and we'll do our best to help (admissions.oise@utoronto.ca, 416-978-4300).


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The online application won't let me apply to the program I want – what's wrong?

The most common reasons are:

  • OISE has not been selected as the Graduate Unit; from the pick-list choose "Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)."
  • The program is closed for admission.
     

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I want to apply to several programs, can I?

Yes. You can apply to three OISE programs in one application. Your choices are final, so choose carefully.

Program Selection in the online admissions application allows you to list up to three programs in order of preference. You pay a single application fee ($220). You submit a single set of supporting documents which will be reviewed by Department Admissions Committees for all programs.

For University of Toronto graduate programs outside OISE, a separate application (plus fee) is required and you need to review relevant websites for information.


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I applied last year / I'm a current or former OISE student do I have to re-submit documents?


You do. If you have previously applied to OISE, or if you're a current or former OISE student, you must submit all necessary supporting documentation for your present application. Previously submitted documents (such as letters of reference and official transcripts) will not be carried forward to a new application.


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How much is the fee to apply and do I have to pay it?

All applicants must pay the application fee and the current total fee is $220 (Canadian). There are no refunds, waivers, exemptions, or deferrals of the fee.

If you're presently registered in an OISE master's program and continuing into an OISE doctoral program, or if you're a former OISE student, payment of the fee is compulsory just like for all other applicants.


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Online and paper? Do I really have to provide my transcripts two ways?

First, a transcript of your academic record from each and every post-secondary institution you have attended must be included in your application. And, yes, transcripts must be submitted in two different formats: online (electronic) and paper (official). The online electronic version is a requirement of the School of Graduate Studies. The paper official version is used for academic assessment and is required as part of every student file.

Online transcripts are electronic records uploaded via the online admissions application. Official transcripts are paper records received in the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in a sealed envelope, signed/stamped by the issuing institution.

Studied at the University of Toronto? You're not required to submit paper official transcripts of study undertaken at the University of Toronto from 1998 Fall Session to present.

It's really in your best interest to submit an official transcript along with electronic. Sometimes an unofficial student-generated record can be imprecise. With an official record we can undertake a complete and comprehensive evaluation of your file (no surprises later).


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What if I can't get an official transcript?

On rare occasions, an academic institution will not issue official transcripts. As well, some applicants under extraordinary circumstances cannot acquire official transcripts. If you're unable to obtain official transcripts, submit unofficial transcript copies accompanied by a letter of explanation from you. Your situation will be reviewed. A copy typically allows us to move forward with processing an application. Ultimately if a department is interested in presenting an offer of admission, the matter of official transcripts will be re-visited.
 

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I can give OISE an original transcript – is that okay?

Original transcripts are not equivalent to official transcripts, and cannot be considered official unless received in the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in a sealed envelope, signed/stamped by the issuing institution. Keep in mind all documents submitted (online and paper) in support of your application become and remain the property of the University of Toronto and are not returnable or transferable. Don’t submit the sole original document; if necessary submit a copy accompanied by a letter of explanation from you. Your situation will be reviewed.
 

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My current transcript shows courses in-progress. Should I submit another transcript when new grades become available?

No. Applications are evaluated based on transcripts received at the time of application; we don’t revisit an application if new grades become available. If an updated transcript is required, we’ll let you know (e.g., an offer of admission conditional upon receipt of a final official transcript).
 

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My degree includes transfer credit/exchange study, is a transcript for that needed?

If you've been granted credit towards your degree for study done outside your home university, a transcript may be required. If transfer credit or exchange study is thoroughly detailed on your home university transcript (session, course title, course weight, final grade), a supplemental transcript is not needed. If it's not thoroughly detailed, a transcript from the outside university must be provided to us (both online electronic and paper official). Plus, this study should be listed as a separate Academic History entry in the online admissions application.

For University of Toronto students, a transcript of your exchange study is likely available from the Centre for International Experience


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I forgot to include the Mailing Sheet when I submitted paper documents – should I send it separately? 

Don't send us a Mailing Sheet separate from documents – it's not useful.

When you complete the online admissions application (including payment) you have the option to print a Mailing Sheet from the Supporting Documents page. A Mailing Sheet helps us identify your record, but it's not absolutely necessary. We occasionally receive a document minus a Mailing Sheet and we'll ensure it's matched with the appropriate application whenever possible.
 

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A referee I want doesn't have an institutional or organizational e-mail address – what should I do? 

A valid institutional/organizational e-mail address is necessary for a referee to upload their letter in the online admissions application. E-mail addresses that are shared, generic or not linked to an institution, organization or business are not acceptable (e.g., Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo Mail).

If absolutely no alternative option is possible (including selecting a different referee), you may ask your referee to provide a paper letter of reference. There is no specific form, but the letter should be written on original professional letterhead and include the referee's signature.

Please make arrangements for the referee to give you the letter in a sealed envelope with their signature across the seal, and submit it to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services. The referee e-mail address field can be left blank in the online admissions application.

For all referees, please be sure to enter a telephone number where they can be reliably reached. We may contact them for verification purposes.


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What if it's really difficult for me to get an academic (or professional) letter of reference?

While a minimum of two letters of reference – one academic and one professional – should be included in your application, sometimes applicants experience difficulty obtaining a letter of reference. For example, if you graduated many years ago and have since not been active in an academic setting you may be unable to call upon a university instructor with whom you studied. You're strongly encouraged to obtain one academic and one professional letter of reference, but you may submit an alternative combination such as two reference letters from a professional source. Tip: for two professional letters direct the most suitable referee to include comments pertaining to your intellectual abilities and potential.


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Can I submit more than two letters of reference?

Generally two letters of reference are sufficient and submitting extra reference letters is not permitted. However, several programs require an additional (third) letter of reference: Developmental Psychology and Education (MA, PhD) and School and Clinical Child Psychology.


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Should I submit my GRE score?

Only one program asks for Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores (General and Psychology Subject): Counselling and Clinical Psychology (MA).


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How do I know if I require a TOEFL score?

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. The School of Graduate Studies establishes English language proficiency requirements for admission. We require minimum scores for all tests and Academic Division Social Sciences for TOEFL.

You're not required to provide proof of English language proficiency if:

  • your native language is English (language first learned and still used on a daily basis); or 
  • you are a Canadian Citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French.
     

Also, if you obtained an appropriate undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized institution where the language of instruction and examination is uniformly English, typically you don't need to submit proof of English language proficiency. Determining whether the requirement is applicable can be complicated; we cannot provide a determination prior to submission of an application.


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If I need to provide proof of English language proficiency will I get an offer of admission?

No. When evidence of English language proficiency is required an offer of admission will not be issued until the requirement is fully satisfied. Additionally, because available spaces in a program are limited a department may not reserve an offer of admission if the English language requirement is not fulfilled at the time of application. So, you're encouraged to submit satisfactory evidence of English language proficiency as part of a complete application for admission.


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How do I know if I'm admissible?

The School of Graduate Studies establishes minimum academic requirements for admission. Be assured all applicants will be considered on their individual merits for admission to any graduate program at the University of Toronto.

For a master's degree, admission requirements include an appropriate bachelor's degree with high academic standing (equivalent to at least mid-B or better in final year) from a recognized university. For a doctoral degree, admission requirements include an appropriate master's degree with high academic standing (equivalent to B+ or better in master's degree program) from a recognized university.

The Office of the Registrar and Student Services cannot provide an assessment of credentials prior to submission of an application. But you can calculate your own academic standing using these guidelines:


For admission to a master's program:

  • If your bachelor's degree was completed on a full-time basis, average the final year.
  • If your bachelor's degree was completed on a part-time basis, average the five (approximately) most recent, senior-level, full courses or equivalent (students enrolled in fewer than four full course equivalents in their last academic year – including Summer Session – are considered part-time).


For admission to a doctoral program:

  • Average all courses completed for the entire master's program.
     

For all degrees evaluated, only academic liberal arts and science courses are counted in our calculation. For example, BEd study or professional training or courses with a significant practical component are excluded.


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What do you mean by an "appropriate" degree?

An appropriate admitting degree satisfies the following criteria:

  • Issuing institution recognized as having degree granting authority by the appropriate jurisdictional body.
  • Degree is the standard first entry degree which gives access to advanced research-based graduate programs in the country of origin (typically a four-year Honours degree in North America or a three-year Bologna compliant degree).
  • Degree is comparable to the corresponding University of Toronto admitting credential in terms of breadth and depth.
  • Where appropriate, degree has the required affinity or programmatic fit to the graduate program to which you're seeking admission. 
     

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What are qualifying courses?

Basically, post-degree courses undertaken for academic upgrading purposes. Qualifying courses are an option if you're interested in a master's degree and your bachelor's degree was not completed with the required academic standing, or if your bachelor's degree is a three-year degree, or if your bachelor's degree is not considered an appropriate admitting degree.

Normally, qualifying courses:

  • consist of 2.5 full courses at the senior-level (third or fourth year);
  • consist of academic (liberal arts and science) courses (for example BEd study or professional training or courses with a significant practical component are not acceptable);
  • consist of courses that are reasonably relevant to the proposed graduate-level study;
  • are completed at a recognized university; and 
  • are completed with an average standing equivalent to mid-B or better, with no grade lower than B-.


OISE courses undertaken as a special student are not appropriate qualifying courses.

It's important to understand successful completion of qualifying courses does not guarantee admission; all admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.


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My previous program is ungraded – what should I do?

Some programs don't assign standard grades in the evaluation of a student's performance ("credit" or "pass" is often what's on a transcript). Because our consideration of an application includes academic standing, an ungraded program presents a challenge.

We ask you to arrange for an official letter from the issuing institution confirming your study was completed with a minimum standing (for example B, B+, A-, A, A+). Most often the letter is generated by a Registrar's Office or equivalent administrative office. If such a letter is not available, you should arrange for three official letters from professors with whom you've studied that speak to overall contribution to the program and specifically to attaining a minimum standing had the program been traditionally graded. Whether from the Registrar's Office or from professors, the letters should be included as part of a complete application.


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Have my supporting documents been received yet?

In the online admissions application supporting documents you upload directly show "Received" as soon as the upload is successfully completed. A letter of reference shows "Received" as soon as your referee has successfully completed submission.

As for paper official transcripts directed to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services, we know you're anxious but please be patient. Incoming documents are managed as quickly as possible (including updating the online admissions application to show "Received"). But due to the high volume (especially from November to January), this work takes time. All documents are date-stamped upon arrival and you're in no way penalized because of processing time. In the unlikely event a document has been correctly sent to us but has not been received, we'll try to give an opportunity for re-submission.


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When will I know the results of my application?

If you submit a complete application by November 15 you should receive our decision in March. Offers of admission are normally released starting March 1. If you submit a complete application after November 15, decisions are available within three to six weeks of application submission, but no sooner than March 1. 


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If I'm offered admission can I delay starting my program?

A later start may be possible, but only if special approval is granted by the Office of the Registrar and Student Services.

Admission is valid only for the beginning date specified on an offer of admission in the section "Program to Begin." If you're unable to attend the session for which you have been accepted, normally you must re-apply and compete with all other applicants for admission to a later session.

In exceptional circumstances a department may recommend deferral of admission for a maximum of twelve months following the date of initial acceptance (in other words to the next academic year). Requests for deferral should be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services as soon as possible, but must be received prior to registration and no later than the deadline to register for the session to which you have been accepted.

New students are expected to begin their program in the Fall Session (September) and a start date delay to Winter Session (January) is generally not supported. Only in exceptional circumstances may some programs permit a shift from Fall to Winter. Requests for a change of start date to Winter Session should be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services as soon as possible, but must be received prior to registration and no later than November 1 of the year of acceptance.


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I was offered admission to one program, but now I want to transfer to another. Can I?

You should apply to a program you genuinely want to undertake. Programs and degrees are not interchangeable and there is no back-door admission. Only in exceptional cases will a request for transfer between OISE programs be considered. Such requests should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services early in a program and are subject to approval.


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I didn't receive an offer of admission, can I re-direct my application to another program or degree?

No. Your application is considered for all program selections indicated at the time of initial application (maximum three). Additional choices (notably after results) are not permitted. Even if your initial application identified fewer than three choices, subsequent additional program selections are not allowed.


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I was refused admission – can I appeal?

No. The official results pertaining to an application are final. Per School of Graduate Studies' policy, decisions related to admission to an academic program, including admission to a doctoral program for current master's students, are not subject to appeal.

If you receive a Notification of Refusal and you want to be re-considered, you must re-apply in competition with all other applicants for admission to a future year.


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How can I determine why I was refused admission and how can I strengthen my application for a future year?

Admission is competitive and we typically receive more applications than we have available spaces. Unfortunately, many applicants are disappointed.

A Notification of Refusal letter means your application is not sufficiently strong to be awarded an admission space. Other applications may be stronger because of academic standing, degree appropriateness, letters of reference, statement of intent, professional development, and more.

If you think your academic preparation (for example appropriate bachelor's degree with mid-B average) may not fulfill our minimum requirements for admission, you may contact the Office of the Registrar and Student Services and we'll try to share feedback.

If you're confident minimum admission requirements are met, having evaluated all aspects of your file the Department Admissions Committee can give you some comments. Contact the department directly, but be aware in-depth feedback cannot be provided because deliberations of an Admissions Committee are confidential.


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