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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

Application steps

Step 3: Prepare supporting documents


A complete application must include the following supporting documents:

  • transcript from every post-secondary institution attended    
  • letter of reference – academic
  • letter of reference – professional  
  • résumé
  • statement of intent
     

Additional supporting documents may be requested by some programs:

  • additional letter of reference 
  • sample of written work
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores



Guidelines from programs

Most programs share information about supporting documents particular to them and what they're looking for. Useful resources to review are: program websites, the School of Graduate Studies Calendar and the OISE Bulletin. Some examples:

  • The Master of Teaching program poses questions to be answered within your statement of intent, and as part of your résumé requires you to fill-in their chart template describing your past instructional experiences (learn more).
     
  • The Master of Arts in Child Study and Education program wants you to give referees guidelines on writing their reference letter, and as part of your résumé requires you to complete their Experience Summary Form (learn more). 

 

Transcripts


Applicants are required to include one transcript from each and every post-secondary institution attended. 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, a transcript must still be submitted. If an updated transcript is subsequently required, it will be requested.

If you are applying to a doctoral program, transcripts pertaining to both bachelor’s and master’s degrees must be submitted. 
 


Transcripts in two formats 

Transcripts must be submitted in two different formats:
 

  1. Online: Online transcripts are electronic records uploaded via the online admissions application.
     
  2. Paper: Official transcripts are paper records received by the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in a sealed envelope, signed/stamped by the issuing institution. Transcripts received in an unsealed envelope, or as faxed transcripts, informal grade reports and electronically transmitted transcripts are not official. 
     

For information about submitting your transcripts, see Step 5: Submit supporting documents



Did you study outside of Canada?

A certified English translation of all international documentation written in a language other than English or French must be submitted. A translation must include a copy of the document on which the translation is based. The certified official translation must be received by the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in a sealed envelope, signed/stamped by an accredited Translation Service.
 


Did you study at the University of Toronto? 

You’re not required to submit paper official transcripts of study undertaken from Fall 1998 to present at the University of Toronto. However, online electronic transcripts must be provided.

For sessions prior to Fall 1998, a paper official transcript must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services.

Exceptions:

Because the record is not accessible to us, there are exceptions where a paper transcript is required. Official paper transcripts must be ordered and submitted by you for the following University of Toronto study programs: 
 


Most transcripts are produced by the University of Toronto Transcript Centre.


Frequently asked questions
 

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

What if I can’t get an official transcript?

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

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

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

 

Letters of reference

Two letters of reference are required – one academic and one professional. The academic reference should be from a university instructor with whom you have studied. The professional reference should be from a referee who is familiar with your professional work and promise.

The online admissions application facilitates submission of reference letters. After you have paid the application fee, the system will automatically e-mail your designated referees an invitation to submit a letter of reference along with instructions.

Be prepared to provide contact information for your referees. A valid institutional/organizational e-mail address is necessary for a referee to upload their letter. 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).

It is imperative that you contact your prospective referees before submitting your application to: 
 

  • ensure they are willing and able to provide a timely letter of reference;
  • confirm their current contact information; and 
  • alert them to expect an e-mail invitation to submit a letter of reference.
     

For information about submitting your letters of reference, see Step 5: Submit supporting documents


Frequently asked questions 
 

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

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

Can I submit more than two letters of reference?
 

Résumé

Your up-to-date résumé or curriculum vitae should detail:
 

  • education history (both academic and professional);
  • employment history, including names of employers, job titles, position responsibilities, dates employed and whether full- or part-time;
  • awards;
  • business and professional achievements;
  • community activities; and
  • any special skills.


For information about submitting your résumé, see Step 5: Submit supporting documents
 

Statement of intent

A statement of intent (also known as a plan of study or letter of intent) should outline your study and/or research interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking admission.

It’s helpful to begin with a list of about five key words or phrases that relate to your proposed study. You may also wish to identify OISE faculty with whom you’re interested in working. 

The length of a statement of intent should be 1,000 – 1,500 words.

If you’re applying to more than one program, clearly identify sections within your statement specifically directed to each program.

For information about submitting your statement of intent, see Step 5: Submit supporting documents

Sample of written work

A sample of written work is generally not required. However, some programs want a sample of your scholarly/academic writing for consideration in their evaluation process. 

You must provide a sample of written work if you’re applying to one of the following programs:
 

  • Adult Education and Community Development (PhD)
  • Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development (PhD)
  • Higher Education (MA, PhD)
  • Language and Literacies Education (PhD)
  • Social Justice Education (all degrees)


The sample should be no more than 5,000 words. Because of its large size, don’t submit a master's thesis or major research paper; one or two chapters is sufficient.

For information about submitting your sample of written work, see Step 5: Submit supporting documents

 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

Master of Arts in Counselling and Clinical Psychology is the only OISE program that requires Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores (General and Psychology Subject). 

Criteria for competitive scores are determined by means of comparison to other applicant scores in any given year. Test scores are valid for two years from the date of testing.

For information about submitting your scores, see Step 5: Submit supporting documents