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Application steps

Step 5: Submit supporting documents

With the exception of paper official transcripts, all supporting documents are submitted via the online admissions application. Detailed instructions are provided within the system. Please don't submit any materials (online or paper) to a program, department or the School of Graduate Studies.

Once you have paid the application fee, you can upload supporting documents (and your referees can upload their reference letters).

The preferred format for supporting documents you upload is a PDF (.pdf) file.

Only one single set of supporting documents is required – even if you've applied to more than one program. Submit only the necessary required supporting documentation. Don’t submit extra documents.

Once supporting documents are submitted, they become the property of the University of Toronto and cannot be returned or transferred. 


Document submission deadlines are applicable and it’s your responsibility to make arrangements well in advance – especially for letters of reference and paper official transcripts. 

It is also your responsibility to monitor the status of documents (received or pending) via the online admissions application and take action when necessary.

To guarantee consideration for admission and financial support, applicants are required to submit all supporting documents by 5pm (ET), November 16, 2020. If submission of supporting documents by November 16 is not possible (for example letter of reference, paper official transcript), it’s acceptable to submit up to seven business days after November 16.

After November 16, admission to some programs may remain open. All supporting documents must be submitted within seven business days of applying.


Online submission

The online admissions application facilitates submission of your academic records. You’re required to upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each and every post-secondary institution you have attended (including OISE and the University of Toronto). It is your responsibility to upload an electronic or scanned transcript that is accurate and clearly legible.  OISE staff will not upload electronic transcripts to the online application system.

Official submission

For applications to Fall 2021, OISE is suspending the requirement of official transcripts at the time of application. However, you should be aware that one transcript of your academic record from each and every post-secondary institution you have attended must be  submitted if you are offered admission to OISE. Each institution will have its own procedures for issuing transcripts, and, in some cases, this can take weeks or even months. You must consider this timeline when deciding when to  request official transcript(s). 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 or secure electronic records sent by the issuing institution either directly from their own institutional website or through authorized/licensed third party providers.

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

Make arrangements to have all required transcripts sent to you and submit all the issuing institution’s unopened envelopes together in one package. The online admissions application provides a Mailing Sheet to help identify your record; it should accompany your transcript package. If submitting all transcripts together in one package is not possible, transcripts can be submitted individually and transcripts can be mailed directly to us by the issuing institution. 
Direct the institution to send electronic official transcripts to if you are ordering digital official transcripts. 

Submit paper official transcripts to:

Office of the Registrar and Student Services, Admissions Unit
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West, Room 8-225
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6


Letters of reference

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’s imperative for you to communicate with your prospective referees before submitting your application to confirm current contact information and ensure each referee is willing and able to provide a timely letter of reference.

Résumé, statement of intent, sample of written work, and GRE scores

The online admissions application facilitates the submission of your résumé, statement of intent and, if applicable, sample of written work and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Large documents (e.g., a sample of written work that is more than 5,000 words) cannot be accommodated.

The GRE requirement has been suspended for Fall 2021. 

GRE scores: If you’re applying to the Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling and Clinical Psychology program, GRE scores are required. You must upload unofficial results to the online admissions application, and arrange for your test scores to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto by the testing agency (Institution Code: 0982).

Frequently asked questions

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

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

I forgot to include the mailing sheet when I submitted paper documents – should I send it separately?

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?

Should I submit my GRE score?

Have my supporting documents been received yet?