PhD Admission Information

PhD Admission Requirements  

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have an appropriate University of Toronto Master's degree, or its equivalent, with an average of at least A-, or demonstrated comparable research competence. (Direct entry from the bachelor's to the Ph.D. is possible for some eminently qualified applicants - optional). All applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of the Department, which will take into account the background and accomplishments of the student as well as their academic achievements.

If you are an international applicant, please review the International Degree Equivalency chart. This chart will help you determine if your international degree is considered equivalent. Qualifications from a number of educational systems around the world are listed and the academic standings indicated are normally accepted as equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B grade average if the degree obtained has been awarded from an institution which is recognized by the School of Graduate Studies.

The admission deadline for our MSc program is December 4, 2020. The deadline for supporting documents is December 11, 2020*.

*NOTE: The December 11 deadline is for outstanding supporting documents only. Students must complete and submit their online application by December 4 to be considered for the program.

You must submit an online application form, complete application materials and the non-refundable application fee by the deadline of December 4, 2020.

A letter of intent or personal statement to be up-loaded on the on-line application form. The statement of intent is an opportunity for the applicant to write about any activities or experience that may be relevant to their graduate studies and to discuss areas of academic and research interest. Applicants are also encouraged to mention faculty members whose research programs are compatible with their own interests.

Electronic copies of transcripts are required at the time you apply online. Only if you are successful at gaining admissions will we require official copies to be mailed to the department.

Letters of Reccomendation

  • At least THREE supporting letters of reference are required. Referees are automatically contacted via e-mail when you submit their name and contact info on the on-line application form. Letters of reference will be part of the official student academic record; they are confidential and applicants/students will not have access to them. Please note there are no reference forms.

Cirriculum Vitae 

  •  A curriculum vitae must also be uploaded on the on-line application form.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  testing is not required by the Department of Mathematics. Students are not required to submit GRE testing to apply to our program. 

It is essential that all incoming graduate students have a good command of English. Facility in the English language must be demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English. This requirement is a condition of admission and should be met before application. For more information, please go to

There is a CDN $125.00 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please read through the entire list of requirements before advancing to the application procedures and submit only one application.

For more information on application fees, please visit the School of Graduate Studies.

Any parts of your application that need to be mailed to the department should be sent to: 

Graduate Office
Department of Mathematics
University of Toronto
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 6166 
40 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2E4
Telephone: (416) 978-7894
Fax: (416) 978-4107