Admission Requirements

Master's Program

an appropriate bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, with an average of at least A- in the last two years of study from a recognized university, with courses such as biology, biochemistry, calculus, organic and physical chemistry, general physics and physiology.
Physical stream students from undergraduate programs in physics, mathematics, engineering and other sciences are encouraged to apply to the MSc program.

Doctor of Philosophy Program

Students may be admitted via one of the following routes:

  • an appropriate master's degree, or its equivalent, with an average of at least A- form a recognized university; or
  • through transfer from the MSc program.

Students should have taken courses such as biology, biochemistry, calculus, organic and physical chemistry, general physics and physiology.

* Foreign graduates, including medical graduates, are generally admitted to the MSc, not the Ph.D. program, with the potential to transfer into the PhD program under specific circumstances. Special consideration will be given on an individual basis to those who already hold an M.Sc. from a recognized university.

English Proficiency Requirement

If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, then you must demonstrate your facility in English by successfully completing an acceptable English Facility Test (EFT). This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application, and must be met before registration is allowed.
Applicants who do not meet the English Language Facility requirement will not be admitted, even if all other requirements have been met.
The Department of Physiology requires a higher level of English Language Facility than what is set as the standard by the School of Graduate Studies. Below is the Department admission standard for acceptable English Language Tests.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

Minimum Score Requirement    
Paper-based Test and TWE Computer-based Test and Essay Rating Score Internet-based Test (IBT)
Overall Score 600
Overall Score 250
Essay Rating 5
Overall Score 100
Writing/Speaking 22

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
Required score: 95

International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS)
Required score: 8.0 (Academic) with at least 6.5 for each component.

Certificate of English Proficiency (COPE)
Required score: 86 minimum total with at least 22 each component and 32 in writing.
(Prior to 2008:  5 minimum total with at least 2 in writing, 2 in one of the other components and 1 in one of the other components)

School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
English Language Program's Academic English Course

Required score: a final grade of 'B' in the highest level (Level 60)
Lower scores are not acceptable and applicants are encouraged to improve their scores before applying for admission to the Department of Physiology.
Applicants should request that their English Competence Examination scores be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies from the issuing institution.
When the language of instruction and examination has been in English, there must be a statement from the applicant's home university, or a notation on the official transcript, clearly stating that fact. At the discretion of the Physiology Graduate Studies Committee, applicants may be exempted from providing further proof of English Language Facility.


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