Prospective Students – MASc & PhD Research Programs

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Where will Canada's #1 Engineering school take you?

Our alumni and current students are the best testament to the value of a U of T Engineering graduate degree. Whether you’re interested in a career as a researcher advancing their field, a world-class educator, leader in an engineering firm, the CEO of your own company, or an aspiring astronaut, graduate study can lead to innumerable opportunities across all sectors and environments.

Master of Applied Science (MASc)

In this full-time, two-year program, you’ll complete a thesis supervised by an MIE professor. A stepping stone to a doctoral degree, the MASc is ideal if you aspire to a rewarding career in research, whether in academia or industry. With supervisor approval and support, exceptional students can fast track from the MASc to the PhD program in their second year. Registered students are funded for up to two years.

Program requirements

Admission requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Working with world-renowned researchers, you’ll gain incredible depth and experience in your field while gaining the knowledge and competencies needed for a career in research or industry leadership. The keystone of the doctoral program is a thesis of original work, supervised by an MIE professor and thesis committee. Students entering the PhD program typically have a master’s degree. Outstanding applicants coming directly from a bachelor-level program can also apply for direct entry into the PhD program. Registered students are funded for up to four years.

Program requirements

Admission requirements

Applications for Winter 2023 are now open.

Annual application cycles:

  • September start: Application fee due January 1
    • Materials deadline January 15
    • Application review for Fall intake begins January 31
    • Offer window: February 1 - July 31

  • January start: Application fee due October 1
    • Materials deadline October 15
    • Application review for Winter intake begins July 31
    • Offer window: August 1 - November 30

After You Apply

If you have not already contacted a researcher to supervise your MASC or PhD program at the time of application, you are encouraged to do so after you apply.

You can find contact information for UofT Engineering experts here: https://experts.engineering.utoronto.ca/

When contacting researchers from this website:

Subject line format:

Prospective (Domestic/International) (PhD/MASc) student for (start date, e.g., Winter 2022) -- (Your Name)

i.e. "Prospective Domestic MASc student for Fall 2022 -- FirstName FamilyName"

Body of the email should contain:

  • A mention of your familiarity with the researcher’s work (cite at least one article);
  • Highlights of any research experience you have (if any);
  • A mention of any scholarships you hold or have applied for (e.g., NSERC, MITACS etc);
  • A mention of the names and relationships of your referees.

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