Frequently Asked Questions

ADMISSIONS: 11) I have found a professor who has agreed to be my supervisor although my marks are below the B+ level and my background is not strong in Immunology. What are my chances of being accepted for graduate studies?

Having found a supervisor does not guarantee acceptance for admission. Your potential supervisor may wish to write a supporting letter to be attached to your application file, but this is not a requirement. Although such a letter may weight positively on your application, it is not a deciding factor. You must submit a complete application. The decision regarding acceptability for admission will be made by the Admissions Committee.

ADMISSIONS: 12) What is the minimum TOEFL and TWE score required by students who come from non-English speaking countries?

  • TOEFL scores:

The minimum requirement for the Department of Immunology is 93/120 for an overall score and 22/30 for both writing and speaking.

The overall score of 93 is considered by the department to be equivalent to 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) on the current test. The writing section score of 22 equates roughly to a score of 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

TOEFL/TSE Publications
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Lower scores are not acceptable and applicants are encouraged to improve the TOEFL/TWE scores before applying for admission to the Department of Immunology. Applicants should request that their English Competence Examination scores be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto. Your language testing institution will have the electronic code for transmitting test results. If you school requires the code please contact the School of Graduate Studies. The TOEFL is our preferred test, however other language testing scores will be considered, such as IELTS, MELAB, COPE, etc. Please consult the School of Graduate Studies website, or read our Admissions page for details.

ADMISSIONS: 13) Who has to do the GRE general exam?

All international students and domestic students who have done all of their studies outside of Canada must take the GRE general exam and submit the official scores to the departmental office.

ADMISSIONS: 14) What GRE level is required for admission?

The Department of Immunology requires the General GRE test in consideration for admission to our graduate program. There is no specific score requirement, however the result should be competitive (generally above 80th percentile).

ADMISSIONS: 15) What are the departmental and institutional codes for GRE and TOEFL?

For GRE and TOEFL: 

The departmental code is 0608
The institutional code is 0982-00

Please send the the official TOEFL scores to the institution only and the official GRE scores must be sent to both the institution and the department.

ADMISSIONS: 16) If I have studied at my institution in the medium of English, do I still have to do the TOEFL exam?

​​​​​​​​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, you must demonstrate your proficiency in English. Acceptable tests and scores can be found on the SGS website

ADMISSIONS: 17) What happens if I cannot find a supervisor in time for registration?

The Department will support new students for up to one academic term while the student is organizing a supervisor. During this time, the student should be participating in laboratory rotations.

ADMISSIONS: 18) What is the departmental mailing address?

University of Toronto
Department of Immunology
Medical Sciences Building, Room 7207
1 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON  M5S 1A8