How To Apply

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Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Changes will likely occur as the province and its municipalities adjust to new data about the virus. In these circumstances, please be advised that the manner of delivery of courses, co-curricular opportunities, programs, and services is subject to change, in accordance with university policies. The University thanks its students, faculty, and staff for their flexibility during these challenging times as we work together to maintain the standards of excellence that are the hallmark of the University.

Application Procedure

Before submitting your application, please read carefully our requirements for admission.

Applications to our graduate programs must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) through the online admissions application.

The SGS website allows applicants to submit documentation online. Please note that notification will be sent to your referees asking them to fill out their referee forms online. However, these email notifications will be sent ONLY after you have paid the application fee.

It is your responsibility to check the online application system frequently to verify that the documents have been received. Your application is considered complete when all supporting documents - including references - have been uploaded.


Application Deadlines

The online application portal is now open for the 2021 admission cycle.

The deadlines are as follows:




PhD in Fundamental Immunology - September 2021 Start

Application Fee: January 1, 2021

Application Documents: January 15, 2021

MSc in Applied Immunology (Standard Entry) - September 2021 Start

Application Fee: January 1, 2021

Application Documents: January 15, 2021

MSc in Applied Immunology (Advanced Standing) - May 2021 Start

Application Fee: February 15, 2021

Application Documents: March 1, 2021


Application Checklist

For all applicants, we require the following documentation included with your application:

  • your curriculum vitae
  • a letter of intent (max 2 pages, single spaced, 1-inch margins)
  • three letters of reference from people familiar with your academic and research capabilities (The Department of Immunology does not accept hard-copy/written letters of references. Please ensure that your referees complete the online application referee form)
  • scanned transcripts* 

* Scanned or electronic transcripts are required for all applicants and must be uploaded to your application PRIOR to the application deadline.

Transcripts written in a language other than English must also include a scanned certified translation (combined into one PDF document with the scanned copy of the official transcript).   

For transcripts from Canadian universities only, in lieu of a scanned copy of your official transcript, a PDF printout from your school's online student record system, which includes the university's grading legend and your name, is an acceptable alternative. Saving to PDF directly from your web browser is ideal; if this is not possible you may print from the web browser and scan the printed transcript. While SGS allows applicants to cut and paste from the browser to a word processing program and save to PDF from there, the Department of Immunology will only accept documents that were printed directly to PDF or printed and scanned as PDFs. Screenshots, images, or self-assembled summaries are not acceptable.  

All offers of admission are conditional upon receipt of official, hard copy transcript(s) sent directly from your university registrar's office to the Department of Immunology. We will instruct admitted applicants as to when and where to send their official transcript(s). 

For applicants educated outside of Canada, the following additional requirements may apply:

**GRE Scores: For the 2021 admissions cycle, we are waiving the GRE requirement for all applicants due to the global pandemic. 

English language proficiency scores are required for applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. Please see the SGS English-Language Proficiency Testing website for minimum requirements and testing information.

English language proficiency scores must be sent directly to the institution, and we must receieve these scores before the application deadline.  Scores received after the deadline will not be considered.  Our institutional code is 0982.