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Doctoral Stream Programs

Entry into the Institute of Medical Science graduate program is evaluated on three essential criteria:  academic preparation, references and motivation.  In order to be CONSIDERED for admission, you MUST meet our minimum entry requirements. IMS minimum entry requirements are HIGHER than the minimum entry requirements of the School of Graduate Studies.

If you are unsure whether you degree wil be recognized by the University of Toronto please visit the International Degree Equivalencies Directory.  For general admission requirements visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the School of Graduate Studies website.

If you are not sure you meet the minimum entry requirements, email the Admissions Officer or call 416-978-5012.

Check the Programs Offered section for more information about IMS completion requirements for degree programs.

Academic Preparation

You must meet our minimum academic preparation for further education in the area of your choice.

Original transcripts are the main vehicle for communicating academic preparation. Elaboration of the transcript (what the grades mean, difficulty of the course, explanation for low grades) can be included in the referee's letter or by the student during the interview.  Students are expected to have taken level 3 and 4 courses in their senior undergraduate years and are expected to have taken most courses in the general area of their proposed graduate degree.

Academic preparation is also reflected in research skills and achievements, especially for those whose schooling ended more than 5 years prior to application.

MSc Program

A 4-year Honours BA or BSc, or an MD from a recognized university program (see above).
Minimum A- (80% or First Class Distinction) average in three of the four years (including final year) of the undergraduate degree.

PhD Program (with a Previous Master's Degree)

MSc (or equivalent) with a research-based written and defended Master's thesis dissertation from a recognized university program (see above).
Minimum A- (80% or First Class Distinction) average in previous graduate program, and a minimum B+ (77%) average in previous undergraduate program (including final year)

PhD Direct Entry Program (without a Previous Master's degree - Outstanding Candidates)

A 4-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university program (see above). Previous relevant research experience, outstanding references, and a personal recommendation from potential supervisor.
Must successfully complete a Qualifying Exam within 18 months of start of initial registration


Academic excellence is necessary, but will not guarantee admission. Motivation to conduct research is important. Motivation can be displayed through:

  • application for external funding prior to admission. The application itself, even if unsuccessful, speaks to motivation.
  • Summers spent in laboratories or other research settings pertinent to your graduate program.
  • Participation in research presentations.
  • Authorship on publications.
  • Presentation of a proposed research project at the time of interview. 
  • A letter of intent that contains a relatively specific outline of the proposed thesis work.
  • Early attempts to contact potential supervisors.
  • Early application for graduate studies.
  • Attendance in person at interview. 



Your three required references must be from University/College faculty members who know you well enough to be familiar with your strengths and weaknesses.  We want to know how you might function in an active research environment.  Referees receive requests and instructions for references electronically, as part of the on-line admission process. 

Professional Degree Programs


MSc Biomedical Communications

See the Biomedical Communications website

MHSc Bioethics

See the Bioethics website

Master of Health Science in Medical Radiation Science

See the Master of Health Science in Medical Radiation Science website.