Application Procedures

Applicants to the Department of Molecular Genetics must first apply to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) online. Your application will be considered only after entering your personal and academic information in the online application, submitting the application fee, and submitting all required supporting documents. Admission is not guaranteed even if you meet the minimum requirements.


  • Three reference letters from professors, lab heads, medical doctors or other professionals who know you, your work and study habits. Letters typically describe the relationship of the referee to you, the project(s) you undertook, and a candid assessment of your intellectual capacity, ability at interpreting and presenting scientific data, motivation, organizational habits, and communication and interpersonal skills. Any additional information that will inform the admissions committee regarding your suitability for the professional program is helpful.

  • A scan of your official transcripts in pdf format (submitted online).

  • Your CV in pdf format (submitted online).

  • The transcript summary form in pdf format for either the clinical or laboratory stream. Please indicate if a listed course had a lab component.

  • A letter of intent in pdf format (submitted online). This letter should

    • briefly describe your previous research/clinical experience, if applicable,

    • demonstrate how your experience is relevant for the program in Medical Genomics,

    • outline your short and long term goals,

    • and highlight the impact this program will have on your career path.

  • English Exam score (only students who have completed neither their secondary nor post-secondary education in English).

All documentation must be submitted online by the document deadline date. 


  1. Log in to the online application at

  2. A valid e-mail account is needed to complete the online application, as the University will correspond with applicants using e-mail. Enter your personal data and contact information on the SGS online application and an applicant identification number (Applicant #), and a secure password will be e-mailed to you. You can leave and return your application at any point. Note: You cannot change personal data after the application fee is paid.

  3. Select the program Medical Genomics listed under the Department of Molecular Genetics (see screenshot at the bottom of this page)

  4. Be prepared to submit contact information for three referees. Be sure to inform your referees that you are doing this and that the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies will be contacting them by e-mail. Also, let them know of the deadline (the letter deadline is two weeks after the application deadline). An institutional e-mail address is required for each of your referees. If one or more of your referees does not have an institutional e-mail address, please contact, providing the referee's name, title, institution, phone number, relationship to you, and a non-institutional e-mail address. NOTE: All applications are reviewed electronically. Therefore hard copies of reference letters cannot be accepted.

  5. Pay the application fee of $120 Canadian. This fee is non-refundable. The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) must receive your application fee before the Department of Molecular Genetics will review your application. When you have submitted the fee you will be able to check the status of your application. Please allow time for processing the payment by the School of Graduate Studies.
    The application fee can be paid online by VISA or Mastercard. This payment method is secure as the transaction is handled by Mirapay, a third party authorized by VISA and Mastercard. Mirapay provides the School of Graduate Studies with payment confirmation only. SGS and the University of Toronto will not have access to your credit card information. Please note that the process requires that popup blockers on your web browser be disabled.

  6. You will be asked to submit one electronic or scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended. Scanned copies must be up to date and must contain the transcript legend (usually printed on the back of a paper transcript). Transcripts submitted without a legend will not be accepted. For transcripts that are not in English, an official English translation must be provided. The admissions committee will make a decision about your application based on the scanned transcript. Please ensure that the file is complete and readable before submitting it. You will not be required to submit official paper copies of your transcripts until after the committee has made its decision. If admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript; verification of your paper transcript will be a condition that must be satisfied before registration.

  7. Once you have paid your application fee, you will be able to upload other supporting documents. A letter of intent must be submitted electronically through the online application system. Please save your file as a .pdf before uploading it to your online application.

  8. The prerequisites form must be submitted electronically through the online application system. Please save your file as a .pdf before uploading it to your online application.

  9. A Curriculum Vitae or Resume that briefly outlines all of your previous education, work experience, and interests must also be submitted electronically through the online application system. Please save your file as a .pdf before uploading it to your online application.

  10. There is a checklist available for download that will guide you through all the required steps and that you will upload as a .pdf as well.

  11. If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, you must submit acceptable English language facility test scores. Applications with test scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be rejected. Minimum scores must be achieved at the time of application. For more information on acceptable tests and minimum score requirements, see Language Requirements. Test scores are reported electronically to the University at your request. Use the institutional code 0982-00.

  12. International students: Please double-check that you address all the requirements listed here.