International Students

As one of the first programs of its kind in the world, we welcome applications from both domestic and international students.

Students who are non-native English speakers and have received their most recent degree from a non-English speaking institution will be required to demonstrate mastery of written and spoken English prior to application. Test scores must be submitted directly to the University of Toronto (Institutional code: 0982-00) prior to the document deadline. Exams must have been written less than 12 months prior to application. Minimum scores for consideration are as follows and align with the School of Graduate Studies minimum. More information can be found here.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language. U of T Institutional code: 0982-00)

  • Paper Based Test & TWE: Overall Score 580, TWE 5
  • Internet-Based Test IBT: Overall Score 93, Writing/Speaking 22

IELTS: (Academic) 7.0, with at least 6.5 in each component


COPE: 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component)

Academic Preparation Course: Final grade of B in Level 60

For transcripts that are not in English or French, an official English translation must be provided.

The Department of Molecular Genetics will determine international degree equivalencies for all degrees completed outside of Canada upon receipt of applications.  To get an idea of how your degree compares to a Canadian degree, you may want to use the School of Graduate Studies' International Equivalencies Tool. Note that the Department of Molecular Genetics' admission requirements are higher than the minimum requirements set out by the School of Graduate Studies.

The School of Graduate Studies and the Centre for International Experience provide extensive resources for international students. Visit their websites for details.