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Admission Requirements

Applicants for both the Applied and Fundamental Immunology programs are judged on the basis of their interest in biomedical research as a career, their undergraduate marks from a recognized four-year undergraduate science program or its equivalent, the recommendations from Faculty familiar with their work and any research experience obtained to date.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have completed (or be in the final year of completing) an appropriate 4 year bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent from a recognized university, with an average of at least a B+ (minimum GPA of 3.3) in their final two years. 

Applicants holding a BSc degree with an average of A- in the final two years of undergraduate study are enouraged to apply for direct entry into the PhD program.

Applicants to the PhD holding an MSc degree must have an average of at least B+ in that degree. 

Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Also, we unfortunately cannot accept international students into the MSc in Applied Immunology graduate program at this time.  International students are encouraged to apply to our Fundamental Immunology (Thesis-based) graduate program.

Additional Requirements



MSc in Applied Immunology 
(Advanced Standing Entry)

Minimum Requirements plus:

• basic understanding of immunology and immunological concepts
• completion of the equivalent of the University of Toronto undergraduate courses IMM435H, IMM450Y and 2 of the following: IMM428H, IMM429H, IMM430H 
• must already have a research supervisor who is a Faculty Member in the Department of Immunology
• some research experience (i.e. via summer project or lab courses)

MSc in Applied Immunology 
(Standard Entry)

Minimum Requirements plus:

• basic understanding of immunology and immunological concepts
• some research experience (i.e. via summer project or lab courses)

Please note: Students who have already completed IMM450Y1 are ineligible for standard entry and must apply to the advanced standing option.  If you have any questions, please contact

PhD in
Fundamental Immunology

Minimum Requirements plus:

• strong background in Immunology through high proficiency in 3rd and 4th year Immunology courses (or equivalent)
• strong research experience (e.g. completion of a senior thesis project)


Application Deadlines

Please note that the online application system will open late-September 2020.


Application Deadline

MSc in Applied Immunology (Advanced Standing) - May 2020 Start

March 1, 2020

MSc in Applied Immunology (Standard Entry) - September 2020 Start


PhD in Fundamental Immunology - September 2020 Start


* Note:  International applicants wishing to be considered for the Ontario Trillium Scholarship or the Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students must have their applications completed and submitted by an earlier deadline (the exact date to be announced in the Fall).