Frequently Asked Questions

ADMISSIONS: 01) What is the minimum GPA for consideration for graduate studies in Immunology?

MSc program: minimum GPA of 3.3, or B+, in the final two years of the Bachelor's Program (an appropriate 4 year bachelor's degree).

PhD program: completion of an MSc degree with course grades of at least B+ or an A - (i.e. first class standing) in the final two years of undergraduate study for direct entry into the PhD program.

Transcripts from foreign students will be equated to the grading system at the University of Toronto. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered for admission.

ADMISSIONS: 02) What pre-requisite courses are required for admission?

There are no specific pre-requisite courses but a strong undergraduate science background in immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics including calculus is recommended. Candidates with majors in other science disciplines are encouraged to apply if they have an interest in immunology and if they have at least some background in the areas noted above. Such students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of immunology during the training program and may be asked to take remedial courses.

ADMISSIONS: 03) What information should be included in the letter of intent?

We ask that all applicants provide a letter indicating why he or she wishes to study immunology at the University of Toronto. Useful information can include but is not limited to: personal background, current immunological knowledge, relevant research experience, motivation and career goals (if known).

ADMISSIONS: 04) How do I find a research supervisor in Immunology?

Students are required to find their own supervisor for graduate studies in Immunology. The supervisor must be a faculty member in the Department of Immunology. A list of Faculty and their Research Interests (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) is available here. Applicants can start contacting faculty members regarding supervision following acceptance into the graduate program. The Department of Immunology offers the possibility of rotating through several laboratories for a period up to three months, and students are encouraged to use this option.

ADMISSIONS: 05) Should I contact potential Research Supervisors before acceptance?

We recommend that applicants contact potential supervisors AFTER receiving their notice of acceptance.

ADMISSIONS: 06) Do I have to have a supervisor before I can be accepted for admission?

No. Your acceptance for admission is not dependent upon having a supervisor. However, you must have a supervisor or rotation schedule organized before registration.

ADMISSIONS: 07) What funding is available to support my graduate studies?

Fundamental Immunology:

All Fundamental Immunology graduate students in the Department of Immunology receive a guaranteed stipend

Students obtaining major competitive external awards are entitled to a $4,000 merit bonus. 

These amounts are reviewed periodically. Stipends consist of funds from various sources including external awards, Connaught Scholarships, University of Toronto Open Fellowships, International Student Fellowships offered through the Department of Immunology, and supervisors' grant funding. 

The availability and deadlines for other scholarships are announced throughout the academic year with details on regulations and where to get application forms. Many of them are also listed on the Immunology website. In addition, the Department of Immunology has a number of Teaching Assistantships available.

Applied Immunology:

Students with Advanced Standing in the Applied Immunology program will recieve a $5,000 stipend at the start of their first summer term.

Students with Standard Entry in the Applied Immunology program will receive a total of $10,000 in stipends over the course of their 2 years program ($5,000 at the beginning of each September).

ADMISSIONS: 08) Are there any graduate courses in Immunology offered during the summer session?


ADMISSIONS: 09) I have a medical degree from my own country. Can I be accepted into the PhD program in Immunology?

Applicants holding a medical degree (M.D. or M.B.B.S.) from another country are not necessarily admitted to the MSc program. We look at your whole application to determine suitability into the program. The Department is extremely limited in the number of visa students it can accept.

ADMISSIONS: 10) I have completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree from another university. Based on my transcript, can you tell me if I have a good chance to be accepted into the Immunology graduate program?

No. Admissions into the graduate program in Immunology is a competitive process and made by an Admissions Committee that considers many more applications than there are spaces. While grades are an important component of the decision process, the Committee considers the whole application including grades, letters of reference, research experience and the applicant's interest.