PhD Admission Information

PhD Admission Requirements

Admission and degree requirements for the PhD program are described below. Students should also read the School of Graduate Studies’ regulations in the Graduate Calendar. These regulations are a minimum only. Admission to the Department is on a competitive basis and successful candidates are typically much stronger than the minimum requirements.

Here are some frequently asked questions about the program, fees, funding and supervision. Please note that you are NOT required to secure a supervisor prior to admissions.

Here are some additional frequently asked questions from the SGS website.

“As one of the top Statistical Sciences Department, we receive many excellent applicants and can only admit a very limited number of international students. Successful candidates have exceptional mathematical and statistical training with outstanding performance in their course work, outstanding letters of recommendations and well thought out statements of interests. As well, prior research experience is very valuable.”

Admission to the Ph.D. Program is on a competitive basis and candidates for this degree program are accepted under the general regulations as outlined in the Calendar of the School of Graduate Studies. The following are the minimum requirements for entry into the program:

  1. Students can be accepted through one of two routes:
    • A Masters degree in Statistics from a recognized university with at least a B+ average standing. Applicants with degrees in Biostatistics, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or any discipline where there is a significant quantitative component will be also be considered.
    • Directly through a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from a recognized university with at least an A- average standing. We also encourage applicants from Biostatistics, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or any discipline where there is a significant quantitative component.
  2. Three letters of recommendation.
  3. A letter of intent or personal statement outlining your goals for graduate studies.
  4. Applicants whose primary language is not English and graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate facility in English using one of the official methods as outlined in the Calendar of the School of Graduate Studies. Acceptable tests and required scores are listed here. Department Code: 0982

Non-Degree (Special) Students

A student who seeks to take individual courses, but who is not registered for a degree, may apply to register as a non-degree/special student, either on a part-time or full-time basis. Such applications will be considered provided students have an undergraduate degree and provided they plan to take at least one graduate level course in the Department. Special student status is useful for students wishing to upgrade their background for admission to the M.Sc. or Ph.D. programs. Please note: Courses taken as a special student may not subsequently be counted towards a degree program.


English Facility Requirement

All international students, whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, are required to demonstrate facility in the English language. This requirement is a condition of admission. It should be met before an acceptance into a graduate program is issued.  Acceptable tests and required scores are listed here.


Application Procedure

Applicants apply through the online application system at the School of Graduate Studies. The application fee is currently 120.00CAD.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the following documentation is received by the Department of Statistics Graduate Office by the application deadline:

  • A letter of intent or personal statement outlining your goals for graduate study should also be submitted electronically as part of your application.
  • Electronic copies of transcripts are required at the time of application. If you are successful at gaining admissions, only then will we require official copies to be mailed to the department.
  • Three letters of recommendation, to be submitted electronically by your referees through the online application system.
  • Official copies of your English proficiency scores (if applicable). Unofficial copies may be included with your application while waiting for the official ones to arrive. Department Code: 0982
  • If you wish, you may submit an official copy of any Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, including the Advanced Mathematics Examination, directly from the testing service to the department. An unofficial copy may be included with your application while waiting for the official one to arrive. This is suggested, but not required for international students. Department Code: 0982

The Department’s address is:

Graduate Office
Department of Statistical Sciences
University of Toronto
100 St. George Street, Room 6022
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G3

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM: https://apply.sgs.utoronto.ca/


Application Deadline

  • September On-Line admission deadline to our full-time PhD programs is January 15, 2018
  • NOTE: Deadline for Supporting documents is January 22, 2018
  • September admission deadline to our full-time and part-time non-degree programs is June 1 2018
  • NOTE: Deadline for Supporting documents  is June 15, 2018
  • Department Code: 0982

Note: CVs are mandatory and must be added to the online application under personal statement

Applications open September 2017

Late applications may be accepted, at the discretion of the department, but applicants are advised that there may not be any places remaining for applications received after the deadline.


Funding

Students admitted to the full-time Master’s program or to the Ph.D. program receive funding from the University and the Department for their studies. Applicants for the part-time Master’s are not considered for financial assistance. For more details see these FAQ.

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