Application Process & Deadlines - Research Stream Graduate

Note: the process below is for research-stream gradaute admissions. For MHSc in Laboratory Medicine (i.e. professional-stream) admission process details, please review the information on this page

LMP Application DATES

Admission Cycle

Applications OPEN

Application DEADLINE from
Canada & USA

Application DEADLINE from
OTHER Countries

September November

 June 1

June 1


The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology has a rolling admissions policy.  After the Department has received your completed application package (including reference letters), you will receive a decision notice within approximately two weeks.

There are many benefits to submitting an application for early admission. You will:

  • Have more time to secure a supervisor.  Due to the limited number of positions available, we encourage conditionally accepted students to begin securing a supervisor as early as late January or February.
  • Have the opportunity to apply for internal and external awards (especially visa students applying to the PhD program in order to be considered for international scholarship awards).
  • Be considered for guaranteed spaces at the Graduate House on-campus residence.

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How to Apply

Applications to the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) using the online application housed on a secure server at the University of Toronto. Access is permitted using a secure password and UserID. The system allows applicants to submit information and documentation immediately online, to edit in-progress applications and check the status of the application process. If you are unable to use the online admission system, please contact the LMP Graduate Office.  In addition to being accepted into the Department, students must secure an LMP graduate faculty supervisor before registration (Selection of a Supervisor).

You will need the following for the online application:

  • valid email address (this is how the University will communicate with you)
  • transcripts (scanned)
  • referee contact information (minimum three referees for PhD applicants, two for MSc applicants)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • letter of intent (clearly indicate your education background, specific research interests, future goals and reasons for pursuing the program you are applying to (approximately 250 words, double-spaced)

To Apply, follow these steps:

  1. Create an account and/or log in to the online application website
  2. Provide the biographical and education information requested.
  3. Submit your payment.
  4. Upload your Curriculum Vitae and Letter of Intent.
  5. Provide contact information for referees who are familiar with your academic work. Inform your referees that you are submitting an application and that the University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies will be sending them a reference request by email.
  6. Scan and upload official transcripts1 with legends and grading scales from all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of course work taken or completed.
  7. Complete the application process before the deadline. 

1 Transcripts from recognized Canadian universities: In lieu of a scanned copy of a paper transcript, applicants may upload an Adobe PDF file of their academic history from their university’s student web service which includes the university’s grading legend and the applicant's name. The admissions committee may request an official hard copy of the transcript. See below for transcripts required after an offer of admission is received.

Note: During University of Toronto closures, the online application system will remain available, however, your status will not be updated nor will technical assistance be available until the university reopens. A list of closure dates is available here:
Please read all instructions and help text carefully.

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Review of Applications & Acceptance Into the Program

In reviewing applications the Departmental Admissions Committee assesses:

  1. The applicant's interest in biomedical research as a career.
  2. Grades received for coursework from a recognized four-year undergraduate science program (or equivalent) and any graduate courses completed to date.
  3. Recommendations from faculty familar with the applicant's work.
  4. Research-related experience/achievements to date. 

Applicants may be asked to attend an interview with a member of the LMP graduate faculty, either in person or by telephone, prior to receiving the result of their application.

After the review, applicants will either be provided with a "conditional offer of admission" which indicates their application is acceptable thus far, or they will be denied admission. Applicants receiving a conditional offer are then required to provide the following additional information:

  1. Hardcopies of final official transcripts sent directly from all institutions attended.
  2. Certified English translations of all international documentation written in a language other than English or French.
  3. Official English tests and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results: applicants educated outside of Canada, or whose native language is not English, are required to provide evidence of competence in the English language (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS) as well as the General GRE and GRE Test Subject Test (Biology). Results should be sent electronically to the University of Toronto. Check the Admission Requirements for minimum scores.

MAIL final transcripts to:
Graduate Admissions, the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
1 King's College Circle, Room 6209, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  M5S 1A8

Successful applicants will be recommended for admission to the graduate program in this department. In some cases, the committee may defer its decision until final marks are available.

NOTE: International students on a study visa/permit are encouraged to contact faculty members during the application phase in order to secure support prior to the application deadline. Click here for more information.

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Please see the FAQ section for answers to Frequently Asked Questions. If you have read all the information above and the FAQ section, and you still have questions, you may contact the Graduate Administrator by email at , or by phone at 416-978-2663