This is Canada’s only anglophone master’s program in the discipline. Museological theory and in-depth discussion about critical issues fuel the exploration of collections, curatorship, digital heritage, museum education, programming and management.
Before you apply, it is recommended that you attend an Info Day / Tour / Admissions Event for Master’s candidates in order to make an informed decision and learn about the various concentrations and program options. Tours, led by senior students, are also available. For an overview of the iSchool and our Master’s degree programs view/download the 2017 iSchool Viewbook.
Application Dates & Deadlines (MMSt)
Online Application Opens: October 1, 2016
Entry into the program occurs once a year. The next start date is September 2017.
Early Deadline: January 31, 2017
The online application form, including payment of the application fee, and all supporting documents must be submitted by January 31, 2017 to be considered for entrance awards. It is the responsibility of applicants to notify referees of any deadlines earlier than the May 15th supporting document deadline noted below, if they wish to be considered for awards.
Regular Deadline: April 30, 2017
Regular deadline for submission of the online application and payment of the application fee.
Supporting Document Deadline: May 15, 2017
Regular deadline for the Faculty to receive all supporting documents, including electronic uploads and print copies of official transcripts.
Please refer to additional application information for international students.
The minimum academic requirements for admission are listed below. Possession of the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Information and the School of Graduate Studies does not guarantee admission.
Master of Museum Studies
UNIVERSITY EDUCATION – DEGREE
An appropriate 4-year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university is required. The degree may be in any discipline or area of study.
If your degree was earned outside of Canada then use the International Degree Equivalency Tool to identify equivalent credentials.
Note: The degree must normally contain a minimum of 75% academic credits — that is, courses that are not professional, practical, technical or vocational courses. Courses such as studio art, drama, music performance, theology, education, or library science are not normally considered to be sufficiently academic in content for admissions purposes.
ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE – GPA
An appropriate bachelor’s degree with at least B+ average (3.3/4.0 GPA) from a university recognized by the University of Toronto.
Work experience cannot be substituted for the required academic background.
For admission to the iSchool these standardized tests are not required or requested, and will not be considered.
Supporting documents include academic and non-academic documents: academic transcripts, a personal statement, academic referees, CV/resume, and English Proficiency scores, if applicable.
Academic Supporting Documents
Submit final transcripts from each of the post-secondary institutions you have attended. If you are currently completing your final year of study then also submit interim transcripts.
Applicants will submit an electronic copy of their transcripts to the online application form by the application deadline (follow the form instructions).
If an offer of admission is made, official final transcript(s) will be a condition of the offer and will be required before the start of the program. Transcripts are considered official when they have been prepared, sealed in an envelope and signed over the back flap by an official at the issuing institution. Transcripts are to be sent directly to the Faculty of Information: University of Toronto, 140 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G6
- Current and past University of Toronto students applying to Faculty of Information Programs specifically, may give permission to the Faculty to download an official U of T transcript by emailing email@example.com
- The Admissions Committee may at any time during the application process, request an official copy of transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended.
- For students whose admitting degree was granted outside of North America, the Faculty of Information will accept transcripts sent directly from World Education Services (WES) as official transcripts in consideration for admission. The Faculty of Information will consider the evaluation report from WES but will make its own evaluation decision.
Non-Academic Supporting Documents
A CURRENT CURRICULUM VITAE (CV)/RESUME
Submit online as a Word document or a PDF and outline the following:
- Relevant personal and work experience, both paid and unpaid
- Professional activities
- Awards, honours, grants, and fellowships, as applicable
Submit online as a Word document or a PDF. The personal statement:
- Addresses the aspects of your academic background and professional experience (ex: work, volunteer positions, internships, etc.) that have prepared you to be successful in the Master of Museum Studies;
- Discusses your career goals (including doctoral studies, if applicable) with an explanation as to why the iSchool is the best place for you to pursue your interests;
- Includes a brief discussion of a critical issue in museum studies where you hope your graduate research and professional training will allow you to intervene;
- If applicable, describe your interest in the Concurrent Registration Option;
- If there are any inconsistencies in your academic record, explain briefly at the end of the personal statement.
Notes on format & writing style: The personal statement, written in essay format, should be no longer than 750 words. While you may choose to reference personal anecdotes, the overall aim of the statement is to keep your writing as relevant, specific, and concise as possible.
We strongly encourage that you consult University of Toronto Writing Centre for tips on how to write effective admissions letters.
ACADEMIC LETTERS OF REFERENCE
Two academic references are required.
- References MUST be academic in nature, i.e. must pertain to your academic abilities, performance, aptitude, etc.
- A third optional reference is permitted (which can be an academic or work/professional reference). You should only consider adding an additional reference if you are certain that it will be as strong as the other required references.
- If you last graduated more than five years ago, you may substitute work letters of reference. Work-related referees should be direct supervisors who can comment on your skills that are useful in the academic environment.
- Choose faculty members whom you believe will give you strong references.
- Teaching assistants or workshop instructors are generally not useful as academic referees.
- If your referees are not currently teaching you, send them your CV, mention the course(s) you took with them, as well as anything about your work that will remind them of who you are.
- If a referee seems vague or reluctant, find another referee.
Once you have added your referees to the online application, and paid the application fee, your referees will be emailed by the School of Graduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org) with instructions directing them to a secure website where they will submit electronically: (i) a candidate assessment on a fillable Confidential Report form; (ii) a reference letter.
To ensure that your referees will be able to submit their letters by document deadlines contact your referees and confirm their availability well in advance of providing their contact information and pay the application fee early. You can monitor your online application to see if the letters of reference have been submitted.
It is the responsibility of applicants to notify referees of any deadlines earlier than the May 15th supporting document deadline, if they wish to be considered for awards.
Common Questions / Support:
- Referees didn’t get the email with submission instructions? Check junk mail folders first. You can also re-send reference requests to your referees if needed via the online application system.
- You should contact email@example.com if: there are changes to your referees; you need to submit a new email address for your referee; your referee experiences problems with submitting online; your referee does not have an institutional email address – provide their alternate email address.
- With all such issues, please include your full name and application number in your email.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY – IF REQUIRED
The iSchool reserves the right to require evidence of English language proficiency from any applicant educated outside Canada, whose first language is not English.
Learn more about English proficiency requirements.
Application Form & Fee
After You Apply
Application Status Check
You may log in to your profile on the application website to confirm the receipt of your supporting documents at the university or amend your current contact information. Your application will be marked “Under Review” when it has gone to the Admission Committee for consideration.
Notification Of Admission Decisions
Decisions are made as soon as it is possible to do so, rather than by a specific date. By the end of the current admissions cycle (typically in May) the outcomes of all applications should be communicated.
Successful candidates will be notified shortly after their files are reviewed and will receive a congratulatory email from the iSchool as well as an official Offer of Admission package with instructions on how and by when to accept the offer (and specifications on any conditions of the offer, if applicable).
Possession of the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Information and the School of Graduate Studies does not guarantee admission. Candidates must be competitive among fellow applicants.
Registration: Enrolment & Fees Payment
Information on registration procedures and events for new students will be communicated throughout the months preceding the start of the academic year.
The Collaborative Programs for students who are enrolled in a graduate degree program:
- Emerge from cooperation between two or more graduate units, e.g., faculties, departments, centres, or institutes
- Provide students with a broad base from which to explore interdisciplinary areas
- Allow students to pursue specialized subject interests, or special developments within particular disciplines
- Are designed to allow a focus in the area of specialty
- Be admitted to, and enrolled in, one of the collaborating graduate units
- Fulfill all the degree program requirements in the home unit
- Fulfill any additional requirements of the specific collaborative program
Upon completion of the collaborative program, students’ transcripts will denote a specialization in the particular program area.
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Concurrent Registration Option (CRO)
Master of Information/Master of Museum Studies
- Apply to each program separately:
- On the application form indicate your Area of Study as the Concurrent Registration Option (CRO) and describe in your personal statement your interest in this option.
- You will be considered for admission to each program separately.
- If offered admission to both programs the Faculty will contact you to confirm your commitment to concurrent studies.
- While CRO students may choose to begin in either program (MI or MMSt), it is strongly recommended [and/or at the discretion of the Faculty] that students begin with the MI in the first year.
- A four-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, from a recognized university.
- If your degree was earned outside of Canada then use the International Degree Equivalency Tool to identify an equivalent credential.
- Satisfy any specific qualifications required for desired courses.
- If your first language is not English, then check if you are required to take a proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS).
- Application Form & Fee
- Application Deadline for Admission
April 30 – online application and payment
May 15 – supporting documents
- Supporting Documents
- Please read carefully and thoroughly about the preparation and submission of academic and non-academic Supporting Documents.
- Admission as a Special Student does not guarantee enrolment in a desired course, since Degree students are given priority in all courses.
- Please note that courses taken as a non-degree student cannot be transferred for credit into the Master of Information or Master of Museum Studies.