Bachelor of Information


Admission Requirements

The Bachelor of Information (BI) is a two year, professional, second-entry undergraduate degree program. At the earliest, students can apply in the second year of their undergraduate degree.

Before you apply, it is recommended that you attend an Info Day / Tour / Admissions Event. Tours, led by senior students, are also available. Register Here for the next Info Day on Saturday January 11, 2020.

Application Components:

  • Minimum academic requirements outlined in the table below
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Proof of English Facility (if applicable)

Academic Requirements:

*If at the time of application you are in the spring of your second year, only the first 1.5 years of academic standing will be available for academic assessment. Acceptance into the program will be conditional upon the candidate completing second year and achieving the required academic minimums.

Personal Statement:

The personal statement is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the selection committee, pointing out how your academics, experience (work and personal) and career goals make you an excellent fit for the Bachelor of Information program.  Email your Personal Statement to us as a Word document or a PDF, it should be between 400-500 words. The personal statement should address:

  • What main topics, concerns and issues you would like to explore during your studies
  • Your expectations of the program and what motivates you to pursue the BI program
  • Extracurricular activities that have prepared you to be successful in the BI program

The essay will help the admissions committee identify applicants with excellent written communication skills, and to determine fit between the applicant’s expectations and the BI program itself.

Proof of English Facility (if applicable):

All applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. The English language requirement may be satisfied using one of the following tests:

  • a) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:
    • paper-based TOEFL exam: 600 with 5.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)
    • Internet-based TOEFL exam: 107/120 with 24/30 on the speaking section and 27/30 on the writing section.
  • b) Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum required score of 95.
  • c) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum required score of 8.0.
  • d) English Language Diagnosis and Assessment (ELDA)/Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE) with a minimum required score of 6 and at least 3 in the writing portion.

Application Process

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020. All applications are to be completed online.

Apply through OUAC (105 Application)

  • if you are NOT currently attending an Ontario high school day program (in Ontario or abroad), AND
  • if you are NOT a current or former U of T student.

Apply through University of Toronto Internal Application for Full-Time Degree Studies

  • if you were previously or are currently registered as a student at U of T

Apply through the International Application

  • currently reside outside of Canada, AND
  • are not currently studying, and have not previously studied in Canada, AND
  • are not applying to any other Ontario university

You are required to email your personal statement and a copy of your unofficial transcript to admissions.ischool@utoronto.ca.  Make sure your email includes your full name as it appears on your application.

The deadline to submit your supporting documentation is May 15, 2020.

For an overview of the Faculty of Information and our Bachelor of Information degree programs view/download the 2020 Faculty of Information Handbook.