Bachelor of Information


Admission Requirements

The Bachelor of Information (BI) is a two year, professional, second-entry undergraduate degree program offered by the Faculty of Information. It consists of 11.0 full course equivalent (FCE) and students can apply in the second year of their undergraduate degree.

The BI considers the interactions between social worlds and information technologies, providing students with the conceptual tools and practical techniques necessary to understand and effect change in a data-intensive society. The program integrates design thinking, critical scholarship, and experiential learning to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design and critique complex technical, political, and cultural responses to new and enduring information practices.

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.

The above application material will allow the admissions committee to admit those students with a high likelihood of success in the program. The admissions committee will examine the admissions portfolio as a whole and evaluate them on these criteria:
• success in current or previous academic environment
• English proficiency
• written communication skills
• demonstrated interdisciplinary interest and facility
• fit between students’ intent and program goals

 

Apply Online

Applicants who are NOT current or former University of Toronto Students Apply Online at OUAC (105 Application)

OR

Applicants previously or currently registered as students at the University of Toronto University of Toronto Internal Application for Full-Time Degree Studies

The deadline to apply online is April 30.

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.