The Bachelor of Information (BI) is a two year, professional, second-entry undergraduate degree program. Students can apply as early as the second year of their undergraduate degree.
The BI considers the interactions between information technologies and social worlds, providing you with the conceptual tools and practical techniques necessary to understand and effect change in a data-intensive society. The BI program integrates design thinking, critical scholarship, and experiential learning.
Have you ever wondered? …
- How a database works?
- How Google ads seem to reflect what you have been thinking and talking about?
- How we will manage the growing pile of data, pictures, and records we are creating every day?
- How organizations are able to manage what they know?
- Why some companies have a hard time getting people to share information effectively?
- Whether AI will turn out to be dangerous?
- Why it’s sometimes really hard to find what you’re looking for on a website?
- Who owns your data on social media sites like Facebook & Instagram?
- What is “big data” and why is it so hot right now?
- What the impact of information technologies is on the environment?
- How your gender, age, religious affiliation, sexual orientation race or education impact your perspectives on privacy, both your own and those around you?
Upcoming Admissions Events
Want to learn more about the BI Program? Check out our upcoming admissions events:
BI Information Day
- Join us for an Info Day and learn more about the curriculum from BI Program Director and current students
- We recorded the Info Day session held on January 23 watch it below!
BI Admissions Webinars
- Learn more about the program and admissions requirements with our Assistant Registrar
- Upcoming webinars TBA
The minimum academic requirements are outlined in the table below:
Please note that we do not accept applicants directly from highschool, we require a minimum of 2 years of university study.
*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 (required)
- Unofficial transcript (required)
- Transcript Explanation Essay (optional)
- Proof of English Facility (if applicable)
This is your chance to be creative! We want to get to know you and why you and the BI Program are right for each other. You can present you statement using your choice of media:
- 90-second video (we are interested in the message, not your video production skills!)
- Personal essay (400-500 words)
- Website / Portfolio
- Slideshow presentation
- A storyboard telling a story about what you hope your two years in the program would be like
- Or any other format that allows you best to communicate your ideas and helps us get to know you
Some aspects you might want to consider your personal statement (but you are free to take whatever approach makes sense for you):
- Why does the BI program make sense for you at this point in your education?
- How do the required courses in the BI program excite you intellectually?
- Recount an experience working on a project, either solo or on a team, in a way that helps
us to get to know you as a thinker and a do-er.
- What kind of electives might you take in your second year to make the BI program your own?
- What kind of impact do you want to have on the world?
- Email a copy of your unofficial university transcript to email@example.com
Transcript Explanation Essay (optional)
- Transcripts don’t always speak for themselves or tell the whole story. We invite you to submit a brief (250 words max) statement that helps us read your transcript. You might wish to explain any circumstances that may have led to suboptimal academic performance or tell the story of a change in your academic direction.
- Submit this as part of your supplementary application material via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Proof of English Facility (if applicable)
- All applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
- For complete information on how to satisfy this requirement, please visit https://future.utoronto.ca/apply/english-language-requirements/
How to Apply
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.
- 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 email@example.com. Make sure your email includes your full name as it appears on your application.
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