Graduate Admission requirements of our Master’s programs


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This page outlines the admission requirements to our Master of Information, Master of Museum Studies, and the Combined Degree programs.

We invite all potential candidates to join us for an Info Day / Tour / Admissions Event to learn about the various concentrations and program options. Tours, led by senior students, are also available. For an overview of the Faculty of Information and our Master’s degree programs view/download the 2020 Faculty of Information Handbook.

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For program information, degree requirements and pathways, please follow the links quick links below:

Contact us at admissions.ischool@utoronto.ca!


Application & Deadlines


Applications are completed online through the School of Graduate Studies application system. For students interested in applying to our Combined Degree Program (CDP): you need to complete both the Master of Information and the Master of Museum Studies program applications.

The application fee is $130 per application.

 

Online Application Opens: October 1
Entry into the program occurs once a year. The next start date is September 2021.

Early Deadline: January 31
To be considered for any Faculty of Information entrance awards, all application materials need to be received by January 31st. This includes the online application form, application fee, and all supporting documents. Admissions awards/scholarships are highly competitive.

Regular Deadline: March 31
Deadline to complete the online application form

Supporting Document Deadline: April 15
Deadline to submit all supporting documents

Admissions occur on a rolling basis. Therefore, the sooner the application is the complete, the sooner a decision will be made.

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Academic Requirements


AN APPROPRIATE UNDERGRADUATE 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.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.

If your degree was earned outside of Canada then use theInternational Degree Equivalency Tool to identify equivalent credentials.

 

MINIMUM GRADE REQUIREMENT:

  • Mid-B equivalent for consideration
  • This is the minimum GPA requirement for consideration. Presenting a mid-B average does not guarantee admissions.

While work experience is invaluable personal and professional experience, it cannot be a substitute for academic requirements. For admission to the Faculty of Information standardized tests (such as GMAT or GRE) are not required or requested, and will not be considered.

 

DOUBLE BLUE ENTRY

This opportunity is only available to Master of Information applicants, and open to current UofT students or alumni.

Students going through the Double Entry application pathway are not required to submit a personal statement, but an interview will be arranged instead. This application pathway allows the candidates to go through an expedited review process.

Eligibility criteria:

  • a current UofT student or alumni
  • has a GPA of A- (3.75) or above
  • submit a completed Master of Information application (with all other supporting documents) by January 31st
  • complete theinterest form to be considered.

Potential candidates will be contacted for an interview shortly after January 31st.

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Supporting documents


TRANSCRIPT(S)

Transcript(s) from all post-secondary institution in attendance and attended:

  • For applicants currently in the process of completing their final year of study, an interim transcript needs to be submitted,
  • Current and past University of Toronto students applying to Faculty of Information Programs may give permission to the Faculty to download an official U of T transcript by emailing admissions.ischool@utoronto.ca

For the purpose of the application review, unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application form

  • If an offer of admission is made, official final transcripts needs to be received at the Faculty as part of the offer condition(s).
  • 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. They are to be sent directly to the Faculty of Information:  University of Toronto, 140 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G6
  • Please do not use courier service such as FEDEX, UPS, Purolator, DHL, EMS, etc. Our office is closed and there is no one to receive packages. We will not be able to receive your packages through courier service. Please use regular/standard mail.

The Admissions Committee may at any time during the application process, request applicants to submit official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended. For admission to the Faculty of Information  standardized tests (such as GMAT or GRE) are not required or requested, and will not be considered.

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.

 

A CURRENT CURRICULUM VITAE (CV)/RESUME

It should include: education; relevant personal and work experience, both paid and unpaid; publications; professional activities; awards, honours, grants, and fellowships, as applicable.

 

STATEMENT OF INTEREST

As a future professional in the information and/or museum fields, you will be responsible for the management of information, knowledge, and culture in an ever-changing world. It is important to the Faculty of Information that we are educating and empowering information and museum professionals that are and will be grounded in the values of equity, diversity and inclusion. We encourage you to reflect on these concepts as you write your statement.

Your statement of interest should be comprised of two responses. The first question is required for all candidates and the second question should be selected from the list of four.

Responses to both questions should be no longer than 4 pages, double spaced and is to be written in essay format. You should make it clear which questions you are responding to separately. Once completed, please submit the Statement through the SGS application site as either a Microsoft Word document or a PDF.

First Question (Required):

In the first part of your essay, we would like to learn more about your vision for your graduate studies and subsequent professional career. We have provided some prompts that may stimulate and guide your thinking:

  • What made you decide to apply to the Faculty of Information?
  • How do your academic, professional, and/or personal experiences and future aspirations align with our Master of Information and/or Master of Museum Studies program?
  • Which Concentration(s) best suit your interest, (if applicable)?
  • What topics, problems, or questions would you like to explore during your studies?
  • What are your career goals? Do you intend to apply for co-op /why?
  • Upon graduation, how do you see yourself contributing to the information and/or museum industry?
  • What does it mean to you to be an information and/or museum professional?

Second Question (select one of the four): 

In this second part, select one question to respond to. We hope to better understand your interpersonal skills and self-reflective capabilities. You should feel free to provide example(s) from your personal/professional/academic experiences.

    1. The Faculty of Information traditionally incorporates a substantial amount of group work into many of its courses. Reflecting on your experiences, what kind of a role have you typically adopted when working as part of a team? Talk about your communication and collaboration skills, working dynamics, and empathy towards other members of the group.
    2. The Faculty of Information is strongly committed to creating and supporting a diverse academic environment. We welcome applications from persons of colour, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ persons, persons with diverse backgrounds and interests and candidates who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Tell us how you will contribute to the diversification of the Faculty of Information community.
    3. Information and museum experts must be adaptable to a changing work environment. Tell us about a time when you experienced a change in your academic, professional and/or personal life, and how you managed that change. How did it impact you? What did you see as the benefits and/or opportunities for growth that came with change?
    4. Pursuing a graduate degree is a personal commitment that requires persistence, dedication and an ability to effectively manage multiple priorities. Write about a time that you did not manage your commitments effectively. What was the outcome and what did you learn from that experience? What would you do differently while completing this program?

The Admission’s Committee may follow-up directly with potential candidates  with regards to candidates’ personal statement submissions.

 

ACADEMIC LETTERS OF REFERENCE

Two academic references are required. Referees should speak to your academic abilities, performance, aptitude, etc. They should be a professor that taught you previously or currently teaching you.  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.

On the online application, you will be asked to provide the contact information for your referees on the online application. Once you have paid the application fee, your referees will be emailed by the School of Graduate Studies with instructions directing them to a secure website where they will submit electronically:

  • a candidate assessment on a fillable Confidential Report form
  • a reference letter

Please be sure to inform your referees on all appropriate deadlines!

Tips to selecting Referees

  • 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.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY – IF REQUIRED

For applicants where English is not their first language, an English proficiency test result will need to be submitted.

For applicants where English is not their first language but completed an Undergraduate or Graduate degree from an institution where English is used as the medium of instruction and examination, then an English proficiency test result may not be required. However, applicants will be required to provide a letter from their previous institution to verify that English is indeed used as the medium of instruction. This letter should be sent directly to the Faculty of Information on official institution letterhead and email.

The admission committee does reserve the right to request for applicants to provide an English Proficiency Test result during the application process.

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After you apply


APPLICATION STATUS CHECK

It is your responsibility to log in to your profile on the application website to confirm the receipt of your supporting documents, including letters of recommendation and to amend your current contact information. Your application will be marked “Under Review” when it has gone to the Admission Committee for consideration.

REVIEW PROCESS

The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach in reviewing candidates. Emphasis is not placed in any specific area but the overall application. Meeting the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Information and the School of Graduate Studies does not guarantee admission.

NOTIFICATION OF DECISIONS
Decisions will be communicated on the application website . Decisions are made as soon as it is possible to do so, rather than by a specific date. By the end of the current admission cycle (typically in May) the outcomes of all applications should be communicated.

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Collaborative Specialization 


Our MI and MMSt students are eligible to enroll into a variety of Collaborative specializations (i.e. think of them as minors that you might have completed in your undergraduate degree). If you are interested in topics such as environmental studies, food studies, Jewish studies (just to name a few), please take a look the collaborative specialization programs that you may be eligible to apply (after you have received and accepted an offer of admission to the Faculty of Information).

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Frequently Asked Questions


My referees didn’t get the email with submission instructions?

Ask them to check junk mail folders first. You can also re-send reference requests to your referees if needed via the online application system.

 

How can I change my referees or update their information? You should contact admissions.ischool@utoronto.ca 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; Or if your referee does not have an institutional email address – provide their alternate email address.

 

How should I pay the application fee?

Payment is made at the time of application online using only a Visa or Mastercard credit card. Applications will not be processed until the application fee is received. We areThe School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is NOT able to accept payment via Visa debit or Mastercard debit. SGS also cannot NOT accept payment by wire transfer. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you do not have a credit card, it is usually relatively simple to buy a pre-paid Visa or Mastercard, offered by many banks and retailers.

 

Can my application fee be waived? 

No. The application fee may not be waived, refunded, or deferred

 

I have been graduated from a University where English was the language of Instruction and examination was English; do I still need to provide proof of English Proficiency?

Normally, if applicants have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution recognized by the University of Toronto and where the language of instruction and examination is uniformly English, they are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English. However, the admission committee may decide that applicants need to provide an English Proficiency Test Result during the application process. Applicants should make arrangements for an official statement to be sent to the Faculty of Information from their institution confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination

 

If I feel my academic background does not meet the requirements for admissions, should I still apply?

The admissions team reviews applications on a holistic basis; therefore, they consider the entire application equally (GPA, resume, references, personal statement) when making a decision, not just academic background. If you are not admitted based on your academic background, you would normally receive a feedback how to do academic upgrading and apply in the future.

 

Do I have to list all the schools and institutions I have attended in the “Academic Background” section of online application? 

You must list all post-secondary institutions you have attended. You do not need to submit any information or documents related to your high school studies.

 

I am an MI applicant, how do I apply to a concentration?

To clarify, you aren’t applying to a concentration, you are applying to the MI (Master of Information) program and choosing your concentration(s) of interest or choosing the General Program Option. You can change / add / remove concentrations at any time throughout your program. You can also focus on one concentration and still take courses in other concentrations. There is a lot of flexibility.

 

Will work experience help me for admissions?

While work experience is not a requirement and cannot be substituted for the required academic background, The Admissions Committee will use all information available to make a decision. We take all factors into consideration in the application process.

 

I am graduating in Summer of next year, can I still apply for Fall admission?

Students are eligible to apply, even if they are completing degree requirements at the end of summer. We would expect them to let us know if there is any change in that status (summer courses don’t go as planned), as they wouldn’t meet conditions of admission, if the degree isn’t granted. We recognize that students will likely convocate in November, but they can send us a final transcript when the degree is conferred.

 

What should I write under the “Proposed Area of Study” on my online application? 

If you intend to pursue the Thesis Option, enter “Thesis”. If you intend to pursue the General Program Option (GPO), enter “GPO”. If you intend to pursue the Combined Degree Program, enter “CDP”, otherwise leave this area blank.

 

Do I need to calculate my GPA and enter it on my online application?

No, you can leave this section blank as our admissions committee will assess and calculate the GPAs.

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