Be equipped to take on leadership roles in information and knowledge-based environments, including academia. The doctorate program features advanced scholarly research in the theoretical bases of information studies.
Before you apply, it is recommended that you attend an Admissions Event for PhD candidates in order to make an informed decision and learn about the various concentrations and program options.
- Academic Eligibility
Check the admission academic requirements below to determine if you can be considered.
- English Language Proficiency
If your first language is not English, then check if you are required to take a proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS).
- International Students
- For information on the process of coming to study at the University of Toronto, consult the Centre for International Experience’s guide.
- Use the International Degree Equivalencies tool to determine the minimum international credentials required for graduate study at the University of Toronto.
- Check the requirements for obtaining a Study Permit (visa) with the Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) office for your geographic region. The office may require proof of English language proficiency, a medical examination, proof of funding, police certificates and immigration interviews. The university has no jurisdiction over the requirements set forth by the CIC.
- Entry Point
Entry into the program occurs once a year, in September – the program is delivered on-campus
- Application Form & Fee
- Application Deadlines for Admission
- October 01 – online application is available
- January 15 – online application and application fee must be submitted
- January 31 – online application must be complete AND receipt of all supporting documents at the university
The standard admission application closes on January 15th for the upcoming academic year.
- Entry Point
PhD 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
PhD Non-Academic Supporting Documents
- A CURRENT CURRICULUM VITAE (CV)/RESUMESubmit 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
- RESEARCH STATEMENTSubmit online as a WORD document or a PDF:
- Describe your research interests and direction, and how they align with the Faculty of Information research environment
- Highlight anything in your education and professional background that is relevant to those interests (academic or industry research)
- Be in essay format
- Be a maximum of 1,500 words
- WRITING SAMPLESubmit online as a WORD document or a PDF:
– an excerpt from your thesis or major research paper
– an article submitted for publication
– a chapter from a book or other similar publication
Original academic work
Length: 5,000-10,000 words
- ACADEMIC LETTERS OF REFERENCE
- Three are required, an additional two may be submitted.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.
- 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 (email@example.com) 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Remember to thank your referees!
- Referees didn’t get the email with submission instructions? Check junk mail folders.
- You should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if there are changes to your referees or if your referee:
- experiences problems with submitting online
- has an incorrect email address – provide the correct email, along with your full name and application number
- does not have an institutional email address – provide their alternate email address, along with your full name and application number
- You can monitor your online application to see if the letters of reference have been submitted.
- ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY – IF REQUIRED
If English is not your first language, then you may need to submit proficiency test scores.
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.
How Admission Decisions Are Made
Meeting 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.
When your file is complete at the Faculty of Information, an Admissions Committee will review these criteria:
- Your academic record
- The strength of your references
- The strength and quality of your research statement and CV
- The feasibility of at least one faculty member to act as an advisor for the first year of studies – short-listed PhD applicants may be contacted for an interview and/or writing sample
- If required, English language proficiency test scores
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 admission 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 Faculty of Information
- An official Offer of Admission package with instructions on how and by when to accept the offer
- If applicable, specifications on any conditions of the offer
Registration: Enrolment & Fee Payment
Information on registration procedures and events for new students will be communicated throughout the months preceding the start of the academic year.
About Collaborative Specializations
The Collaborative Specializations 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 specialization
Upon completion of the collaborative specialization, students’ transcripts will denote a specialization in the particular program area.
Collaborative Specializations Available to PhD Students
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