MSc Application Process

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The online applications for the 2023-2024 academic year opens on October 1, 2023. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. It is strongly recommended that you apply well before the deadline:
Early Deadline: January 15, 2024 (payment required & supporting documentation)
Final Deadline: March 15, 2024 (payment required & supporting documentation due)

Applications to the MSc in Environmental Science Program must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (Admissions Application) using an online application which is housed on a secure server at the University of Toronto.

A valid email account is needed to complete the online application, as the University will correspond with applicants using email.

The online application allows applicants to manage and submit biographical and educational information as well as specific documents (Interest Statement, Curriculum Vitae, etc.) immediately to the University. Applicants can edit an in-progress application and check the status of all documents submitted using a secure password and Userid.

How to apply

  1. Application period begins October 1, 2023. Log in to the online application.
  2. Please note it is important to make the correct selections when beginning an application: 
    1. Application Type select Fall 2023 - Summer 2024 
    2. Term select Summer 2024
    3. Graduate Unit select Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences
    4. Attendance type select Full-time, Program of Study select MSc in Environmental Science
  3. Be prepared to submit contact information for at least THREE academic referees. Be sure to provide institutional email addresses (ex. Gmail addresses are not acceptable). Be sure to inform your referees that you are doing this and that the University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies will be contacting them by email.
  4. To be considered please submit your payment $125 CDN and submit supporting documentation by March 15, 2024. 
    1. Please take a few minutes to review your application before finalizing and proceeding to the payment option. You will not be able to edit any of your information after you click the “Continue” button. You will be asked to pay the SGS Application Fee. You will then be able to upload all required documents for your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that all information submitted is accurate and complete.
  5. Please upload the following supporting documents to the SGS online system:
    1. maximum 500-word, statement describing their interests in Environmental Science. The statement should describe any research experience, the suitability of your academic background for a MSc in Environmental Science, and your environmental science-related research objectives in the MSc program. Applicants must make clear in their written statement the supervising professor with which they plan to conduct their thesis research and their interest in conducting research in their chosen area.
    2. Curriculum Vitae.
    3. Unofficial scanned transcripts for each previous institution attended. Usually, this will be a scanned transcript, but in the case of Canadian post-secondary institutions, the applicant may submit a screen capture of their academic record from their institution's student web service.
    4. Applicants should indicate any faculty members who have agreed to serve as a supervisor(s). Please reference any communication with a proposed supervisor in the Potential Supervisor Form. Please refer to the Graduate Faculty section on the DPES home page for a list of Graduate Faculty Members.
  6. Be aware of the deadline dates for application and documents.

Please complete all sections (biography, education, program of study, reference contact and payment) of the online application and provide all supporting documentation by the deadline date.

Applications are considered complete and can be reviewed only after all documentation is received by the graduate unit by the deadline date.

Official transcripts may be sent to 


Postal Address:

    MSc in Environmental Science Program, Room EV252
    Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences,
    University of Toronto Scarborough
    1065 Military Trail
    Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

Please DO NOT send supporting documentation to the School of Graduate Studies as this could significantly delay the processing of your application.