Criteria and Procedures for Admission to the Graduate Program

Criteria for Admission to the Graduate Program

Faculty and Department criteria relevant to the M.A. and PhD programs are discussed in the appropriate sections of this handbook.  As a general statement of policy, the Department wishes to make clear that no student has an automatic right to admission as a graduate student, even though he/she meets all minimum requirements. His/her application must be approved by the Graduate Admission and Awards Committee of the Department.  This committee will be guided by Department policy on the size of the graduate student population which can be handled successfully.

Department Procedures for Deciding on Applications

Admission applicants are adjudicated by the Graduate Admissions and Awards Committee.  An applicant’s file must include relevant transcripts, at least three letters of academic reference, an application form, and a TOEFL score for all applicants with a first university degree from a university other than Australia, Botswana, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States and the English speaking countries of the West Indies.  Where applicable, the Department requires a TOEFL score of 580 for the paper-based exam, 237 for the computer-based exam, and a 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) or 92 (internet exam, including at least 22 on Reading, 25 on writing, 22 on Listening, and 23 on Speaking).  GRE scores are highly recommended from all our applicants to our PhD program. The Department also requires GRE scores from all applicants to our PhD program whose prior degrees are from non-Canadian universities.  Upon completion of the file, the committee has three courses of action open to it:

a) It can recommend admission.  (Note:  Admission is often conditional on the completion of some course of action on which the applicant is then engaged, such as pursuit of a B.A. or M.A. degree.)

b) It can recommend rejection.

c) It can delay its decision, and inform the applicant accordingly, until additional information is received.  This often happens when the applicant appears marginal, but there is a possibility that his/her academic record for that year might improve his/her chances of admission.  In such cases the decision is delayed until final academic transcripts are received.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that such transcripts are sent to the Department by the issuing institution.  When the additional information is received, the applicant is either admitted or rejected.

The Committee’s recommendation is normally accepted by The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, provided Faculty criteria have been met.

The deadline for applications is January 7 of each Academic Calendar year.