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Applications for fall 2016 are now closed. Admission for Fall 2017 will open October 1. There is no winter admission. 


All students wishing to apply for admission to the MSS (thesis-based only) or the PhD program must first contact and obtain consent from a potential supervisor. All MSS thesis and PhD students must have either an interim advisor (e.g., the Graduate Program Director) or an approved supervisor at the time of first registration, and a permanent supervisor no later than the second annual registration.

A Supervisor is not required for admission to the MSS (Course-based) program.

MSS Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts, CMSS has the following prerequisites for admission to the MSS program. These are the same for all MSS streams:

  1. A completed 4 year Undergraduate Degree. (Normally a BA)
  2. A GPA of at least 3.4 on a four-point scale in the undergraduate program over the last 20 half courses or two years of study.
  3. All students whose native language is one other than English are required to pass the TOEFL with a minimum score of 600 (written) or 92 (web-based) or 7+ on the IELTS, or 84 on the MELAB test, or 70 on the PTE test. The test must have been taken within the last two years.
  4. Two letters of reference.

PhD Admission Requirements

The Centre's PhD program is highly selective with an emphasis on matching high-quality candidates to our strengths within a common framework of courses and examinations. Applicants will be admitted only if the Graduate Committee is satisfied that adequate supervision is likely to be available for the duration of their studies. Successful applicants should be aware that admission to the program does not imply a Centre commitment to provide supervision for all research interests they may have. Students are also advised to consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies Handbook of Supervision and Examination.

Prerequisites for admission to the PhD program are:

  1. A completed Master's Degree.
  2. A GPA of 3.7 on a four point scale over all completed graduate courses in the Masters program; 3.4 in the Undergraduate program over the last 20 half courses or two years of study.
  3. A completed application to the Centre, along with supporting documentation.
  4. A detailed statement of the proposed thesis research.
  5. A representative piece of written work, normally a Master's Thesis chapter or major research paper.
  6. The Centre requires a tentative agreement from a faculty member to supervise, so students need to contact potential supervisors at the beginning of the application process.
  7. All students whose native language is one other than English are required to pass the TOEFL with a minimum score of 600 (written) or 92 (web-based) or 7+ on the IELTS, or 84 on the MELAB test, or 70 on the PTE test. The test must have been taken within the last two years.
  8. Two letters of reference.
  9. Official copies of all post-secondary transcripts.