› The MBiotech Program admits students once a year. The next application cycle will begin on September 11, 2023 for the May 2024 intake.
› Admission decisions are based on an analysis of academic strength, professionalism, and ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
Applicants admitted into the MBiotech Program must have the following—
A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in any area of biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, or related field with a minimum mid-B (75 percent) standing in the final two years of study; and
› Canadian Degrees: Review your final two years of study which is equivalent to the final/most recent 10 credits taken (for which final grades have been received). Remember that—
- 0·5/3·0 credit courses are considered as a 0·5 credit;
- 1·0/6·0 credit courses are considered as 1 credit.
Simply count back from your most-recent courses completed, chronologically, until you have 10 full credits total. Average the grades from these courses to see if you meet our GPA admission requirement. Only courses credited toward your program degree requirement will be included in the calculation.
› International Degrees: Applicants who studied outside of Canada should hold the equivalent of a Canadian 4-year bachelor's degree, with a minimum mid-B average in the final two years of study, as assessed by the University of Toronto. Use the International Degree Equivalencies tool to see which international credentials are required for masters and doctoral admissions at UofT.
› Note: Due to the competitive nature of the application process, a GPA higher than the minimum may be required to recieve an offer for interview or admission. The average GPA of admitted students is typically between 83-85% in the final two years of study. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, with all required documents being factored in. If you feel you meet the admission requirements, you can then apply as either a domestic or international applicant in September 2023.
General GRE Test Scores • International applicants only
For applicants with degrees from non-Canadian institutions, official copies of GRE General Test Scores are mandatory. Applicants should write the GRE General Test, as the GRE Subject Tests in Chemistry and Biology have been discontinued. If the General GRE test is not available where you live, please contact the MBiotech Office for further guidance.
Applicants should aim to score at or above the 75th percentile. This is not a cut-off, but typical of a median or 'good' score. Scoring in the 90th percentile is excellent.
› How to Submit Scores to MBiotech:
To send scores to UTM, please do the following when selecting recipients—
- Select Institution: University of Toronto Mississauga, Institution Code 7203
- Specify Program: Other Biological Sciences, Program Code 0299
The MBiotech Office can download GRE scores directly online if you request to send your scores to the University of Toronto Mississauga; paper copies do not need to be mailed to our office.
We highly recommend you check test dates early in order to meet our application deadline in early January.
Note: Applicants who hold Canadian degrees with a mid-B in their final two years of study may choose to complete the Subject GRE test, in order to present the best case for admission. As successful applicants typically present higher than the minimum required GPA, competitive Subject GRE test scores may help improve the competitiveness of an application. Please contact us for more information should you have questions regarding your GPA/academic competitiveness.
For more information on the GRE General Test visit the GRE General Test website.
English Proficiency Test
You will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency if:
- English is not your first language (i.e., is not the first language you learned at home as a child);
- You have not completed at least four or more years of full-time study at a recognized Canadian school that teaches in English;
- You have not completed at least four or more years of full-time study in an English language school located in a country where the dominant language is English;
- Your first language is not French, and you have not completed four or more years of full-time study at a recognized Canadian school
Proof of English language proficiency must be provided by satisfactory performance on one of the following tests:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) [Institution Code — 0982];
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (offered through a number of locations, for example MELAB.ca);
International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test measures the English language proficiency of students planning to study at Canadian universities and colleges.
Minimum scores required:
- TOEFL: Total: 100, Writing: 22, Speaking: 22
- IELTS: Overall 7.0 and 6.5 in each component
- COPE Required Score: 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component).
- CAEL Required score: 70 minimum total score with at least 60 in each part.
To review the School of Graduate Studies English proficiency exemptions in full, please click here.
An application fee of CAD $125.00 is required.
MBiotech Program Requirements
We look holistically at candidates, looking for qualities of academic excellence and professionalism. We believe that science undergraduate inherently possess untapped career potential that can be realised through exposure to business concept. MBiotech has two streams available to study, specific to your background, education, and career goals. Read below to determine which MBiotech Stream is right for you!
› The Biopharmaceuticals Stream
MBiotech’s Biopharmaceutical stream (BioPh) is a two-year, full-time program comprised of required coursework and an internship placement in industry. The BioPh stream teaches stages of drug development, drug and medical device regulation (with a drug emphasis), clinical trial design and drug action through the molecular biology laboratory and courses in biotechnology in medicine and biomaterials and protein chemistry theory.
The BioPh stream represents the classic MBiotech experience.
› The Digital Health Technologies Stream
MBiotech’s Digital Health Technologies (DHT) stream is a two-year, full-time program comprised of required coursework and an internship placement in industry. No prior coding or statistical knowledge is assumed or required. DHT prepares graduates for the emerging digital revolution in healthcare. This stream of the Program builds upon the trend of combining training in biology, in a health and chronic disease context, with advanced statistical analysis.
The DHT stream represents MBiotech’s most recent, innovative offering.
Applying to MBiotech
Applications to the MBiotech open on September 11, 2023 and close on January, 8 2024. All applications are submitted online through the application portal. Applications are for the following academic year.
MBiotech has an annual start date in May. Our next intake is for May 2024.