Application Materials Required


MBiotech Students


Official transcripts can be scanned and uploaded to applicants' online applications, after you have created your profile and paid the application fee. The application system will open for MBiotech applications in late September 2019 (exact date TBC). The deadline to submit supporting application materials for May 2020 admission, including transcripts, will be in early January 2020 (exact date TBC).  

Scanned transcripts are suitable for application purposes, however all successful applicants will be required to submit official transcripts in order to register for the program. An official print copy of your transcript must be provided at the time an offer of admission is made. If an offer of admission "conditional upon the successful completion of your program" is made, these grades need to be confirmed with the submission of an official transcript.

For complete details about submitting transcripts, please refer to these FAQ.


As part of your electronic application, three letters of reference are required. Good choices of referees, in the following order of preference, would include:

  1. Professors or other key individuals familiar with your undergraduate research or undergraduate thesis
  2. Professors familiar with your third and fourth year academics
  3. Employers with relevance to the biotechnology or science industry
  4. TAs, others

Referees with institutional e-mail addresses can upload their references to your online application. Enter your referees’ names and (institutional - university, college or company) email addresses into your online application. The system will automatically email an electronic reference request to each referee after you have submitted payment. Although you will provide the referee information before payment, the system will not notify your referees until after you have selected to pay the online application fee. It is highly recommended that applicants contact their referees ahead of time to confirm both their availability their preferred institutional email address. 

Referees without institutional e-mail addresses (e.g. yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc) should send original, hard copies of their letters of reference directly to:

Master of Biotechnology
University of Toronto Mississauga
Innovation Complex, Room KN2260
3359 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

For more detailed information regarding the process, or what to do if you need to change information about your referees, please see these FAQ.

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Letter of Intent

Through your electronic application, a one page statement describing your interest in Biotechnology and your interest in the Master of Biotechnology Program is required. Include a statement on the specific area of Biotechnology in which you are interested.

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A current copy of your resume or CV is required and should be uploaded to your online application.

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Proof of Proficiency in the English Language

The MBiotech Program and University of Toronto requires that all applicants with a first language other than English are required to demonstrated their facility in English using one of the following methods:

1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
2. Michigan English language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
4. The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)
5. U of T School of Continuing Studies Academic Preparation course

More details about these tests, including minimum scores, can be found on the SGS website at:

Applicants should request that original copies (not photocopies) of their test scores be sent to the address below.

Please note: UTM now hosts an IELTS Testing Centre on campus! For full details, including test dates, how to prepare and how to apply, please visit the IELTS at UTM webpage.

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GRE Subject Test Scores

Applicants with degrees from non-Canadian institutions

For applicants whose degrees are from non-Canadian institutions, official copies of GRE Subject Test scores are mandatory. We highly recommend you check test dates early in time to meet our application deadline in early January 2020.

Applicants with Canadian degrees but with a "mid-B" in their final two years of study

GRE Subject scores may be recommended/suggested for any students who are applying with a "mid-B" in their final two years of study, in order to present your best case for admission, as successful applicants typically present higher than the minimum required GPA. Please contact us for more information. 

Which test should be written?

Applicants should write the GRE Subject Test in their discipline (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, etc) rather than the General Test.

What minimum test score is required?

Applicants should score within the top 25th percentile of the cohort within which they write. This is not a cut-off, but recommended to be competitive.

Original copies of test scores should be requested and sent to the address below.

Click here for more information on the GRE Subject Test 

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Mailing Address

For documents that cannot be submitted electronically (i.e., Official Transcripts, TOEFL and GRE Subject test scores), our mailing address is:

Master of Biotechnology
University of Toronto Mississauga
Innovation Complex, Room KN2260
3359 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

When arranging the submission of GRE Subject Test scores, applicants should select "University of Toronto Mississauga", institution code 7203. For program code, please select "Other Biological Sciences", program code 0299".

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For more information

Please email or call us at 905-569-4737.