Summary of Application Documents


All applicants must submit a combination of the following documentation with their application for admission. Full details on how to apply/submit your application can be found on the How To Apply - Biopharma or  How To Apply - DHT page.


Academic Transcripts

Official transcripts can be scanned and uploaded to applicants' online applications, after you have created your profile and paid the application fee. 

Domestic applicants must hold a 4-year degree from a recognized Canadian institution with a minimum mid-B (75%) average in the final two years of study. Please see the individual program stream pages for specific degree requirements.

International applicants should hold the equivalent of a Canadian 4-year 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 U of T. You can find this tool at

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 will be requested at the time an offer of admission is made. If an offer of admission is "conditional upon the successful completion of your program" (for those students who are applying in the final year of their undergraduate degree) final grades for pending courses will also need to be confirmed via the submission of an official transcript.

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


As part of your 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

You will need to submit your referee information via the application portal prior to paying your application fee, so ensure you have these details confirmed prior to opening your application.

Referees with institutional e-mail addresses can upload their references directly to your online application. Enter your referees’ names and institutional email (university, college or company email address) into your online application when prompted. The system will automatically email an electronic reference request to each referee after you have submitted your fee 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 and 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 DHT and the Master of Biotechnology Program is required. Include a statement on the specific area of DHT you are interested in and why you feel MBiotech is the appropriate program choice for your career goals and interests.

** Letters of intent should be saved and submitted as .pdf documents.

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

** The resume/CV should be saved and submitted as a .pdf document.

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Proof of Proficiency in the English Language  *International Applicants Only*

MBiotech and the University of Toronto require all international applicants (with a first language other than English OR who studied at a non-English-language-speaking institution) to submit proof of English proficiency using one of the following methods:

1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - **please have scores sent to UofT - Institution Code 0982**
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

If you are an international applicant and speak English as your first language OR if you completed your degree in English (were instructed/tested in English at an English-speaking institution), you may contact the MBiotech Office to request that the Proof of English Language Proficiency requirement be waived. If approved for a waiver, a certified letter from your institution - stating that the method of instruction was in English - will be required for your applicant file. Note: if you do not contact the MBiotech Office to request a waiver, your application will be deemed incomplete if the proficiency scores are not received. 

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.

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

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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SUBJECT GRE Test Scores *International Applicants Only*

For applicants with degrees from non-Canadian institutions, official copies of GRE Subject Test Scores are mandatory. Applicants should write the GRE Subject Test in their discipline (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, etc) rather than the General Test. If the Subject GRE test is not available where you live, please contact the MBiotech Office to receive further instructions.

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

How to Submit Scores to MBiotech:

To send scores to UTM, please do the following when selecting recipients:

  1. Select Institution: "University of Toronto Mississauga", institution code 7203.
  2. 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 offices. 

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.

Click here for more information on the GRE Subject Test 

YouTube Video *optional for DHT candidates only*

A short (no longer than 2 minute) YouTube video, highlighting any area of interest, accomplishment, or trait of the applicant is encouraged but not required. Creativity is encouraged. If choosing to submit, please embed the link to the video at the top of the Letter of Intent. 


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For more information or questions regarding admission requirements please email or call us at 905-569-4737.