Frequently Asked Questions

1. Before applying . . .

Is this program available full-time only, or is there a part-time option?

  • The MMI Program is a full-time, Monday to Friday, program. There currently is no part-time option.


How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

  • Please refer to our Admissions Criteria page on our website. Prospective applicants are asked to self-assess. However, if after reading this page you are still not sure, please contact the Program Coordinator via email: mmi.utm@utoronto.ca


How do I calculate my GPA?

  • Although we review an applicant's whole transcript - looking for consistency over the years - we only calculate the GPA from the last five full, or ten half credit, senior level courses (third and fourth year courses). For domestic students, please refer to the Undergraduate Grade Conversion Table
  • For international students, please refer to the UofT International Degree Equivalency page.
  • Please note that we cannot provide a specific assessment of credentials prior to submission of a completed application.


What type of bachelor's degree is required?

  • An appropriate four-year undergraduate bachelor degree from an accredited University in any area of Science (Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences) and Engineering (Information Technology) or any technical or science driven academic background.


I am currently in another master's program, can I transfer into the MMI Program?

  • No.



2. Application Process . . .

How do I access the online application?

  • Our online application system will open on November 15th and close on February 28th. You will be able to access the online application via our website.


The online application system won't let me apply to the program I want - what's wrong?

The most common problems are:

  • The program is closed for admission. You are trying to apply outside of our specific online application dates. It is only open from November 15th to February 28th. It cannot be accessed at any other time.
  • You have not selected MMI from the IMI Graduate unit: form the pick list, choose IMI (Institute for Management & Innovation) and then choose MMI.


I want to apply to several graduate U of T programs, can I?

  • Yes. However, you need to apply to each program separately as each program has its own admission criteria and different documents that must be submitted.


I applied last year, do I have to re-submit documents?

  • Yes.


Do I have to pay the application fee?

  • Yes. You will not be able to submit any documents until you pay the application fee.


How do I pay the application fee?

  • Via credit card on the online application system - $125 CDN.


Online and paper transcripts - do I really have to provide both?

  • Yes. Initially, on the online application system, you need only provide the electronic version of your transcript. However, you will have to order the official hard copy transcript to be delivered to the MMI Program Office for our consideration. And, if you are a fourth year student when you apply, and we extend an offer, you will be required to submit an official final transcript that lists your final grades and states that your degree has been conferred upon you - this will be a condition on any offer that we may extend.
  • If you are a U of T student, you do need to upload your electronic version of your transcript but do not need to order the official paper copy.


What if I can't obtain official transcripts?

  • Contact the MMI Program Coordinator. We cannot consider any application file that is not complete and an official transcript is required.


Who should I ask to be my referees?

  • If you are currently a student - in your fourth year – two of the reference letters must be academic.
  • If you have been out of school for several years and cannot provide two academic references, then we also accept one academic and one professional reference letter.
  • Whether academic or work reference letters, the referees should provide information on your academic/work habits: can you complete assignments on time etc., do you have leadership skills or potential? Can you work in a group and on your own? In their opinion, will you succeed in a demanding graduate program.


How do my referees submit their letters of reference?

  • When you complete your online application form, it will ask for your referees' name/title/contact info/email address/etc. Once you enter the information, the online system will automatically send the referee instructions on how to submit their letter of reference.


Can I submit more than the two required letters of reference?

  • No. The online system only accepts two reference letters and we only consider two reference letters.


I am an international student - do I have to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report?

  • If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian University where the language of instruction was not in English, then you must demonstrate your facility in English by successfully completing an acceptable English Facility Test. This requirement must be met at the time you submit your application.
  • You must arrange for your official TOEFL or IELTS score to be reported electronically to the U of T School of Graduate Studies or Enrolment Services by the testing agency. Furthermore, an official paper copy to be mailed directly to the MMI Program Office from TOEFL/IELTS.
  • NOTE: You are not required to complete an English Facility Test if you are a Canadian citizen who has studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French.
  • Minimum required score in 
    IELTS: 7.0 (Academic) with at least 6.5 for each component (Reading, Speaking, Listening, and Writing).
    TOEFL: Overall Score 93 and at least 22 in each section.
  • Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to our program.


Is GMAT or GRE required?

  • GMAT or GRE score is only required if your Degree is not from North America. The minimum overall score for admission is 75%.
  • Students with a Degree from Canada or the U.S. don’t need to write a GMAT or GRE test.


3. Academic Assessment . . .

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

  • Firstly, although all applicants to our program and graduate programs at UofT in general must meet minimum admission standards to be considered, each completed application is considered on their individual merits.
  • As per our website, and the answers above with regards to GPA and education, applicants are expected to self-assess their eligibility but are encouraged to email the MMI Program Coordinator with any questions. Please note that we cannot provide a specific assessment of credentials prior to submission of a completed application.


What if my undergraduate bachelor degree is only three years?

  • We require a four-year undergraduate bachelor degree. Students with three-year degrees are required to take qualifying courses to be considered for admission - to be taken before they apply.


Do I need work experience?

  • No. Work experience is not a requirement for admission to the MMI program.


Are there any course prerequisites for admission to the program?

  • No. A Science or Engineering Degree only is a requirement.


4. After applying . . .

Must my application be complete before it is reviewed?

  • Yes. We only review completed applications - once all required documents are submitted.


How will I know if all my documents have been received?

  • You can check the status of your application at any time. The online admission system automatically updates your file when a document is submitted. Once all documents are submitted, the MMI Program staff checks your documents and then update your status to "Under Review".


How will my application be reviewed and a decision arrived at?

The process of evaluating your application has several steps, once it is complete:

  • A preliminary review of all submitted documents is first - to ensure that the documents are complete.
  • Then, transcripts are reviewed for degree suitability and GPA calculated to ensure that applicant meets minimum academic and educational requirements.
  • Official IELTS/TOEFL (if applicable) score reports are checked to ensure international students meet English Language minimum requirements.
  • All aspects of your application are thoroughly considered including the academic assessment (applications must meet academic minimums to be considered any further), letter of intent, resume, and letters of reference.
  • From this point, some application files go forward for interview. Please note that not all applications move forward; only those applications that meet our minimum standards in all sections and other factors (such as quality of letter of intent, reference letters etc.) are invited to an interview.


Is an interview required?

  • Yes, only those applications that we are considering further are invited to an interview. 
  • This interview is mandatory for those applicants and we will invite you for an online interview on Skype/Zoom/MS Teams. 
  • Applicants who cannot participate in an online interview are not considered for admission. 
  • Additional tests can be part of the interview. The information about these tests will be circulated in the interview process and applicants will receive an email invitation to pass these tests before the online interview. 


If I am offered admission, can I defer to next year?

  • No. We do not grant deferments. To be re-considered for admission the following year, you must re-apply in competition with all other applicants for admission to a future academic year.


 I was refused admission - can I appeal?

  • No. The official results pertaining to an application are final. Per U of T and School of Graduate Studies policy, decisions related to admission to an academic program, including admission for master's students, are not subject to appeal.


How can I determine why I was refused and how can I strengthen my application for a future year?

  • Our admission process is competitive and we receive many more applications that we have available spaces. Unfortunately, many applicants are disappointed.
  • A Notification of Refusal letter means that your application is not sufficiently strong to be awarded an admission space. Other applications may be stronger because of academic standing, degree appropriateness, letters of reference, statement of intent, professional development, leadership ability, and more.
  • If you think your academic preparation (for example, appropriate bachelor's degree with B+ average) does not achieve our minimum requirements, you can contact our office for general and comprehensive feedback/suggestions.
  • If you are confident that you have met our minimum admission requirements, our program office can provide some comments. However, please be aware that in-depth feedback cannot be provided because deliberations of the Admission committee are confidential.


5. Accepting an offer . . .

How do I accept an offer?

  • Some days after your interview, we will send an informal email advising you of our decision. If we will be extending an offer of admission to you, it will arrive via email in approximately one week after that.
  • The offer of admission package will contain several documents and letters and you must inform the MMI Program Office within two weeks if you accept the offer.


How do I decline an offer?

  • Same way - and within two weeks.


6. Once I am in the program . . .

How do I register for courses?

  • You do not register for courses. As most of our MMI courses are core courses (required), the Program Coordinator registers you in these courses. You only need register separately for elective courses.


How do I register for electives?

  • As many of your electives will be outside the MMI Program, how to register for these courses - in other departments, possibly on other campuses - is dependent on that department. Paper work (an ADD Course form) usually needs to be completed and signed by both the MMI program and the host program. The MMI program will assist students with the paperwork. However, it is the student's responsibility to research the electives for appropriateness, availability, and permission from MMI.


How do I pay my tuition fees?

  • Once you become a U of T / MMI student, you will have online access to your tuition account and will be able to pay it via online banking, money order, or certified cheque. Updated information on tuition and incidental fee costs and payment deadlines are available each spring.


Do I need to find my supervisor for my internship?

  • No. The MMI program will assign your faculty supervisor.


Is the MMI Summer Internship mandatory?

  • Yes. The MMI Summer Internship is worked on from May to August. The focus of the internship is to create a solution for a real problem faced by an organization today.


How do I obtain my internship?

  • You will get support from the Recruitment, Placement and Employer Relations Officer in the program to find an internship position. It's a guided search and students apply for internships.