Admission Criteria: Minimum Standards

Admission Criteria - Minimum Standards

Our next available program begins in September 2019. Our online application system for that program will open on October 1, 2018 and close on March 15, 2019.

Academic requirements

  • An appropriate undergraduate degree - a four-year undergraduate bachelor degree from a recognized/accredited university in any area of management science, social science, natural science and engineering or any management, environment or natural resource driven background, with a standing GPA equivalent to at least a mid-B (a UofT mid-B is a grade between 73% to 76%, or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the final year of their undergraduate program (the most recent 5.0 full credit or 10 half credit) senior level credits. Senior level courses are third and fourth year courses, not first or second year courses. At UofT, half-credit courses are semestered courses i.e. a course that is completed in one semester - four months in length. Full credit courses are those that are a full academic year in length - 8 months, September to April.
  • Domestic applicants can access the  Canadian Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table to help in determining GPA equivalents.
  • International applicants can access the International Degree Equivalency Page at UofT School of Graduate Studies.

Statistics or Calculus Course

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate credit course in statistics, calculus, or linear algebra course. A minimum grade of B- is preferred. If an applicant has a grade in statistics/calculus/algebra that is lower than B-, that applicant may still be considered for admission but may be required to re-take statistics - and achieve the preferred grade - before they start the MScSM program.

English Proficiency for International Students

  • English Proficiency Test (TOEFL / IELTS): 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. Your application will not be considered  until your official score report (that meets our minimmum standards in all sections) is sent to UofT.
  • 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.
  • NOTE: If you are Permanent Resident in Canada but your four-year undergraduate bachelor degree was not in English  instruction, you are required to take TOEFL or IELTS and achieve our minimum requirements.
  • Applicants must arrange for their official TOEFL or IELTS official score report to be sent electronically to UofT School of Graduate Studies Department or Enrollment Services Department. 
  • Our minimum requirements for IELTS (Academic Version only) are: at least 7.0 in the overall band and 7.0 in each section (Reading, Speaking, Listening, and Writing).
  • Our minimum requirements for TOEFL are: at least 100 in the Total and at least 22 in each section.
  • Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to our program. More details about these tests can be found on the SGS website.
  • Please note; (i) our MScSM TOEFL/IELTS minimum requirements are higher than SGS minimums (ii) the average scores of accepted students is usually higher than the required minimums (iii) achieving the required minimum scores does not guarantee admission to the program):

Work Experience

  • Work experience is not required however, work-related experience may be considered for applicants returning from the work force. However, these applicants must still meet the educational minimum required standards; GPA, degree discipline, and so on. Work experience does not compensate for an application not meeting the minimum educational or other admission standards.
  • For applicants in general, although work experience is not required for admission, if you have had summer jobs or volunteer work of any kind, it may be considered during the admission process but will not compensate for an applicant that does not meet the minimum educational or other standards.

For more information, please refer to our FAQ page of our Application Essentials document. In addition, please contact an Admission officer at with any questions!