Cell & Systems Biology Graduate Program (MSc/PhD)

University of Toronto

The graduate program in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology offers degrees in the fields of cell, molecular and systems biology.

M.Sc.

The Department of Cell and Systems Biology recognises the importance of the MSc degree as valuable research training for students whose career aspirations may or may not be aligned with proceeding with academic research. There is a high demand for MSc level scientists in many career paths, both within and outside academia.  The MSc program aims to produce scientists that are well suited to fill this demand.  The objective of the MSc program is to provide students with skills in the generation, critical evaluation, assessment and communication of data so that they are equipped to proceed with further graduate degrees, or other career opportunities where such skills are desired.  As part of their training, MSc students will acquire skills in the communication of scientific research (including teaching skills), and acquire a good foundation of knowledge related to the theory and practice underpinning their chosen field.

The CSB MSc program objectives are achieved through: 1) independent research in the laboratories of CSB faculty; 2) successful completion of high level, module-based graduate courses; 3) oral presentations at formal Department seminars and informal group meetings, and, 4) production of a thesis that describes original research that is of a quality suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Ph.D.

The CSB PhD program aims to produce scientists who will form part of the next generation of independent researchers in cell, molecular and systems biology, and become future high-level teachers, frontier-expanders, and decision-makers in these fields of inquiry.   In keeping with this, PhD graduates are expected to emerge from the program as independent and autonomous scientists, producing a written thesis that describes original research that stands as a testimony to their ability to generate publishable, stand-alone contributions to the peer-reviewed scientific literature.  As part of their training, PhD students will acquire skills in the communication of scientific research (including teaching skills), and acquire broad-based knowledge of the theory and practice underpinning their chosen field.

The Ph.D. is a four- or five-year program for students entering with an M.Sc. or B.Sc. degree respectively.  Promising students may seek to transfer into the Ph.D. program from the M.Sc. program after 12 months of study. All students must pass an appraisal examination within 20 months into the program.

The CSB PhD program objectives are achieved through: 1) independent research in the laboratories of CSB faculty; 2) successful completion of high level graduate courses; 3) oral presentations at formal Department seminars and informal group meetings, and, 4) production of a thesis that contains work that can stand alone as a publishable, peer-reviewed contribution to the scientific literature.

Post Type: MSc/PhD

Commencing: September, 2017 and January 2018

Tuition Fess/Scholarships: Funded, please check here.

Application Deadline: The online application for admission in September 2017 and January 2018 will open on November 21, 2016. Completed applications will be due by February 13, 2017.

Requirements

Applicants to the graduate program must be accepted by a faculty member who agrees to supervise and fund the student’s research. Therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to contact faculty members whose research interests overlap with their own.

Admission decisions are based on academic achievement as reflected in the student’s academic transcript and on research potential as indicated by research experience and letters of support from referees.

If you have any questions about eligibility to the CSB Graduate Program, we strongly encourage you to contact Ian Buglass (ian.buglass(at)utoronto.ca) or Sue Taylor (sue.taylor(at)utoronto.ca) in the CSB Graduate Office.

Frequently Asked Questions from applicants can be found here.

M.Sc.

Applicants are accepted under the general regulations of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS). An appropriate Bachelor’s degree with high academic standing from a recognized university is required. In addition to fulfilling University of Toronto SGS general requirements for admission, applicants must achieve a minimum B+ average (or equivalent) in their final year of study in a Bachelor’s program, plus minimally a mid-B overall average in the previous year of study. After submitting their application, applicants should contact prospective supervisors, as only applicants with support of a potential supervisor in the Department will be admitted into the program.

Ph.D.

Applicants are accepted under the general regulations of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies. After submitting their application, applicants should contact prospective supervisors, as only applicants with support of a potential supervisor in the Department will be admitted into the program. Students will be accepted into the CSB PhD program through one of three possible entry routes:

  1. Transfer from the CSB MSc Program: Students may reclassify from the MSc program after 12 months of study.  Students must reclassify between the 12th and 20th month of their MSc program.
  2. Following completion of an MSc:  Applicants applying from an MSc degree program or equivalent  from a recognized university must have an average of A- in their MSc program.
  3. Direct entry from BSc: Students with an exceptional record in a BSc program (minimally, University of Toronto A- average or equivalent) may apply to be considered for direct admission into the PhD program.

Application Procedure:

To proceed to the SGS online admissions application, please click: SGS Online Admissions Application

For applicants seeking admission in September 2017 or January 2018, the following supporting documents must be submitted using the online application by February 13th, 2017:

  • A one-page statement describing your interest in Cell and Systems Biology, your goals, and your reasons for choosing this department for graduate studies. Include a list of names of potential supervisors and areas of research in which you are interested.
  • A current copy of your résumé or CV.
  • Three letters of reference are required. These letters should be submitted electrically by the referees, who will automatically be emailed instructions when the student sumibts an online application and has paid the application fee.  Reference letters can be mailed to the department; however, we strongly recommend that referees submit the letters online.
  • Scanned copies of academic transcripts form each university attended.
  • GRE scores are required for applicants without a degree from a Canadian university.  International applicants should submit GRE scores from the General Test and the subject test in Biology.  *Note that GRE scores will not be required in 2017.

International applicants whose language of instruction at their previous university was not English must submit an official English Language Facility Test (e.g. TOEFL).  For applicants from many countries, the Department of Cell and Systems Biology requires an English Facility Test even in cases where the primary language of instruction was English. Students must arrange for their score to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services) by the testing agency. The institution code for U of T is 0982. There is no need to specify a department.

For more information, please visit the program website.

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