To be considered for admission, an applicant must have successfully completed the following:
- A 4-year undergraduate degree including the following prerequisite courses:
- English (or an effective writing substitute)
- A humanity or social science course
- Cell and Molecular Biology and/or Histology
- Introductory Physiology
- At least one third or fourth year undergraduate course, from one or more of the following subject areas: Embryology, Histology, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Immunology, Pharmacology or Genetics
The following courses are not required, but are strongly recommended:
- Introductory Chemistry
- Human Anatomy or Comparative Anatomy
Applicants should have at least 75% liberal arts and sciences courses in their transcript; i.e., no more than 25% studio courses. See note on non-standard applicants below.
- At least a mid-B standing (73-76% or 3.0 based on 4-point scale) in the final two years of undergraduate study.*
- Online SGS application including all required documentation (transcripts, Letter of Intent, academic references, etc.). For more information visit Application Process.
- Portfolio Application in accordance with the portfolio submission requirements described on the Portfolio page.
*Each year, the BMC program receives a large number of competitive applications for ~16 available spaces. Applicants are evaluated based on their academic transcripts, portfolio, references, and interview. The grades indicated above should be considered minimum requirements. Successful applicant GPAs vary; as a point of reference, the final two-year average GPA for students admitted in 2016 was 3.68.
Please note: The MScBMC program does not offer advanced placement, credits for experiential learning, transfer credits from other biocommunications programs, or part-time studies.
Interested in applying? Click here to learn more about our application process.
U. of T.’s School of Graduate Studies (SGS), which oversees and sets minimum requirements for all graduate programs at our university, requires that incoming students have at least 75% liberal arts and sciences course credit hours in their transcript (this is what they consider minimal to have a “U. of T. equivalent” four-year degree); they don’t consider studio art courses (or music performance courses) to be “liberal arts and sciences” courses.
There is, however, a process for considering an outstanding applicant who does not strictly meet the criteria: a “non-standard admission”. This requires that the program admissions committee deems the applicant an excellent candidate, and then forwards the applicant for a review by SGS. This process is only for outstanding candidates, and is not always successful. SGS does take into account a number of factors in this process, such as the number of years out of school, professional experience, and relevance of the earlier degree to the graduate program. In recent years we have had applicants with more than 25% studio courses apply this way successfully.
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