International Applicants

Medical Biophysics defines international applicants as students from foreign countries or applicants who completed their final degree(s) at a non-Canadian university.

Academic records will be evaluated to determine their equivalency to a University of Toronto four-year bachelor's degree and a minimum academic standing of B+. For International Degree Equivalencies, please visit the School of Graduate Studies database

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Please note that GRE results are no longer a requirement for application to graduate programs in the Department of Medical Biophysics.

English-Language Proficiency Testing

The School of Graduate Studies requires applicants from universities outside Canada, where English is not the primary language of instruction, to provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application.  

Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months of the submission of an application. Electronically reported scores should be sent directly by the testing agency to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services). The only test for which the University of Toronto will accept paper scores is MELAB.

Examination Type

Required Result(s)

(U of T Institutional
code: 0982-00)

Paper Based Test & TWE
Overall Score 580

Internet-Based Test IBT
Overall Score 93
Writing/Speaking 22

7.0 (with at least 6.5 for each component)

76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component)

Academic Preparation
Final grade of B in Level 60

Normally, if applicants meet any one of the following conditions, they are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English.

  • Native language is English (language first learned and still used on a daily basis)
  • A Canadian citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French
  • Has obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution recognized by the University of Toronto and where the language of instruction and examination is uniformly English (if your transcript does not state this, applicants should make arrangements for an official statement to be sent from their institution confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination.) 
  • Completed a degree in one of the following countries: Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Ghana, Guyana, Hong Kong*, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa**, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America***, Zambia, and Zimbabwe


* Applicants from the Chinese University of Hong Kong are required to provide proof of English proficiency.
** Some applicants from South Africa may be required to provide proof of English proficiency as not all universities teach in English.
*** While textbooks and research materials used at universities in Puerto Rico are often in English, Spanish is the language of instruction in some universities.

Important Information for Visa Students

Visa students who have been offered admission into our program are responsible for paying the portion equivalent to the Canadian student tuition fee. The department and supervisor will pay the differential tuition fee and your health insurance. This will be limited to 2 years for a MSc.

Students are eligible to receive their stipend at the time they start their graduate work in the Department. However, there are occasional delays in payment resulting from external paperwork. Upon arrival, it is recommended that you have at least $3000 CDN to cover your expenses in case your stipend/salary is delayed.

Additional Information

In addition to your official transcripts, you must submit official copies of your diploma or degree certificate. Official copies must be stamped with the institution's official seal, put in an institutional envelope, sealed and signed by your university's registrar

To learn more about application procedures, please click here. The application fee cannot be waived or deferred.