Application Information

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The Centre for Medieval Studies admits students only in September. Applications must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) using the SGS online application. Applications are considered complete and can be reviewed only after all documentation is received by the set deadlines. This includes applicant online materials, letters of reference submitted online by referees, official transcripts, a personal statement, a CV, and a writing sample, submitted online. To avoid any disappointment we recommend that you submit all documents well in advance.

The Centre for Medieval Studies does not use GRE scores.

Application Deadline: 04 January 2021 for admission in fall 2021. Please complete all parts of the online application (biography, education, program of study, reference contact and payment) by this date. Please also upload the required documentation (CV, writing sample, personal statement) by this date. Reference letters from referees are also to be uploaded by this deadline. It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your documents in the online application and to follow up with your referees if references are not received in advance of deadlines.

Please note: The University of Toronto will be closed from 5:00 pm (EST) on Wednesday, 23 December 2020, until 8:45 am (EST) on Monday, 4 January 2020. During this time there will also be no mail delivery or courier delivery.

A candidate for the MA must have completed, with at least B+ standing, a four-year BA or its equivalent, in which course work in the medieval period formed part of the program. They are also required to have taken at least one full year Latin introductory course with at least B+ or equivalent mark. Once admitted and before starting the MA Program, applicants can attend the appropriate level of our Summer Latin Program courses for free.

Admission Requirements

As a minimum, students have to meet the admission standards of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and have the equivalent of a Toronto Master’s degree completed by the time of registration for the Ph.D. program. But the Admissions Committee of the centre considers its applicants with more stringent requirements in mind: a student’s competence in languages, academic abilities, and performance in Latin are all very important. A possible supervisor and committee have to be available. PhD students are offered admission on condition that they pass the Level One Latin examination on-site in Toronto, once admitted to the program.

Students admitted to the PhD program and those on the waiting list are strongly encouraged to attempt the April Level One Latin examination, without a fee.  If unsuccessful in the exam, they are urged to attend our Summer Level One Latin class, free of charge, to prepare for the September exam. Since the Level One Latin examination is not offered again until the following April, students who fail it in September must either enrol in the centre’s MA program or pursue their studies elsewhere; there are no exceptions to this rule. A Level One Latin Exam pass typically is equivalent to 2 semesters of introductory CMS Latin. Admission to the PhD program cannot be deferred to the following year. PhD students must be full-time.

Admission from the Centre's MA Program to the PhD Program

Students currently registered in the centre’s MA program who wish to apply for the PhD program must submit a new application, including reference letters, transcripts, etc., and pay the application fee. They should be aware that their applications are considered on the same terms as those of external applicants. Admission to our PhD program is selective and limited: the program cannot accommodate all our MA candidates.

  • Register and log into the SGS online application site after 1 October.
  • If you are a first-time applicant, click the link to Create an Account to begin your application. You will receive a verification code via email as part of the account creation process. After entering your verification code, you will create a password for your account.
  • You may save and return to the application at any point in the process.
  • You will be required to enter information for two academic referees. Please contact your referees in advance to obtain an email address (preferably a university email address). Be sure to inform your referees that you are doing this and that the University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies will be contacting them by email. Your referees will automatically receive a notification email that they have been requested to complete a reference for your application, along with instructions to submit their reference letter in the application system. 
  • If you need to change your referees, please get in touch with the graduate administrator.
  • If you need to send a reminder email to your existing referees, you can do so through your applicant portal after submitting your application.
  • To view the status of your application, including outstanding requirements, please log in to your account to view your applicant status portal. 
  • You can upload application materials, including unofficial transcripts, statements of intent, writing samples, and more, through your applicant status portal after submitting your application.
  • For CMS, upload only one writing sample (in English) between 10 and 20 pages.
  • Upload your academic CV.
  • Applicants whose previous study was in a language other than English must submit an official TOEFL score (minimum 580 written, 93 Internet) and TWE score of 5.


All applicants are required to upload one electronic or scanned official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and must include the transcript “legend,” usually printed on the back of the paper transcript. Moreover, if you are currently studying in the Fall, please send your Fall grades via e-mail to by 15 January. A notarized English translation must accompany all non-English documentation. You will not be required to submit official paper copies of your transcripts until after the Admissions Committee makes its decision. If admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts; verification of your paper transcripts will be a condition that must be met prior to registration.

November/December: CGS Applications

CGS scholarships are available for both master’s and doctoral students. The master's application is entirely online, and applicants must complete and submit the online application using the Research Portal. MA applicants should refer to the master's application instructions. Additionally the Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and uploaded. The deadline for master's applications is 1 December. Doctoral students submit their applications through their home universities and should review the doctoral instructions well in advance of the institutional deadline in November.

31 March: OGS Applications

All applicants for our MA and PhD program are encouraged to apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). Applicants must submit an OGS application using the U of T School of Graduate Studies centralized online OGS application.