Frequently Asked Questions
Academic Writing & Editing
- GCAC offers a variety of free courses (generally 3-5 weeks long), drop in workshops, and one on one consultations to help you cultivate the ability to diagnose and address weaknesses in your written and verbal communication. This includes topics such as how to become a better editor of your work, writing grant proposals, improving your graduate writing, etc.
- These guidelines discuss the responsibilities of a graduate student and their supervisor, as well as how a student should address problems with their supervisor.
- Book an appointment with a trained peer advisor to confidentially connect and talk about strategies for addressing a concern, as well as available university supports and resources. Peer advisors do not intervene or advocate - they listen and can help you navigate your own way forward.
Family Care, Housing, Community & Health
- The Family Care Office provides confidential guidance, resources, referrals, educational programming and advocacy for the University of Toronto community and their families.
- Offer a variety of services ranging from immunizations to tobacco cessation to sexual health
- Provides you with housing details ranging from available housing prospects to spotting housing scams
- Students have access to various athletic facilities including the Athletic Centre, Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, and Hart House
- The Centre for International Experience is a meeting place for a diverse community of international students coming to U of T and domestic students looking to go abroad. Come and visit us at Cumberland House to find information and make new friends.
Graduate Student Union
- The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) represents over 18,000 students studying in over 115 departments. We advocate for increased graduate student representation and act as a voice for students by lobbying national, and provincial issues on your behalf.
How are admission decisions communicated?
Decisions on admission are communicated via email to the student only. You are then expected to let your potential supervisor know about the outcome.
How is the admission review process conducted?
- RSI office reviews all applications. Only complete applications which meet the admission requirement are reviewed by the admissions committee.
- Two committee members are randomly assigned to each application, accounting for conflict of interest.
- A structured form and rankings are used for the evaluation of each application.
- A current graduate student at RSI reviews all application to provide the student's perspective on a candidate.
- The committee meets to review the applications.
- A committee member whose student is being reviewed does not participate in the discussion.
- Following the discussion, the chair seeks a consensus rating. The members of the committee comment if they feel the score is not consistent with the review of the application.
- Unanimous decision is made by the committee to either:
a. Accept the student conditional confirmed supervisor and funding
b. Reject student
Literature Organization & Reference Management
- UofT Libraries hosts a variety of workshops on navigating citation management tools and strategies (Refworks, EndNote, etc). Visit the UofT Libraries event calendar for further details.
- Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks, and EndNote Web are offered through UofT. Comparison and help guides are available as well.
- This series of workshops, offered by the Office of Student Life, is designed to help graduate students develop coping skills to better meet the demands of university, work, and personal life. The workshops cover the following topics: balanced thinking, behavioural change, emotion regulation, and balanced living.
- This workshop, offered by the Office of Student Life, will focus on the benefits of restorative breath. Try new techniques for relaxation such as muscle tension reduction and learn new tips for taking time to pause and recharge.
- Wellness counselling appointments are available to graduate students at the School of Graduate Studies (63 St. George Street). The Wellness counsellor will offer brief counselling services tailored to the challenges presented by graduate-level university life. The focus of counselling is on strengths, resiliency, and skills-building.
Personal Finance & Budgeting
- This workshop will teach you how credit works and what debt can do to your financial plans, plus practical ways to take control of your finances. The workshop is offered by the Hart House Finance Committee in partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. The workshop if often held multiple times per year, so look out for updates on the Hart House website.
- This calculator will show you how much money you will need to cover tuition and fees, housing costs, food and everything else for the upcoming academic year. You’ll provide some background and income information, and the calculator will show you a budget summary and direct you to some useful resources to help you save money.
- Financial advising can help relieve your financial stress, resolve your immediate financial problems and help you plan for the future. Meet with a financial advisor who can assist with all aspects of financial management, including planning a budget and debt load management. Advising is available in person, via email, or via telephone from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
- This series of drop-in group advising sessions covers a variety topics in relation to career exploration and education (e.g. networking, exploring career options, exploring further education, job search motivation, etc). The sessions happen weekly on Thursdays from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the Student Success Centre. Log into the Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network and visit the Events and Workshops Calendar for more details,
- Workshops on how to create resumes and cover letters are regularly offered at the Career Centre. Log into the Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network and visit the Events and Workshops Calendar for more details.
One-on-one, drop in consultations are also available through the Office of Student Life
- The Office of Student Life offers a variety of mentorship training workshops to any student who is or wishes to be a peer mentor.
- The GPS Program, an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies, is designed to help graduate students develop skills beyond those conventionally learned within a disciplinary program, which may be critical to success in careers within and outside of academia. The program can help you to communicate better, plan and manage your time, learn entrepreneurial skills, understand and apply ethical practices, and work effectively in teams and as a leader.
- A variety of professional development workshops are offered such as: networking, project management, time management, presentation skills, etc.
- This is a graduate level course focused on developing the academic and professional skills required to succeed during and beyond graduate education in basic biomedical sciences such as biochemistry.