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Admission Procedures

Admission standards are listed in the Calendar of the SGPS.

To apply for entry to the graduate program, a student must first complete an online application. The instructions for online applications can be found on the SGPS website.

Reference letters are to be submitted online as are transcripts from Canadian universities. International transcripts must be mailed to the Neuroscience Program Office.

Applications are reviewed by the Program Committee.  If the applicant is considered to be academically acceptable, the student must find a research supervisor before receiving final acceptance (see Responsibilities of the Supervisor).  There are no established rules for the matching a student with a supervisor.  Students are advised to contact and visit the laboratories of potential supervisors.  These meetings can be arranged directly with the faculty member or through the Program Coordinator. A list of faculty and their current research interests is available on  the Neuroscience Program web site.

Only the SGPS can grant final confirmed admission to the graduate program and does so by issuing an official "Offer of Admission and Permit to Register" form.

Students entering the program after completing an undergraduate degree, and those with graduate degrees from foreign countries whose academic transcripts are difficult to assess, are admitted to the MSc program.  They may subsequently change their registration to the doctoral program upon satisfying their Advisory Committee and the Program Committee that their progress has been exceptional.  Such transfer into the PhD program, known informally as “roll over”, must occur before the end of the fifth academic term of study. When considering a request for transfer from the MSc to the PhD program the student's Advisory Committee will consider whether the student's research project is of sufficient scope to expand into a PhD project. The student should present a progress report of the completed work (5 page limit waived) and a plan outlining the PhD projects at the advisory committee meeting.  The committee will also consider the student’s CV. The student, the supervisor, and the advisors have to agree to a “roll-over”. A maximum of three terms of MSc registration is credited towards the PhD degree.

Students contemplating a combined graduate-medical degree should consult with the Director of the Program as early as possible before enrolling in medicine to discuss the nature and timing of their program.