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Admissions Policy

Each application is individually assessed by the Admissions Committee of the Division. However, even though a candidates’ academic record (as well as TOEFL scores) may warrant acceptance into the M.Sc. or Ph.D. programs, the student cannot enter either of these programs until a researcher willing to supervise the thesis work, and to financially support the student, is found. Please note that the reverse is not true – even though a student may have found a supervisor willing to accept him/her into their laboratory, this does not guarantee admission into the chosen program. Admissibility into our programs is based solely on the student’s record.

A listing of supervisors, their research projects, as well as their last three publications is available on our web site (refer to the “Faculty and Staff” section of our web page). Students should e-mail prospective supervisors in whose projects they are interested in order to find a laboratory in which there is a vacancy. This may be done either before or after having applied to the Division. We recommend that you meet with any potential supervisor and that you gather information about your proposed laboratory before accepting a position. We have compiled a document to aid you with regard to this matter (“Selecting your Laboratory of Training” PDF).

Researchers accepting potential students into their laboratories must guarantee financial support of at least the minimum level established by the Executive Committee of the Division, when students have not obtained a graduate study award or fellowship. The current minimal annual stipends are:

  • For Canadians and landed immigrants: a minimum of $14,000 + fees/year

  • For non-Quebec students at the Master's level: $22,000/year

  • For international students, (at both the Master's and Ph.D. levels): $22,500/year

Once a student has found a supervisor, the laboratory placement must be confirmed by having the supervisor complete the “Confirmation of Supervision” (PDF) form and return it to the departmental office along with a 1-2 page description of the proposed thesis project.

No admission will be processed where a lab placement has not been confirmed and where funding is not available to support the student’s studies.