Tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year are ~$5000.00 for full-time Canadian students and Permanent Residents. Tuition fees for international students are ~$8651, however, the department offers tuition assistance for the International Student Differential Fee. The International Student tuition assistance is offered to students until the end of the 2nd year (M.Sc.) and 5th year (Ph.D.).
The research proposal is not written in stone and your actual graduate research topic may deviate from it, however, this document will allow prospective supervisors to get a feel for what you're interested in. If you are completely at a loss, it would be advisable for you to investigate the type of work that is going on in your potential supervisor(s) lab(s). This might help you to develop some research ideas that may be of interest to both you and your potential supervisor.
As soon as we receive any documentation for an applicant (letters of reference or transcripts), a file is started and supporting documents are matched to the application once it is submitted.
You should apply now and send us a transcript of grades to date. Your application will be reviewed and a decision made based on your grades to date. However, if you have submitted a full application and have a less than outstanding academic record, you should wait until your 1st term grades have been reported before sending in transcripts.
Normally, applicants presenting a B.Sc. are considered for admission into the M.Sc. program. However, if the potential supervisor and Graduate Chair determine that an applicant is particularly strong (high GPA, strong research proposal and publication record), they may be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program. M.Sc. students in our department can switch into the Ph.D. program after their first year if their supervisor and committee agree and the research project warrants such a switch.
The Department requires students to take a minimum of two 3-credit courses. However, each Research Interest Group (RIG) has different course requirements and, depending on your background and RIG that you are in, you may have to take more courses to complement your program.
The Department prefers to see 3 academic references, however, if you have been employed in a capacity that directly relates to your graduate research (field/lab technician, etc.), you may use one employer/supervisor as a reference.