Welcome to the admissions information page for the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. This page contains information on:

Answers to common questions are found in our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Admission Requirements and Application Procedure

Application Procedure Quick List
  1. Read the information on admission requirements on this page.
  2. Complete the application form and pay the application fee online at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) site. You must do this prior to the SGS Fee Payment Deadline. Do not monitor the progress of your application on the School of Graduate Studies web site as it is not updated.
  3. Proceed to the UTIAS application website where you will provide detailed information for your application. This is the part of the application where you provide your biographical information, academic history, referees, statement of intent and program for which you are applying. This is the most important part of the application process. You must complete this prior to the UTIAS Application Form Deadline.
  4. Print the School of Graduate Studies application summary sheets and mail the paper copies to:
    University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies Graduate Office:
    Graduate Office
    4925 Dufferin Street
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada M3H 5T6
  5. Arrange for all universities you have attended to mail paper copies of ORIGINAL transcripts to the UTIAS Graduate Office. These must be placed in sealed envelopes, with signatures or stamps across the seals, authorized in the University Registrar’s Office. These may be in a separate package from the SGS summary sheets.
  6. Do not send any further documentation unless requested.
Application Deadlines

Applicants are required to submit complete applications by the deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. Applicants should expect that completing this process will take at least a month and should start their application accordingly.

Degree Programs SGS Fee Payment Deadline UTIAS Application Form Deadline
MASc January 15 2018 January 15 2018
PhD January 15 2018 January 15 2018
MEng March 1 2018 April 1 2018

NOTICE: Because of technical issues with the online application system, the fee payment deadline has been extended to January 15 2018.

General Information on the Admission Process

The University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies offers programs leading to the Master of Engineering (MEng), Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The MEng is a course-based professional master degree, while the MASc and PhD degrees are research-intensive.

Domestic applicants to MASc and PhD: Find out about Graduate Research Days!

Both research (MASc and PhD) and professional masters degree (MEng) students are admitted in September. All students apply using the departmental application web site. Applications will not be accepted after the deadlines. For applicants to the MASc and PhD programs, you will not have a confirmed supervisor before you submit your application. After application, candidates for the MASc and PhD programs will have their applications read by professors, and the individual professors will arrange for interviews to determine which students to admit to their groups. Research students must be accepted by a member of the UTIAS faculty who will provide a guaranteed funding package. It is recommended that prospective research students contact professors doing research in relevant areas prior to or at the time of application to ascertain position and project availability. Prospective research students should read carefully the research profiles of the UTIAS faculty to identify appropriate supervisors. Applicants to the MASc program who are not accepted will automatically be considered for admission to the MEng program.

Most questions are addressed in our Frequently Asked Questions page. For questions not answered in the FAQ, please contact the Graduate Office.

Admission Requirements

Admission to any of the graduate programs is in accordance with the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Candidates for the MEng degree shall hold a BASc degree from the University of Toronto or an equivalent four-year degree in engineering. Admission to the MASc program requires a Bachelor’s degree in a four-year undergraduate program in engineering, mathematics, physics, or chemistry. Admission requirements for PhD studies include a research-intensive Master’s degree in applied science, engineering, mathematics, physics, or chemistry, and demonstrated ability to perform advanced research. Minimum academic requirements are stated in the SGS calendar. Students with excellent performance during the 1st year of an MASc program at UTIAS may request to be transferred directly into the PhD program at the end of their first year without having to complete the MASc thesis. UTIAS offers a flexible-time PhD program to selected students. Interested applicants shall contact the graduate office directly.

English Proficiency Requirements

If English is not your primary language and you graduated from a non-Canadian university, you must demonstrate your proficiency in English by taking the TOEFL (including a test of written English) or other test of English capability. See our Frequently Asked Questions page and the School of Graduate Studies site for additional information. Please note that the UTIAS English language requirements are stronger than the minimum SGS requirements. Applicants should request that the testing organizations send the scores directly to the University of Toronto. Applicants are reminded to note the Institution code for the TOEFL tests.

  • TOEFL: Institution code is 0982 It is not necessary to specify a department.

For the internet-based TOEFL test (iBT), the required minimum scores are 22/30 for both the ‘writing’ and ‘speaking’ sections with an overall minimum score of 93/120.

Alternative English proficiency tests are also acceptable, including IELTS, according to the School of Graduate Studies English Proficiency Requirement. Further details are available at the School of Graduate Studies site.


Applicants must provide official (hard copy) transcripts for all post-secondary programs completed, attempted, or in progress. Transcripts must list the years of study, courses taken and grades received. In cases where the program was completed, the applicant must also provide proof of degree conferral.

Applicants who attend(ed) non-English speaking universities must have the universities provide official transcripts and proof of degree conferral in the original language, as well as in English.

Paper copies of official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes with the stamp of the university or the signature of the regitrar across the seal. Transcripts must be mailed to the UTIAS Graduate Office:

University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
Graduate Office
4925 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario

Many universities will mail transcripts directly to the UTIAS Graduate Office; this is the preferred procedure.


Two letters of reference are required. All referees must enter references on-line. Please do not forward hard copies of references to the UTIAS Graduate Office. The UTIAS Graduate Office will contact referees by e-mail and telephone to authenticate all references.

Statement of Intent and Curriculum Vitae

Applicants must enter the statement of intent on-line. A curriculum vitae or resume may be uploaded in PDF format.

Research Preference

Applicants must classify their research interest according to at least one of the areas listed below. The on-line form will permit applicants to indicate a maximum of three areas of interest.

  • Advanced Aerospace Structures (C. A. Steeves)
  • Aerospace Computational Engineering (M. Yano)
  • Aerospace Mechatronics (M. R. Emami)
  • Aircraft Flight Systems and Control (H. H. T. Liu)
  • Autonomous Space Robotics (T. D. Barfoot)
  • Combustion and Propulsion (Ö. L. Gülder)
  • Computational Aerodynamics (D. W. Zingg)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Propulsion (C. P. T. Groth)
  • Computational Modelling & Design Optimization Under Uncertainty (P.B. Nair)
  • Dynamic Systems (A. P. Schoellig)
  • Experimental Engines (A. M. Steinberg)
  • Experimental Fluid Dynamics (A. Ekmekci)
  • Flow Control and Experimental Turbulence (P. Lavoie)
  • Fusion Energy: Computer Code Modelling (P. C. Stangeby)
  • Fusion Energy: Plasma Materials Interactions (A. A. Haasz)
  • Nanosatellite and Microsatellite Missions (R. E. Zee)
  • Space Robotics (G. M. T. D’Eleuterio)
  • Space & Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems (J. S. Kelly)
  • Spacecraft Dynamics/Control and Microsatellites (C. J. Damaren)
  • Vehicle Simulation (P. R. Grant)


The minimum residence (full-time) requirement for the MASc degree program is one year, although it normally takes longer owing to the demands of the research thesis. The PhD program requires a minimum of two years (after completion of MASc degree) but it normally takes longer. It is the joint responsibility of the student and her/his research supervisor to ensure that research theses are completed in a timely manner. The MEng program, which consists of ten courses, could be completed in three terms on a full-time basis or six terms on an extended full-time basis. The MEng program may also be pursued on a part-time basis.

Fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year:

(Updated information on University Fees website)

Domestic tuition and fees: (Canadian citizens and permanent residents)

MASc and PhD Students: $6,960 + $1,520.14 incidental fees
Full-time MEng students: $14,170 + $1,520.14 incidental fees
Extended Full-time MEng students: $7,202 + $1,520.14 incidental fees

International tuition and fees: (Visa students)

MASc and PhD Students: $21,560 + $1,520.14 incidental fees
Full-time MEng students (full-time): $50,780 + $1,520.14 incidental fees
Extended Full-time MEng students (full-time): $25,813 + $1,520.14 incidental fees

Financial Support:

Minimum Financial Support

In accordance with the UTIAS financial support policy, students with satisfactory academic performance will receive a minimum level of financial support for the first twenty (20) months of MASc studies and for years 1-4 in the PhD program. This minimum level of support will include all external scholarships and fellowships. The minimum amounts for the upcoming academic year 2017-18 are: $17,000 plus (domestic or international) tuition and fees for PhD students per 12-month-year, and $15,500 plus (domestic or international) tuition and fees for MASc students per 12-month-year.

Domestic students who have major external scholarships (at a minimum amount of $15,000 per year), such as NSERC, OGS, QEII-GSST, etc., will receive $14,000/year supplements to the scholarships. Domestic students who have other external scholarships (less than $15,000 per year), will receive the minimum level of support plus up to 50% of the scholarship value inclusive of the scholarship, to a maximum total amount of support as that received by students with external scholarships valued at $15,000 (for 2018-19, the cap is $29,000, including fees). UTIAS supplements are only available to students within the funding period.

International students who have major external scholarships, such as their own government’s scholarship programs, may also receive supplemental financial support at the discretion of the institute. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external scholarships/fellowships. All external awards, major or otherwise must be disclosed to the UTIAS Graduate Office at the time of receipt of notification of the award.

Students in years of study not covered by the financial support policy may receive financial assistance from their supervisors’ research grants/contracts.

External Scholarships/Fellowships

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external scholarships/ fellowships for which they are eligible. Not only will the external awards trigger the $13,000 supplement, they will also enhance the applicant’s curriculum vitae. Major Canadian scholarships include NSERC, OGS, and OGSST; NSERC and QEIIGSST are restricted to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but the OGS is available to visa students. Visa students are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships in their own countries for studies abroad.

Teaching Assistantships are available to students with appropriate qualifications. Students must apply for teaching assistantships during the summer for the academic year commencing in September.

Kenneth M. Molson Fellowship for Studies in Aerospace Engineering at UTIAS:
This fellowship was established with a generous donation from the Kenneth M. Molson Foundation and matching funds from the University of Toronto and the Ontario Government. The income from the fund is used to contribute to the financial support for 1st-year MASc students, and PhD students in years 1 through 4. The selection will be in accordance with the University’s Policy on Student Awards and the conditions specified by the Ontario Student Opportunity Fund program.

Cost of Living

The exact amount with respect to cost of living varies, depending on individual student’s personal situation and life style. Choice of accommodation is a major factor in establishing the cost of living for a student in Toronto. University residences are in short supply, and most students rent apartments or rooms near the Institute. It is our experience that most graduate students are able to cover living expenses based on funding package .

International Applicants

Foreign students (those who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of Canada) should check with their nearest Employment and Immigration Canada Office for regulations affecting them. The language of instruction at the Institute is English.

International students are also encouraged to contact the University of Toronto International Student Center to find information related to visa students, such as applying for or renewing study permits, entry visas, working in Canada, and immigration to Canada.