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Required Documents: Realize your future with TMU Graduate Studies

Preparing your application takes time and careful planning, so we want to ensure that once you start the online process, you have all the necessary documents and information to submit a complete application.

The documents required vary by program, so it is essential that you review the document checklist below as well as carefully review the websites for the specific program(s) you are applying to.

Important notes:

  • Incomplete applications will NOT be processed until all documents are received. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is submitted correctly and promptly.
  • Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to provide a personal response regarding the receipt of your documents.
  • Instructions on how to submit your documents electronically will be emailed to you automatically once you have completed the online application. 
  • Unofficial documents are acceptable for the initial admission review. Official documentation will be requested only if an offer of admission is issued. The Yeates School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will not accept any hard copy documents/application packages, nor will they be processed.

Each program requires that you submit a Statement of Interest/Letter of Intent. For more information, please refer to program specific requirements.

Each program, with the exception of Philosophy, requires that you submit an updated resume/CV.

Depending on the nature of the program you are applying to, you may include, but are not limited to, relevant work experience, education, awards (academic, professional or financial), publications, technical skills, research experience, prior production or media experience and/or memberships in professional associations. Please visit the program website for further details.

Reference letters are a key component of your application package. Depending on the program(s) you are applying to, the referees you choose should be able to speak to your academic, research and/or professional abilities.

As a part of your online application, you will be asked to submit contact information for one to three referees, depending on the program requirements. It is your responsibility to contact the referee before filling out the online application form to confirm their availability. Any requested changes to your referee information once your application has been submitted will require 2-3 weeks to process due to the volume of requests received.

Your referees will be contacted electronically within two to three business days of your application submission with a link and further instructions on submitting their online references. Please ensure that the contact information is accurate. It is your responsibility to follow up with your referee to confirm it has been submitted.

All reference letters must come directly from the referee. Student-submitted copies will not be accepted.

Please note that we reserve the right to contact your referees at any stage during the application process.

If you have any inquiries regarding references, please send them to tips can also be found in our FAQs.

Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for admissions/evaluation purposes. Please include all of the following when uploading:

  • Transcripts (or mark sheets, where applicable) from every accredited institution attended.
  • Your institution's grading scale (grading scheme/grading system). This scale is often located on the back of a transcript. Therefore,  ensure you upload both sides of your transcript.
    • If your transcript does not list a grading scale, upload a document from the university with the grading scale outlined.
    • Transcripts from a Canadian institution do not require a grading scale. If further clarification is required, the admissions team will contact you directly.
  • Notarized English translation if your transcripts/documents are in a language other than English. Please note translations do not replace original documentation; both versions must be submitted.

If you are a previous Toronto Metropolitan University undergraduate or graduate student, please upload your unofficial transcript. Find more information on obtaining an unofficial transcript from MyServiceHub (opens in new window) .

Links to an external student information system will not be accepted unless the downloaded copy includes the institution's URL, name, student ID and any relevant logos.

Please note your admissions application will remain incomplete and will not be forwarded to the programs admissions committee for consideration unless your transcripts are received/uploaded.

Applicants from Ontario universities and colleges will have the option of ordering their transcripts while completing the online application.

Toronto Metropolitan University reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion if a grading scale is not provided.

The Yeates School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies does not accept external assessments conducted by third-party agencies such as WES or ICAS. However, when requested, we will accept verification of the transcript and consider the copy of the transcript sent from WES as official.

All applicants, including those who have completed a degree internationally at a French-speaking institution, will be required to provide certification of English language proficiency through one of the accepted examinations listed below unless:

  • They have completed two or more years of full-time postsecondary education at a Canadian university.
  • They have completed two or more years of full-time postsecondary education at a university where English was the primary language of instruction.
  • They have completed a graduate degree at a university where English was the primary language of instruction.

For exemption from this requirement, applicants are required to provide an official statement from their institution's Registrar's office confirming the use of English as the Medium of Instruction for the duration of their study. This letter must be submitted through the applicant portal once you have applied and have been asked to submit your documents. This condition applies to all internationally educated applicants, including those currently studying in North America.

Please note meeting the minimum English proficiency requirements does not guarantee admission. Programs may set additional requirements to these minimum standards.

Acceptable tests and the minimum scores required.»

The Master of Business Administration requires a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE). All official scores should be submitted to Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Toronto Metropolitan University), citing GMAT code 3QP-56-33 and GRE code 1991.

The following programs require a sample of work:

  • Communication and Culture
  • Criminology and Social Justice
  • Fashion
  • Journalism (optional)
  • Literatures of Modernity
  • Media and Design Innovation
  • Philosophy
  • Policy Studies
  • Professional Communication

The following programs require a Portfolio/Dossier:

  • Architecture
  • Building Science
  • Digital Media
  • Documentary Media
  • Fashion (optional)
  • Interior Design
  • Media Production

The following programs require a Statement of Authorship:

  • Architecture
  • Building Science
  • Fashion

For this, please use the  (PDF file) Statement of Authorship form. This completed form should be the second page of your portfolio/dossier.

College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) - The Nursing program requires proof of membership status for the current year or a copy of your CNO registration card.

Students applying to the combined MN/ PHCNP Certificate program must complete at least 3640 hours within the last five years as a Registered Nurse prior to beginning the program in September.

Congratulations on accepting your offer of admission! We look forward to welcoming you soon. Your offer may have listed some conditions that require your attention. The most common conditions that must be cleared are providing official transcripts and/or English Proficiency scores. Please refer to your official offer letter and details below.

We will accept official e-transcripts that are sent directly from an institution email address. Please ensure all official e-transcripts are sent to

If you have been admitted into a Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) graduate program and have confirmed your offer, you will be required to submit official final transcript(s) in a sealed envelope that is sent directly from the institution(s) (if not already on file). An official transcript is a document that an institution's Registrar office produces. Official transcripts are printed on security paper and bear the official seal of the institution. 

This document includes all courses completed, final grades, degrees awarded and other applicable academic information. Toronto Metropolitan students are not required to submit an official Toronto Metropolitan transcript.

If you have not officially graduated and your convocation/official graduation has been delayed, you must submit an official transcript with all completed courses and grades as well as a letter from your institution's Registrar’s office.  This letter must be prepared on official letterhead, sent directly from your institution that states the degree requirements have been met and that you are eligible to graduate.  This letter must also include the date of the expected convocation. This letter may be sent via email to

AFTER convocation, a final official transcript which indicates your degree has been conferred must be submitted.

International applicants, please note that conditions can not be cleared based on a provisional degree and we must have a final conferred degree notation on your final official transcript to clear any admissions conditions.

If your transcripts/documents are in a language other than English, you must provide a notarized English translation. Please note translations do not replace original documentation; both versions must be submitted.

If you have withdrawn from a program since applying and accepting an offer to Toronto Metropolitan University, and the program did not serve as the basis of admission, your official transcript must indicate that you have withdrawn from the program. Alternatively, you may submit an official transcript with all completed courses and grades and attach a separate letter from the institution's Registrar confirming that you have withdrawn from the program. This letter must be prepared on official letterhead and sent directly from your institution in a sealed envelope. Please contact the Admissions Office to ensure a withdrawal from a program does not impact your admission status.

We will accept electronic transcripts that have been issued directly from the institution. Applicants with a conditional offer can request their institution to send electronic transcripts if that service is available.

All PDF transcripts can be emailed directly from their institution to

If you have completed an electronic TOEFL or PTE exam, have been admitted and accepted your admission offer, please email with your Toronto Metropolitan student number and the date the test was sent to us.