University of toronto
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Brief Overview

The University of Toronto is one of the most exclusive institutes that ranks amongst the top universities of the world. It offers a wide range of courses a person can choose from to carve his/her career and form the foundations for his/her career life ahead! Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto has evolved into Canada’s leading institution of discovery, learning and knowledge creation. 

Many ranking websites and agencies like QS rankings have ranked the university amongst the top 50 universities of the world.  According to the statistics by the university, there are approximately 700 undergraduate programs and 200 graduate programs across all its three campuses. The university boasts of more than 56000 people graduating from its campus and a total enrollment crossing 90000 pupils. It also houses a faculty of 21,556.


The university has been bringing about multiple infrastructural development projects. With its new Smart Freight Center, it seeks to improve the flow of goods and services. It has also developed tools to reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint. The U of T is known for its research on and development of the electron microscope and one of the world's first operational computers. Also, the research in the university has led to the discovery of insulin and stem cells. Additionally, there are many research laboratories and libraries for different subjects.

Residing Options

Every U of T campus offers a wide range of residing options and helps you to be a part of the campus life. You could just walk to classes and be a part of on-campus events, athletic facilities, library, movie nights, study groups and club activities. Also, on-campus residing options help students to have healthy dining and laundry options.
Each of the U of T campus has it is on-campus residence options.

The St. George campus consists of three main residences and seven college residences, including the Chestnut Residence, the Graduate House and student family Housing. Each residence has its own culture and rules and different options for the entertainment of students. The Chestnut residence is open to students from Arts and Science, Architecture, Engineering, Kinesiology & Physical Education and Music. It costs around $16,699.62-$19,877.62 only. It has lots of features including a 15-minute walk from campus, microwave on every residential floor, study rooms, etc. The Graduate House is open to graduate and second entry students only. Like Chestnut residence, it also got different facilities like shared apartments, single, premium single, double rooms, month-to-month rental, etc. It costs around $842 to $1231 per month. The third residence offered by St. George Campus is Innis college, which is open for students from Arts and Science, Architecture and Engineering. It costs around $10052.14 only. The facilities include gender-inclusive shared apartment-style residence, a porter on duty for 24 hrs, etc.

Also, it has Loretto College, a new college, St. Michael’s College, Student Family Housing, Trinity College, University College, Victoria University and Woodsworth college residence. 
At Scarborough, students can find on-campus and off-campus housing details.


The University of Toronto is located in Ontario, Canada. It is surrounded by great architectural marvels and huge green spaces. The university is located in the most vibrant urban environment, and the city of Toronto, where it is located, is the most diverse city in North America, Toronto, and surrounding areas. Parking, driving, and public transit services are some of the convenient options to get to the university and travel to and fro between campuses. The nearest airports to the university are Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport. 

Financial Aid

U of T Safety Abroad Bursary is provided to those graduate international students who need emergency financial support while being overseas. Heather Munroe-Blum, International Student Exchange Award is provided to graduates who are in need of funds and are participating in exchange programs. Accessibility Grants Services is provided to cover an international graduate student’s transportation expenses. There are various other scholarships and financial aid provided to international graduate students. 

The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships are provided by the University of Toronto for brilliant international students. The scholarship is provided to those students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance. It takes into account the impact of a student’s activity on his/her school and society. The scholarship is provided annually and covers tuition fees, books, accommodation, and incidental fees for four years. However, this scholarship is provided only to students pursuing undergraduate studies. 

Jobs and Placements

The speciality of U of T is to not only provide excellent education but also have record employment for graduate students. According to a survey, U of T ranked 19th globally out of 300 universities, and in North America, it ranked third for employment. 

The student placement portal coordinates the placements in U of T. The portal includes work agreement, insurance policy and safety policy. Even though there are limitations in International placements, still U of T tries its best to provide placement for international students too

Chemical Engineering

The University of Toronto offers one of the best programs in the world for chemical engineering and is often ranked as the best university to study chemical engineering in Canada. The University of Toronto offers Undergraduate, Graduate and Research degrees in Chemical Engineering.

U of T offers a top program in Chemical Engineering undergraduate. In the first two years, you will gain a solid foundation in chemistry, physics, and math and engineering principles. In your upper years, you can explore any of the Faculty’s seven minors and choose courses in different areas. One will learn how to put theory into practice through innovative labs and courses. In the fourth year, you’ll be part of a team that will design a plant (industrial processing plant) right from the stage of conception to implementation in just 10 weeks. Every student must complete a 600-hour practical work before graduation. The nature of the work should form an integral part of a student’s academic and career life.  The experience may be obtained at any time during the program through Engineer Summer Internship Program (eSIP) or through the Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op). Participation in any of the above programs automatically satisfies the practical work experience requirement.  

U of T has been offering the Masters Course in Chemical Engineering since 1904. It is the top-ranked department of the university. U of T offers a unique combination of chemical engineering and applied chemistry which allows students to perform more impactful work on important real-world problems. The program offers opportunities for entrepreneurship training and commercialization support to help bring ideas to the marketplace. The Master of Engineering is a program designed for engineers who want to enhance their career opportunities in as little as one year of full-time study. It differentiates the students from the crowd by providing them with advanced professional training.

The Master of Engineering or MEng is a course-based degree consisting of 10 half-credit (H) courses, or 7 half-credit (H) courses plus an independent MEng Project. The program may be completed on a full-time, extended full-time or part-time basis. Courses may include those offered by this and other engineering departments as well as by non-engineering departments. 

The QS World Rankings has ranked the department as No. 1 in Canada for Chemical Engineering. Moreover, the stats revealed that over 200 graduates study at U of T, and there exists an alumni network of more than 5,700 pupils globally. Also, the Chemical Engineering Department is one of the most research-intensive chemical departments in North America. 
The areas of expertise of the department are Bioprocess engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Sustainable energy, Water with Wastewater treatment and Environmental engineering.

Civil and Mineral Engineering

The Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, often referred to as CivMin, was founded in the year 1873 as Ontario School of practical science and since then has gone a lot of changes and several periods of growth. The strengths of the department lie within the community, the quality of teaching, the broad scope of research, the diversity in student composition, the dedication of faculty and staff and the support by the alumni. Toronto is the living lab for students where they can practice hands-on engineering and create solutions that will directly impact the quality of life.

 The department currently offers the following undergraduate and graduate programs: 

  • Undergraduate Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Civil Engineering
  • Undergraduate Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Lassonde Mineral Engineering
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Civil Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD) in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management (MEng CEM)

Civil engineering focuses on the design, maintenance and construction of the structures and infrastructures, whereas mineral engineering is the applied science of our interaction with the planet. Everything that humans use is either grown or mined.

In BASc in Civil Engineering, students can choose from a wide range of courses like transportation engineering and planning, building engineering, geomechanics, structural engineering, building engineering and environmental engineering. In BASc in Mineral Engineering, mineral exploration, mine design and management, mining finance and mineral processing are taught. The students are taught in the Lassonde Institute of Mining (a new $20 million international centre of excellence at the U of T). The course will cover topics in chemicals, materials, civil, computer and mechanical engineering as well as physics, maths and geology. 

The Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering programme. It is a course intended to provide advanced and continuing education to the recent graduates and civil engineers in professional practice.

Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management (MEngCEM) – Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management offers students a practicum to apply what they have learnt in their curriculum and to proactively respond to the changing needs of the cities.

Master of Applied Science is followed by a research thesis and includes a foundational base graduate course. MASc is a fully funded course which involves many research projects and involves industrial partnerships and networking opportunities, project management experience, and collaboration with leading experts.

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD) in Civil Engineering is carved for students/individuals interested in having a career in the field of research. This program involves advanced courses and an intensive research program ending in a thesis. The PhD is a fully-funded program.

Material Science and Engineering

The department of Material Science at the U of T offers four degrees, namely:

  1. Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Materials Science & Engineering
  2. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Materials Science & Engineering
  3. Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Materials Engineering
  4. Master of Engineering (MEng) in Materials Science & Engineering

According to the stats, U of T is the number-one ranked school in Canada and among the top 20 in North America for material science. It has more than 100 graduate students from Canada and around the world, and more than $3 million has been funded in research annually.

The department aims to be at the forefront of addressing global issues that have a direct impact on our lives today. The undergraduate students are provided with a strong conceptual foundation, so as to make them ready for further situations that occur in the future.

The undergraduate students are taught by professors who have deep practical knowledge. The students get a lot to learn, and a systematic plan has been designed by the department so that the students are able to effortlessly land top grades.

U of T offers Master of Engineering (MEng) as the Professional stream and Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) as the research stream. The department also offers world-class instruments, and many new instruments have been recently established in the Ontario Center for the characterization of Advanced Materials (OCCAM)  and analytics instruments in the Walter Curlook Materials Characterization and Processing laboratory.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the U of T is renowned for its applied approach due to which students get to put theory into practice through unique experiential opportunities both in the field and in the lab.  

The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program includes four years of coursework in subjects like physics, thermodynamics, biomechanics and sustainable energy. It contains an optional year for its Professional Experience Year (PEY) co-op program.   

Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students are required to complete 600 hours of practical experience and:


  • 12 Core Courses


  • 8 Core Courses
  • 2 Complementary Studies/Humanities and Social Science Electives


  • 7 Core Courses
  • 1 Natural Science Elective
  • 2 Stream Courses


  • 1 Core Course (Capstone)
  • 2 Stream Courses
  • 4 Technical Electives (1 of which must be a Design course)
  • 2 Complementary Studies/Humanities and Social Science Electives. 

The Industrial Engineering program includes four years of coursework as well as an optional year in the Professional Experience Year (PEY) co-op program. A degree of Bachelor of Applied science is provided to the graduates of the Industrial Engineering undergraduate program. The first two years provide the students with a broad understanding of the discipline, and in the third and fourth year, students are able to tailor their personal interests. Students can also pursue a thesis project in their final year.

Industrial Engineering undergraduate students are required to complete 600 hours of Practical Experience and:


  • 12 Core Courses


  • 10 Core Courses


  • 6 Core Courses
  • 2 Technical Electives
  • 2 Complementary Studies/Humanities and Social Science Electives


  • 3 Core Courses (Including Capstone)
  • 4 Technical Electives
  • 2 Complementary Studies/Humanities and Social Science Electives

The master of engineering (MEng) program provides graduate students with advanced professional training coursework and an optional project. Students have the option to complete the course on a full-time, extended full-time or part-time basis. Moreover, MEng. students can pursue an area of their choice like analytics, Robotics, mechatronics or advanced manufacturing and earn a certificate! For an MEng student who wants to pursue a PhD degree after graduation, MIE offers research-based Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree which is the usual path to the PhD program. However, the students must possess a strong academic record in their MEng Degree.

Engineering Science

The Department of Science of U of T offers one of the most enhanced and advanced engineering programmes in the world. It provides students with excellent preparation in a wide range of fields.  Many students from all over the world including some of the brightest minds from Canada choose this program thus making up a peer group which contributes significantly to the student experience and indirectly to the quality of the program. 

Engineering Science is separate from the other engineering programs at the U of T as it adopts a 2+2 unique curriculum structure and system which mainly constitutes a 2-year foundation curriculum followed by a specialization curriculum of 2 years.

A strong foundation is developed among the students in the first two years in both engineering and science succeeding which students have to select one of the eight majors i.e. Aerospace, Electrical and Computer, Machine Learning, Statistics and finance, biomedical systems, energy systems, mathematics, Physics or Robotics so that the student has a streamlined focus in their final two years.

Moreover, the engineering science program produces graduates who are fast learners with strong problem solving, analytical and organizational skills. Graduate tend to be well rounded, with interests that extend beyond the curricular to include volunteerism, leadership and community building.

The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)

The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) of U of T ranks among the top departments in North America. It has excellent research and teaching facilities which attract outstanding students from all over the world.

The University of Toronto provides BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer engineering. The major emphasis areas include communications and signal processing, circuits and electronics, electromagnetic and solid-state drive, high-performance system and computer intelligence.  In undergraduate courses, the first two years provide the basic background in basic science and mathematics and also introduce basic concepts of ECE.

There are three graduate degrees, namely – Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Applied Science (MASc) and a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) which offer advanced study and research in all the aspects of electrical and computer engineering (ECE). M.A.Sc. is a full-time program and requires the completion of courses, a thesis proposal, and a research thesis.

M.Eng. is a course-based degree and may be completed on a part-time, extended full-time or full-time basis, while PhD requires the completion of courses, a field comprehensive examination, a research thesis and a research proposal. 

University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS)

The University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), located in the Downs view district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is an advanced research facility for aerospace engineering and aeronautics. UTIAS boasts of a long tradition of excellence in aerospace engineering, research and education.

Students who want to study Aerospace science and engineering in their undergraduate years must enroll in a four-year undergraduate Engineering Science program. The students are taught about the basics with a strong emphasis on physics, chemistry, mathematics and computing is paid in the first two years. Towards the end of the second year, the student has to select a major for their 3rd and 4th year of study. Aerospace is one of the majors available to the students to choose and the courses are primarily being taught by UTIAS professors.

UTIAS is home to the graduate programs leading to the degrees of M.A.Sc., M.Eng. and Ph.D. The M.Eng. is a professional degree which is coursework-based and can be completed either on a part-time or full-time basis. The MASc is a research-oriented degree which fully prepares students for doctoral studies leading to a PhD or a career in industry involving research. The PhD is mainly required by those students wanting to pursue an academic career as a professor.

Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering

The University of Biomedical and Biomaterials Engineering (IBBME) at the U of T (University of Toronto) is a multidisciplinary field where medicine, engineering and dentistry professionals collaborate to develop innovations that address global challenges in human health.

Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering department is a part of the Institute of Biomaterial and Biomedical Engineering that offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programs. 

The graduate courses offered are Master of Health Science (MHSc), Master of Applied Science (MASc), Master of Engineering (MEng) and PhD. 

The Master of Health Science (MHSc) is a two-year full-time engineering degree program consists of the research thesis, academic courses and practical exposure whereas Master of Applied Science and PhD is a research-based degree which involves conducting biomedical engineering research where engineering principles are applied to solve the biggest problems in biology and medicine. Master of Engineering is a non-thesis program offering students and individuals pursuing careers in the field of biomedical engineering. There are some requirements for the above-said degrees.

Pure Sciences

1. Cell & Systems Biology

The Cell and Biology department investigates the behaviour of cells – the fundamental unit of life in terms of molecular processes within and between the cells. The department offers 40 courses at the undergraduate level while for graduate students the university provides a degree of Master of Science (MSc) and Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD). 

Master of Science offers graduate degrees to students. The objective of the MSc program is to provide students with skills in the generation, critical evaluation, assessment and communication of data so that they are equipped to proceed with further postgraduate degrees or other career opportunities where such skills are desired.

2. Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry, located in the University of Toronto, is regarded as one of the most exclusive, leading and widely known and recognized institutions in Canada. The department boasts of its advanced research facilities, teaching excellence and development of distinguished scientists in the past and for the future.

The department offers undergraduate, graduate and PhD degrees.

The department boasts of world-class infrastructure and leading laboratories for an exclusive experience to graduate students, Financial support at a level of at least $32,000 per year is given to every graduate student in good academic standing. Moreover, travel reimbursement is offered to international students worth $2000 for those relocating to Canada. 

3. Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science takes pride in sharing that their programs include developing computer applications such as databases and graphics and investigating mathematical problems and are designed to meet the increasing demand for graduates with creative skills and scientific knowledge to excel in the industry. 
There are numerous undergraduate degrees offered by the department. The department also offers graduate and doctorate degrees. The various Graduate degrees offered are as follows;

  • Master of Science (MSc) - students engage in one of the most comprehensive graduate programs available
  • Master of Science in Applied Computing (MScAC) - The department is one of only nine departments in North America to offer a master’s degree in applied computing. it is a 16-month program where students will learn the nits and grits of computer applications.

4. Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Toronto has been placed at the very top in the discipline of Geosciences in Canada and is among the very best institutions globally.

The Department of Earth Sciences is internationally regarded for research in fundamental geosciences, having given rise to major advances in ore deposits geology, geophysics, marine geology, Precambrian geology, sedimentary basin analysis and quaternary geology. 

The department provides undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degrees in Earth sciences. There are numerous bachelor’s degrees under which one can apply to get an undergraduate degree, while for graduate degree program students may register in full-time or part-time programs in the Department of Earth Sciences. The Ph.D. program allows full-time enrolment only, whereas full- or part-time status is allowed for the M.Sc. and the M.A.Sc programs.

5. Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Toronto provides Bachelors, Masters and PhD degree programmes in Physics. The University of Toronto offers the latest research and industry-oriented courses leading to degrees in pure sciences which open up a wide range of opportunities for graduate and research students!

The general graduate courses include statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, fluid mechanics, mathematical methods in physics, scientific computing for physicists.

6. Statistical science

Being one of the oldest and largest statistics departments, our statistical department is a centre of excellence in statistics and research, both across Canada and abroad. It offers students a diverse range of courses, experiential learning experiences and the opportunity to work with the highly educated and award-winning faculty of the U of T. The university offers courses for bachelor’s, Masters and PhD students. 

The degrees offered in Master’s studies are MSc program, Masters of Financial Insurance (MFI), MScAC Data Science Concentration. Moreover, the department also offers a degree in PhD and multidisciplinary doctoral program.

  • MSc program - It is a full time and part-time course, depending upon the choice of the student. Both full-time and part-time students are required to complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) – or eight one-semester courses.
  • Masters of Financial Insurance (MFI)- The MFI program is a mathematically sophisticated program, and suitable candidates normally hold a Bachelors or Masters degree in a quantitative field such as actuarial science, statistics, economics, mathematics or engineering. 

MScAC Data Science Concentration - The degree is offered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Statistical Science.  The program helps a student build a knowledge base both in the field of Computer and Statistical Science.

Annual fees for Indians $42,000
Annual off-campus living $5,900
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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