Application and Admission

Candidates for admission to the masters of computational biology and bioinformatics should hold an honours degree, or equivalent, from a university of recognized standing in any relevant discipline. Relevant disciplines are typically: Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. Students from any background will be considered on an individual basis. All candidates must meet the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Prior to applying, a candidate must find a suitable supervisor or co-supervisors. A statement of research interests must be submitted with the application forms that can be obtained from the Registrar's office. The statement may be prepared in conjunction with the supervisor(s) and should include a general statement of the biological areas of interest, possible computational methodologies relevant to the problem, and a statement on the candidate's background. This document is used to evaluate whether suitable academic activities will allow the candidate to meet the program requirements.

All material should be submitted by the strict deadline of April 1st for overseas applicants and June 1st for North-American applicants.

Candidates from outside Canada whose native language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a master's program in English. Results of a TOEFL or other Standard English competency test should be submitted at the time of application. The minimum TOEFL score required is 580 (computerized TOEFL score required is 237).