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Understanding Postgraduate studies

Choose your path: specialized expertise or professional development

There are two types of master’s degrees: those that focus on research (thesis-based) and those that are intended to prepare you for advanced professional practice (course-based). Your choice will depend on your own study preferences and professional goals.

If you are self-motivated and interested in developing your knowledge in a specialized area of research, thesis-based study is ideal. With this option, you can pursue research at the PhD level, work closely with a leader in your field and undertake a substantial research project. *

The course-based path may appeal to you if you are more interested in advancing your professional skillset. Some course-based master’s degrees are intended for students who have recently completed a bachelor’s degree, while others may require prior work experience for admission.

After completing a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree is normally the next step, though it’s sometimes possible to move directly into a PhD.

*Note: Some course-based research degrees allow you to pursue a PhD.

Students in lab

Graduate supervisors

Who is a supervisor? 
A supervisor is a college member who oversees your research and the development of your thesis.

When do I need one? 
Some postgraduate programs require students obtain a supervisor prior to application, whereas other programs will assign a supervisor upon admission. 

The student/supervisor relationship
Your supervisor’s research interests should be similar to your own, and they should be prepared to provide mentorship throughout your time in grad school.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold or obtain the following minimum qualifications to be admitted to the Postgraduate School:

Postgraduate School vs. your program

The Postgraduate School sets out the minimum qualifications for admission. However, postgraduate program requirements may call for higher scores, additional documentation and testing.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee entry into a postgraduate program as admission is competitive.

Find your program of interest to view its admission requirements.

When you are ready to apply

Application process

  1. Choose a postgraduate program of interest and check its admission requirements
  2. Find a potential postgraduate supervisor, if required by the postgraduate program
  3. Prepare your documentation
  4. Calculate your tuition and fees
  5. Start your application online 

Documents you will need

  • Transcripts
  • Study proposal
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Reference letters
  • Standardized test score

Learn how to apply

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