How To Apply

The University of Toronto will be closed from 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, December 21st, 2018 until Monday, January 7th, 2019. You may complete applications and submit documents, however staff will not be available to answer inquiries until the week of January 7th.


The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline.


  • March 1
  • Late applications to the MIRHR will not be considered.


  • January 15
  • Late applications may be considered if space is available.


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Application Forms and Fee

Fee: $120 CDN (non-refundable).

  • Review the admission requirements to ensure you are eligible to apply.
  • Students are admitted to the academic session beginning each September. There is no January admission.
  • Applications will not be reviewed until the fee has been paid.
  • Apply online through the School of Graduate Studies.


Upload a scanned copy of your academic record from each post-secondary institution you attended.

  • Official English translations must accompany all foreign documentation.
  • Courses which are in progress, and for which grades are not yet available by the application deadline, can not be considered by the admissions committee.
  • Students who secure an offer of admission will be required to submit official academic transcripts directly from the institution.


Reference Letters


  • 2 academic references required, preferably from university instructors.
  • Employer references (or others) are acceptable if the writer is in a position to evaluate your academic abilities and preparation for graduate studies.


  • 3 academic references required, preferably from university instructors.
  • Supporting references should include letters from faculty associated with your Master’s program.


English Language Proficiency

  • Facility in the English language must be demonstrated by applicants educated outside Canada whose first language is not English.
  • The School of Graduate Studies recognizes four tests – TOEFL, COPE, IELTS, and MELAB.


GRE or GMAT Test Results


  • GRE or GMAT test results are not required but applicants can submit them for consideration, if they wish.


  • GRE or GMAT test results are required to support the application


Proposed Area of Study

  • A brief summary of your proposed area of study, career and educational research interests.
  • You may also use broad categories to describe your interests, e.g. labour-management relations, human resources management or labour and social policy.
  • If uncertain, simply indicate “unknown at this time”.


Other Documents and Samples of Work

  • An application supplement form is available online with the application.
  • A current resume is required.
  • personal statement is part of the application
  • The admissions committee may request a copy of recent academic work and publications. Do not provide this information except upon request.




There is no personal interview.


A personal interview may be requested at the discretion of the admissions committee.


Evaluation Process

Enrolment capacity is limited. Meeting minimum standards does not guarantee admission

  • The admissions committee begins meeting in January and most decisions are made by April 30.
  • The length of time to evaluate each application can vary.
  • Once a decision has been made, an official written notification will be sent.
  • You can check the status of your application using the SGS online application system.
  • If current studies are incomplete, the successful candidate will receive a conditional offer of admission. Instructions for clearing the conditions will be provided.