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Admission Requirements

Both our MSc and PhD programs continue to accept applications.

Thank you for your interest in Ryerson University's graduate program in Physics. Below are the general admission requirements. Note that our graduate program is competitive, and it's not possible to offer admission to all who meet the minimum entrance requirements. However, we encourage you to apply, explore our research fields and potential supervisors, and learn how the admission process works.

MSc Admissions

Candidates may be admitted from various undergraduate programs (e.g. physics, biology, engineering, chemistry, math). Students lacking the necessary background in specific fields may need to complete additional courses.

  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate (or equivalent) degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) in the last two years of study
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency, if required (if previous post-secondary program was not conducted in English)

PhD Admissions

Candidates may be admitted to our PhD program from a range of master's programs, including physics, engineering, or another related field. Candidates must show clear evidence of research potential.

  • Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.67/4.33 (A-)
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency, if required (if previous post-secondary program was not conducted in English)

Admissions Process: What happens after you apply?

Once your application clears the university's general admission process for graduate studies, here's how the process may continue.

The Department of Physics will review your application for program-specific suitability. Faculty members will then assess its fit for their research programs. You may be invited for a visit to meet the Graduate Program Director, potential supervisors and current graduate students, and to tour our research facilities. If necessary, interviews may be conducted by phone.

After the visit, you'll provide a list of potential supervisors that you're interested in working with. If the faculty members are also interested, and your overall case passes a thorough review, you will be sent a formal offer of admission, naming the best-matched supervisor. If there is no mutual interest in supervision, you will receive notice of non-offer.