PhD Track MSc

We are excited about the new PhD Track within our MSc program that we have recently created.

Admission to the PhD Track is limited and highly competitive.

Purpose of PhD Track MSc

The purpose of the PhD-Track MSc is to give exceptional applicants who would normally enter our MSc program a fast-track to the PhD. It is targeted at candidates with an MSc from a non-North American university and exceptional BSc students.

How it Works

Unlike our regular-track Master's students, PhD Track Master's students will be admitted by a specific supervisor, and expected to work with their supervisory team on a research project over several months during their first year in the MSc program. At the end of this period they will take their Research Proficiency Evaluation (RPE), just as direct entrants to our PhD program do. Students admitted to this track of our MSc program are eligible for a one time sign-on bonus of $1,500 on top of any other support they receive, making their financial support the same as our PhD entrants. 

Subject to successfully passing the RPE, the student will be automatically placed in the PhD program. 


Students who decide at any point before the RPE that they would prefer to stop at a Masters, and/or  do not pass the RPE, will continue in the regular Master's track. There are thus clear benefits to this approach: direct PhD entrants, who are also required to take the RPE, do not have the option of reverting to a MSc program.


Apply to our regular Master's program, and in your personal statement indicate your interest in pursuing a PhD. Selected exceptional Master's applicants will be offered a choice of admission to either the PhD Track or the regular Master's program.

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