Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Writing & Editing

Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC)

  • GCAC offers a variety of free courses (generally 3-5 weeks long), drop in workshops, and one on one consultations to help you cultivate the ability to diagnose and address weaknesses in your written and verbal communication. This includes topics such as how to become a better editor of your work, writing grant proposals, improving your graduate writing, etc.

Conflict Resolution

SGS Graduate Supervision Guidelines: Student Edition

  • These guidelines discuss the responsibilities of a graduate student and their supervisor, as well as how a student should address problems with their supervisor.

Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre

  • Book an appointment with a trained peer advisor to confidentially connect and talk about strategies for addressing a concern, as well as available university supports and resources. Peer advisors do not intervene or advocate - they listen and can help you navigate your own way forward.

Family Care, Housing, Community & Health

Family Care Office

  • The Family Care Office provides confidential guidance, resources, referrals, educational programming and advocacy for the University of Toronto community and their families.

Health Services

  • Offer a variety of services ranging from immunizations to tobacco cessation to sexual health

Housing Services

  • Provides you with housing details ranging from available housing prospects to spotting housing scams

Athletic Centre

  • Students have access to various athletic facilities including the Athletic Centre, Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, and Hart House

Centre for International Experience

  • The Centre for International Experience is a meeting place for a diverse community of international students coming to U of T and domestic students looking to go abroad. Come and visit us at Cumberland House to find information and make new friends.

Graduate Student Union

Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Student Union

University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU)

  • The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) represents over 18,000 students studying in over 115 departments. We advocate for increased graduate student representation and act as a voice for students by lobbying national, and provincial issues on your behalf.

How are admission decisions communicated?

Decisions on admission are communicated via email to the student only. You are then expected to let your potential supervisor know about the outcome.

How is the admission review process conducted?

  1. RSI office reviews all applications. Only complete applications which meet the admission requirement are reviewed by the admissions committee.
  2. Two committee members are randomly assigned to each application, accounting for conflict of interest.
  3. A structured form and rankings are used for the evaluation of each application.
  4. A current graduate student at RSI reviews all application to provide the student's perspective on a candidate.
  5. The committee meets to review the applications.
  6. A committee member whose student is being reviewed does not participate in the discussion.
  7. Following the discussion, the chair seeks a consensus rating. The members of the committee comment if they feel the score is not consistent with the review of the application.
  8. Unanimous decision is made by the committee to either:
    a. Accept the student conditional confirmed supervisor and funding
    b. Reject student

Literature Organization & Reference Management

UofT Libraries Workshops

  • UofT Libraries hosts a variety of workshops on navigating citation management tools and strategies (Refworks, EndNote, etc). Visit the UofT Libraries event calendar for further details.

Citation Management Softwares available through UofT

  • Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks, and EndNote Web are offered through UofT. Comparison and help guides are available as well.

Mental Health

Better Coping Skills Workshop Series

  • This series of workshops, offered by the Office of Student Life, is designed to help graduate students develop coping skills to better meet the demands of university, work, and personal life. The workshops cover the following topics: balanced thinking, behavioural change, emotion regulation, and balanced living.

Better Breath Workshop

  • This workshop, offered by the Office of Student Life, will focus on the benefits of restorative breath. Try new techniques for relaxation such as muscle tension reduction and learn new tips for taking time to pause and recharge.

Wellness Counselling

  • Wellness counselling appointments are available to graduate students at the School of Graduate Studies (63 St. George Street). The Wellness counsellor will offer brief counselling services tailored to the challenges presented by graduate-level university life. The focus of counselling is on strengths, resiliency, and skills-building.
     

Additional relevant workshops and events are offered by the Office of Student Life, Health & Wellness Centre, and University of Toronto Graduate Student Union.

Personal Finance & Budgeting

Own Your Financial Future Workshop

  • This workshop will teach you how credit works and what debt can do to your financial plans, plus practical ways to take control of your finances. The workshop is offered by the Hart House Finance Committee in partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. The workshop if often held multiple times per year, so look out for updates on the Hart House website.

Financial Planning Calculator

  • This calculator will show you how much money you will need to cover tuition and fees, housing costs, food and everything else for the upcoming academic year. You’ll provide some background and income information, and the calculator will show you a budget summary and direct you to some useful resources to help you save money.

Financial Advising

  • Financial advising can help relieve your financial stress, resolve your immediate financial problems and help you plan for the future. Meet with a financial advisor who can assist with all aspects of financial management, including planning a budget and debt load management. Advising is available in person, via email, or via telephone from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday.

Professional Development

Career Chats

  • This series of drop-in group advising sessions covers a variety topics in relation to career exploration and education (e.g. networking, exploring career options, exploring further education, job search motivation, etc). The sessions happen weekly on Thursdays from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the Student Success Centre. Log into the Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network and visit the Events and Workshops Calendar for more details,

Resumes and Cover Letters

  • Workshops on how to create resumes and cover letters are regularly offered at the Career Centre. Log into the Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network and visit the Events and Workshops Calendar for more details.

One-on-one, drop in consultations are also available through the Office of Student Life

Mentorship

  • The Office of Student Life offers a variety of mentorship training workshops to any student who is or wishes to be a peer mentor.

Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program

  • The GPS Program, an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies, is designed to help graduate students develop skills beyond those conventionally learned within a disciplinary program, which may be critical to success in careers within and outside of academia. The program can help you to communicate better, plan and manage your time, learn entrepreneurial skills, understand and apply ethical practices, and work effectively in teams and as a leader.

Mitacs Training Workshops

  • A variety of professional development workshops are offered such as: networking, project management, time management, presentation skills, etc.

BCH2024H Professional Development Course

  • This is a graduate level course focused on developing the academic and professional skills required to succeed during and beyond graduate education in basic biomedical sciences such as biochemistry.
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