The Centre for Medieval Studies provides instruction on both basic and advanced levels, offering two graduate programs, leading to the degrees of Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medieval Studies. Students can also choose to enrol in one of several Collaborative Programs. The Centre consists of a student body of approximately 118 students (MA and PhD) and a distinguished faculty of over 60, most cross-appointed with various departments.

Program Objectives

The education of aspiring medievalists requires both training in basic skills and tools and the fostering of certain qualities of mind and imagination. CMS students will acquire:

  • expertise in “reading” the materials remaining from the medieval past.
  • language skills and the sensitivity to language essential for access to medieval cultures and societies.
  • the mastery of both disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity. expertise in grasping cultural differences and predispositions, and developing a sensitivity to the distinct cultural worlds that competed or blended in the making of early Europe.

Since the Centre’s inception, Latin has been at the heart of its teaching program and the research agendas of many Centre faculty. The students who have passed through the Medieval Latin program and examinations have emerged as fully proficient Latinists, many of whom have chosen to make Latin editing or the interpretation of medieval Latin texts the focus of their scholarship. The Centre also offers intensive summer courses for visiting students at three levels.

Before applying, examine the requirements of the master’s or doctoral program. Feel free to contact the Centre or a faculty member with whom you are interested in working before applying; we are also happy to arrange a campus tour with a current student.


Email us with any questions regarding graduate admissions.

The Centre for Medieval Studies admits students only in September. Applications to the Centre for Medieval Studies must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) using an online application which is housed on a secure server at the University of Toronto. The online application allows applicants to manage and submit biographical and educational information immediately to the University. Applicants can edit an in-progress application and check the status of all documents submitted using a secure password and User ID. A valid email account is needed to complete the online application, as the University will correspond with applicants using email.

Applications are considered complete and can be reviewed only after all documentation is received by the Centre for Medieval Studies by the set deadlines (this includes applicant online materials, letters of reference submitted online by referees, official transcripts, a personal statement, a CV, and a writing sample, submitted online). To avoid any disappointment we recommend that you submit all documents well in advance.  The Centre for Medieval Studies does not use GRE scores.

Online Application NEW Deadline: 18 December 2020 for the following year in which you expect to enter. Please complete all parts (biography, education, program of study, reference contact and payment) of the online application by this date.  Deadline for supporting documents: 04 January 2021.  Please upload the required documentation (CV, writing sample, personal statement) by this date. Reference letters from referees are also to be uploaded by the supporting documents deadline.  It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your documents in the online application and to follow up with your referees if references are not received in advance of deadlines.

Please note: The University of Toronto will be closed from 5:00 pm (EST) on Wednesday, 23 December 2020, until 8:45 am (EST) on Monday, 4 January 2020. During this time there will also be no mail delivery or courier delivery.

Online Application

  • Register and log into the online application site at after 28 September 2020.
  • Upload all requested biographical and education information.
  • Submit your non-refundable application fee.
  • Be prepared to submit contact information for two academic referees. Please contact your referees in advance to obtain an email address (preferably a university email address). Be sure to inform your referees that you are doing this and that the University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies will be contacting them by email. As soon as you have entered all the referee’s contact information and paid the application fee, the system will send an invitation to the referee to submit an appraisal electronically.
  • Download the “Personal Statement”. You will only be able to access this file after you pay the online application fee.  Upload the completed “Personal Statement” outlining your professional goals, including details of the specific work you have done so far that has bearing on your future studies. Failure to complete all the questions on the “Personal Statement” form, and upload the form, will disqualify your application.
  • Upload only one writing sample (in English) between 10 and 20 pages.
  • Upload your academic CV.
  • Applicants whose previous study was in a language other than English must submit an official TOEFL score (minimum 580 written, 93 Internet) and TWE score of 5.


All applicants are required to upload one electronic or scanned official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and must include the transcript “legend”, usually printed on the back of the paper transcript.  Moreover, if you are currently studying in the Fall, please send your Fall grades via e-mail to by 15 January.  A notarized English translation must accompany all non-English documentation.  You will not be required to submit official paper copies of your transcripts until after the Admissions Committee makes its decision.  If admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts; verification of your paper transcripts will be a condition that must be met prior to registration.

Further things you should consider

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident applying to our MA program you are eligible for the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS M) Program. The application is entirely online. Applicants must complete and submit the online application using the Research Portal. Students should refer to the CGS M application instructions currently housed on the NSERC’s website for details on how to complete their application. Additionally the Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and uploaded to the CGS M application. Deadline for CGS M applications is 1 December 2020.

All applicants for our MA and PhD program are encouraged to apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). Applicants must submit an OGS application using the U of T School of Graduate Studies centralized online OGS application. The deadline for OGS applications is 31 March 2020.