Current Engineering Graduate Students

Student Resources

 

At U of T Engineering, you’ll find a global community of innovators, industry experts and researchers. We are at the forefront of engineering education and research — in the areas we explore, the ways we collaborate beyond traditional disciplines, and the unique opportunities we create for our graduate students.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have a number of ways to get involved beyond the classroom and lab — both within U of T Engineering and through University-wide services and offerings. Below are resources and supports available to you to help you succeed as you complete your studies. Please note, the list is not exhaustive, and students are recommended to also browse through GradLife and UofT Student Life.

 

Mental health, wellness and safety resources

Feeling distressed? There’s help.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

Engineering Department Graduate Administrators

Connect with your graduate administrator to learn more about the mental health and wellness resources available to you through your department.

UofT Engineering Mental Health and Wellness

Contains resources for students that may not be found on this page.

SGS Graduate Students' Health & Wellness

Graduate students can access counselling services at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) — wellness counsellors offer tailored graduate student services and focus on identifying strengths, acquiring resiliency and building coping skills.

SGS Wellness Portal

Looking for mental health services, resources, or academic supports? Need to talk with someone about your experiences of supervision? This portal, developed in collaboration with the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU), can help point you in the right direction.

Accessibility Services

Graduate students with a documented disability, whether ongoing or temporary, may require academic accommodations. The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) each have an on-site Accessibility Advisor to provide resources, services, and academic accommodations to graduate students both inside and outside the classroom. Accommodation needs are based on a documented temporary or permanent physical, learning, sensory, or mental health issue, disability or medical condition. Graduate-specific accommodations include support for thesis-related work, fieldwork, practicums and laboratory components. Early registration is encouraged. For information about Accessibility Services at the University of Toronto, you can visit the Accessibility Services website, or contact the front desk at accessibility.services@utoronto.ca.

OISE Psychology Clinic | 416-978-0654

Provides assessment and counselling services to children and adults. Typically provided by graduate students doing their clinical training under the supervision of faculty and staff psychologists.

GECoS Mental Wellness Commission

Engineering graduate student group that advocates for engineering graduate student mental health and wellness, hosts events, shares resources, and collaborates on Faculty-wide initiatives.

Grad Minds

University wide graduate student group to promote well-being and provide mental health education through programs, initiatives, and events, with a focus on developing psychological resilience, personal skill development, self-care practices, and de-stigmatizing mental health problems.

Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice

Supports the spiritual well-being of students, staff and faculty through dialogue, activities, and spaces to practice your faith.

Family Care Office

The Family Care Office is a U of T-wide service for students, faculty and staff that helps families achieve balance. Learn about daycare options, pregnancy, eldercare and more. Student family housing is also available.

 

External health and wellness services available to you include:

SAFETY

If you're feeling unsafe on campus, experience or witness something that made you or a peer feel unsafe or in danger, the below University services are available to you. You can also register for U of T’s alert system to stay updated on campus alerts. If your matter is urgent, call 911.

Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre | 416-978-2266

Support and information to students who have been affected by sexual violence; optional to make a report to the university

TravelSafer Service | 416-978-SAFE (7233)

Walking or travelling alone between University buildings, parking lots and transit stops near campus? Get a free Special Constable of Security Guard escort.

Other Resources:

Academic success

Graduate Peer and Career Support (Grad PACS)

Grad PACS supports PhD, MASc and MEng students to identify career pathways to launch their career planning early in their degree.

Academic Success Centre

Academic success centre has a Study Hub program to help you: develop a healthy approach to learning, find confidence and motivation to study, take better notes that actually help, better prepare for tests and exams, and manage your tasks more efficiently.

Academic success centre offers learning strategists to help you identify your strengths and develop personalized learning strategies to meet the challenges of academic life.

GPS (Graduate Professional Skills)

The Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) program, an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies, is designed to help all graduate students become fully prepared for their future. GPS focuses on skills beyond those conventionally learned within a disciplinary program, skills that may be critical to success in the wide range of careers that graduates enter, both within and outside academia.

GCAC (Graduate Centre for Academic Communication)

Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC). GCAC provides graduate students with advanced training in academic writing and speaking.

Accessibility Services

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) each have an on-site Accessibility Advisor to provide resources, services, and academic accommodations to graduate students both inside and outside the classroom.

Graduate Scientific Writing Courses 

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering’s Graduate Scientific Writing Courses are designed to help students organize complex ideas into a coherent framework and express them using professional scientific language. There are two versions of an Introductory Course: an ESL (English as a Second Language) course, and an EFL (English as a First Language) course. The content is the same, but the material is delivered at a pace that is appropriate for each cohort. Upon completion of either of these courses, students may progress to the Advanced Course, also known as the “Thesis Course”.

Libraries 

Engineering & Computer Science Library

The Engineering & Computer Science Library is the second largest science library at U of T. It is the main library on campus for engineering, applied science and computer science materials. It has a robust collection of books and journals, as well as standards, codes, conference proceedings, technical reports, handbooks, and other technical material.

Centre for International Experience

Whether you’re coming to Toronto for graduate studies from another country, or interested in international experiences for graduate students, the Centre for International Experience is a great resource.

Engineering Leadership Education

U of T Engineering’s Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (Troost ILead) offers programming for undergraduate and graduate engineering students, including coursesleadership labs and more. Troost ILead is the first centre of its kind in Canada.

SGS Best Practices for Grad Students

SGS developed resources in consultation with the Graduate Students' Union and graduate units across the University of Toronto. They have been designed to support graduate students, faculty, and administrators.


Access to Printing and Remote Computers for Software

  • Can get account for both printing, access to remote computers and software
  • located in the Engineering Annex building, Room 212 and activate your account there

As a Graduate student, while taking courses, you get access to printing quota (150 pages per course). You also get access to a printing quota as a teaching assistant. Labs are located SF1012 has two black-and-white printers (SF1012a and SF1012b); SF1013 has three black-and-white printers (SF1013a, SF1013b, and SF1013c) and one colour printer (SF1013clr); and SF1106 has one black-and-white printer.

Software Deals for Graduate Students:

MATLAB (STUDENT COPY, annual cost): http://sites.utoronto.ca/ic/software/detail/matlabStudent.html

Some Microsoft Software is available(FREE with Dreamspark): http://e5.onthehub.com/WebStore/ProductsByMajorVersionList.aspx?ws=30b88fca-b08b-e011-969d-0030487d8897&vsro=8&JSEnabled=1  login: UTMAIL address, password: click on "forgot Password" to have it Email'd to you for set-up. If you have problems accessing your Dreamspark account you should email msdnaa@ecf.utoronto.ca 

Office 365 ProPlus is available to all students. http://help.ic.utoronto.ca/index.php?solution_id=1966

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Some AUTOCAD software may be available for FREE:  http://students.autodesk.com/. You should use your UTMAIL+ Email address when filling in the registration fields.

ANSYS has a free student products http://www.ansys.com/student

FREE SAS Analytics software is available http://www.sas.com/en_us/software/university-edition.html

Other software deals are available at the Software License Office in the Robarts Library, on the ground floor or see http://sites.utoronto.ca/ic/software/

 

Professional Development

Entrepreneurship

U of T Engineering is home to two entrepreneurship accelerators: The Entrepreneurship Hatchery and Start@UTIAS. They are part of a larger ecosystem of startup incubators across U of T. Both the Entrepreneurship Hatchery and START@UTIAS provide engineering students with experienced mentorship, engaging programming and access to seed funding to transform business ideas into viable startups.

OPTIONS

The OPTIONS Program is an initiative to support all engineering graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in exploring diverse career options. It consists of a: 1) Cohort Program and 2) Complementary Events.

Graduate Peer and Careeer Support (Grad PACS)

Grad PACS supports PhD, MASc and MEng students to identify career pathways to launch their career planning early in their degree.

ILead:Grad

ILead:Grad is a cross-department, student-run organization focused on skill and social development. They strive to realize their vision by building on three fundamental pillars: empowering individuals, cultivating a positive environment, and making an impact.

CLNx (Career Learning Network)

Experience Matters. Bringing together opportunities and resources for career, advising, research, mentorship and co-curricular experiences.

Engineering Connect

Expand your network and connect with current graduate engineering students and alumni! Lots of networking opportunities and events are promoted on the platform.

10,000 PhDs 

The 10,000 PhDs Project, an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto, used Internet searches of open-access data sources such as official university and company websites to determine the current and/or first (2016) employment status of the 10,886 PhDs who graduated from U of T between 2000 and 2015 in all disciplines. The study successfully located 88% of PhD graduates.

PPIT - Prospective Professors in Training 

The Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT) program prepares PhD students for the rigours of a career in academia. The program is comprised of two parts that introduce students to curriculum, teaching, and learning within the context of engineering education and the tools required to apply to—and hold—an academic position (including developing effective application materials and balancing time and resources between teaching, research, and administration).

10000 Coffees 

The U of T Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees is a career networking platform for the whole U of T community. With more than 3,000 alumni professionals across a multitude fields, students and fellow alumni can seek out their career advice anytime and from anywhere. Monthly webinars deliver learning around best practices in the workplace.

LinkedIn Learning

As a student, staff, or faculty member at University of Toronto, you have access to LinkedIn Learning, an online learning resource with high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized experts. Using your UTORid to log in, you may choose from more than 1,400 online self-paced courses that cover a wide range of topics, including business, IT, software, and design. The LinkedIn Learning platform is available to any current student or employee at the university.

 

Finances and work opportunities

U of T Financial Planner

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.

Financial Aid & Advising

The School of Graduate Studies has financial advisors on staff who are trained to assist currently registered students with navigating the various funding practices at the university. They can also provide support with budgeting, scholarships and debt load management.

SGS Emergency Grants

The School of Graduate Studies has an emergency grant for students with unexpected financial expenses.

Work Study positions

For information on teaching assistantships, please contact your graduate department administrator for more information and postings.

 

Student clubs, associations and governance

Graduate Engineering Council of Students

The Graduate Engineering Council of Students acts as a forum for representatives from all Engineering Graduate Student Associations at the University of Toronto to collaborate on academic, social and professional events, discuss issues that broadly affect Engineering graduate students, and represent the general interests of Engineering graduate students to the Faculty and University.

Engineering Member Associations

Engineering departments within the Faculty have their own graduate student associations that organize everything from intramural sports to social and professional events. When you become a graduate student, you automatically become part of your department’s graduate student association.

U of T Graduate Student Union

This University-wide group manages the Graduate Student Health and Dental plan and several other benefits for grad students. The union also organizes grad student intramurals, the GSU Pub and Grad Escapes, a series of fun events for U of T grad students to explore and enjoy the City.

Gradlife

Gradlife is your one-stop shop for all resources and activities offered to grad students across U of T. Their newsletter is full of fun activities and events you won't want to miss.

U of T Student Clubs and Associations 

U of T is home to hundreds of student-led clubs and teams — everything from cultural associations to interest groups.

Grad Room Lounge and MEng Student Lounge

The Grad Room Lounge, located at 66 Harbord St., is a casual space in which to meet grad students from across U of T. In addition to being a great place to relax or student, they also offer workshops and professional development program

MEng students have a dedicated space (MY660) in the sixth floor of the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship. MEng students can use this dedicated space to study, collaborate with others or unwind. The meeting rooms MY667, MY665, MY663 and MY661 are also available to MEng students. To book any of the meeting rooms, please speak to your department graduate administrator.

Check your departmental website to learn more about the spaces available to you.

Housing

Vist U of T Student Life for information on finding rentals, roommates, on and off-campus housing, family housing, roommate conflicts and more.

For more information on frequently asked questions, visit the School of Graduate Studies.