A supervisor is a faculty member who mentors graduate students and for most of our academic programs, you will be working closely with a faculty supervisor. Many research-based graduate programs expect students to identify a prospective supervisor prior to applying for admission. It is best to check with the graduate program you will be applying to, to find out if this is expected.

If that is your case, you will need to identify a potential supervisor in your desired field of research.

To look for supervisors you need to:

  • Visit the department website, and look for research areas and faculty listings
  • Review faculty member profiles to find potential supervisors with research interests similar to your own.

Once you think you’ve found a match, talk to them so you can get a sense of what they might be like to work with.


Also, consider making contact with the program or department graduate coordinator so it could help you answering your questions about program requirements, the admission process, supplemental materials, funding opportunities and the process for finding a supervisor within their department. They will also be able to advise you if a particular faculty member is accepting new students.

Approaching a faculty member by email is the most common first contact. Be sure to tailor your email message to each faculty member. Your goal is to create a great first impression.Sources:

For more information on how to apply see the Steps to Apply section.