Admission Process

Human Ecology Admission Process

Step 1 - Check Your Eligibility

Minimum Requirements

  • 4-year undergraduate degree or its academic equivalent, from a recognized institution.
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the last two years (approximately 60 credits) of post-secondary study.

International Applicants:

GPA Equivalencies
English Language Requirements


Step 2 - Corresponding with Faculty Members

The graduate program committee will accept applications without a prospective supervisor
listed. While we recommend that you connect with faculty members for potential supervision, it’s not necessary to have a supervisor confirmed before you submit your application.

If you find a faculty member whose research interests you, we encourage you to reach out to
them to discuss potential supervision of your graduate program. Please consider including these items in your email to the faculty member(s):

  • A description of your research interests (Why are you interested in their work and why do you feel you would be a good fit?);
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV), including publications and achievements;
  • Scanned copy of your transcripts;
  • If applicable, attach a scanned copy of test scores as evidence of English language proficiency.
Link to Current Research & Faculty Members


Step 3 - Applying Online & Submitting Documents


Once you have verified your eligibility, please apply for admission by clicking on the Apply Now button at the top of this page. In order to successfully submit your application for admission, you will be required to upload the following supporting documents to the online application system:

  • OFFICIAL Transcripts/ Marksheets in original language & English translations. Scans must be from official documents and must include the grading system used at that institution.
  • OFFICIAL English languages scores (if applicable)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Goals & Objectives Form
  • Names & contact information of THREE references
  • Writing Sample (PhD applicants only)

Note: A non-refundable application fee of $135 CAD will be assessed when you apply.


Application Deadlines

February 1 for Fall term (September) Admission


Step 4 - Await the Official Admission Decision

Once we have received all of the required documents, your application is considered complete and the application will move forward to the review process. Applicants will be contacted by email once an official decision has been made. Please be aware that the review process only happens once per year, so it may take some time to receive an official admission decision.

Successful applicants will receive a department letter of offer that will outline the details of the admission. The official letter of acceptance will be issued by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) at a later date, and be sent by email to your University of Alberta email address. Successful international applicants will require the letter of acceptance from FGSR in order to proceed with the application for travel documents such as a study permit and VISA.

IMPORTANT: Official documents (transcripts, degree certificates, etc.) may be required upon receiving the conditional offer of admission letter. Documents must be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research office. Detailed instructions will be outlined in your offer letter.