Academic Requirements

Admission to our department is recommended based on the availability of funding and our review of the complete application including the C.V. and letters of reference. Although an applicant may meet the minimum GPA requirement, admission is not guaranteed. A 4-year undergraduate degree, or its academic equivalent, from a recognized university.

A minimum grade point average (GPA) on the last 60 credits*:

  • 3.3 on a 4-point scale,
  • 7.0 on a 9-point scale,
  • B+ on a letter-based scale or
  • 78/100 on a percentage-based scale

*The GPA is calculated using the last most recent 60 credits of a transcript. If the last 60 credits fall within a term, the full term is calculated (thus in this case the GPA would be calculated using more than 60 credits). GPA calculation for Ph.D. applicants: The M.Sc. degree counts as 1 full-time year, so the last 30 credits of the B.Sc. is also used to calculate the GPA.

Note: The minimum GPA for departmental funding (Teaching Assistantship) may be higher than listed above and will vary from year to year depending on the quality of the applicant pool.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is preferred but not required. 

Minimum Academic Requirements from Other Countries

Please search the drop down list for minimum academic requirements. Note: list contains department minimums requirements and are subject to change as more countries continue to be added. If the country is not listed, please contact biograd@ualberta.ca.