Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

Applicants should hold a four-year bachelor degree in chemistry, or its equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta, or expect to complete the requirements for such a degree before beginning graduate work.  A minimum admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full time study (or equivalent) is required.

Grading systems differ among universities.  The minimum requirements by country stipulated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) are:

Canada and United States

  • 3.0 on a 4.0-point scale (University of Alberta grading system)
  • approximately 75%
  • B (second class)

United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand

  • upper second class honours degree

Other Countries

Applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Alberta.  All applicants must be proficient in English prior to admission.  Applicants with degrees/qualifications from certain countries or universities are exempt from the English language requirements.  See the exemption list.  If your institution isn't on the exemption list but the medium of instruction is in English, a letter from the institute indicating the medium of instruction is in English is required.  Or English language proficiency is demonstrated by a satisfactory score on one of the following English language examinations:

  • TOEFL iBT (88 total score, minimum 20 per section)
  • PTE Academic (59 overall score)
  • IELTS (6.5 overall band score, minimum 5.5 per section)
  • MELAB (85 total score)
  • CAEL (60 total score, minimum 60 each subtest)

This is important. Your Graduate Teaching Assistantship is your main source of income, so you must meet the Department of Chemistry's minimum standards.