Department of Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I need to provide to apply for a M.Sc. or PhD degree in Medicine?

A: Please refer to our How to Apply page for details on the documents needed for an application to the Department of Medicine.

Q: I would like to apply to your program. How do I find a supervisor?

A: The Department of Medicine requires that all applicants have a supervisor (within the department) who has agreed to supervise the prospective student. To find a supervisor, we suggest you start by viewing our list of some potential supervisors.

In addition, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry hosts a database with available positions for graduate students for specific projects. Please review the listings in this database for positions that may suit your area of interest.

Another way to find a potential supervisor is to visit the PubMed website. Type in the area of research in the search bar that you are interested in (for example, "transplant infectious diseases") along with "University of Alberta”. The results will show researchers from the University of Alberta who have published papers in that particular area.

It is your responsibility to find a potential supervisor. When contacting them please provide a Statement of Purpose and a copy of your most recent CV.

Q: I have a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree. Can I go straight into the PhD program?

A: For admission to our PhD program we do not automatically recognize course-based or professional degrees such as MPH, MD (Doctor of Medicine), PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy), etc. as eligible to enroll.

However, such non-research based degrees may be reviewed by members of the Research Training Committee, which will take into account research experience and track record. The outcomes of this review can result in: 

  • a recommendation for admission directly into our PhD program;
  • a recommendation for admission into our M.Sc. program with evaluation for transfer to the PhD program after one year (please see our Change of Category page for details on the criteria to transfer programs); or 
  • rejection of the application. 

In all cases, the final decision on admission comes from the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research.

For more information, please refer to our Entrance Eligibility page.

Q: What are the admission requirements for a M.Sc. degree?

A: Applicants are normally required to have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. An admission grade point average of 3.0 on most 4.0-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.

Applicants are also required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Refer to the FGSR International Admissions website for the various means of demonstrating proficiency. Please note that the Department of Medicine requires the following scores for TOEFL and IELTS examinations:

Finally, you must have an approved supervisor who has confirmed their willingness to supervise you. All supervisors must provide a stipend to graduate students (see our student funding policy)

Q: If I have an undergraduate degree, can I go straight into your PhD program?

A: The Department of Medicine does not admit students with undergraduate degrees directly into our PhD program. Prospective students with undergraduate degrees should apply to be admitted as a master’s student. After being admitted to our M.Sc. program, it is possible to transfer to a PhD after one year provided all transfer conditions are met. Please see our Change of Category page for details on the criteria to transfer programs