Department of Medicine

Registration Requirements

Thesis-Based Master's Programs

  • Admitted before Fall 2011: Over the duration of their program, students in thesis-based master's programs admitted before Fall 2011 must successfully complete a minimum of *24, which must consist of a minimum of *9 of academic coursework in addition to thesis research. Only approved transfer credits from the University of Alberta may count towards the *24 minimum requirement. Notwithstanding the above, students are required to fulfill the department's thesis-based program requirements as approved by Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Council and as stated in the department's graduate program requirements.
  • Admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter: Over the duration of their program, students in thesis-based master's programs admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter must pay the equivalent of at least one full year of program fees; see section §22.2.2 of the Calendar for information on program fees. In addition to thesis registration, students must complete a minimum of *9 of academic coursework. Notwithstanding the above, students are required to fulfill the department's thesis-based program requirements as approved by Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Council and as stated in the department's graduate program requirements.

Doctoral Programs

  • Admitted before Fall 2011: Over the duration of their program, students in a doctoral program admitted before Fall 2011 must successfully complete a minimum of *36, which must consist of a minimum of *12 of academic coursework in addition to thesis research. Only approved transfer credits from the University of Alberta may count towards the *36 minimum requirement. Notwithstanding the above, students are required to fulfill the department's doctoral program requirements as approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Council and as stated in the department's graduate program requirements.
  • Admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter: Over the duration of their program, students in a doctoral program admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter must pay the equivalent of at least three full years of program fees; see section §22.2.2 of the Calendar for information on program fees. In addition to thesis registration, students must complete a minimum of *12 of academic coursework. Notwithstanding the above, students are required to fulfill the department's doctoral program requirements as approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Council and as stated in the department's graduate program requirements.

Registration Status

The minimum registration required in a term is 3 units of course weight. Registration status for a term is automatically determined by the total units of course weight in which the student is registered for credit, including courses, project courses and/or thesis registrations. Audited courses are not included in the calculation of registration status.

Full-time

Students registered in a total of nine or more units of course weight in a term in Fall or Winter Term are considered full-time. This is the equivalent of at least three 3-weight courses per term.

  • If you are registered in one course per term, then you must register in Thesis 906
  • If you are registered in two courses per term, then you must register in Thesis 903
  • If you are registered in three courses, you do not need to register in Thesis
  • If you are not registered in any courses, then you must register in Thesis 909
  • If you have been registered as a full-time student for a minimum of four (for PhD) and two (for MSc) Fall and/or Winter terms and have been assessed at least 18 units of fee index in each of these terms, you may register in THES 919. Please contact FGSR at 780-492-9464 as this course is permitted with the consent of FGSR only.

Students who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents who fail to maintain full-time status may jeopardize their standing with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Part-time

Students registered in fewer than nine units of course weight in a Fall or Winter Term are considered part-time. This is the equivalent of less than three 3-weight courses per term.

Maintaining Registration

You must register in both Fall and Winter terms of every year during the course of your program.

Course Work

Master’s of Science (MSc) students

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires all MSc students to do some course work. A minimum of three 3-credit graduate-level courses is required but other courses can be substituted if the supervisory committee feels they are important for the student's program; prerequisite undergraduate course work may also be needed. The performance in courses is an important consideration in prescribing further courses to be taken.

The Department of Medicine highly recommends that all graduate students take a course in statistics.

The supervisory committee in consultation with the student will determine the courses to be taken by the student. Final approval of the program will be made by the Research Training Committee. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 with no mark below 2.7. A minimum cumulative program GPA of 2.7 is required for convocation.

Master's of Science (MSc) students who intend to pursue a PhD should do sufficient course work to give graduate schools a basis for determining PhD eligibility. 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires all PhD students to do some course work. A minimum of four 3-credit graduate-level courses is required. The number of courses a student will take in addition to the Department’s requirements is decided by the supervisor and supervisory committee. Please note that the Research Training Committee will determine if a student has sufficient research experience to be admitted straight into the PhD program.

The Department of Medicine highly recommends that all graduate students take a course in statistics.

The supervisory committee in consultation with the student will determine the courses to be taken by the student. Final approval of the program will be made by the Research Training Committee. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 with no mark below 2.7. A minimum cumulative program GPA of 2.7 is required for convocation.