Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for the MES program, you must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree from a recognized university
    • with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on the 4.0 grade-point scale) or 6.5 (on the 9 grade-point scale) over the last 60 credits of course work
  • Two years of teaching experience


International students may apply, but due to the part-time nature and blended delivery format of this program, students are not eligible for Canadian residency if accepted into the program. International students must provide the following:

  • an official degree certificate accompanied by official (original) marksheets and an English translation of each marksheet outlining all courses taken and grades obtained for all post-secondary institutions attended
  • documentation of English proficiency through one of the following:
    • A TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based), (237 computer-based) or a total score of 92 with a score of at least 24 on speaking and writing, and 20 on reading and listening (Internet-based)
    • An Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.5 on each band
    • A PTE Academic score of 63


Supporting Documentation

As part of your application, you will need to upload several documents. Having them ready in advance, will expedite the application process.

  1. Letter of intent (about 1000 words) outlining your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree and area(s) of interest as potential research topics

  2. Scanned official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution you attended (including incomplete studies, exchange and transfer credit courses).
    • Please DO NOT send official hard-copy documents unless the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) requests them from you in a conditional admission offer letter.
  3. A 1-2 page résumé outlining teaching experience and other relevant experience

  4. The name and email address of two people who will provide letters of professional recommendation attesting to your academic aptitude and commitment to your profession (Referees will subsequently receive a link that allows them to upload a letter.)

  5. MES Student Information form (available in application portal)

  6. English Language Proficiency documentation (international students only)

Please note: To expedite processing of your application, please save all files using the University of Alberta's file naming conventions.


How to Apply

  1. Click the yellow “Apply Now” button. You will be redirected to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) webpage.
  2. Read the “Graduate Application Process: Step by Step” before you click “Apply Now” at the bottom of the page.
  3. Read the "Application Requirements for Academic Documents" before you click "Apply Now" at the bottom of the page.
  4. Create a login account if you are logging in for the first time.
  5. Once you have created an account, choose your program “Educational Studies” and mode of study “Part-time”.
  6. Complete the online application

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