Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for the MHSE 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
  • instructional experience in a health-related discipline

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

  1. an official degree certificate accompanied by official (original) mark sheets and an English translation of each mark sheet outlining all courses taken and grades obtained for all post-secondary institutions attended
In addition, international applicants are required to provide one of the following:
  • A TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) and a score of at least 24 on speaking and writing and 20 on reading and listening (Internet-based)
  • An IELTS score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5

  • An official CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language assessment system) score of at least 70 in all bands

  • Duolingo

Admission FAQs

How will a break in my studies affect my fees? My graduation date?
You must be enrolled in one course within a school year (September-August) in order to keep your program active or your program will lapse. If you intend to interrupt your program, please contact the MHSE Graduate Administrator at medhse@ualberta.ca immediately so that we can work out any registration considerations to ensure that your program status remains active.
What grading system does the program use?
The program is focused on student learning. The required courses in the program are Credit/No Credit.
What if I don't quite meet all of the requirements?
Please contact the MHSE Graduate Administrator at medhse@ualberta.ca to discuss your options.
What if I have already completed some graduate level courses?

Up to two courses may be admitted as program electives. Approval depends upon several factors, so they must be assessed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research on a case-by-case basis.

Generally speaking, approved options for transfer into the MHSE program:

  • are graduate-level courses completed at an accredited university
  • have been completed within the last 3-4 years
  • are relevant to the MHSE program.

Please contact the MHSE Graduate Administrator at medhse@ualberta.ca to discuss the process for approval.

What if I need to take time off from my program?
If you need to interrupt your studies, we will do our best to accommodate. Typically, you would resume your studies with the next year's cohort. During your break from the core program, you may complete your approved electives, if you have not already done so. Please contact the MHSE Graduate Administrator at medhse@ualberta.ca to discuss your options.