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) marksheets and an English translation of each marksheet 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

Supporting Documentation

Please have the following files ready to upload to your application:

  1. Statement of Intent (500 - 800 words) outlining your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, relevance of work and teaching experience, and interest in inter-professional teamwork in education and practice
  2. Scanned official, up-to-date transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution you attended (including incomplete studies, exchange and transfer credit courses).
    • The transcript must be scanned in its entirety (front and back pages),including the transcript legend typically printed on the back of the transcript, and be legible. Ensure that no information is cut off during scanning.
    • Up-to-date transcripts are defined as transcripts dated or issued in the fall/winter session of the year of application (if currently registered) or within a year of the term for which you are applying (if not currently registered).
    •  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.
    • Application Requirements for Academic Documents
  3. A Curriculum Vitae
  4. The name and email address of three 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. 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 "Health Sciences Education" and mode of study "Part-time".
  6. Complete the online application

Admission FAQ

  • 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 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 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 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 to discuss your options.