Department of Educational Policy Studies

Application Documentation

Review the document checklist, document requirements, and all application steps below BEFORE applying.

Application Document Checklist

Application Requirements for Academic Documents

1. Application

Applicants must apply online by going to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Online Application.

2. Transcripts

You are required to upload the most recent copies to your online application; refer to Application Requirements for Academic Documents above. If you have difficulty acquiring electronic transcripts please contact the Graduate Administrator. Do not send official hard-copy documents until after an admission offer has been extended.

Failure to list and provide complete transcript from all institutions you attended on the application may be considered an intentional omission and will lead to the cancellation of your application for admission or withdrawal of your offer of admission

Please note: If you have completed a degree and/or certificate that does not provide transcripts, placing the 'certificate' as a transcript on the online application is NOT acceptable. In place of the transcript requirement for these programs, you will need to have the institution provide a letter confirming that you completed the degree/certificate and that there are no transcripts provided for the program. The letter will need to be attached to the online application in place of the 'transcript' for that program and then submitted (original document) to the University. Hard-copy transcripts can be submitted to the Faculty Office after the department's application deadline.

3. Referees

Three referees are to submit references per the online form provided to them when you list their name on the online application. Please remind them that they must submit the form and/or reference document with their signature included. They can also attach additional information to the form. The online application will provide directions to the referee on how to complete the reference form, etc.

Referee selection consideration: As your referees will be asked about your academic abilities it is important to select individuals who can accurately assess this aspect of our work. Ideally your referees should be academic staff (e.g., instructors in prior degree programs) who know the requirements necessary for successful completion of a graduate program. Please see the Checklist for Applications for Admission document for further information on this.

4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume

Attach a copy of your CV/Resume to the online application form or complete the CV form available on the online application form.

5. Statement of Intent

Review the Consideration of the Statement of Intent information below and the Checklist for Applications for Admission document for more information on what is required in the Statement of Intent.

Consideration of the Statement of Intent

Avoid providing a narrative on your CV and/or non-academic background information unless it links directly to your research topic. To make an assessment, the admissions committee requires information on your research interests and will be looking for alignment with Department specialization areas and Faculty research areas.

If you are applying to the doctoral program, state whether you completed your master's degree in the thesis or course-based route. If you completed a thesis-based masters briefly describe:

  • Your master's program research (problem, methodology, topic, results)
  • Whether the results were published
  • How your master's research relates to your proposed doctoral study
  • How your thesis has prepared you for your doctoral research

If you are applying to the master's program, please state whether your undergraduate program integrated research-based activities. If you were engaged in undergraduate research activities, provide:

  • A description of your role and activities in the undergraduate research project 
  • How the undergraduate research experience has prepared you for your master's program

Whether you research supervisor is one of your referee

6. Distinguished Life Experience Essay

If applicable please refer to the Checklist for Applications for Admission document to learn more.

7. English Language Proficiency Requirement

This applies to two different applicant groups:

  1. Applicants who completed a degree or an academic equivalent from an institution and/or country that does not teach in English.
  2. Applicants who might have completed a degree or an academic equivalent in English but neither the institution and/or the country are listed as exempted from this requirement by our Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta.

FGSR list of Exemptions

Department Entrance Requirement on English Language Proficiency exams

No exceptions are granted on this requirement.

8. Confirmation of Potential Research Supervisor (doctoral).

Before you list a potential faculty member as your supervisor on your application form, please contact the faculty member to confirm the possibility of supervision. Please note, if successful in obtaining a supervisor, this does not guarantee admission.

9. Writing Sample (Doctoral Only)

Doctoral Applicants applying to Adult Community and Higher Education, Indigenous Peoples Education, or Social Justice and International Studies in Education need to submit on the online application form their Master’s thesis (or a project/capping exercise document) for review.

Please Note

Normally, your application will not be reviewed for possible admission until all (100%) of the items required to be attached to the online application are completed and all reference letters are received; including the application fee by the stated department application deadline.