Department of Educational Policy Studies

Entrance Requirements

  • Entrance Requirements: Applicants should familiarize themselves with the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research as described in the University of Alberta Calendar, which is available online: http://www.registrar.ualberta.ca/calendar/
  • Masters Programs: MEd students are initially admitted into the course-based route. Applicants to the master's degree must have a four-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) that has been granted by a recognized academic institution and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on most 4-point grading systems. Additionally, some specializations may require previous professional experience; for example, the Educational Administration and Leadership specialization requires applicants to have a minimum of two years of teaching experience or equivalent.

    MEd students may apply for a transfer from the course-based program to a thesis-based program after completing a minimum of three courses in the course-based program. Please see "Transfer from a Course-Based to a Thesis-Based M.Ed. Program" under Grad Student Resources for the procedures to be followed.
  • Doctoral Programs: The minimum admission requirements for the EdD and PhD are a masters and bachelor's degree from a recognized academic institution and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on most 4-point grading systems. In special circumstances a student with a GPA lower than 3.5 may be considered for admission (Pending approval). Additionally, some specializations may require previous professional experience; for example, the Educational Administration and Leadership specialization requires applicants to have a minimum of two years of teaching experience or equivalent.

    Spaces in the Doctoral program are limited and on a competitive basis. Applicants who meet only the minimum admission criteria are therefore not guaranteed entry to the program.

For either Master's or Doctoral Admissions:

In the case of both Master’s and doctoral programs, international applicants from non-English speaking institutions are required to take and submit the results of an English Language Proficiency Exam. No exceptions are granted.

There are four possible exams that are accepted for this requirement; minimum results required on each exam are enforced, no exceptions are granted. The Department minimums or these exams are:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 580 (paper-based) or 93 (internet-based) with a minimum of 24 on the Speaking and Writing Bands of the exam, FGSR's minimum for the Reading and Listening bands of the TOEFL exam is 20
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) score of 70
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.5 on each band
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 88
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 63

An official English Language Proficiency Exam score must be included with the application.

(A list of International countries and/or universities whose graduates are exempt from this requirement is available through the link below.)