Department of Educational Policy Studies

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.

Masters Programs

M.Ed. 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.

M.Ed. 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.

EdD (Doctoral) Programs:  Please review FGSR's admission criteria for this type of program.

English Language Proficiency 

Where applicable, applicants must provide proof of English Language Proficiency (refer to English Language Requirement). Any one of the following is acceptable:

  • a minimum TOEFL score of 93 (Internet-based) with a minimum of 24 on the speaking and writing bands of the test, or equivalent (FGSR's minimum for the reading and listening bands of the TOEFL test is 20);
  • a minimum score of 70 on the CAEL exam;
  • a minimum score of 85 on the MELAB with a minimum score of 3 on the speaking component;
  • a minimum of 7.0 on each band on the IELTS with an overall minimum score of 7.0;
  • a minimum score of 63 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a minimum band score of 60.

For applicants with international qualifications, where either their country or their international university are recognized as using English as the official language of instruction, proof of English Language Proficiency is still required. No exemptions to this requirement will be granted by the department.