Prospective Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in graduate education and welcome to the University of Alberta! Our institution's 7,600+ talented graduate students play a central role in all of UAlberta's wide-ranging research activities. They make a vital contribution to the educational experience of their fellow students and faculty, and to the success of the research itself. All graduate students are part of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), in addition to their program's home faculty.

Students choose to pursue graduate studies at UAlberta for many reasons, including the depth and range of our academic offerings, the diversity of the culture and ideas found here, and the top rankings of our graduate programs.

We invite you to join the graduate student community at UAlberta, where you can feed your curiosity, pursue research that tackles today's (and tomorrow's) most challenging issues, and break the boundaries of conventional wisdom.



Adult, Community, and Higher Education (ACHE)

This specialization provides advanced study for individuals who work with adults in the capacity of teaching, administration, or community leadership within a variety of institutional, community, and workplace settings throughout the world.

Studies in Educational Leadership (SEL)

This specialization provides advanced study for Canadian and International candidates in preparation for a broad range of administrative, supervisory, and leadership positions in public and non-government sectors, and in K-12 and post-secondary education institutions in Canada and world-wide.

Indigenous People's Education (IPE)

Grounded in the traditions of the Aboriginal peoples of Alberta, the international and interdisciplinary focus of this specialization attracts students from a variety of disciplines and locations. This specialization combines the conventional parameters and standards of university education with the collective efforts of Indigenous students, scholars, and Elders.

Social Justice and International Studies in Education (SJI)

Social Justice and International Studies in Education (SJI) focuses on the theoretical, philosophical, and ideological underpinnings of education as well as the social and cultural contexts in which education takes place.

Graduate Admissions Information

Graduate students at the University of Alberta are part of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS). In addition to program-specific requirements and deadlines GPS has policies and requirements pertaining to all graduate students at the University of Alberta. Dates and deadlines may differ between programs, therefore it is crucial to review your chosen program requirements well in advance of the application deadline.

All prospective students must complete and submit the online graduate application. Please note we are not able to review prospective student files without an application.

Scholarships and Awards

UAlberta has one of the most generous awards and financial aid programs in the country, and among the highest graduate student funding rates in Canada.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate students at the University of Alberta is based on the type of program (thesis or course based) and whether you are registered full-time or part-time­.

Indigenous Applicants

The University of Alberta is committed to the recruitment, retention and graduation of Aboriginal students and honours the Indigenous world view of education by respecting and supporting the voices and spirit of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. To increase the representation of Aboriginal students our policy is aimed at increasing accessibility and providing assist to students in achieving their academic and personal goals.

For this purpose, and in order to improve the assessment of the educational achievement of Aboriginal learners, we ask you to self-identify if you are of Aboriginal ancestry as defined in Canada's Constitution Act, 1982

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