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Graduate Application Process: Step by Step

Applying to a UAlberta graduate program involves five basic steps. You should begin the process as early as a year before you wish to begin your program of study. (Click on '+' to expand information.)

  • Step 1: Choose a Program

    Decide which of our programs is most appropriate for you. 

    For a complete listing, see Programs

    When you have selected a program, make note of the department's website and contact information. 

  • Step 2: Contact the Department

    Visit the department website to review your program’s specific requirements and contact the department if you have questions. This step is critical because requirements vary by program.

    The University of Alberta's on-line application for graduate admission should be used to apply for all programs with the following exceptions:

    -Visiting and Visiting Exchange Applications (including the Western Deans’ Agreement) and are paper-based processes with their own forms;

    -Shared Credential programs are also paper-based processes with their own forms;

    Note: The following are not graduate programs: Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), and Juris Doctor (JD). Please apply using the undergraduate application.

    Can't apply online? Please contact the department for a paper application. 

  • Step 3: Review General Requirements & Deadlines
    1. Admission requirements
      For general information on FGSR admission requirements, please refer to the Academic Requirements section of either the Canadian Admissions Protocol or International Admissions Protocol pages. Graduate applicants are strongly advised to contact their chosen department as early as possible to learn of any additional requirements.
    2. Application deadlines and entry dates
      Some departments accept applications year-round while others only allow entry once a year. For general information on graduate application deadlines, please refer to the Canadian Application Deadlines or International Application Deadlines on our website. Once you are in the online application and have selected a department and start term, you will be able to see when the department will begin accepting applications as well as the department deadline.

    3. Application procedures
      Some programs require you to identify a potential supervisor before applying and some departments may require different documentation at different stages of the application process. 
  • Step 4: Compile your Supporting Documents

    We recommend you compile all supporting documents before starting your application.
    You will need to scan and save all your supporting documents (except reference letters) as a PDF file* and then upload them directly to the online application portal. (You must upload your documents on or before the application submission deadline for the program to which you are applying.)

    Supporting documents may include the following:

    - Academic documents (transcripts, degree certificates)
          Read the Requirements for Acceptance of Uploaded Transcripts

    - English Language Proficiency scores such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL, etc. (if applicable)

    - Additional departmental requirements such as:
          CV, statement of intent, and writing samples
          GRE, GMAT, or other test scores.
          Referee information (Example: names, email addresses, and for some programs, letters of reference)

    *For instructions on converting your documents into PDF files and acceptable naming conventions Click here.
  • Step 5: Initiate your Application

    After you have consulted with your department, complete the graduate studies online application by clicking the button below.

    Applications must be submitted and paid for by the department deadline to be considered for admission. Application submitted after the deadline will not be considered for admission. 

    A $100 CAD non-refundable application fee is required. Payments can be made using a valid VISA or MasterCard credit card. For a list of countries that are exempted, please see here.

To begin or continue an application, please click the button below and search for your department: