MSc (thesis-based) and PhD Admissions

Before applying, please review the programs of study, admission requirements, start dates, deadlines, and application process.

It should be understood that eligibility does not guarantee admission.

  • 1. Admission Requirements
    All applicants require:
    1. at least a bachelor's degree or its academic equivalent. 
    2. an admission grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on the University of Alberta 4-point scale, or the equivalent qualification from another institution – this is calculated on the most recent course work (equivalent to 60 units of course weight (UCW) or the last two years of full-time study).
    3. proof of English language proficiency (ELP) if the applicant does not hold a degree from countries or international universities listed on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research exemptions page. The following ELP examinations are recognized; minimum scores required by Laboratory Medicine and Pathology are:
    - internet-based TOEFL score: 95 with at least 21 per section;
    - IELTS (Academic) score: 7.0 with at least 6 on each band;
    - PTE (Academic) score: 65 with a minimum band score of 60;
    - CAEL score: 70 with at least 70 on each subtest.

    Thesis-based master's and PhD students require a supervisor. An applicant cannot be admitted until a qualified faculty member:
    1. agrees to supervise and take that applicant as a student, and
    2. has sufficient funding to do so. 

    As such, applicants are encouraged to review supervisor profiles/research and consult directly with those whose area of research is of interest. If a supervisor has not been identified at the time of application, the department will attempt to find one for the applicant.

  • 2. Application Deadlines

    Start terms:

    Applications are accepted for: Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (May), or Summer (July).

    Canadian and permanent resident applicants must submit their application and ALL supporting documentation according to the following schedule:

     For Admit Term   Deadline 
     Fall (September)  August 1
     Winter (January)  November 15
     Spring (May)  April 1
     Summer (July)  June 1

    International applicants must submit their application and ALL supporting documentation according to the following schedule:

     For Admit Term   Deadline 
     Fall (September)  May 15
     Winter (January)  September 15
     Spring (May)  January 15
     Summer (July)  March 15

    International applicants are reminded that plenty of time (up to six months or more) may be needed to make arrangements to enter Canada and are advised to keep this in mind when applying. Submission of application packages well in advance of the listed deadlines is encouraged.

  • 3. Application Process

    Admissions Flowchart (pdf, 217 kb)

    Applicants to this program are required to apply using the graduate studies online application system.

    Supporting Documents:

    1. official transcripts or mark sheets and degree certificates from all university or post-secondary institutions previously attended. Refer to Application Requirements for Academic Documents for information. Failure to list and provide complete transcripts from all institutions attended on the application may be considered an intentional omission and will lead to the cancellation of an application for admission or withdrawal of an offer of admission
    2. curriculum vitae or Resume (do not use the University of Alberta’s CV Form)
    3. completed Research Interests form
    4. proof of English language proficiency (if necessary).
    5. three references submitted via the online application system

    Except for references, all supporting documentation is uploaded during the application process. If you are offered admission, official academic documents must be sent directly from your educational institutions to the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research. 

    Names and email addresses of referees are provided during the application process, and reference request emails are sent upon final submission of the application.

  • 4. Special Instructions
    1. References may be academic or work. The online application system requests 2 work references and 1 academic reference. This is a guideline only; any combination of work and academic references will be accepted.
    2. In preparation for the online application, applicants must combine the following supporting documents into a single pdf file:
      1. Curriculum vitae or resumé
      2. Research Interest form and the accompanying one page document.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why choose Laboratory Medicine and Pathology?
    1. Dynamic training environment
    2. State of the art instrumentation and resources
    3. World class researchers
    4. Award-winning faculty
    5. Unique graduate courses
    6. Support for conferences and professional development
    7. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in academia, industry, government, health care, and more.
  • Is a supervisor required before applying?

    Our department cannot admit a student without a supervisor.

    Applicants who have found a faculty member willing and able to supervise them and who have met all admission requirements have a good chance of admission. 

    Applicants who have not found a supervisor may still apply. After initial assessment, if they meet all admission requirements, our graduate program will endeavour to find a supervisor for them.

  • How do I contact a potential supervisor? What information should be provided?

    It is suggested to email those supervisors with whom you'd like to study, include your transcripts and CV, and tell them why you'd like to work with them - why their research interests you, what your background is, what your goals are, how you could fit in to their lab. Target your email messages specifically to the person to whom you are writing (i.e. the same generic message sent to each researcher may not be as effective as one that you've targeted to a specific person).

  • Is there funding available for thesis-based students? Are tuition and fees paid on behalf of the student?

    Research supervisors must ensure that their graduate students receive financial support from either an operating grant (stipend), an independent award/scholarship to the student, or a combination of these. Self-funding by the student as the sole means of support is not permitted.

    The current minimum funding support level is ~$24,089 CAD per year for thesis-based master’s students, and ~$25,197 CAD per year for doctoral students.

    The department does not pay tuition and fees on behalf of its graduate students, although individual supervisors may do so. Students are encouraged to discuss this and any other funding matters with their supervisor(s).

  • How is the admission GPA determined?

    An admission grade point average (aGPA) is calculated on the applicant's most recent course work equivalent to two years of full-time study. This is 60 units of course weight (UCW) at the University of Alberta, where a typical one-term course is 3 UCW.

    An aGPA of at least 3.0 on the University of Alberta 4-point scale is required, or the equivalent qualification from another institution (generally a "B" on most letter grading systems). All transcripts that use a different grading scale will be assessed using guidelines established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR), University of Alberta; third-party assessments are not accepted

    For general guidelines regarding minimum academic requirements for international applicants, please see Minimum Academic Requirements by Country from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

  • How long is the thesis-based MSc program?

    The  length of a master's program at this University ranges from a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 4. A realistic expectation for thesis-based master's students in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is a minimum of 2 years. The average completion time in this department is currently 3.2 years.

  • How long is the PhD program?

    The  length of a PhD program at this University ranges from a minimum 3 years to a maximum of 6. A realistic expectation for doctoral students in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is a minimum of 4 years. The average completion time for doctoral students in this department is currently 5.5 years.

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