Prospective Students

We are proud to admit excellent graduate students from around the globe! 

Below you will find the formal requirements for admission into one of our programs. 

The Minimum requirements for admission into an MSc program are:

  • A 4-year undergraduate degree (preferably with honours, and in mathematics or statistics or a closely related area), or its academic equivalent from a recognized university.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 in the last two years (*60) of relevant undergraduate work (or graduate work) at the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  • Proficiency in the English language (all applicants whose native language is not English must provide a satisfactory score of an English Language Proficiency Examination).
  • 3 letters of reference.
  • University Transcripts - you will be required to scan and upload each page (front and back) of your most up-to-date official academic documents from all post secondary institutions attended (including incomplete studies, exchange and transfer credit courses). All transcripts must have a recent date on which it was printed. These documents must be uploaded in PDF format.
    • If your previous education was completed in India or Pakistan, individual marksheets are required; consolidated transcripts are not acceptable.
  • Transcripts or Marksheets in their Original Language
    • English translation of Transcripts or Marksheets (if original is not in English)
    • Degree Certificate in Original Language
    • English translation of Degree Certificate (if original is not in English)
    • You may have an interim transcript that does not yet indicate that a degree has been conferred and the date that degree was conferred. However, final transcripts from all North American and many international institutions will include this information; in which case there is no need to submit a Degree Certificate;
  • A Degree Certificate must accompany transcripts that do not clearly indicate:
    •  That a degree has been conferred/awarded/granted; and
    •  The date on which the degree was conferred.
      Degree Certificates must include the date of issue, the registrar’s signature, and a post-secondary institution stamp or seal.
  • A Curriculum Vitae(PDF, 56kb)
  • A brief (two pages maximum) Personal Statement(PDF, 124kb); and
  • A $100 admission fee (countries waived from application fee).

Notarized documents by a notary public, or endorsed by a lawyer, professor, or judge are not accepted.

Uploaded documents must meet the following criteria in order to be accepted:

  • The document must include the applicant’s full name, post-secondary institution name, academic program, the grading scheme/scale legend, names and   numbers of courses, year and term of attendance, credits, and grades received.
  • The transcript must be scanned in its entirety (front and back pages) and be legible.
  • Transcripts provided to support a degree that has been conferred must cover the entire period of the degree.
  • An English translation of transcripts in languages other than English must be provided by the issuing institution or by a certified translator.
  • If the transcript is issued in French by a Canadian institution, then no English language translation is required.

Acceptable transcripts uploaded to the application portal may include:

  • A transcript issued to the student by the post-secondary institution; or
  • A transcript/student record obtained from a self-serve web system of the post-secondary institution (must meet the criteria listed above and provide the system’s URL and print date).

Transcripts uploaded on the online application portal are considered to be unofficial documents.

To be admitted into the Doctoral Program, a student must:

  • Satisfy the minimum requirements for entrance into an MSc degree (the GPA calculation will be done using the last *60 credits or two years of undergraduate and/or graduate work at the University of Alberta or its academic equivalent from a recognized instituion).
  • Hold an MSc degree in Mathematics or Statistics (depending on the choice of PhD program), or a closely related area.

Students seeking a PhD degree who do not hold an MSc degree or equivalent will be admitted into the MSc program instead. Strong students may then transfer to the PhD program subject to certain conditions (there is usually no time lost).

Students who finish an MSc degree at the University of Alberta are not automatically admitted to a PhD program. A regular application is required. However, excellent students have a high success rate. 

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.  Most successful applicants significantly surpass them.

Note that the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences minimum requirements are different (higher) from the minimum requirements listed by the FGSR. Minimum requirements set by the department must be met to be considered for admission.

Specific programs may have additional requirements. Complete details may be found in the Regulations and Guidelines for Graduate Programs.

Also, applicants are encouraged to contact academic staff before applying. Finding a professor who is interested in having you as a graduate student will strengthen your application. A list of faculty members can be found here.

Exceptional PhD or MSc applicants from another university may be nominated for a University of Alberta PhD or MSc scholarship (if available). No application necessary.

International Applicants: For GPA equivalencies, please see this chart: minimum grade point average required from countries other than Canada.

For details on how to apply, see here.

Vanier competition

You might have heard of the prestigious Vanier scholarships for incoming PhD students. These scholarships are worth $50,000 per year and are given to the very best students. If you feel that you are competitive for this scholarship, then please contact the graduate chair, Jochen Kuttler right away (, but no later than August 1.  

For more information on scholarships, please click here.