English Proficiency Requirements

Since English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the U of A, all applicants must be proficient in English prior to admission.

Proficiency is demonstrated by:

  • a satisfactory score on an approved English Language Proficiency examination (see table below), OR
  • possession of a degree from a Canadian institution, OR
  • possession of a degree from a country or school listed on the Faculty of Graduate Studies Exemption List.

The Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences will accept the following examinations (with a satisfactory score) to fulfill English Language Proficiency:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Score
Minimum score of 100 (internet based), with a score of at least 22 in each individual skills area.
TOEFL Codes: The institution code for the U of A for TOEFL is 0963. The department code is 72 for Mathematics and 59 for Statistics.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Score
Minimum score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 on each band for admission. The IELTS test must be the academic module.
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic)
Minimum overall score of 68 points and a minimum of 59 points in each of the categories: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

Please note: The Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences does not admit applicants who submit scores below the stated minimums or applicants who are required to submit a score but fail to do so. Additionally, the department will only accept scores that reflect a test date that has taken place within the last 2 years.