Admissions and Policies

Admission Requirements

The Medical Genetics Graduate committee reviews applications and is responsible for rejection or acceptance in our graduate program. Recommendation for admissions will be made by the Graduate Committee, chaired by the Graduate Coordinator, to the Graduate Program in Medical Sciences.

The Department of Medical Genetics requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4 point scale based on equivalent of the most recent two years of coursework (or last 60 course credits). The Committee gives preference to students with a background in science, preferably in the Biological Sciences. Applicants are required to prepare a brief statement indicating their interest in Medical Genetics and preferred area of research. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Applications from foreign students are welcome. English is the primary language of instruction at the University of Alberta and all applicants must be proficient in English. Applicants with degrees/qualifications in a language other than English need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency.

  • For admissions to the Department of Medical Genetics, international students whose language of instruction was not English in their undergraduate or previous graduate program must also present a test score on one of the following English-language proficiency exams that meets the following minimums
Language Proficiency Exam Minimum Score - Overall Minimum Score - Each Section
TOEFL (paper based)
TOEFL (internet based)
100 21
Pearson Test of English (academic)
70 n/a
CAEL 70 70
91 n/a

Students whose first language is not English may be required to take English language courses after commencing the program.

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Please note: Official documents (transcripts, degree certificates, etc.) may be required upon receiving the conditional offer of admission letter. Documents must be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research office.

Students may submit their material for admissions to the program at any time, preferably at least three months before the anticipated start of their graduate program. Applications from foreign students may take longer to process so should be submitted at least 6 months before the anticipated start of the graduate program.

Applications to the graduate program are considered at regular intervals throughout the year.