How to Apply

The minimum entrance requirements are an undergraduate degree in a related discipline in the last two years with a GPA 3.3 or above and research experience in a laboratory setting. For applicants not exempted from the English Language Test (see exemptions list), we require a minimum TOEFL score of at least 600 (96 internet-based) or the equivalent in other English language tests (>6.5 IELTS). Other English language tests acceptable to the University of Alberta are listed here. Please note that the requirements for our program are higher than the minimum set by the University. A GRE test is not a requirement for our program for international students.

Applications are processed by an admissions committee throughout the year. Applications from promising candidates are circulated amongst faculty members because all admissions are made conditional on a match with a thesis supervisor or arrangements to rotate with two potential supervisors. Applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate in their application the faculty members whose research areas are of highest interest. The list of faculty members eligible to supervise students can be found on the MMI website and applicants may contact them directly to request a placement in their laboratory. While an offer from a faculty member to join their laboratory is helpful, it does not guarantee admission to the program.

Application procedure

  1. Online application found here ($135 fee). - Please note that referees will not receive the URL to upload their letter until after a student has completed, submitted and paid the application fee.
  2. Statement of Interest - We request applicants submit a maximum two page personal statement indicating their motivation for pursing graduate studies.
  3. Proof of English proficiency if necessary.
  4. Curriculum Vitae accompanied with a cover sheet (use the cover letter form on the FGSR website, click here).
  5. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
    *Note from the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research (FGSR): 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 (2-29 Triffo Hall).
  6. Three letters of reference, preferably from Professors familiar with applicants research experience.
    • Once an applicant applies, referees will receive an email indicating how to submit their letter online.
    • Referees can also email their letters directly to the department at

Domestic applications are due by July 1st for September intake and November 1st for January intake.
International applications are due by April 1st for September intake and August 1st for January intake.
Although a September start is preferred, a start in January can often be accommodated.

For any information regarding graduate studies please contact our graduate program administrator Tabitha Vasquez at