How to Apply

Minimum MMI entrance requirements:

  • Applicants must have a supervisor(s) willing to accept them into their laboratory for their application to be reviewed by the admissions committee.
  • Undergraduate degree in a related discipline in the last two years with a GPA 3.0.
  • Research experience in a laboratory setting.
  • For applicants not exempted from the English Language Test (see exemptions list):
    • A minimum TOEFL score of at least 600 (95 internet-based) or the equivalent in other English language tests (7 overall and 6.5 per band for IELTS).
    • Other English language tests acceptable to the University of Alberta are listed here.
  • Applicants not meeting these requirements will not be reviewed
  • Requirements for our program are higher than the minimum set by the University.
  • Applications are processed by an admissions committee throughout the year.
  • Applicants can arrange to rotate with two potential supervisors, but both supervisors must be willing to accept the applicant into their laboratory should their application be successful.
  • The list of faculty members eligible to supervise students can be found on the MMI website and applicants can contact them directly to discuss their willingness to accept the applicant into their laboratory. Due to a high volume of applications, we cannot guarantee a prompt response. Please, do not contact the administrators for supervisorship requests.
  • While an offer from a faculty member to join their laboratory is required, it does not guarantee admission to the program.
  • Limited competitive funding opportunities are available for potential international students.
  • A GRE test is not required for international students to apply to our program.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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 pursuing graduate studies in MMI.
  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. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application process. However, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended are required once accepted into the program*.

    *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 the applicant’s research experience.
    • Once an individual 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