Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Admission Requirements

The Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences 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.

Academic Requirements

The department requires a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 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 Health Science, such as, Biological Sciences, Physiology, Biochemistry, or Pharmacy.  Applicants are required to prepare a brief Statement of Interest indicating their interest in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and preferred area of research.

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

 

Language Requirements

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/qualification in a language other than English need to demonstrate English language proficiency.

For admission to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 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 with their application documents.  The graduate student must have a minimum of:

  • TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based)
  • Internet-based TOEFL score equivalent of 100 with at least 20 per section
  • MELAB minimum score is 91
  • CAEL minimum score is 70 with at least 70 on each section
  • IELTS minimum score is 7.5 with at least 6 on each band
  • PTE Academic minimum score is 70.

 

Deadlines

Canadian and Permanent residents must provide all required admission documents at least two months prior to the start of the term they are applying for (winter, spring, summer, fall) in order to allow sufficient time for processing your application.  Admission is ongoing.

International applicants must provide all required admission documents at least six months prior to the start of the term they are applying for (winter, spring, summer, fall) in order to allow sufficient time for processing your application and obtaining study permits and visa applications.