Application Process

How to apply (if you are eligible):

A. Meet Admission Requirements

1. Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the last two years of study, or an equivalent qualification.

2. Minimum Academic Requirements

Since degrees vary greatly from institution to institution and country to country, the University of Alberta will examine course content to establish equivalencies to a UAlberta baccalaureatedegree. For a list of minimum academic requirements by country, please click here.

3. English Language Requirement

(NOTE: English language scores that are more than two years old are not accepted)

Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for graduate admission at the University of Alberta.

Please refer to specific English language information found here.

B. Gather ALL required supporting documents in PDF format before logging on to the online application system.

One scanned PDF copy of official transcript

One scanned PDF copy of official degree certificate

Curriculum Vitae in PDF format

Personal Statement as a one page PDF document which details why you are pursuing graduate studies with our Faculty (i.e. your research interests and why you are a suitable candidate).

Three reference letters. In the online application, you will be asked to enter the email addresses of three references, who will then receive an email requesting they complete an online form OR upload their own letter of reference.

Scholarship/award information, if financial support is to be provided: copy of document with scholarship/award details (name of supporting agency, start and end dates, coverage).

C. Submit a WEB-BASED APPLICATION via the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website

Access the application page here.


  • There is a $100 application fee.
  • Hard copies of transcripts are only required if you are admitted.  Please do NOT send hard copies of your documents to the Faculty.
  • Our academic staff will review applications and contact applicants if they are interested and able to accept a graduate student. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT FACULTY DIRECTLY.
  • Our Faculty offers thesis-based graduate programs ONLY.  Applicants NEED to have a supervisor/academic staff member confirmed before the applicant will be considered by the Graduate Studies Committee for admission to our program.
Our ability to accept students into our graduate programs is limited by the number of supervisors available, research facilities and funding. WE RECEIVE FAR MORE APPLICATIONS TO OUR PROGRAM THAN WE CAN ACCOMMODATE.

We thank all applicants for their interest in applying for graduate studies admission in our Faculty. However, we will only contact individuals selected for further processing.


We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018.

Canadian Applicants:  Applications from Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents may be accepted up to the start of the term.  However, applications should be submitted as early as possible.  We recommend submitting the application and ALL supporting documentation according to the following schedule:

Admission Term Submission Deadline

 Fall (September) August 1

Winter (January) November 15

 Additional information for Canadian Applicants is available at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

International Applicants:  Applicants are reminded that plenty of time (up to six months of more) may be needed to make arrangements to enter Canada.  We encourage prospective students to submit their application and ALL supporting documentation well in advance of the recommended submission deadlines below:

Admission Term Submission Deadline

Fall (September) June 1

Winter (January) October 1

Additional information for International Applicants is available at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.