Admission Requirements for Graduate Programs in Physics and Geophysics

Academic standing

We require a minimum grade point average of 3.2 on a 4-point scale for each of the last two years of your undergraduate program and in post-graduate studies, if applicable.  Successful applicants normally have GPAs of at least 3.6.

Minimum requirements from other countries will be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) website.

Additional assets include detailed and supportive reference letters, research experience, publications and conference presentations

  Academic background

We require a minimum of an honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Geophysics, Engineering, Astronomy, Geology or Mathematics.

Applicants must have completed a 4-year baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent by the time they start in our graduate program.

Applicants' degree(s) must be from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta.

GRE The GRE Physics subject test is not required but is strongly recommended.
Proof of English language requirement

Please check the FGSR's website for the most current information about the proof of English language requirement and exemptions.

Applicants not exempt from this requirement (see the FGSR requirements and exemptions lists) must achieve the minimum scores in one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL - 88 overall (internet) with a min. of 20 on each component; minimum of 550 (paper)
  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall with a min. of 5 on each band
  • CAEL - 60 overall with a minimum of 60 on each subtest
  • MELAB - 85 overall
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PET Academic) - 60

We will not waive the English language proficiency requirement. An ability to communicate in written and spoken English is also a requirement for the awarding of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.