How to Apply FAQs

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  • What is your application deadline?
  • I am applying for January admission. Can I send my application later?
  • Applications received and complete by February 1 will be considered for admission AND for graduate assistantships and scholarships upon request (PDF, 40.8k) and pending available funding.  Applicants for January admission are advised to respect the February 1 deadline.
  • Applications received or completed after February 1 will be considered for admission in subsequent rounds of competition. Students will be considered for graduate assistantships and scholarships upon request (PDF, 40.8k) and only if funding is still available.
  • After April 1, contact us before submitting an application, to find out whether or not we are still recommending admissions for the coming year.
  • Will you waive the application fee? I will pay it after I'm admitted to your program.
  • The application fee must be paid when you apply for graduate studies. We cannot waive the fee.
  • What is the Statement of Purpose? How long should it be?
  • Your Statement must tell us why you want to study physics at University of Alberta.  Be specific and succinct.  It should be 500 words or less on a single 8"x11" page, single-spaced using a 12-pt font.
  • My academic standing is below the minimum requirement. Can I get conditional or probationary admission?
  • No.  All applicants must meet minimum academic standards.
  • All of my schooling was in English, so I should be exempted from the requirement for proof of English language proficiency.
  • The requirement for proof of English language proficiency, if required, will not be waived. Please check the website of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research to see whether or not your country or university is on the exemption list.
  • My overall TOEFL or IELTS score is above the minimum requirement, but one band score is below the minimum. Will I still be considered for admission?
  • Yes.
  • My overall TOEFL/IELTS/other score is below the minimum requirement. Should I retake the exam in order to be considered for admission?
  • Although the decision is yours, we suggest that retake the TOEFL or IELTS test if you plan to apply for one of our graduate programs.
  • What happens when my application is submitted?
  • Your application will be forwarded to our graduate admissions committee for consideration. The review process might take several weeks.
  • You will be notified by email of the committee's decision.
  • If you are recommended for admission, the recommendation will then be forwarded to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR). 
    • The Department will send you a letter indicating the conditions of your financial support, where applicable. Please note that a financial offer does not imply that you have been admitted to graduate studies at the U of A!
    • If the FGSR approves our recommendation, they will send you an official admission letter.
  • If I send you paper documents, will you return my transcripts and degree certificates to me if I am not recommended for admission?
  • No.  All documents sent to us become property of the Physics Department; none will be returned to you. Do not send anything to us that cannot be replaced.
  • I was refused admission to the Physics graduate program, but will apply to another department at U of A. Can my application be sent to another department for consideration?
  • You must submit a new application form for the other department's graduate program (and pay another application fee, if required).