Graduate Admissions

Entrance Requirements

Acceptance of an application will be based on:

  • a minimum grade point average of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 on the University of Alberta marking system. The Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research (FGSR) maintains lists of equivalent grades for other Universities in other parts of the world. The department maintains a standard of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate (or graduate) work. All post-secondary transcripts are to be received in the department as originals in sealed envelopes directly from the institution.
  • the availability of a potential supervisor.
  • good letters of reference (three with at least two from an academic referees). All letters should be received directly from the referees in sealed envelopes.
  • proficiency in English for students whose native language is not English and who have not previously received a degree from a University in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, or New Zealand. A minimum TOEFL score of 580 for paper-based exams or 93 on Internet-based (iBT) is required.
  • IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5, with at least 5 on each band
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) minimum score of 63 link

Since research in Physiology requires a rather broad background from a number of fields, incoming students should have completed courses in most of the following areas:

  • Physiology 210 or 211, or an equivalent full year course in Human Physiology.
  • Biochemistry 200 and one of 310, 320 or 330, or an equivalent full year course in Biochemistry.
  • One year basic courses in Physics and Calculus are recommended.
  • A basic course in Statistics is recommended.

Application Procedures

  1. Prior to submitting a application, applicants should familiarize themselves with the Physiology Department. Identify research areas which might be of interest and contact the professors directly whose work is of interest. This is important, because acceptance into the program requires the commitment of a departmental faculty member who will serve as supervisor.
  2. Once a potential supervisor has been secured complete the online application.
  3. Upon receipt of a full application, plus supporting documents, the applicant's file will be viewed by the potential supervisor for suitability. If the supervisor is prepared to accept the student the application package will be circulated to the graduate admission committee in the department for approval.
  4. If an application is submitted to the department without a supervisor listed the completed application package will be held in the office. The graduate advisor will send an email to all faculty advising them of a applicant looking for a supervisor. Please be advised that many applicants are denied at this point due to lack of suitable supervisor.
  5. Acceptance of an application by the Physiology Department Graduate Committee will be based on the entrance requirements listed. Once an applicant is accepted by the department, the prospective student's file is forwarded to the University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, who will then communicate the acceptance directly to the student.

Application Deadlines

Both Canadian and International applicants must apply for admission online prior to the following cut-off dates:

  • July 1 for September admission
  • November 1 for January admission
  • March 1 for May admission
  • May 1 for July admission

The online system will not permit an application after these dates and will automatically default to the next term.

International applicants generally need at least six months from the time of acceptance to make arrangements to enter Canada so it is suggested that you have a completed application into the department at least seven months prior to the admission date.

Canadian applicants should ensure that they have all application materials into the department at least two months prior to the admission date.

The admission process consists of three components; the online application; the completed application package (including application, CV, transcripts and three letters of reference) is circulated through our Graduate Committee for departmental approval. If the application is approved the last step is to forward the package on to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Once the Faculty has approved the application you will receive a formal admission letter to the program.