Admissions

Admissions is a FOUR STEP process to ensure documents arrive in the department on time.

FINAL DECISIONS FOR THE FALL 2017 TERM HAVE BEEN MADE - you can view the final decision of your application by logging into the Apply Grad Admin Portal.

A non-rfundable, mandatory $100 application fee is required BEFORE your application is officially submitted. The department cannot review your application until the application fee has been paid.
All "in-progress" applications will be deleted after 21 days (can request an additional 7 days for a total of 28 days), or the deadline date of January 31 at 11:59pm, whichever comes first.
Applicant referees will be contacted via email once the application has been submitted (i.e. paid).

  • STEP ONE:  Check the Application Checklist for documents that are required for the online application prior to the January 31st deadline. Ensure that all necessary forms are included in your application (forms can be found at the bottom of this page).
  • STEP TWO:  Begin your on-line application after November 1st for the Master of Science (crse). Be sure that your name (first and last) is spelled correctly. An email is automatically generated from the UofA after submitting your application. This email is very important as it has a link to access the Application Portal.  Through this portal students can remove and upload documents that are incomplete or missing up until January 31, at 11:59pm.  Do not refer to Bear Tracks.
  • STEP THREE:  You will be required to provide email addresses of your referees for them to submit their letters of reference online. We do not accept hard copies of reference letters - they must be uploaded online.
  • STEP FOUR:  Check the Apply Grad Admin Portal on a regular basis to make sure your documents are received in a timely manner. Do not wait until the deadline to check on transcripts/reference letters. Contact your sources at least the week before to make sure your materials have been sent.

A detailed list of how to fill out the online application can be found on the Application Process page.

The CSD Aboriginal Admissions Policy can be found here.

What happens after your application is submitted?

After the JANUARY 31, 1:59pm deadline, all complete application files are prepared for the Admissions Committee to review.  The Committee then has several meetings to discuss applications.  The Committee identifies applicants who should be recommended for acceptance, as well as a waiting list of qualified applicants.  Applicants whom the department is recommending for acceptance will receive an e-mail or telephone call informing them of the recommendation and asking them to reply within two weeks to let the Department know whether or not they are interested.  If an applicant declines, an applicant from the waiting list is contacted. Once the quota has been filled, all remaining applicants will hear from the department by the end of June.

If an applicant responds (by letter or e-mail) to accept the offer, the application and original transcripts are sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) for processing.  Although the Department’s Admissions Committee makes the recommendation for acceptance, FGSR makes the final determination of acceptance, after determining that the credentials are valid and the transcripts are admissible.  The Department sends a letter to the applicant immediately indicating that he or she has been recommended for admission.  A formal admission letter is sent by FGSR directly to the student once they have completed their processing of the application.

Newly admitted students will receive information via mail or email throughout the summer months from the Department and OASIS, the student organization.  Once students have received the official admission letter, they can at any time complete their registration for Fall/Winter courses through Bear Tracks.  The letter of admission will contain information about how to register.  Students should register early; to prevent delays in other processes that are internally initiated once registration is complete.

Student loan forms must be filled out and signed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, 2-29 Killiam Centre. 

For questions about dates and process for submission of transcripts, Graduate Record Exam scores, letters of reference, and/or application components or forms, contact Mrs. Noriko Hessmann.

To request the review of courses for their appropriateness to satisfy prerequisites, send the full course name, description and syllabus to Dr. Teresa Paslawski.

If you are a student who obtained your Bachelor's degree from a country other than Canada, or if you wish to book an appointment to be advised in long-range planning strategies, please contact Dr. Melanie Campbell.

If you have any other questions about admissions, please contact Ms. Vicki Trombley.