Secondary Education

How to Apply

Now accepting applications online on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research's website.

Application is made through an on-line application at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website. All applicants who are admitted will receive an official letter of acceptance directly from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Admission to each program is limited and carried out on a competitive basis.


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Admission requirements

Master's Programs

Minimum admission requirements are:

  • a baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta
  • a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale in the most recent two years of full-time study (60 units) or equivalent
  • a program advisor (course-based) or thesis supervisor (thesis-based) who is willing to assist with program planning and to supervise the student's project or thesis research.
  • English language proficiency
  • two years teaching experience or equivalent

Doctoral Programs

Minimum admission requirements are:

  • a master’s degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta
  • a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4 point scale in the most recent two years of full-time study (60 units) or equivalent
  • a dissertation supervisor who is willing to assist with program planning and supervise the student's research 
  • English language proficiency

In addition, it is highly recommended that applicants have two years teaching experience or equivalent experience in a formal or informal educational context.


Application documents

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) requires all documents to be uploaded to the application system in PDF format.

Applicants are not required to mail copies of documents to the Department of Secondary Education.

The Department of Secondary Education requires applicants to submit the following:

  • Current curriculum vitae

    • Include post-secondary education, list of awards, publications, presentations, and relevant work and volunteer experience.
  • Statement of Intent

    • Must specify at least one Research Area and include plans for study in the Department of Secondary Education graduate program.
    • Should describe your interest in graduate study in the Department of Secondary Education, the reasons for wanting to pursue advanced study in this department, an indication of your research interests.
    • Doctoral students must also include a statement outlining how and when the residence requirement will be fulfilled. 
    • Doctoral students must also identify a potential supervisor in their Statement of Intent.
    • Master's students are not required to identify a potential supervisor (thesis-based) or program advisor (course-based) in their Statement of Intent, but it is recommended.
    • Maximum length of 3 pages.
  • Three letters of reference

    • From persons qualified to comment on the applicant's academic work and potential for graduate study. Where possible, one or more of the letters should be from persons at the institute last attended.
    • Within the on-line application system, applicants must provide e-mail addresses for three referees. Referees will automatically receive an e-mail request to either complete an on-line form or upload a letter of reference in PDF format.
  • Transcripts

    • The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires all transcripts and marksheets to meet specific guidelines.
    • Official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended. Scan and upload each page (front and back) of all official academic transcripts in PDF format.
    • International Applicants must scan and upload the following in PDF format:
      • Transcripts or Marksheets -- Original Language
      • Transcripts or Marksheets -- English Translation (if original is not English)
      • Degree Certificate -- Original Language
      • Degree Certificate -- English Translation (if original is not English)
    • Please note that if admission is approved, applicants will be required to submit original official copies of all transcripts to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research prior to the start of the program.
  • English Language Proficiency

    • The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) requires all applicants to demonstrate English language proficiency. Applicants with degrees/qualifications in a language other than English need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency by completing an approved English language exam.
    • To be admitted to the Department of Secondary Education, applicants must meet the minimum exam scores as outlined below:
      • TOEFL: minimum score of 580 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based), or a total score of 93 with a score of at least 24 on speaking and writing and 20 on reading and listening (internet-based)
      • MELAB: minimum score of 90
      • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 6.5 on each band
      • CAEL: overall minimum score of 70, with at least 60 on each subtest
      • PTE (Academic): overall minimum score of 64
    • Note: Applicants with qualifications from certain countries and international universities may be exempt from the English language proficiency requirements.

Contacting a potential advisor or supervisor

Applicants are encouraged to correspond with academic staff who may be suitable as a potential supervisor or program advisor. Review the faculty member's profile and their research interests before contacting them. Please include a detailed CV, a statement indicating your interest in their program, a brief background of completed courses and work/research experience.

At the doctoral level, applicants must identify a potential supervisor at the time of application.

At the Master's level, applicants are not required to identify a potential supervisor (thesis-based) or program advisor (course-based) at time of application, but it is recommended.


Application deadlines

For Fall (September) or Summer (July) admission:

  • PhD & EdD: November 1 for funding and scholarship consideration
  • PhD & EdD: February 1 without funding
  • MEd (course-based): March 1 [new deadline]
  • MEd (thesis-based): March 1 [new deadline]