Admission Requirements

Course-based and thesis-based MA programs in Sociology and Population and Life Course Dynamics

  • a four-year undergraduate degree with a major in Sociology (honors preferred), or a related discipline
  • a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 (3.7 is considered competitive) in the last two years of undergraduate study at the University of Alberta (20 single-term courses), or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution

MA in Criminal Justice (course-based)

  •  four-year BA (Criminology), or equivalent, or a four-year undergraduate degree in Sociology or a related discipline and a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in the criminal justice system
  • minimum average is 3.2 (on the 4-point letter grading system), or equivalent, in the last two years of undergraduate study
  • completion of  introductory courses in criminology, criminal justice administration, statistics and research methodology prior to admission

PhD programs

  • Master's degree with an average of 3.5 on all graduate courses and undergraduate coursework taken in the final two years (20 single-term courses) at the University of Alberta, or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution

English Language Proficiency

All foreign students who have not completed a degree at an English-language university (recognized by the University of Alberta) must upload one of the following original certificates in order to show English language proficiency:

Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL
  • minimum score of 600 (paper-based), or a total score of 100 with a score of at least 20 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) 
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • minimum score of 85 
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • minimum overall band score of 7, with at least 5.5 on each band (Academic) 
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
  • overall minimum score of 60, with at least 60 on each subtest 
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
  • overall minimum score of 68 

Countries exempt from the English Language Requirements

Universities Exempt from the English Language Requirements