Apply for Admission

On-line Application Exceptions

The University of Alberta's on-line application for graduate admission should be used to apply for all programs with the following exceptions:

  • The School of Public Health has a separate online admission application process—SOPHAS;
  • Visiting and Visiting Exchange Applications (including the Western Deans’ Agreement) and are paper-based processes with their own forms;
  • Shared Credential programs are also paper-based processes with their own forms;
  • The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine uses a paper application; contact the department. 
  • Can't apply online? Please contact the department for a paper application. 

Note: Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), and Juris Doctor (JD) are not graduate programs (apply using the undergraduate application). 

Graduate Application Process: Step by Step

Applying to a UAlberta graduate program involves five basic steps. You should begin the process as early as a year before you wish to begin your program of study.

  • Step 1: Choose a Program

    Decide which of our programs is most appropriate for you. 

    For a complete listing, see Programs

    When you have selected a program, make note of the department's website and contact information. 

  • Step 2: Contact the Department

    Visit the department website to review your program’s specific requirements and contact the department if you have questions. This step is critical because requirements vary by program.

  • Step 3: Review General Requirements & Deadlines
    1. Admission requirements
      For general information on FGSR admission requirements, please refer to the Academic Requirements section of either the Canadian Admissions Protocol or International Admissions Protocol pages. Graduate applicants are strongly advised to contact their chosen department as early as possible to learn of any additional requirements.
       
    2. Application deadlines and entry dates
      Some departments accept applications year-round while others only allow entry once a year. For general information on graduate application deadlines, please refer to the Canadian Application Deadlines or International Application Deadlines on our website. Once you are in the online application and have selected a department and start term, you will be able to see when the department will begin accepting applications as well as the department deadline.

    3. Application procedures
      Some programs require you to identify a potential supervisor before applying and some departments may require different documentation at different stages of the application process. Please inquire within your department of choice to confirm the specific application procedure you are expected to follow.
  • Step 4: Compile your Supporting Documents

    Supporting documents—exam scores, curriculum vitae (CV), reference letters, and language proficiency test scores—must be uploaded directly in the online application process.

    Most departments also require 3 reference letters. You will need to supply the names and institutional email addresses of your referees in the online application.

    Academic document submission information is as follows:

    You will be required to scan and upload each page (front and back) of your most up-to-date official academic documents in PDF*:

    — Transcripts or Marksheet in Original Language
    — Marksheet in English Translation (if original is not in English)
    — Degree Certificate in Original Language
    — Degree Certificate in English Translation (if original is not in English)
    — Official English Language Proficiency scores (if applicable) such as TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, etc.
    — Graduate record examination scores (if applicable) such as GRE, GMAT, etc.
    — Any additional departmental requirements (if applicable) such as a Statement of Intent, writing samples, etc.

    *For instructions on converting your documents into PDF and file naming conventions please see here

    If you receive an Official Admission Letter from the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, you must request official transcripts and degree certificates (if applicable) be sent from the relevant institution directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research. 

    Please refer to the Application Documents for either the Canadian Admissions Protocol or International Admissions Protocol to ensure that all your academic application documents are acceptable. 

    All supporting documents must be uploaded on or before the application submission deadline for the program to which you are applying.

  • Step 5: Initiate your Application

    After you have consulted with your department, complete the graduate studies online application by clicking on the Begin Your Application button.

    A $100 CAD non-refundable application fee is required. Payments can be made using a valid VISA or MasterCard credit card. For a list of countries that are exempted, please see here.

    Student ID number: If you have previously worked at, applied to or attended the University of Alberta, you will have a student ID number. Please make sure you use this 7-digit ID in the application where requested.

Begin Your Application