Admissions

Admission Requirements

All of our programs are competitive and you may require a higher grade-point average (GPA) for admission. To learn more, please visit our Applicant Profile page.

All MSc and MPH degree programs

Before you submit an online application, please note the minimum admission requirements for consideration into our programs. You must meet these requirements for your application to be considered:

  • A baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta with a GPA of at least 3.0 on most 4-point scales, or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years or last 60 credits of full-time study (or equivalent) is required.

Preference will be given to those applicants with experience in a public health related field. For more information, visit What is Public Health?


PhD degree programs

The School's minimum GPA requirements for the doctoral degree (PhD) are higher than those set out as acceptable standards by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. These include: 

  • A master's (thesis or course-based) degree, or its academic equivalent in a relevant field from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta;
  • A grade point average of at least 3.4 on the 4-point scale over the last 60 credits of full-time study (or equivalent) is required; 
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated high-level research aptitude and competence in the application of their discipline to research. The evidence for aptitude and competence includes previous engagement with in-depth public health research/practice, research scholarships or fellowships, and/or a research publication track record.

NOTE: PhD applicants, before being accepted, you must identify a supervisor from amongst School of Public Health faculty members who agrees to supervise your thesis research. Check out the detailed profiles of our faculty members.


English Language Proficiency

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Alberta (except for the Faculté Saint-Jean); proficiency in English is a prerequisite for graduate admission.

For information on the minimum Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requirements for English language, the ways to demonstrate proficiency, please go to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

NOTE: Applicants with qualifications from certain countries and international universities are exempt from English language requirements. See the exemption list on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

The School of Public Health minimum score on an approved English language proficiency exam are described below: