Admission Process

Step 1 - Check Your Eligibility

Minimum Requirements

  • 4-year undergraduate degree in a related area, or its academic equivalent, from a recognized institution.
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the last two years (approximately 60 credits) of post-secondary study.

International Applicants

Review the following links to assess your eligibility:

GPA Equivalencies

English Language Requirements

Note: We do not require GRE test scores for admission purposes.

Step 2 – Obtaining Supervision

All graduate students must have a faculty member agree to supervise their program before admission is approved.  We strongly recommend obtaining supervision prior to applying online, as without a supervisor, your application cannot move forward.

Contact faculty members in the research area of interest about pursuing a graduate degree under their supervision.  Items to include in your email:

  • A description of your research interests (Why are you interested in their work and why do you feel you would be a good fit in their lab?)
  • Attach your Curriculum Vitae (resume), including any publications
  • Attach a scanned copy of your transcripts
  • If applicable, attach a scanned copy of English language proficiency
Links to Faculty Members and Current Research

Step 3 – Applying Online

Once you have found a faculty member who has indicated their interest in accepting you, please apply online:

Online application form 

(A non-refundable application fee of $100 CAD will be assessed when applying to our graduate programs.)

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines are based on your citizenship status.  The deadlines below are online application deadlines, NOT document submission deadlines.


Canadian/Permanent Residents

International Students

Fall Term (September)

July 15

May 15

Winter Term (January)

November 15

September 15

Spring Term (May)

March 15

January 15

Summer Term (July)

May 15

March 15

Step 4 – Submission of Documents

Once you have applied online, please print off the following forms and submit all documents, as listed on the Application Checklist, directly to:

Attention: Nicole Dubé

Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

2-14 Agriculture/Forestry Centre

University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  T6G 2P5



Step 5 – Await the Official Admission Decision

Once we have received all of the required documents, your application is considered complete and the application will move forward to the review process.

All applicants may track the progress of an application via Bear Tracks. Please refrain from contacting the office regarding the status of your application. Applicants will be contacted by email once an official decision has been made.

Successful applicants will receive a department letter of offer that will outline the details of the admission. The official letter of acceptance will be issued by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) at a later date, and be sent by email to your University of Alberta email address.  

International Students
Successful international applicants will require the letter of acceptance from FGSR in order to proceed with the application for travel documents such as a study permit and VISA. Upon acceptance, contact your local Canadian Embassy as soon as possible, as it can take up to 6 months to complete the visa process. 

To study in Canada, you must obtain a Study Permit and, where required, you may also need to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa.  Spouses and children who come to Canada will also require a Temporary Resident Visa.  A multiple-entry visa allows you to re-enter Canada at a later date, without having to apply for a new visa.  

Canadian law requires students to confirm their source of financial support for the entire study period and, in some countries, to have a medical examination. For more information, you will need to contact your nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate, or visit the website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The University of Alberta is committed to helping international students adjust to life in Canada. The University of Alberta International Centre can help in making a smooth transition with a multitude of programs and services.

Also note that tuition for international students are higher than those for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Please visit FGSR website for a detailed sample of a fee assessment for international students.

Nicole Dubé
Graduate Administrator, Admissions
2-10 Agriculture/Forestry Centre
University of Alberta, 
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2P5



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