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Admission Process

In order to be admitted into one of our graduate programs leading to doctoral degrees (PhD), thesis-based Master of Science (MSc) degrees, or professional Master of Forestry (MF) and Master of Agriculture (MAg) degrees, follow the six steps below (click on the expandable links).

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:
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

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Step 3 – Applying Online & Submitting Documents

Once you have verified your eligibility, please apply for admission. In order to successfully submit your application for admission, you will be required to upload your supporting documents, as outlined below, to the online application system. Please visit the link provided below for more information.

  • OFFICIAL Transcripts/ Marksheets in original language & English translations
  • OFFICIAL English languages scores (if applicable)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement Form (available on the application portal)
  • Names & contact information of THREE references
Note: A non-refundable application fee of $100 CAD will be assessed when you apply.

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Application Deadlines

 Term:  Deadline:

Fall Term (September)

May 15

Winter Term (January)

September 15

Spring Term (May)

January 15

 Summer Term (July)
 March 15

Step 4 – 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.  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.

IMPORTANT:  Official documents (transcripts, degree certificates, etc.) may be required upon receiving the conditional offer of admission letter. Documents must be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research office.  Detailed instructions will be outlined in your offer letter.

Step 5 – Visas for 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 the Faculty of Graduate Studies Fee Assessment pages for a detailed sample of instructional and non-instructional fees for international students.

If you need further clarification, you can contact:

Graduate Administrator, Admissions
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
2-10 Agriculture/Forestry Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2P5