Admissions/Application

Application information for all programs is available below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the relevant Graduate Program Administrator.

For more information on the graduate programs offered please visit our Programs page.

For more information on admission requirements and the application process please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies page and search for the program that interests you.

How and when to apply

Programs with only one application deadline do batch reviews after their deadline has passed.

 

  • Applications are completed using the online Student Admission Form.
  • Submitted applications are valid for one year (four terms) from the initial application date.
  • non-refundable application fee is required per application.
  • Applicants are responsible for meeting the admission deadlines for each program, which can be found below.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (MDBC) | Cardiovascular & Respiratory Sciences (MDCV) | Gastrointestinal Sciences (MDGI) | Immunology (MDIM) | Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (MDMI) | Neuroscience (MDNS) | Medical Science (MDSC)

  1. Application/Document Submission Deadlines

    Starting term of program                          Type of Applicant  

     

    Domestic

    International

    Fall (September)

    June 1

    April 1

    Winter (January)

    October 1

    August 1

    Spring (May)

    March 1

    December 1

    Summer (July)

    May 1

    February 1

     

  1. Application/Document Submission Deadlines

    Starting term of program   

    Type of Applicant

     

    Domestic and International

    Fall (September)

    December 1

  1. Application/Document Submission Deadlines

    Starting term of program   

    Type of Applicant

     

    Domestic and International

    Fall (September)

    May 1

  1. Application/Document Submission Deadlines

    Starting term of program    

    Type of Applicant

     

    Domestic and International

    Fall (September)

    March 30


Academic Requirements

Please contact the appropriate graduate program administrator if you have any questions about admission requirements.

  1. Degree

    You must hold a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university for admission to a master's level program. PhD applicants must hold an MSc degree. Direct-entry to the PhD program from a bachelor’s level program should be discussed with the program administrator.

    Decisions to accept applicants with a three-year degree are done on a case by case basis. Contact the program administrator for details.

  2. Grade Point Average (GPA)

    Master of Science

    • BSc degree or equivalent
    • A minimum admission grade point average of 3.30 (on the University of Calgary four-point system; equivalent to a "B+") based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 60 units (10 full-course equivalents).

    Doctor of Philosophy

    • MSc degree, or relevant master’s degree, recognized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or transfer from MSc program, or, in exceptional cases, BSc degree or equivalent.
    • A minimum admission grade point average of 3.30 (on the University of Calgary four-point system; equivalent to a "B+") based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 60 units (10 full-course equivalents) and any master’s course work if applicable.

    International applicants can find their respective requirements by visiting Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) International Admission Requirements.

  3. GPA below 3.30

    Questions regarding admission with a GPA below 3.3 should be directed to the Program Administrator.

You must demonstrate English language proficiency. 

The English Language Requirement can be met in one of the following ways:

  1. Degree

    Completion of a three- or four-year degree offered by an accredited university in a country the University of Calgary recognizes as English language proficiency exempt

  2. English Language Assessments

    Completion of one of the following English Language Tests:

    • TOEFL (Internet based): 105
    • TOEFL (Paper based): 600
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 7.5
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Battery): 86
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English): 75

    Note that English language tests can not be more than two years old when you apply

  1. Biomedical Technology (MDBT) Requirements:

    To have a competitive application, applicants should have courses in the following subject areas. You do not need to have the exact course name/number listed below, but should have taken a course(s) in these subjects:

    And senior level (300-400 level/3rd or 4th year level), specialty courses in two of the following topic areas:

    • Microbiology
    • Immunology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology

    Students without the above recommended courses may still apply to the program, but are reminded that applications to the MBT program are competitive and that missing any of the recommended courses may reduce that applications competitiveness.

Programs offered through the Graduate Science Education Office do not require GRE scores for admission purposes.
Individual supervisors may require these scores. You will need to discuss this issue individually with any prospective supervisors.


Supervision and Funding Requirements

All thesis based programs require applicants to find a prospective supervisor before they apply for admission. Your application will not proceed to review unless you have found a supervisor to support the application. Please note that the Office of Graduate Science Education cannot help to match applicants to a supervisor.

Please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies page for the program you are interested in to find a list of potential supervisors.  Links to these pages can be found below. Please note that the supervisor list can be found in the middle of each program page.

  1. Exceptions:

    • Biomedical Technology (MDBT) does not have a supervisor requirement
    • Master of Pathologists’ Assistant (MDPA) supervisor is appointed after admission
  2. Potential Supervisors

    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MDBC) MSc | PhD
    • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences (MDCV) MSc | PhD
    • Community Health Sciences (MDCH) MSc | PhD
    • Gastrointestinal Sciences (MDGI) MSc | PhD
    • Immunology (MDIM) MSc | PhD
    • Medical Science (MDSC) MSc | PhD
    • Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (MDMI) MSc | PhD
    • Neuroscience (MDNS) MSc | PhD

Students admitted to the Cumming School of Medicine thesis-based graduate programs receive funding from their supervisor at a minimum of  $21,000/year for MSc and $23,000/year for PhD.

Funding should be discussed with your prospective supervisor prior to submitting your online application.

  1. Exceptions:

    Funding is not provided for students in the Master of Biomedical Technology (MDBT), Master of Pathologists' Assistant (MDPA).

    Third Party funded students do not qualify for supervisor stipends.

  2. Funding sources:

    Supervisor Stipend

    Stipends are the guaranteed funding payments provided and set up by your supervisor as per the minimum program requirements. These payments are not employment income and do not qualify for statutory deductions.

    External Funding

    External funding consists of grants, awards and scholarships, not dispersed by the program. 

    Government Sponsored

    Some governments sponsor or support students studying abroad. 

    Cotutelle

    See Faculty of Graduate Studies Cotutelle Program 

Students are responsible for paying their own tuition and fees. Further information on these costs is available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.


Supporting Documentation Requirements

  • You are responsible for ensuring all supporting documents have been uploaded before the program deadlines.  This includes official transcripts, references and any other documents required by your program.
  • Documents submitted become the property of the University of Calgary and will not be returned to you nor sent to another institution.
  • Check the To Do List in your MyUofC Student Center for a list of any documents still required. Contact the program administrator if you are having problems uploading documents.
  1. Documents being mailed should be sent to:

    (Graduate Program you are applying to), Graduate Science Education
    University of Calgary - HSC G341A
    3330 Hospital Drive NW
    Calgary, Alberta
    T2N 4N1 
    Canada

  1. Transcripts *TO BE MAILED

    One official sealed transcript must be received from every post-secondary institution attended. Transcripts should be mailed by the institution you attended directly to the Graduate Science Education (GSE) office. Applicants who have attended the University of Calgary (UofC) do not need to send their UofC transcript. Official sealed transcripts previously submitted to the UofC from another post-secondary institution may be on file; contact the program administrator.

    (Graduate Program you are applying to), Graduate Science Education
    University of Calgary - HSC G341A
    3330 Hospital Drive NW
    Calgary, Alberta
    T2N 4N1 
    Canada

  2. Degree statement not on transcript

    If your transcript does not state the degree and date awarded, you must ask the institution(s) to submit one official sealed copy of the Degree Certificate with your official transcript.

  3. Transcript(s) not in English

    Two official sealed transcripts are required.

    Send one official sealed transcript(s) to a certified translator. The translator must mail the following to the GSE office in a sealed envelope:

    • A verbatim, certified translation of the transcript;
    • The original transcript used for translation

    A second official sealed transcript in the original language must also be received by the GSE office.

  1. English Language Test Score *TO BE MAILED

    An English Language test score must be sent by the testing company directly to the Graduate Science Education (GSE) office. University of Calgary institution code is 0813.

  1. References *TO BE UPLOADED

    All applications require two academic references. When filling out the online application, students must enter their referees’ names and current contact information. Note that email addresses must be from an institution or place of work (ie: not Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.).

    Once your application is submitted, your referees will be sent an automated email with further instructions on what they need to provide. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all reference documents are received by the Graduate Science Education (GSE) Office no later than the admission deadline.

    Referees must be familiar with your academic or research background and be able to speak to your ability to study at the graduate level. All reference letters received must be written in English on institutional letterhead.

    Should your referee have any questions about providing their reference, please have them contact the program administrator.

    Exceptions: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MDBC) and Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences (MDCV) require three references for PhD applications.

  2. Note

     Your referees will receive an email to the addresses entered in the online application, providing them with a link to:

    • The Reference Form
    • Instructions on completing and uploading their reference letter and form

    You are responsible for ensuring your referees have uploaded the reference letter and form prior to program deadlines.

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume *TO BE UPLOADED

    Your up-to-date CV or resume is required.

    Exceptions: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences (MDCV) does not require a CV or resume

  1. Confirmation of Supervision and Guaranteed Funding *TO BE UPLOADED

    Confirmation of Supervision and Guaranteed Funding form is completed by the supervisor and student.  See program for submission instructions.

    Exceptions: Community Health Sciences (MDCH) requires a Supervisory Support Letter be sent to the program administrator by the proposed supervisor.

    Course-based programs do not require supervisors or guaranteed funding.

  1. Additional Supporting Documents *TO BE UPLOADED

    Biomedical Technology (MDBT) requires a Vision Statement outlining the reasons why you would like to be admitted.

    The Vision Statement should outline the reasons why you would like to be admitted to the MBT program. It should be:

    • one page in length
    • single spaced
    • written in size 12, Time New Romans font
    • have your name on it

After you submit your application

  • Your unique University of Calgary Identification Number (UCID)
  • Instructions on how to check the status of your application through your MyUofC Student Centre
  • How to upload the required supporting documentation

Should you have any questions or concerns throughout the application process, please contact the relevant Program Administrator.

After your application is complete, it will undergo a review process. Please allow 6-8 weeks* for processing once your application is complete and all documents are received.

*Please note that the Community Health Sciences (MDCH) program will not be making admissions decisions until March/April.

  1. *See programs for details:

  2. Offers of Admission

    Offer of Admission Letters are sent to the email address provided on the application. Paper copies of Offer of Admission Letters are not provided. Emailed copies are sufficient for applying for a study permit.