How to Apply


SPECIAL NOTICE: The University of Alberta is waiving the graduate application fee for all applicants who are citizens of the seven countries affected by the USA Travel Ban: Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen. 

This waiver will be automatically applied during the online application process.

Contact us with questions.

More information on U.S. Travel Ban and Resources 

Applying to a graduate program involves three basic steps. You should begin the process as early as a year before you wish to attend.

Step 1: Choose a Program

The University of Alberta offers some of the best graduate programs in Canada and a world-class learning and research experience. You can choose from more than 170 graduate programs in 300+ research areas.

Step 2: Review the admission requirements and contact the Department

Visit the department website to review your program’s specific requirements and contact the department if you have questions.

This step important because:

  • admission requirements vary by program. For general information, see Admission Requirements.
  • application deadlines and entry dates vary by program; some departments accept applications year-round while others only allow entry once a year. For general information, see Application Deadlines.
  • application procedures vary; 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

Step 3: Apply online

After consultation, most departments require you to complete the central graduate studies online application. The application takes 30–40 minutes to complete. A $100 CAD non-refundable application fee is required.