Admission Requirements and Criteria

NOTE: These are the department's minimum admission requirements.  Many programs have additional specific requirements that you must meet.  Please refer to your specific program of interest.  

The Department's minimum admission requirements are a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent (typically in education or psychology) from a recognized institution, with a minimum GPA of 6.5/9.0 or 3.0/4.0 on the most recent 60 credits of course work. Students are NOT required to complete the GRE for admission purposes. Those students whose previous academic work was completed in a language other than English must provide proof of proficiency in the English language. The following are acceptable:

  • TOEFL score of 580 paper-based; OR
  • TOEFL score of 237 computer-based; OR
  • TOEFL score of 93 Internet-based, with a score of at least 24 on speaking and writing, and 20 on reading and listening; OR
  • IELTS Academic score of 7 with no band less than 6.5; OR 
  • Pearson Test of English score of 63 

 

Students entering the TESL M.Ed. or Ph.D. must have:

  • An overall TOEFL iBT score of 101 with a minimum of 23 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Speaking and 27 in Writing; OR
  • An IELTS Academic overall score of 7 with a minimum of 7 in each skill area

An applicant's undergraduate academic performance, letters of reference, work experience, letter of intent, and areas of academic interest are all taken into account during the selection process for all graduate programs. Due to the necessity for quotas in many program routes and the limited resources of the Department, many highly qualified applicants cannot be admitted. While the Department encourages as many applicants as possible, it also recommends applicants apply to other universities in the event they cannot be admitted to the University of Alberta.

Admission Decisions are made based on the following criteria: 

   

 MEd
Thesis

MEd Course-
based 

 PhD

 1)
 
Previous academic record
(average of last 60 credits)

 Yes

 Yes

Yes 

 2)
 
Academic background in
area of interest

 Yes

 Yes

Yes

 3)
 
Educational or work
experience 

 Yes

 Yes

Yes

 4) Research experience 

 Yes

 No

Yes

 5) Letters of recommendation

 Yes

 Yes

Yes

 6) Statement of intent

 Yes

 Yes

Yes

 7) Match with area
supervisory capacity

 Yes

 No

Yes

 8) Publications and presentations

 No

No

Yes

The graduate program operates on a year-round basis (see area specific application deadlines). Students are normally only admitted for programs which start in September.

General inquiries should be made to the Graduate Records Administrator
Tel: (780) 492-1149,
E-mail: edpygrad@ualberta.ca