How To Apply

Ensure you meet the minimum requirements
  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta.
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.   The GPA calculation will be determined from the most recent 2 years (or 60 credits) of course work.
  • A B.Sc degree in Biochemistry or a closely related discipline is normally required for admission, but outstanding applicants from more distantly related disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Please ensure you meet the minimum requirements from other countries as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) before applying 
Applicants with degrees and qualifications in a language other than English may need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency.  Proficiency can be demonstrated by a satisfactory score on one of the following approved English language examinations;
TOEFL: Minimum score of 600 (paper-based), or 100 (internet-based) with at least 20 on each of the individual skill areas
IETLS:  Minimum overall band score of 6.5 with at least 5 on each band
MELAB: Minimum score of 85
CAEL:  overall minimum score of 60, with at least 60 on each subtest
PTE:  Overall minimum score of 59
Some applicants with qualifications from certain countries and international universities are exempt from the English language requirements. See the exemptions list:
Complete the online application form
Applications for graduate admission must be submitted online.
The online application enables you to follow the documents that are submitted and added to the file. 
Pay the application fee
A non-refundable application fee of $100 CAD is required to apply.
Upload the required supporting documents
  • A current curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Statement of Interest - one or two pages summarizing your background in Biochemistry, an explanation of why you wish to pursue graduate studies, and your future career goals.
  • A list and description of all biochemistry courses taken (if not from the University of Alberta)
  • If applicable, copies of research papers or publications
  • Official transcripts and certificates/diplomas from all colleges or universities attended, with the institution seal, date and appropriate signature.
  • Official translation of foreign transcripts and certificates/diplomas with the original transcript in the original language.
  • Original document of proof of English proficiency (if the undergraduate degree is from a non-English university).
  • Three references from persons (preferably professors) who are knowledgeable about the applicants academic and research potential and capabilities. The letter submitted must be on letterhead and signed by the referee. 


      Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Ensure you meet the application deadlines
Canadian Applicants
Applications for graduate admission from Canadian applicants can be accepted at any time however, students should allow a minimum of two months for processing of their application.
International Applicants
Students applying from outside Canada are advised to allow at least 4-6 months for processing of their application.  International students who have been accepted for admission are advised to contact the nearest Canadian Consulate as soon as possible.
The deadline for a September admission is July 1.
The deadline for a January admission is November 1.
Detailed information for international students is available from the University of Alberta International Centre
International Applicants from China and Nigeria
Applicants from China or Nigeria typically need additional time to obtain a student visa.  We advise these applicants to meet the following deadlines to ensure starting their program on time.
The deadline for a September admission is May 1.
The deadline for a January admission is September 1.
Evaluation of Applicants
Applicants are evaluated by the department’s Graduate Coordinating Committee (GCC) for admission and funding.   Several considerations guide the evaluation:
Academic merit
Ability of potential supervisor to fund the project; and
Availability of space in a particular research lab
Admission Information 
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. 

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