Part 1: Application for Admission

NOTE: For complete admission and degree requirements, refer to Admission Requirements in the Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program section of the Graduate Studies Calendar.

Applying for admission

NOTE: Students who are graduates of non-Canadian universities must provide notarized English translations of all documents not in the English language.

The application package for the Master of Science program is available through the online application system ( (see Table 1: Master of Science Program Application Process on p. 2).

Applicants should begin work on the application package as soon as possible. The deadlines for application are: October 1 for the Spring term; February 1 for the Summer term and Fall term (first round); and May 1 for the Fall term (second round). As this is a quota-based program, the School of Graduate Studies encourages early application.

No application can receive formal consideration until all documentation is received. All documents received in support of an application become the property of the University and will not be released or copied except to other employees of the University and/or, on the student’s behalf, to external granting agencies and funding entities as required by University procedures regarding admission, registration, and awards and financial support administration.

Eligible applicants must apply for admission by following the process outlined below.

Master of Science Program application process


To find a potential supervisor, the applicant contacts a University of Lethbridge faculty member with expertise in the applicant’s research area. For assistance in identifying a potential supervisor, visit

The University of Lethbridge Experts Database ( is an information source that enables users the opportunity to search a for faculty members in a wide variety of subjects and research areas.

The applicant is advised to provide the potential supervisor a copy of unofficial transcripts in the consultation process.

Should the previous program undertaken by the applicant show weaknesses, additional course work or other study may be required. Such work will not count toward the requirements for the master’s degree.


The following required admission decision documents must be submitted via the online application system, available at

Unofficial academic transcripts
Admission decisions may be made on the basis of unofficial transcripts submitted via the online application system.

Three references
Contact information for three (3) referees who are willing to submit a confidential assessment via the online system.

Three (3) referees, two (2) must be academic (each referee submits a confidential letter of reference articulating the student's background preparation and suitability for graduate work). The applicant must have studied with at least one (1) referee..

Curriculum vitae
The applicant’s curriculum vitae includes academic background, work experience, awards, scholarships, and publications.

Letter of Intent
The Letter of Intent indicates the applicant’s reasons for applying (e.g. goals, or objectives for seeking a graduate degree in the chosen discipline).

English language proficiency (ELP)
Evidence of ELP is required if the applicant’s first language is not English. Refer to English Language Proficiency for Graduate Students in the Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program section of the Graduate Studies Calendar.

Additional Documentation
If additional documentation is required, the School of Graduate Studies will contact the applicant.

Submission Process
Completion of the online application form requires uploading the required admission documents, providing referee names and contacts, and paying the application fee by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date. Refer to Table 1: Application Deadlines in the Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program section of the Graduate Studies Calendar (

By submitting this application, applicants authorize the University of Lethbridge to request transcripts on their behalf from institutions participating in ApplyAlberta (Alberta Post-Secondary Application System).


Official transcripts, including proof of graduation for the baccalaureate degree and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, are required prior to course registration. Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at


The Departmental Graduate Education Committee reviews the application and makes a recommendation on admission to the Master of Science Program Committee. The office of the School of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, unofficially informs the applicant of the Program Committee’s decision. Official admission decision will be sent electronically from the Admissions Office. Applicants will be notified of their official admission status by the Admissions Office no later than April 1, July 1 or December 1. Successful applicants will be advised of registration procedures at that time.