MASTER OF SCIENCE
Coursework + Thesis
The Master of Science program offers students in a wide range of disciplines the opportunity to earn a master’s degree by writing a thesis and successfully completing a limited number of courses. The number and details of the courses are determined within the first semester of the student's program.
Because of the nature of the MSc program, the thesis forms the central requirement of the program. At the master’s level, a thesis involves close collaboration between supervisor and student. Consequently, students are required to secure a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application for this program. For further information please visit our Search Supervisors page.
Although degrees are awarded in specific disciplines, the program is administered centrally by the School of Graduate Studies, rather than by individual departments or faculties/schools.
Graduate degrees traditionally have been awarded for the successful completion of a satisfactory thesis. The thesis route expresses the fundamental tradition of academic scholarship. It also relates to the University’s undergraduate programs, because the creation of a thesis in any discipline calls for a range of skills which are central to the liberal education tradition, including analysis and synthesis of ideas, empirical investigations, the construction and articulation of arguments, and writing skills.
In case of discrepancies between this page and the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue shall prevail.
- Admission requirements
Applicants normally must meet the following requirements:
- Application process
Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents
Before you begin an application, review the requirements for your supporting documents:
- Three references
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of Intent
- English Language Proficiency (ELP) for graduate students
- If additional documentation is required, the School of Graduate Studies will contact you.
Step 2: Find a Supervisor
To find a potential supervisor, you will need to contact a uLethbridge faculty member with expertise in the your research area. Please visit Search Supervisors page to find a potential supervisor.
Step 3: Submit Online Application by Deadline
Submit your complete application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.
Step 4: Arrange for Official Documents
Official documents (e.g., transcripts, ELP test scores) are required prior to registration.
Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at www.applyalberta.ca.
Step 5: Admission Decision Process
The departmental committee reviews your application and makes a recommendation on admission to the program committee. You will be notified of your official admission status by the Registrar’s Office no later than April 1 (February 1 deadline), July 1 (May 1 deadline) or December 1 (October 1 deadline).
*Note: Students who are graduates of non-Canadian universities must provide notarized English translations of all documents not in the English language.
For more details please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue.
- Admission criteria
Because the capacity of the program is limited, not all students who meet the minimum admission requirements can be admitted. Criteria used for admission include:
- your record and letters of recommendation
- your proposed supervisor’s record of scholarship, completed and current, especially in relation to your proposed work
- the feasibility of your project in the light of available resources
- your financial support
If the program committee feels that you are eligible for admission, but are lacking in necessary preparation, you may be admitted subject to relevant conditions. In these cases, candidates may be given one of two options:
- The required preparation may be undertaken prior to admission, with the permission of the program committee
- It may be taken after admission and within the maximum time limit of 24 months for full-time students and 48 months for part-time students
In either case, the program committee establishes a definite date by which all conditions must be fully satisfied.
Pursuing education beyond the undergraduate level is immensely rewarding, both in the sense of attaining a greater depth of knowledge in a specific field of academic inquiry, and in the broader opportunity to consider the world in which we live with a richer and more nuanced understanding. The abilities to write and communicate effectively gained from graduate school also have far-reaching applicability to other endeavors one may end up following in their lives.
Elijah Dueck, MSc student