Graduate Studies










Program Components: 

​Coursework + Thesis​

Registration Options: 

Full-time and Part-time​


The Master of Science (MSc) program in the Faculty of Health Sciences offers majors in Addictions Counselling,  Health Sciences, ​and Nursing. The MSc program, based on a cohort model, is designed to satisfy the needs of students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in a health-related area. Students come from a variety of health care backgrounds including, but not limited to, public health, therapeutic recreation, addictions counselling, nursing, and psychology. This program offers students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree by successfully completing required courses and by conducting research culminating in a thesis. ​

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. ​


Questions? Contact the Faculty of Health Sciences - 


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:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in a related discipline
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on the uLethbridge 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses.
  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) for graduate students
Application process

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Before you begin an application, review the requirements for your supporting documents:

  • Transcripts
  • Three references (two academic)
  • 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

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). 

*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.

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Prospective students of the uLethbridge graduate program should know that although graduate school is a challenging endeavour you will have all the support, encouragement and mentoring that you require from professors and fellow graduate students. This program has provided me with a wealth of professional growth opportunities, for example guest lecturing, research experience, and teacher assistant experience.
Lisa-Marie Swanepoel, MSc student


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