Graduate Programs

uLethbridge offers a range of innovative, relevant, and unique graduate programs in existing and emerging disciplines that prepare you to transition into your career. You can choose from more than 75 graduate programs. 

Agricultural Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary major which spans several Departments at the University of Lethbridge. For more information about this major please visit the Agricultural Biotechnology webpage here.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

For the M.A. program, students are required to complete courses, a Thesis, and a Thesis Oral Defence.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

As a multidisciplinary major, Agricultural Studies take full advantage of resources and course offerings in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geography & Environment and Economics. For more information about the Agricultural Studies major, please visit the Agricultural Studies webpage or contact Danny Le Roy.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

The Anthropology Department at the University of Lethbridge has expertise in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Anthropological Archaeology. We offer a fieldwork-based MA program with seminars through the Cultural, Social and Political Thought interdisciplinary graduate program and Independent Studies seminars with members of the Anthropology Department. Faculty in our department research on a range of topics, including the anthropology of policy and governance; anthropology of happiness and wellbeing; environmental anthropology; race, ethnicity and indigeneity; anthropology of childhood; psychological anthropology; medical anthropology; anthropology and archaeology of food; origins of social complexity and social inequality; anthropology of ritual and religion; anthropology of development; and urban anthropology. We research in diverse settings, including South-east Asia, Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Spain, Mali, Aotearoa/New Zealand, United States and Canada.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

For the M.A. program, students are required to complete courses, a Thesis, and a Thesis Oral Defence. Three to six graduate term courses or equivalent (9.0 to 18.0 credit hours) are required for this program. Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors. Course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

For more information about Archaeology at the University of Lethbridge please visit the Department of Geography & Environnment webpage.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is home to many advanced instruments which enable cutting-edge research. These tools include nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infra-red, Raman, UVvisible, atomic absorption spectrometers, macromolecular x-ray diffractometer, isothermal titration calorimeter, and a surface plasmon resonance spectrometer. For more information about Biochmistry at the University of Lethbridge please visit the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry webpage.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

The Master of Science program (Biological Sciences major) offers students the opportunity to receive focused, advanced training in a wide range of biology disciplines. This is a research-oriented program that culminates in students earning their master’s degree by completing a minimum of two courses and writing a thesis.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

The PhD in Biomolecular Science is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the following contributing departments/areas: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Physics and Astronomy.

Degrees available

  • Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD in Biosystems and Biodiversity is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the following contributing departments/areas: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Geography.

Degrees available

  • Doctor of Philosophy

For the M.A. program, students are required to complete courses, a Thesis, and a Thesis Oral Defence. Three to six graduate term courses or equivalent (9.0 to 18.0 credit hours) are required for this program. Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors. Course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is home to many advanced instruments which enable cutting-edge research. These tools include nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infra-red, Raman, UVvisible, atomic absorption spectrometers, macromolecular x-ray diffractometer, isothermal titration calorimeter, and a surface plasmon resonance spectrometer. For more inofmration about Chemistry at the Universiyt of Lethbridge please visit the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry webpage.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

The University of Lethbridge offers a high-quality Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science program that provides students a chance to build on their computer science knowledge and delve further into areas that interest them. This thesis-based program trains and supports students as they carry out novel research and refine their writing and critical thinking skills. Students are supervised and mentored by faculty members with world-class expertise in a variety of areas in computer science, including algorithms, systems, and computational intelligence.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

Professional occupations in Geographical Information Science (GIS) are growing rapidly in Canada and around the world. The Department of Geography and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offer a multidisciplinary major in computer science and geographical information science. The program is structured to provide a firm theoretical, technical and applied background in the geographical information sciences (GIS) that draws extensively on computer science foundations.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

The Master of Arts in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) program provides students with training in the skills, methods, and theoretical backgrounds necessary for work as professional archaeologists within the cultural resource management industry in Alberta and elsewhere. Graduates of this major will also​ be prepared to run their own companies and projects.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

Please note this is not a Political Science program, applicants who are looking for the MA in Political Science program, please visit this page.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

Please note this is not a Political Science program, we offer Political Science major at master's level only. Please visit Master of Arts in Political Science program page.

Degrees available

  • Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD in Earth, Space, and Physical is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the following contributing departments/areas: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography, and Physics and Astronomy.

Degrees available

  • Doctor of Philosophy

The Department offers a master’s program leading to an MA with a major in Economics. This program prepares students for positions in both the private and public sectors and for further academic training. The program is typically completed in 24 months or less and contains rigorous training in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and econometrics, as well as elective courses in a range of applied fields. The program is limited to a small number of students to enhance scholastic achievement through close faculty interaction.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

The MA (Education) is a research-based program intended for individuals wishing to focus on a specific research question. Typically, this would involve theoretical, versus classroom-based, research in the area of education. Students will complete a minimum of three courses, and should be committed to devoting independent effort in the completion of the Thesis, which forms the central requirement of the program. Course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

At the master's level, a Thesis involves close collaboration between supervisor and student. Consequently, it is necessary for a candidate to establish contact with potential supervisors prior to application for admission. Given the research-intensive nature of the MA (Education), this program would be appropriate preparation for a PhD in Education. Individuals seeking a course-based program completed within a cohort are advised to refer to the Master of Education offerings.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

For the M.A. program, students are required to complete courses, a Thesis, and a Thesis Oral Defence. Three to six graduate term courses or equivalent (9.0 to 18.0 credit hours) are required for this program. Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors. Course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

For more information about Environmental Science at the University of Lethbridge please visit the Environmental Science webpage.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

The PhD in Evolution and Behaviour is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the following contributing departments/areas: Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, and Psychology.

Degrees available

  • Doctor of Philosophy

For more information please contact Co-Chair Jon Doan or Co-Chair Ilsa Wong.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

For the M.A. program, students are required to complete courses, a Thesis, and a Thesis Oral Defence. Three to six graduate term courses or equivalent (9.0 to 18.0 credit hours) are required for this program. Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors. Course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

For the M.A. program, students are required to complete courses, a Thesis, and a Thesis Oral Defence. Three to six graduate term courses or equivalent (9.0 to 18.0 credit hours) are required for this program. Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors. Course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

For the M.A. program, students are required to complete courses, a Thesis, and a Thesis Oral Defence. Three to six graduate term courses or equivalent (9.0 to 18.0 credit hours) are required for this program. Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors. Course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

For more information about Geography at the University of Lethbridge please visit the Department of Geography & Environment webpage.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

The Master of Arts in History at Lethbridge is taught on campus and requires both a thesis and substantial coursework. As an MA student, you may complete your degree in either a full- or part-time capacity. Full-time students complete a 24-month program while part-time students complete a 48-month program. Students are encouraged to finish earlier and often do: most of our full-time students finish between 20 and 24 months while one of our part-time students finished in 28 months.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

The Department of Indigenous Studies offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Indigenous Studies. Indigenous Studies is a critical, multidisciplinary area of study. It engages history, art, music, law, philosophy, and language, among other areas, to address decolonization, revitalization, and resurgence through local, national, and global Indigenous perspectives. This program will open doors in a variety of careers, including law, business and entrepreneurship, community development, cultural studies and museums, and education, to name just a few.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

The Master of Arts program majoring in Individualized Multidisciplinary allows students to do research and works to facilitate critical dialogues across academic disciplinary areas. The program provides students with a range of theories and methods specific to their research interests and is designed to provide a unique graduate experience in the Arts. Students are required to complete three to six graduate-level courses, a Thesis, and a Thesis Oral Defence. Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors. Course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

The Master of Science program majoring in Individualized Multidisciplinary allows students to do research and works to facilitate critical dialogues across academic disciplinary areas. The program provides students with a range of theories and methods specific to their research interests and is designed to provide a unique graduate experience in the sciences.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

Three to six graduate term courses or equivalent (9.0 to 18.0 credit hours) are required for this program. Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors. Required courses include:

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

The Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education values and promotes the study of human movement from a multidisciplinary perspective. For more information about Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge please visit the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education webpage.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

The MSc program is 24 months for full-time students and 48 months for part-time students. The format for the degree consists of at least 3 graduate level courses and a thesis. All students will take Algebra (Math 5405), Analysis (Math 5505), and a third course. In some cases, a student may be required to include undergraduate courses as well, if additional background preparation is required.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

We offer a research-based training program. Graduate students work closely with faculty on research projects, learning how to design, conduct, analyze experiments. Students will also learn to present their work, both in written and oral formats. One particular strength of our department is “behavioural neuroscience” which focuses on the relationship between brain and behavior. Research topics in our department are diverse, including animal social behavior, learning and memory, decision making, addiction, developmental plasticity (including the effects of brain injury, stress and drugs on brain development), neural coding, motor control, comparative neuroanatomy, comparative behavioural analysis, attention, and robotics.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

The degree requirements for the Ph.D. program consist of successful completion of courses, a comprehensive examination, a Thesis, and a Thesis Oral Defence. Students develop their program in consultation with their supervisors. Required courses for the PhD Neuroscience program include:

Degrees available

  • Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy is home to a group of professors whose research is recognized across Canada and beyond. Our members have published in some of the best journals in the field, have national and international reputations for their work, and have made contributions to important debates on a broad range of issues. We take our teaching work just as seriously as our research.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

For more information about Physics at the University of Lethbridge please visit the Department of Physics & Astronomy webpage.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

​The Department of Political Science offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science. Graduate students interested in Political Science should apply to do an MA in Political Science and NOT to the Cultural, Social and Political Thought program as the Department does not participate in the CSPT Program.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

The PhD in Population Studies in Health is interdisciplinary in nature and delivered jointly by the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the Health Sciences and Social Science disciplines.

Degrees available

  • Doctor of Philosophy

For the M.A. program, students are required to complete courses, a thesis, and a thesis oral Defence. Three to six graduate term courses or equivalent are required for this program. Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors. Course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

For the M.Sc. program, students are required to complete courses, a thesis, and a thesis oral Defence. Two to six graduate term courses or equivalent (9.0 [6.0] to 18.0 credit hours) are required for this program. Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors. Course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors. Students complete between three and six graduate-level courses; course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

The MSc in Remote Sensing enables students to develop advanced research skills in remote sensing. The objective of the program is to accommodate students interested in studying aspects of remote sensing that are not contained in the geographical research domain. These students are often interested in the physics of remote sensing, radiative transfer, and atmospheric remote sensing, or have backgrounds outside of the discipline of geography.

Degrees available

  • Master of Science

The MA program in the Department of Sociology is a two-year graduate program designed to provide students an intellectually stimulating and vibrant academic environment to enhance their “sociological thinking” through graduate-level coursework and thesis-based research. Each year, we seek to admit a small number of interested, enthusiastic, and qualified students. Since our cohorts are small, students in our program benefit from close mentorship opportunities with supportive and interested faculty. Students also benefit from flexibility in course offerings and personal attention in designing a program aligned with their individual research interests. Students develop their programs in consultation with their supervisors and complete between three and six graduate-level courses; course descriptions of courses offered at the University of Lethbridge are available in the course catalogue. You can also view the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see what courses are being offered and when.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

The PhD program is a four year program. The format for the degree consists of coursework and a thesis. The student must pass a written and an oral comprehensive examination within the first two years of the program.

Degrees available

  • Doctor of Philosophy

Urban & Regional Studies (URS) delves into the physical, social, economic and political factors that shape our cities. It looks at the role of planning to manage dynamic forces of change such as immigration, global warming, aging populations, energy conservation, congestion, urban forests, homelessness and smog, to name just a few. Issues include the evolving social, ethnic and architectural character of urban neighbourhoods, the decline of agricultural service centres in the west or the governance of urban sprawl.

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts

The department of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Lethbridge offers a dynamic, inter-disciplinary and rigorous Master of Arts in Women & Gender Studies. Our faculty also teach and supervise students in the CSPT program (MA and PhD levels). We have expertise in the following areas:

Degrees available

  • Master of Arts