Graduate Studies









Spring 2021 Admissions FAQ

The University of Lethbridge recognizes that these are unprecedented times. As a result, our guiding principle will be that the impact of COVID-19 should not disadvantage any applicant to programs offered by the University of Lethbridge. All of our programs will have the flexibility in their admissions processes to ensure that this principle is being upheld.

It has been a challenging time for all of us but know this: our students and their success remain the focus of all we do. Your success is our priority. This FAQ was developed to answer some questions you may have and to put your mind at ease. Please contact the relevant graduate programs office if you have additional questions. 

I have questions about immigration or study permits.

Please see the International Center webpage for information regarding how our COVID-19 response will impact international students. Please contact the International Centre ( for incoming students; for prospective students) if you have questions relating to study permits or immigration.  

How will classes be delivered in Spring 2021?

Instruction in the 2021 spring term will continue to be delivered with a blend of face-to-face and online modalities. See for more information. 

What if I am unable to complete the English language testing that is required for my program? 

All applicants, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must satisfy the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students. IELTS and TOEFL tests are available in an online format. These tests scores will be accepted for ELP purposes. Please contact the individual organizations for more information.
-IELTS Indicator
-TOEFL Special Home Edition

The University of Lethbridge is also accepting DuoLingo English Test as a way of meeting English Language Proficiency (ELP) for graduate admissions. The DuoLingo English Test must be completed on or after July 15, 2019 and a minimum overall score of 115 is required. 

Will I be allowed to submit an application to my program after the application deadline? 

You will need to submit your complete application by the relevant application deadline to be considered for admission. A list of all application and document deadlines can be found here

What if my Offer of Admission has expired, or I need longer to accept? 

Most Offers of Admission that have expired are eligible to be reactivated. Please email the relevant graduate programs office if your Offer of Admission has expired and you would like it reactivated. 

What if my Post-Secondary courses will not have a letter grade assigned? 

Completed courses (including grades of Credit, Pass, or Completed), will be used to meet prerequisites for courses.
For admission to a University of Lethbridge graduate program, January – April 2020 grades will only be used should they provide a favorable outcome for applicants. 

What if I cannot attend for the term I accepted my Offer of Admission?

If you have accepted your Offer of Admission for the Spring 2021 term and are unable to attend, please contact the relevant graduate programs office to discuss options for deferring your admission. A request to defer an Offer of Admission to a graduate program at the University of Lethbridge is program-specific and term-specific.

How can I request a deferral?

A request to defer an Offer of Admission to a graduate program at the University of Lethbridge is program-specific and term-specific. If you have any questions about deferrals please contact the relevant graduate programs office.
Individuals applying to programs that offer admission once per calendar year (e.g., Fall 2020 intake only), or those who prefer an admission date later than the next available term (e.g., requesting deferral from Fall 2020 term to Summer 2021 term) must re-apply to their desired program. Information about program-specific intakes is available at

Where can I find information about the University of Lethbridge's COVID-19 response?

Please visit for the most up-to-date and comprehensive information regarding our COVID-19 response. 
Additional information for incoming students can be found here: 



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