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Supporting Documentation for Your Graduate Studies Application

Note: Some programs have specific information that should be included in the Letter of Intent. See your program’s application procedure for details.

Applicants must upload and submit the following supporting documents with their application for admission:

  • Unofficial transcripts for each post-secondary institution attended, even if you have previously applied for admission to the University of Lethbridge
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae

All applicants, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin, must fulfil the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement. 

Some programs may require additional documentation in addition to what is listed in this section (e.g., Fieldwork Experience form, portfolio, audition/interview, Nursing Registration, GMAT/GRE). See your program’s application procedure for details.

Official documents, including all transcripts and test scores, must be received by the Registrar’s Office prior to course registration. To be considered official, documents must be received by the University of Lethbridge directly from the issuing institution. Applicants are encouraged to arrange for the submission of official documents at the time of application. Official documents should be mailed to:
Registrar's Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4
Canada

Transcripts

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

Unofficial Transcripts
You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.

Official Transcripts
You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received 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 applyalberta.ca.

Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4
Canada

Note: Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

Letters of Reference

Requirements for the Letters of Reference vary from program-to-program. See your program’s application procedure for details.

You will need to enter contact information (name and email address) in your application for three referees who are willing to submit a confidential assessment.

Your referees will submit their references through the online application system and will continue to be able to submit their Letters of Reference after you have submitted your application.

An email will automatically be sent to each referee with instructions for how to complete his or her Letter of Reference once you submit the request through the online application system,

You can manage your requests for Letters of Reference after submitting your application by logging back in to your application. From here you can click on the 'Action' drop down menu to the far right side of your referee's name and you will be able to either edit/change the referee or send a reminder to your referee:

Academic Letters of Reference

Depending on the program to which you are applying, up to three academic Letters of Reference may be required. See the following table for guidelines about who is an acceptable academic referee:

 You are

 Who is an acceptable academic referee?

A current or recent graduate of an undergraduate program

  • One of your course instructors who holds a terminal degree/a continuing position at a University

A current, or recent, graduate student

  • Your Supervisor, or a member of your Supervisory Committee
  • One of your course instructors who holds a terminal degree/a continuing position at a University

Working and completed degree several years ago         

  • A letter from someone whom you have studied with at the university level.
  • A letter from your employer or another person (preferable someone who has served in a supervisory capacity) who can testify to your ability to succeed in an academic setting.

 

The School of Graduate Studies is not able to:
Accept Letters of Reference submitted via email or regular mail Re-use a Letter of Reference submitted in support of a previous application Edit/change your referees or send them reminders to submit their Letter of Reference Accept Letters of reference from a friend or family member

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Your CV should be a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your academic background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements.

If you are a current or former uLethbridge student, you may contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV.

Letter of Intent

Your Letter of Intent should outline your reasons for wanting to enter a graduate program (e.g., your goals, and/or objectives for applying). It should also articulate how your academic and/or professional background has prepared you for your proposed studies.
You should address your letter to the School of Graduate Studies.

What to include:
What you want to study in your proposed program Why you want to pursue this field and/or program of study

Things to Note:
Your Letter of Intent is your opportunity to show us your passion for your proposed research

Don’t just tell us about your key qualities/accomplishments, provide specific examples

  • Why you are specifically interested in studying at uLethbridge
  • What makes you a great candidate
  • Your career/academic goals and how this program fits in with them
  • Specify your research interests
  • Provide information about your research interests and previous research projects
  • If you are applying to a program where a Supervisor is required as part of the application, explain why you are interested in your Supervisor’s research
  • Be concise — your Letter of Intent should generally be no more than one-page in length, or up to 500 words.
  • See your program’s application procedure for details Include only important information – reviewers have many graduate applications to review
  • Explain how dedicated and invested you are to your proposed graduate program
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