Graduate Application Information

Welcome and many thanks for your interest in Graduate Studies in Cell Biology at the University of Alberta. To apply for graduate admission please visit the following site:

Effective September 1, 2004, a non-refundable $100 CAD application fee is required. This application fee is waived for applications from the following countries.  Please note a complete application should include:

  • a complete online application
  • three letters of reference
  • official University transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended 
  • a CV form 
  • an interest indicator 
  • Statement of Interest (1000 words maximum; student will outline qualifications for Cell Biology research and indicate why Cell Biology at the University of Alberta was chosen)
  • a valid TOEFL score (see below for minimum acceptable scores).

In lieu of TOEFL scores, the Department will consider other English language proficiency tests. For more information regarding acceptable scores for the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL), please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research web site

We prefer that the letters of reference be submitted online.  However, if paper copies are submitted, they should be printed on official letterhead, sealed in envelopes, and signed across the flaps by the referees. All transcripts and English proficiency tests should be the original documents and should be sent directly from the testing organization. Applications received by email will not be considered. Only completed applications will be circulated to the Faculty. Please mail any documentation to the Department of Cell Biology at the address listed below.

Graduate Program
Department of Cell Biology
5-14 Medical Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2H7

Canadian Applicants

Requirements for admission to our Graduate Program are:

  • GPA of 3.3 on a 4-point scale (equivalent to 7.65 on a 9 point scale)
  • 3 letters of reference

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Faculty member directory to determine which research programs are of particular interest. It is beneficial to contact potential supervisors directly to discuss positions within his or her lab before submitting an application for graduate school. Included in your application should be a completed Interest Indicator indicating you have examined the Faculty directory and identified specific interests within the Department.

International Applicants

Applications from foreign students are welcome.

In addition to the requirements listed above, foreign applicants whose instruction was obtained in a language other than English must also provide:

TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based exam or 100 overall on the internet-based exam (minimum of 20 in each section)


IELTS score of 7.0 overall (minimum of 6.0 in each section)


CAEL score of 70 overall (minimum of 70 in each section)


Pearson Test of English (Academic) minimum score of 68

Additional Information for International Applicants

An international student (i.e. neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident) studying in Canada requires a Student Authorization from Canadian Immigration authorities. Some students will also require a VISA. These must be obtained before coming to Canada, as they cannot be issued from within Canada.

While it is not possible to obtain a Student Authorization until an official letter of acceptance from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research has been issued, students are advised to begin the process to secure admission to Canada and to complete the documentation required by Employment and Immigration Canada as soon as possible after submitting an application for admission. Information on immigration regulations is available from Canadian Embassies, High Commissions and British Consular Offices. Immigration officials in these offices will be able to offer advice and assistance.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research "Application for Admission" form also contains information of interest to international applicants. Upon acceptance to the University of Alberta a pamphlet entitled "Information for International Students" is sent to the student along with the official admission letter. The International Centre conducts orientation seminars and assists students after they arrive in Canada. This office is located in HUB Mall on campus. 

Departmental Admission Deadlines

September Admission                      June 1                             
January Admission  October 1 

Further information on admission procedures can be found in the Cell Biology Graduate Program Manual.