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university of alberta graduate programs

Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina

The University of Alberta, also known as U of A or UAlberta, is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in 1908 by Alexander Cameron Rutherford,[6] the first premier of Alberta, and Henry Marshall Tory,[7] the university’s first president. It was enabled through the Post-secondary Learning Act.[8]

The university is considered a “comprehensive academic and research university” (CARU), which means that it offers a range of academic and professional programs that generally lead to undergraduate and graduate level credentials.[9]

The university comprises four campuses in Edmonton, an Augustana Campus in Camrose, and a staff centre in downtown Calgary. The original north campus consists of 150 buildings covering 50 city blocks on the south rim of the North Saskatchewan River valley, directly across from downtown Edmonton. 39,000 students from Canada and 150 other countries participate in 400 programs in 18 faculties.

The university is a major economic driver in Alberta. Its impact on Alberta’s economy is estimated at $12.3 billion annually, or five per cent of the province’s gross domestic product.

Faculties and colleges[edit]

See also: Faculties and departments of the University of AlbertaThe Mechanical Engineering BuildingThe Earth Sciences buildingThe chapel of St. Joseph’s College

The university has 18 faculties:

  • Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences focuses on natural, biological, and human resources.[51] The faculty is home to the Devonian Botanic Garden in Devon, Alberta. The garden runs a series of winter hardiness trials on trees, shrubs, herbs, annuals and bulbs. The garden collection consists of Primula, Meconopsis, Allium Rosa (shrub), alpines, and herbs and plants traditionally used by Aboriginal Peoples. There is a microfungus collection and a herbarium that contains more than 4,800 livery genotypic filamentous fungi.[52]
  • Alberta School of Business offers MBABCom, PhD, ExecEdExec MBA, and Master of Financial Management degrees.
  • Faculty of Arts is home to a spectrum of arts programs and departments, from Anthropology and Community Service Learning to History and Women’s Studies.
  • Augustana Campus is located in a satellite campus in Camrose, Alberta. It comprises the departments of Fine Arts, Humanities, Physical Education, Science, and Social Sciences.
  • Campus Saint-Jean is a francophone faculty with programs in Sciences, Fine Arts and Languages, Social Sciences, and Education.
  • Faculty of Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in elementary and secondary education, or a combined program. The School of Library and Information Studies is also a part of this Faculty.
  • Faculty of Engineering offers undergraduate degrees in five engineering departments. Students can choose to specialize in the following disciplines: Chemical EngineeringCivil EngineeringComputer EngineeringElectrical EngineeringEngineering PhysicsMaterials EngineeringMechanical EngineeringMining Engineering and Petroleum Engineering.
  • Faculty of Extension offers more than 300 courses in over 30 programs focusing on lifelong Continuing Education and Professional Development. Among the faculty’s contributions to Alberta’s educational and cultural life are the creation of the CKUA public radio station in 1927 and the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1933.
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research maintains more than 170 programs in graduate studies.
  • Faculty of Law is the oldest law school in Western Canada.[53] It is home to interdisciplinary institutes of constitutional studies, health law, science policy and law reform in Alberta.[54]
  • Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has 20 departments, seven divisions, eight research groups, and 31 centres and institutes. The faculty is internationally known for research in diabetes, obesity, virology, cardiology, cancer and spinal injury rehabilitation.[55]
  • Faculty of Native Studies is Canada’s only stand-alone faculty of native studies. The faculty began offering a master’s program in the 2012–13 academic year.[56]
  • Faculty of Nursing is one of Canada’s largest nursing faculties, and was the first in Canada to offer a fully funded PhD program.[57]
  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is one of Canada’s largest and finest pharmacy faculties. Its students excel nationally, achieving the highest combined score on the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada exam in 2009, 2010 and 2012.[58]
  • Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation focuses on the studies of human movement through sport science, kinesiology, physical education, physical activity and health, and tourism studies.[59] The Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation offers four undergraduate programs: Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport and Tourism; Bachelor of Physical Education; Bachelor of Physical Education/Bachelor of Education (five-year combined degree offered in conjunction with the Faculty of Education); and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.[60]
  • Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine is North America’s only stand-alone faculty dedicated to rehabilitation science, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology. The faculty is a research leader in musculoskeletal health, spinal cord injuries, seniors’ health, and use of communication technologies to support local community care.[61]
  • School of Public Health was established in March 2006 as Canada’s first stand-alone faculty with a sole focus on public health.[62] In October 2012, it became the only school in Canada and only the second outside the United States to be accredited by the U.S. Council on Education for Public Health.[63]
  • Faculty of Science is made up of seven departments (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computing Science, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Physics, and Psychology.) The faculty includes 6 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship winners, 16 winners of Rutherford Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 26 Canada Research Chairs, 5 iCORE Chairs, 3 NSERC Chairs, 2 Alberta Ingenuity Centres of Excellence, and 10 members of the Royal Society of Canada. It has more than 70 Bachelor of Science (BSc) programs in 39 subject areas.[64]

The university has two affiliated colleges:

  • St. Joseph’s College offers undergraduate courses in applied ethics, philosophy, religious education and theology, for credit in degree programs with arts options. The college also offers specific courses for education students intending to teach within Alberta’s Catholic school system.[65]
  • St. Stephen’s College offers graduate degree, diploma and certificate programs in theological studies, with courses designed to allow distance learning.

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Renewable Resources

The Department of Renewable Resources offers programs leading to the course-based degrees of Master of Agriculture, Master of Forestry, and thesis-based degrees of Master of Science, and Doctor of …

Women’s and Gender Studies

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is a well-established, interdisciplinary unit housed in the Faculty of Arts. … It draws from a strong, broad-based community of feminist and gender st…

Secondary Education

The Department of Secondary Education offers programs leading to the Master of Education, Master of Education with a Specialization in Technology in Education, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Ed…

Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology

A joint program leading to dual degrees of Master of Business Administration and Master of Agriculture is also offered. … Areas of emphasis in graduate programs include: the economics of agricult…

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies program is an interdisciplinary program within the Department of History and Classics and offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. …..

Surgery

The Department offers research facilities in the Ray Rajotte Surgical-Medical Research Institute (SMRI), the Alberta Diabetes Institute, the Heritage Medical Research Centre [HMRC Li Ka Shing Centr…

Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. … Four MA programs are available: (1) a course-based MA; (2) a thesis-based MA; (3) …

Psychiatry

General … The Department of Psychiatry offers outstanding opportunities for students wishing to pursue graduate studies at both the master’s and doctoral level. … Faculty members are known inte…

Political Science

The following fields of study are offered in the master’s and doctoral programs: Canadian politics, comparative politics, gender and politics, international relations, and political philosophy/theory.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences-Obstetrics and Gynecology either as part of a po…

Nursing

General … The MN program prepares nurses to fulfil advanced nursing roles in diverse settings, including education roles in academic and clinical settings, formal leadership and management roles,…

Rehabilitation Medicine

Information on these programs can be found under Graduate Programs . … The Faculty offers interdisciplinary programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabi…

Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging

Facilities exist within the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, University of Alberta, for students who wish to obtain either a Master of Science or a PhD degree. … Research may be ca…

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. … Research may be undertaken in the areas of pha…

Pharmacology

The Department of Pharmacology offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology. … Our graduate programs offer opportunities to invest…

Neuroscience

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta is a group of more than 150 neuroscientists from approximately 27 departments across eight Faculties and two Schools. … T…

Native Studies

The Faculty of Native Studies offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. … While the programs vary in terms of the depth and breadth of study, they each su…

Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy offers a program leading to the Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy (MScPT). … The course-based MScPT program is designed to provide students with the …

Philosophy

The Department offers programs leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. … The fields in which advanced study may be pursued include ethics; social and political philosophy;…

Oncology

The Department of Oncology offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. … Applicants with the MSc degree, or a strong undergraduate record, may be accepte…

Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy offers graduate work leading to a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (MScOT). … The MScOT program is designed to address practice and theoreti…

Physiology

The Department of Physiology offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. … The Department is well equipped with facilities for many fields of physi…

Physics

Programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy are open to suitable graduates in physics, engineering physics, geophysics, or equivalent programs. … The Department …

Paediatrics

Highly qualified candidates with an MSc or MD, who wish to proceed to a PhD will be considered. … Inquiries about this program should be directed to the Graduate Administrator in the Department o…

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences offers the MSc and PhD in Medical Sciences (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences) degrees (see Medical Sciences ) either as part of a postgraduate t…

Public Health

The School’s minimum GPA requirements for the Master’s degrees (MPH and MSc) are those set out as minimum acceptable standards by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. … These include a b…

Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers graduate work leading to the degrees of MA, MSc, and PhD in a variety of areas of psychology, including: behaviour, systems, and cognitive neuroscience; cognitio…

Medical Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. … Students may specialize in the following: bacteriolog…

Medical Genetics

The Department of Medical Genetics offers the MSc in Medical Sciences (Medical Genetics) degree (see Medical Sciences ) either as part of a postgraduate training program for post-MD applicants or a…

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate courses and provides research facilities for well qualified students of recognized universities who wish to pursue advanced studies leading …

Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Currently there is no course-based MSc program in Statistical Machine Learning, no thesis-based MSc or PhD programs in Modelling, Data, and Predictions, and no PhD program in Biostatistics. … Pro…

English and Film Studies

The Department of English and Film Studies (EFS) offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in English language, literature, and culture. … Research in EF…

Elementary Education

Please see the Department of Elementary Education website for more information about current faculty member’s research interest(s) and teaching area(s). … Entrance … For master’s programs, the …

Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics offers graduate programs in linguistics leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. … The Department supports research in experimental phon…

Library and Information Studies

The School of Library and Information Studies, the only graduate professional library and information studies program in the prairie provinces, offers the Master of Library and Information Studies …

Mining and Petroleum Engineering

Contact … Program Information: Mining and Petroleum Engineering Program … NOTE: The information provided is for informational purposes only and is subject to change. … Always consult the depa…

Medicine

The Department of Medicine offers the degrees of MSc and PhD. … The Department offers a specialization in Translational Medicine (MSc only) as well as a general program in Medicine, either as par…

Music

The MMus program includes specializations in Performance (keyboard instruments, piano pedagogy, orchestral instruments, wind band conducting, and voice), Choral Conducting, and Composition. … The…

Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

This specialization involves research in one of the following areas: second language acquisition and pedagogy, discourse studies, sociolinguistics, and multilingualism. … Media and Cultural Studies

Human Ecology

The Department of Human Ecology offers a PhD in Human Ecology, and master’s degrees in Textiles and Clothing, Material Culture, Family Ecology and Practice, and Aging. … Students come from a vari…

History and Classics

Our Department offers the degrees of MA and PhD in the separate disciplines of History and Classics, as well as an MA in Ancient Societies and Cultures with an interdisciplinary focus. … Within b…

Health Sciences Education

The MEd in Health Sciences Education extends the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals and clinical faculty. … The program explores foundational theory in the areas of educational peda…

Faculté Saint-Jean

General … Faculté Saint-Jean offers graduate work leading to a Master of Education degree specializing in Language and Culture and a Master of Arts degree specializing in Canadian Studies. … Th…

Law

The Faculty of Law offers programs of graduate study leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Master of Laws (LLM). … The Faculty also offers programs of joint study with the Fa…

Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

All programs are full time only. … For thesis based MSc and PhD degrees, research activities may be carried out in the General Program, or in one of three second-level specializations: Molecular …

Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

The areas available for study are listed below. … Entrance … The Faculty’s minimum admission requirements for the master’s thesis and course-based programs are a four year baccalaureate degree,…

Internetworking

General … The MSc in Internetworking program is a two year degree program that offers a theoretical and practical grounding in the principles of data communications and Internetworking. … The d…

Drama

The Department offers students access to a range of professional facilities during their studies including performance, workshop, rehearsal and classroom space, libraries, graduate student offices,…

Digital Humanities

The Program integrates computational methods and theories with research and teaching in the Liberal Arts. … It addresses the demand for Arts graduates, proficient in computing skills, to work eit…

Education

Overview … Please note that the links below provide information about the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership. … The Faculty of Education also offers graduate degree programs in Education…

Economics

The Department of Economics offers a course-based Master of Arts program, a course-based Master of Arts program with a specialization in Economics and Finance and a thesis-based PhD program. … Ar…

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate courses leading to the MEng, MSc, and PhD degrees to qualified graduates of recognized universities. … Electrical and Compute…

Educational Studies

The MEd in Educational Studies offers leadership development for educators and administrators. … The program is designed to provide theory, skills, and insights into practice that can be readily …

Educational Psychology

A course-based MEd program with a specialization in School Counselling is offered by the Department. … Applicants following this program are selected based on their potential to serve as school c…

Educational Policy Studies

The Department of Educational Policy Studies offers master’s and doctoral programs in the following specialized areas of study: Adult, Community and Higher Education; Educational Administration and…

East Asian Studies

Entrance … The Department’s minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent …

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

The Department offers the following graduate degree programs: … planning; tectonics; volcanology; winter city planning and design. … For thesis based programs the Department will approve only t…

Communications and Technology

The multidisciplinary Master of Arts in Communications and Technology (MACT) offers a theoretical, historical, and practical examination of communications. … The degree is designed for individual…

Communication Sciences and Disorders

The MSc program is designed to develop competencies in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and management of articulation, language, fluency, voice, and resonance disorders as well as in the fun…

Art and Design

The Department of Art and Design offers graduate programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture and Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design degrees i…

Anthropology

Students contemplating graduate work in Anthropology should direct their inquiries to the Graduate Program Advisor/Research Coordinator of the Department. … For the MA program (thesis-based), the…

Dentistry

The Department of Dentistry offers the MSc and PhD in Medical Sciences degrees (see Medical Sciences ) for post-DDS applicants or for those proceeding from a BSc or equivalent degree. … Research …

Computing Science

The standard MSc in Computing Science is offered as a thesis-based program, as well as course-based program; the MSc in Computing Science with specialization in Statistical Machine Learning is offe…

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine provides a program leading to the degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine jointly with the Medical Sciences Program.

Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science

The Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science offers thesis programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, as well as course-based programs leading to Maste…

Comparative Literature Program

Entrance requirements, financial assistance and application procedures are through the Comparative Literature Program, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. … Admissions to this program have bee…

Community Engagement

The Community Engagement Graduate Program in the School of Public Health offers an in-depth theoretical examination of the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of community engagement, along …

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Welding Engineering is not available at the doctoral level. … The MEng degree is intended primarily for part-time students who are working in industry, but can also be taken by full-time students.

Cell Biology

The Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, offers graduate programs leading to the MSc and PhD degrees in cell biology. … The Department provides a world-class training en…

Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. … It strives to develop scholars familiar with literature in their fiel…

Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. … Both require the completion of a research program and the preparation of a t…

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, incorporating the School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, offers programs of study leading to the advanced degrees of Master of Science, M…

Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers thesis-based Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, both requiring course work and thesis research. … The Department provides an outstanding academ…

Business

For MBA programs except the Fast Track MBA and Executive MBA, the Faculty’s minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4-point scale fro…

Biomedical Engineering

Research facilities and lecture courses for graduate programs are offered by the Department of Biomedical Engineering. … The Department offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science…

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