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Graduate Medical Education Office
Location: HSC G329
Fax: 403.210.8109
Web page URL: http://medicine.ucalgary.ca/grad
1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), thesis-based
Master of Science (MSc), thesis-based
Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT), course-based
Master of Community Medicine (MCM), course-based
Master of Disability and Community Studies (MDCS), course-based

Joint programs, offered with other Faculties:
The Faculty of Medicine and the Haskayne School of Business offer a combined Master of Biomedical Technology/Master of Business Administration (MBT/MBA) program. Contact either program for further information.

Students in the Faculty of Medicine and the Departments of Anthropology and Archeology may choose an interdisciplinary specialization in Biological Anthropology.  For further information on the Biological Anthropology (Interdisciplinary) specialization, see the separate listing in this calendar.

The University of Calgary and Alberta offer a joint Biomedical Engineering Program. Further information can be obtained from the separate listing in this Calendar.

In addition, the University of Calgary offers the joint Leaders in Medicine Program leading to MD/Masters or MD/Doctoral degrees. Students applying to the MD/MSc or MD/PhD program must apply individually to each program and complete a supplementary application for the Leaders in Medicine Program.

 Further information regarding the Leaders in Medicine Program is provided under the Degree Regulations Summary section in this Calendar.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations, the Faculty of Medicine graduate programs require a minimum admission grade point average of 3.20 (on a four-point system; approximately equivalent to a "B+") on the work of the last two undergraduate years for thesis-based programs.

The minimum GPA requirement for course-based programs in Medicine is 3.00 Master’s Programs

  • BSc degree or equivalent

Doctor of Philosophy

  • MSc degree recognized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or transfer from MSc program, or, in exceptional cases, BSc degree or equivalent.

Refer to the individual program entries for additional program admission requirements.

3. Application Deadline Refer to individual program information.
4. Advanced Credit Applicants must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission Refer to individual programs for additional advanced credit information.
5. Program/Course Requirements Refer to individual program information.
6. Additional Requirements Refer to individual program information.
7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses Refer to individual program information.
8. Time Limit

Maximum completion times follow the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations:

  • Maximum completion time for a course-based Master’s program is six years
  • Maximum completion time for a thesis-based Master’s program is four years
  • Maximum completion time for a doctoral program is six years
  • Maximum completion time for the MD/Master’s program is six years 
  • Maximum completion time for the MD/PhD program is eight years

For specific program expected time to completion, please refer to individual program information.

9. Supervisory Assignments

Supervisors and supervisory committees are assigned according to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Handbook of Supervision and Examination and are approved by the Graduate Program Director of each program.
Master of Science students in the Leaders in Medicine Program must have supervisory committees constituted according to the regulations of the graduate home program. Both master’s and doctoral students will also be evaluated and advised by a Joint Liaison Committee composed of the Associate Dean (Graduate Sciences Education), Associate Dean (Undergraduate Medical Education), and the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine.

For specific program supervisory assignment information, please refer to the individual program entry.

10. Required Examinations

All thesis-based programs, MSc and PhD require successfully passing the Final Thesis Oral Examination.  For more specific program examination information, please refer to the program section.
Doctoral Candidacy Examinations
In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations, the Faculty of Medicine candidacy examinations consist of both a written and an oral component. 

The student’s approved research proposal will serve as the examination’s written component. The written component shall consist of a 13-17 page (single spaced) document, excluding references and figures, that includes a literature review of the students topic area and a description of the proposed research. The oral examination will take place one month after the submission of the written document to the examination committee and must be completed within 24 months after initial registration. The supervisor is a non-voting observer at the doctoral candidacy exam.
The final thesis defence for MSc and PhD degrees will consist of a public seminar followed by an open oral examination.

Refer to individual program sections for specific candidacy examination information.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

All MSc and PhD students must defend a written research proposal to their supervisory committee. For MSc students, this document must be submitted within 12 months after initial registration in the program. For PhD students, the research proposal forms the written component of the candidacy exam, and an approved version of the proposal must be submitted one month before the candidacy exam, with all exam requirements being fulfilled by 24 months after initial registration in the program.

For additional information, refer to the individual program sections.

12. Special Registration Information None.
13. Financial Assistance Refer to the individual program sections.
14. Other Information Research Integrity Day is a Research Ethics session offered in January and April of each year.  All graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine are required to attend Research Integrity Day once during their program as part of their course requirements.
  • PhD students must meet this requirement prior to their candidacy exam.
  • MSc students must meet this requirement prior to defending their thesis.
  • MBT, MCM and MDCS students must contact the program administrator or review the program webpage for further information on when they must meet this requirement.
15. Faculty Members/Research Interests Refer to the individual program sections.