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Graduate Studies Calendar 2014-2015 Admissions A.2 Application for Admission
A.2 Application for Admission

Applications for admission to the Faculty should be submitted through the online application system, which can be accessed through program websites. No assurance can be given that applications received after the deadlines noted in the "Application Deadline" section of the appropriate program section of this Calendar will be processed in time to permit the applicant to register for the following session. Specific instructions for applicants are included with the application.

All applications to the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Calgary must include the following:

a) A non-refundable application fee for each application to a graduate degree program. $100 for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, $130 for international students with a study permit. Refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for information on paying your application fee (

b) Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. Original documents or certified true copies of each of your official transcripts and degree certificates, in the original sealed envelope, sent directly from the issuing University.

If original documents are not in English:

Original documents or certified true copies of each of your official transcripts and degree certificates in the original language, in the original sealed envelope, sent directly from the issuing University, and an English translation from the issuing University or a notarized word-for-word English translation of a duplicate copy of that original.

c) Official MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, PTE, GRE scores and/or other requirements of the program for which application is being made.

d) Endorsement from the Head of the Department. It is the responsibility of the department or graduate program concerned to ensure that the applicant is, in all relevant respects, acceptable to the department and that the student’s proposed program is aligned with the availability of resources for adequate supervision and research, with departmental research objectives, and with program balance, as appropriate.

Please see program entries in this Calendar for any additional program requirements, including details on reference letters.

Normally, an appropriate letter of recommendation is one written by an independent individual who can provide an assessment of the applicant's background and capabilities with respect to the prospective program. Letters from friends, family members, colleagues, people currently registered in a graduate degree program, or general reference letters that are not written in support of the person's application to the particular graduate program are not acceptable. An applicant currently registered in a graduate degree program, or who has recently completed a graduate degree program, will normally submit one letter of reference from his/her program supervisor. Unless the applicant has been out of school for more than four years, at least one letter, and preferably both, should be by an academic. A reference from a non-academic source should come from a person who has had direct supervisory experience of the applicant.

All graduate programs have limited enrolment capacities. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

If, at any time it is discovered that a student was admitted on the basis of falsified documents or information, the admission will immediately be declared null and void and future admission will be denied.

Note: Advanced credit must be requested at the time of application for admission. See “A.6 Advanced Credit”.

Students will not normally be permitted to register in a University of Calgary degree or diploma program while simultaneously working toward another degree or diploma at the University of Calgary or at another institution. Joint degree programs and cotutelle admissions are an exception to this regulation.