In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Science requirements, the Department requires:
a) A minimum grade point average of 3.20 on a four-point scale during the last two full years or equivalent.
b) For students required to provide proof of proficiency in English: a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), or 105 (Internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 7.5, or a MELAB score of 86, or a PTE score of 75, or completion of Tier III of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of "A" on Academic Writing & Grammar III, "A" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency III, and "A" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency III.
c) A concise statement outlining the applicant’s research interests and reasons for wishing to attend the University of Calgary.
d) Three academic reference letters and the required reference form.
Exceptional students may apply to a PhD program without an MSc recognized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In such cases, requirements in addition to those outlined above include: a four-year BSc or equivalent degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 3.60 (four-point scale) during the last two full years; and a full-year research project with a minimum grade of 3.70.
Transfer from a MSc to a PhD program is allowed for students who have successfully completed all courses required for the MSc degree, and who have demonstrated outstanding research ability and potential to their Supervisory Committee. Normally, evidence of this ability will include, but not be limited to, a grade point average of 3.60 for the courses completed during the MSc program.