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Graduate Studies Calendar 2023-2024 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 at No assurance can be given that applications received after the deadline set by the program will be processed in time to permit the applicant to register for the next available term. 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. $125 for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, $145 for international students with a study permit.

b) Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions 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. Current and previous University of Calgary students are not required to order official University of Calgary transcripts. In cases where a student is unable to obtain the original transcript, an exception can be made when a student has received transfer credit that is documented on a transcript from another post-secondary institution.  Original transcripts may be required for external scholarships or licensure.

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

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

Some programs require letters of recommendation. Where applicable, 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 their 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.

All students seeking admission to the University must ensure the information provided as part of their application for admission is true and accurate. Students who falsify, or provide misleading or inaccurate information as part of the admission process, up to the add/swap deadline, may have their admission and registration cancelled and future admission will be denied. After the course add/swap deadline, allegations of false, inaccurate, or misleading information in a student’s application are considered under the student academic misconduct policy. Students who are identified as falsifying or omitting information may be identified to other post-secondary institutions.

Falsified documents may be referred to the appropriate authorities for consideration under the Criminal Code of Canada.

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

Concurrent Program Enrolment

Students who are currently registered in participating University of Calgary certificate, diploma, or degree program may apply for admission to a second program if they have met the requirements. Students are not normally permitted to be concurrently registered in a second program at another institution. Any exceptions to this require approval by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. See Section D.1.2 for additional information on concurrent program enrolment.