Graduate Programs - FAQ
The University of Alberta offers 170 graduate programs in 300 research areas, and ranks #2 in Canada for external research funding.
Our graduate degrees are delivered through 70+ departments across campus in our 18 faculties.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a graduate degree?
PhD and Master's degrees are considered graduate degrees at UAlberta and applicants must have already earned an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree.
If you do not have a postsecondary degree, such as a Bachelor's degree, you may explore our undergraduate programs.
What types of degrees are offered?
UAlberta offers two types of Master’s degrees:
- Thesis-based: Students work under a supervisor to conduct research in a chosen area that is submitted in the form of a thesis, which is then reviewed and evaluated by an examining committee.
- Course-based: Students complete required coursework and a final capping exercise such as a research project and final report.
Doctoral (PhD) degrees at UAlberta are thesis-based and require students to carry out high-quality research in a particular field of study. Doctoral students must complete a candidacy exam, write a thesis and defend their thesis at a final oral examination.
For details, search our graduate programs.
How long are graduate degrees?
Master's programs generally take one to three years of full-time study. Doctoral programs involve four to six years of full-time study.
What are the admission requirements?
Admission requirements and application procedures vary by program. Your first step is to identify a graduate program and then contact the appropriate department. For details, search our graduate programs.