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    University of Alberta
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
University of Alberta Calendar 2017-2018

Admission to Undergraduate Programs


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Programs of Study

The Faculties of the University offer programs leading to a degree, a diploma, a certificate, or entrance to a further program, as shown below. Years of study are counted from matriculation unless otherwise noted. Certificate offerings may be available to students in any Faculty. Students wishing to pursue a Certificate should refer to the appropriate Faculty section for information on availability. 

  Years of Study
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences  
BA Environmental Studies 4
BSc (Agricultural/Food Business Management) 4
BSc (Agriculture) 4
BSc (Animal Health) 4
BSc (Environmental and Conservation Sciences) 4
BSc (Environmental and Conservation Sciences-Bilingual) 4
BSc (Environmental and Conservation Sciences)/BA (Native Studies) Combined Degrees 5
BSc (Forest Business Management) 4
BSc (Forestry) 4
BSc (Human Ecology) 4
BSc (Human Ecology)/BEd (Secondary) Combined Degrees 5
BSc (Nutrition and Food Science) 4
BSc (Nutrition and Food Science, General Program) 4
BSc (Nutrition and Food Science, Dietetic Specialization) (one preprofessional year plus) 4
BSc (Nutrition and Food Science, Food Science and Technology Specialization) 4
BSc (Honors in Food Science) 4
BSc (Honors in Nutrition) 4
Pre-Veterinary Medicine 2
Certificate in Community Engagement and Service-Learning  
Certificate in Sustainability  
Faculty of Arts  
BA 4
BA (After Degree) varies
BA (Honors) 4
BA (Honors) (After Degree) varies
BA (Criminology) 4
BA (Drama)/BEd (Secondary) Combined Degrees 5
BA Environmental Studies 4
BFA (Art and Design) 4
BDesign 4
BFA Drama (Acting) (one preprofessional year plus) 3
BFA Drama (Technical Theatre) 4
BFA Drama (Design) 4
BFA (Art and Design) or (Drama) (After Degree) varies
BMus 4
BMus (After Degree) varies
BMus/BEd (Elementary) (Secondary) Combined Degrees 5
Certificate in Civil-Military Leadership  
Certificate in Community Engagement and Service-Learning  
Certificate in Computer Game Development  
Certificate in Economics and the Management of Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment  
Certificate in European Studies  
Certificate in Finance  
Certificate in Globalization and Governance  
Certificate in International Learning  
Certificate in Peace and Post Conflict Studies  
Certificate in Translation Studies  
Certificate in World Sound Arts  
Community Linguistic Certificate  
Augustana Faculty  
BA 4
BMgt in Business Economics 4
BMus 4
BSc 4
BSc/BEd (Secondary) 5
Certificate in Community Mental Health: Theory and Practice  
Certificate in Writing Studies  
Faculty of Business  
BCom (one preprofessional year plus) 3
BCom Cooperative Education (one preprofessional year plus) 3.5-4
BCom (Bilingual) (taught in English and French) 4
BCom (Honors) 2
BCom (After Degree) Varies in Length
Certificate in Community Service-Learning  
Certificate in Leadership  
Faculty of Dentistry (See Medicine and Dentistry)  
Faculty of Education  
BEd (Elementary or Secondary route) 4
BEd (After Degree) 2
BSc (Specialization in Science and Education)/BEd (Secondary) Combined Degrees 5
BSc/BEd (Secondary) Augustana 5
BMus/BEd Combined Degrees 5
BKin/BEd (Elementary) (Secondary) Combined Degrees 5
BA (Drama)/BEd (Secondary) Combined Degrees 5
BA (Native Studies)/BEd Combined Degrees 5
BSc Human Ecology/BEd (Secondary) Combined Degrees 5
Diploma in Education 1
Embedded Certificate in Global Citizenship  
Free-Standing University Certificate in Advancing Adolescent Literacy  
Free-Standing University Certificate in Early Childhood Education  
Faculty of Engineering  
BSc (Chemical; Chemical-Biomedical Option; Chemical-Computer Process Control; Civil; Civil-Environmental; Computer; Computer-Software Option; Electrical; Electrical- Biomedical Option; Engineering Physics; Engineering Physics-Nanoengineering; Materials; Materials-Biomedical Option; Mechanical; Mining; Petroleum) 4
BSc Cooperative Program (Chemical; Chemical-Computer Process Control; Civil; Civil-Environmental; Computer; Computer-Software Option; Electrical; Materials; Mechanical; Mining; Petroleum) 5
Faculty of Law  
JD (a university degree or a minimum of two preprofessional years plus) 3
MBA/JD (combined program) 4
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry  
MD (a university degree or a minimum of two preprofessional years plus) 4
BSc (Medical Laboratory Science) (one preprofessional year plus) 3
Post-Professional Certificate BSc in Medical Laboratory Science 2.5
BSc (Dental Hygiene Specialization (one preprofessional year plus) for 2017 onwards 3
BSc (Dental Hygiene Specialization) (Dental Hygiene Diploma plus)f or 2017 and 2018 1
BSc (Dental Hygiene Specialization) Post Diploma Degree Completion (preapproved Dental Hygiene Diploma plus) 1
DDS (minimum of two preprofessional years plus) 4
Postgraduate Certificate in Orthodontics 3
BSc in Radiation Therapy 4
Faculty of Native Studies  
BA (Native Studies) 4
BA (Native Studies) (After Degree) 2
BA (Native Studies)/BEd Combined Degrees (Elementary and Secondary Routes) 5
BA (Native Studies) Honors 4
BA (Native Studies)/BSc (Environmental and Conservation Sciences) Combined Degrees 5
Certificate in Aboriginal Governance and Partnership 1
Certificate in Aboriginal Sport and Recreation  
Faculty of Nursing  
BScN (Collaborative) 4
BScN Bilingual (taught in English and French) 4
BScN (After Degree) 2
BScN Honors 1 + 3
BScN (RPN to BScN program) 2.75 or (1 + 2)
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences  
BSc (Pharmacy) (one preprofessional year plus) 4
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) (2 preprofessional years plus) 4
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) for Practicing Pharmacists (PharmD) (BSc in Pharmacy Plus) 1-5
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation  
BKin 4
BKin/BEd (Elementary and Secondary) Combined Degrees 5
BA (Recreation, Sport and Tourism) 4
BSc (Kinesiology) 4
Certificate in Aboriginal Sport and Recreation  
Faculté Saint-Jean (All programs taught in French)  
BA 4
BA (Honors) 4
BA (After Degree) 2
BCom (Bilingual) (taught in English and French) 4
BEd (Elementary) 4
BEd (Secondary) 4
BEd (After Degree) 2
BEd/BSc 5
BSc (General) 4
BSc (Environmental and Conservation Sciences-Bilingual) 4
BScN (Bilingual) (taught in English and French) 4
Faculty of Science  
BSc (General) 4
BSc (Specialization) 4
BSc (Honors) 4
BSc (General, Specialization, and Honors) (After Degree) varies
BSc (Specialization in Science and Education)/BEd (Secondary) Combined Degrees 5
Certificate in Computer Game Development  
Research Certificate in Science  

Residence Requirements

The University of Alberta is committed to admitting highly qualified students from Alberta, Canada and the international community. To meet the needs of the community the University serves, some Faculties have established program enrolment targets regarding the citizenship and residence* of undergraduate students. No non-resident shall be admitted to a Faculty who is less qualified than any Alberta resident who is denied admission to that Faculty.

*A resident of Alberta is defined as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) who has been continuously resident in the Province of Alberta, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut for at least one year immediately before the first day of classes of the term for which admission is sought. The one-year residence period shall not be considered broken where the admission committee is satisfied that the applicant was temporarily out of the province on vacation, in short-term employment, or as a full-time student. Applicants on study permit cannot establish residence during a period as a full-time student in an Alberta secondary or postsecondary institution because a stay under study permit is considered to be a visiting period.

Language Proficiency Requirements

English Language Proficiency

English is the primary language of instruction in all Faculties except Faculté Saint-Jean. All undergraduate applicants to any program or course except Faculté Saint-Jean need an adequate level of English language proficiency before admission, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin.

The University of Alberta reserves the right to use discretion in determining adequate levels of language proficiency to ensure success in academic programs. In some cases, additional English language testing, conducted by the Faculty of Extension, may be required to confirm English proficiency.

Proficiency in English may be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

  1. Successful completion of three years of full-time education in English
    1. In Canada (see Notes 1, 2, 3 and 8).
    2. In another country where English is recognized as an official language of instruction (see Notes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8).
    3. At a recognized secondary school which uses English as the primary language of instruction (see Notes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8).
    4. At a recognized postsecondary institution which uses English as the primary language of instruction (see Notes 1, 2, 3, and 5).
  2. Successful completion of the equivalent of three years of full-time instruction in a school/institution in Canada in which the major language of instruction is other than English, but where the level of English proficiency required for graduation is equivalent to that in English language schools/institutions in Canada.
  3. Completion of one of the following:
    1. A final blended grade of 75% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 from Alberta or English 12 from British Columbia. The blended grade is the final mark from the provincial Ministry of Education which includes the diploma or provincial examination mark,
    2. A final or predicted grade of 5 or better on the International Baccalaureate English A1, A2, or a grade of 6 or better on English B,
    3. A final or predicted grade of 5 or better on the International Baccalaureate English A: Literature or English A: Language and Literature
    4. A grade of 4 or better on the Advanced Placement English College Board examination,
    5. A grade of B or better in a GCE Advanced Level (A-level) or Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS-level), GCSE, IGCSE or O-level English Language or Literature course,
    6. A grade of B+ or better in ★6 of university-level English studies completed at a recognized English language institution which must be transferable as ★6 of English at the University of Alberta.
  4. Graduation from a recognized degree program offered by an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction or in a country where English is the primary language (see Note 5).
  5. One of the two TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test formats with the appropriate score;
    1. Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) of at least 86, with no less than 21 on each band (see Note 4).
    2. Paper-based TOEFL of at least 580 with a TWE of 4.0 or better (see Note 4).
  6. A score of at least 85 on the MELAB (Michigan English Assessment Battery) (see Note 4).
  7. A score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) with no band less than 5.0 (see Note 4).
  8. A score of at least 70 on the CAEL (the Canadian Academic English Language assessment exam) (see Note 4).
  9. A score of at least 59 on the PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) (see Note 4).
  10. A total score of at least 4.5 on all four sections (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) on the CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees) with no part lower than 4 (see Note 4).
  11. A score of at least B on the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) (see Note 4).
  12. A score of at least C on the CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) (see Note 4).
  13. Successful completion of the University of Alberta's EAP 140/145.

Bridging Program Stages 1 and 2
Applicants with superior academic standing who meet all other Faculty specific program requirements but do not meet the English language requirements may be considered for admission to the Bridging Program with the following scores:

Stage 1:

- A score of at least 5.0 on the IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) with no band less than 4.5 (see Note 4).

- Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) of at least 65, with no score less than 16 on any band (see Note 4).

Stage 2:

- A score of at least 5.5 on the IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) with no band less than 5.0 (see Note 4).

- Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) of at least 70, with no score less than 17 on any band (see Note 4). 

For more information, students should contact the Office of the Registrar.

Notes

  1. Enrolment in English as a second language courses or programs will not be included in the calculation of three years of full time study. Enrolment must be in a regular high school or postsecondary for-credit program. Where students are registered in both EAP and regular programs, the EAP hours will be deducted from the total educational hours.
  2. Proof of three years of education must be submitted in the form of official transcripts (including details on course enrolment and hours of instruction).
  3. Failing grades/courses will not be counted when calculating full time attendance. Only courses with passing grades will be considered.
  4. Standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing office. Photocopies will not be accepted. Test scores must be valid and verifiable.
  5. For a list of countries and institutions that are recognized as having met the University of Alberta's English language proficiency requirement, visit our website at: www.studyincanada.ualberta.ca/ELPExemptions.
  6. When requesting official TOEFL test results to be forwarded to the University of Alberta, applicants should indicate institution code 0963 and department code 00.
  7. Applicants who are asked to provide English Language Proficiency and who can demonstrate by other means that their proficiency exceeds the specified minimum levels, should direct inquiries to the Assistant Registrar, Admissions, Office of the Registrar.
  8. The three years of full-time education in English must include Alberta grade 12 year (or equivalent) if secondary education is the highest level completed or if combination of secondary and postsecondary education is used.

Spoken English Requirement

Besides demonstrating overall English language proficiency, applicants to the teaching and health sciences disciplines need a further level of spoken English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. The University of Alberta reserves the right to use discretion in determining adequate levels of spoken English language proficiency. In some cases, additional English language testing, conducted by the Faculty of Extension, may be required. To determine whether or not proof of spoken English proficiency is required, applicants should verify specific admission requirements for intended program(s). See Admission Requirements by Faculty .

Spoken English proficiency may be shown in any of the following ways:

  1. Six full years of education in English in Canada or the equivalent in another country where English is the principal language. Education must include the Alberta Grade 12 (or equivalent), if secondary education is the highest level completed or if combination of secondary and postsecondary education is used.
  2. Successful completion of the equivalent of six years of full-time instruction in a school/institution in Canada in which the major language of instruction is other than English, but where the level of English proficiency required for graduation is equivalent to that in English language schools/institutions in Canada (see Notes 1, 2, 3 and 5).
  3. A minimum speaking score of 26 points on the TOEFL iBT test or a minimum speaking score of 7.5 on the IELTS test (see Note 4).
  4. A minimum score of 50 on the University of Alberta's SPEAK test.

Notes

  1. Enrolment in English as a second language courses or programs will not be included in the calculation of six years of full time study. Enrolment must be in a regular high school or postsecondary for-credit program. Where students are registered in both EAP and regular programs, the EAP hours will be deducted from the total educational hours.
  2. Proof of six years of education must be submitted in the form of official transcripts (including details on course enrolment and hours of instruction)
  3. Failing grades/courses will not be counted when calculating full time attendance. Only courses with passing grades will be considered.
  4. Standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing office. Photocopies will not be accepted. Test scores must be valid and verifiable.
  5. For a list of countries and institutions that are recognized as having met University of Alberta's English language proficiency requirement, visit our website at: www.studyincanada.ualberta.ca/elp.aspx

Exceptions

  1. Faculté Saint-Jean

    French is the primary language of instruction in the Faculté Saint-Jean. All applicants to the Faculté must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken French, as outlined in French Language Proficiency .

    With the exception of applicants to the BCom (Bilingual) and BScN (Bilingual) programs, applicants to Faculté Saint-Jean do not have to show proficiency in English before admission. However, they must demonstrate proficiency in English before they may be granted a degree from this institution.

    See English Language Proficiency for Admission  for further information on meeting proficiency in English after admission to Faculté Saint-Jean.
  2. Formal International Visiting and Exchange Programs

    Applicants under formal international visiting and exchange program agreements are exempt from English Language Proficiency requirements.

    The agreement specifies that the partner institution will ensure that the student has sufficient English language skills.

Categories of Undergraduate Admission

Three categories of admission exist for entry into undergraduate degree programs:

  1. Matriculated* Applicant-High School Applicant, see High School Applicants  
  2. Matriculated* Applicant-Postsecondary Transfer Applicant, see Postsecondary Transfer Applicants  
  3. Nonmatriculated Applicant, see Nonmatriculated Applicants  

*Matriculation is the achievement of a minimum level of academic preparation that would allow a prospective student to undertake and successfully complete a particular university degree.

Note: Prospective students who are disabled and who are seeking admission should consult with Student Accessibility Services at www.ssds.ualberta.ca or (780) 492-3381 (voice), (780) 492-7269 (TTY).

Application and Registration as an Open Studies Student

For information regarding registration as an Open Studies student, see Admission and Registration .

Admission Decision Process

Offers of Admission

In order to receive an offer of admission, applicants must satisfy the University's general undergraduate admission requirements and any other additional requirements that are determined by the programs of study. Faculty/ program specific requirements are detailed in Admission Requirements by Faculty .

Presentation of the minimum admission requirements and average does not guarantee admission. Admission to all programs at the University of Alberta is competitive.

Admitted students will have their admission offers revoked if they do not meet the conditions specified on their offers of admission.

Offers of admission are only valid for the term(s) and program specified on the admission offer letter.

Applicants are encouraged to submit certified or notarized copies of irreplaceable documents. Documents submitted in support of an application become the property of the University and are not returned to the applicant unless they are irreplaceable as determined by the Office of the Registrar. For more information, please visit our website at www.studyincanada.ualberta.ca/documents.

  1. High School applicants

    To be considered for admission, applicants must submit an official transcripts of all in-progress and/or completed high school courses and grades. All in-progress courses and grades, as well as courses to be taken, can be self-recorded. See Admission Chart 1 for high school courses used for admission.

    All applicants must submit final and official transcripts by the document deadline. See Admission and Readmission Deadlines . For more details, please visit www.admissions.ualberta.ca. Admitted students will have their admission offers revoked if they do not meet the conditions specified on their offers of admission.

  2. Postsecondary Transfer applicants

    To be considered for admission, applicants must submit official transcripts of all completed postsecondary course work as well as interim transcripts of first term results and second term registration. Some programs may require final and official high school transcripts.

    All applicants must submit final and official transcripts by the document deadline. See Admission and Readmission Deadlines . Admitted students will have their admission offers revoked if they do not meet the conditions specified on their offers of admission.

    For more details, please visit www.admissions.ualberta.ca.

  3. Readmission and Internal Transfer applicants

    Admission is offered in a number of programs to current University of Alberta students applying for internal transfer, or previous University of Alberta students applying for readmission, who have achieved above average academic standing in their completed coursework.

  4. Admission on Academic Probation

    At the discretion of the Faculty an applicant may be admitted on academic probation in the following circumstances:

    1.  When the applicant's previous academic attainment is difficult to assess (e.g., refugees lacking academic records); or
    2. When the applicant's previous academic record is either deficient in some respect or below the standard ordinarily required.

The Faculty may require the student to meet specified course, program, and performance standards to maintain eligibility in the program.

  1. Appeal of Admissions and Readmissions Decisions

    Admission and readmission decisions are final. There is no formal appeal to any other body or person within a Faculty or the University. Applicants who wish to improve their qualifications for admission or readmission in a subsequent year may seek advice from the office of the Faculty to which they want to apply.

Admissions Chart 1 Classification of High School Courses Used for Admission

Grade 12 courses listed below are based on the Alberta Education curriculum and nomenclature.

  • In addition to English Language Arts 30-1, acceptable Alberta academic Grade 12 courses have been placed in three groups below. 
  • Prospective students who completed high school education outside Alberta should review the Provincial Admission Course Equivalents for acceptable high school courses in the three categories at www.admissions.ualberta.ca.
  • English Language Proficiency is an admission requirement for all Faculties, with the exception of Faculté Saint-Jean which requires French (see English Language Proficiency).
  • Faculties may accept other Grade 12 courses not contained in these three groups. Please see Faculty admission requirements (Admission Requirements by Faculty ) for each program of study for further information.
  • Only 5-credit courses will be used for admission purposes.
  • If Final Grade 12 marks are not available at the time when an admission decision is made, marks from Final Grade 11 or Interim Grade 12 prerequisites to the following courses may be used.
Grade 12 Courses
Group A (Humanities/Social Sciences, Languages other than English)
  1. Social Studies 30-1
  2. 30-level Language other than English
  3. Aboriginal Studies 30 

Group B (Fine Arts)

  1. Applied Graphic Arts 35
  2. Art 30
  3. Art 31
  4. Communication Technology Advanced Level-Career and Technology Studies (CTS)
  5. Dance 35
  6. Drama 30
  7. Music 30 (Choral, Instrumental or General) (see Note 2)
  8. Music 35
  9. Musical Theatre 35
  10. Performing Arts 35 A, B, or C

Additional Fine Arts courses may be considered. For more information, contact the Admissions Division, Office of the Registrar.

Group C (Maths/Sciences)
  1. Biology 30
  2. Chemistry 30
  3. Mathematics 30-1
  4. Mathematics 30-2 (see Note 3)
  5. Mathematics 31
  6. Physics 30
  7. Science 30
  8. Computing Science (CSE) Advanced Level-Career and Technology Studies (CTS) 

Notes

  1. Applicants wishing to present either a 35-level Language or a language other than one of those presented at the Grade 12 level in Alberta should contact the Admissions Unit, Office of the Registrar. 
  2. Equivalents of Music 30: Conservatory Canada, Grade 8 Practical and Grade IV Theory; Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, Grade 8 Practical, Grade II Theory, Mount Royal University, Grade 8 Practical and Grade II Theory. Documents must be presented to Alberta Education for evaluation.
  3. Mathematics 30-2 will be accepted as a Group C admission subject to some programs. For further information, please see Faculty admission requirements (Admission Requirements by Faculty ) for each program of study.
  4. If Final Grade 12 marks are not available at the time when an admission decision is made, marks from Final Grade 11 or Interim Grade 12 prerequisites to the following courses may be used.

Acceptance of Admission Offers

Upon notification of admission, admitted students except those admitted to programs listed in Program-specific Deposits on Confirmation of Admission are required to accept the admission offer and pay the tuition deposit by the posted deadline on BearTracks at https://www.beartracks.ualberta.ca. The admission offer will be cancelled if it is not accepted by the deadline or declined by the student.

An admitted student can only accept an admission offer to one program in a term. If a student has accepted an offer and paid the tuition deposit and is subsequently admitted into a different program, the student can transfer the acceptance and payment to the other program if desired.

The deposit will be credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration. The tuition deposit is nonrefundable unless an admitted student fails to meet the conditions on the admission offer and the offer is revoked.

For more details, please visit www.ualberta.ca/apply.

Program-specific Deposits on Confirmation of Admission

Upon notification of admission, successful applicants to certain programs listed below must confirm their admission and intention to register by submitting a nonrefundable program-specific deposit within the time specified in the letter of acceptance. The deposit will be credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration. Should a candidate withdraw after accepting a position or not meet specified conditions as stated in the offer of admission, this deposit is forfeited. The following undergraduate programs require a deposit:

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
DDS Advanced Placement
Diploma in Dental Hygiene
Juris Doctor (JD)
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) for Practicing Pharmacists 
Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy
Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

Applicants should contact specific Faculties for more information about program-specific deposits, including specific amounts. (See Tuition Deposit )

Registration

After an offer of admission has been accepted, students will receive information regarding registration in Bear Tracks, see Registration .