Jan 21, 2020  
University of Alberta Calendar 2018-2019 
University of Alberta Calendar 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information

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Graduate Programs Offered

Graduate work has been offered at the University of Alberta since its inception in 1908. The present organization of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, headed by a Dean, was adopted in 1957.

The University of Alberta offers graduate programs leading to doctoral and master's degrees. The specific programs offered in each category are listed below. In addition, the University offers many post-baccalaureate diploma and certificate programs designed to provide an opportunity for individuals to take a sequence of courses to increase their knowledge of a specialized area without needing to enrol in a degree program.

For more information on graduate programs offered, refer to the Program Search Results on the FGSR website.

Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

This program is offered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

The primary objective of the program is to provide opportunities for master's and doctoral students to develop an ethical, philosophical, and practical basis for careers in postsecondary teaching. Successful completion of each of the three components of the program is recorded on the student's transcript. The program is voluntary and no additional fees are required.

Graduate students are expected to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program and are responsible for the timely completion of the various elements of the program. Program records will be maintained by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

The program has three components: 

Graduate Teaching and Learning Practicum: 20 hours of workshop participation; multi-faceted classroom experience; feedback from students, peers, and a mentor; articulation of skills acquired; and development of a teaching CV.  

Graduate Teaching and Learning Pedagogy: 36 hours of instruction in the fundamentals of pedagogy, classroom management and leadership, resulting in the design of either a portion of or a full course. 

Graduate Teaching and Learning Research: participation in a research project related to the design of learning experiences and measurement of learning outcomes. 

The Practicum and Pedagogy components can be completed in any sequence, but completion of the Pedagogy component is a prerequisite to the Research component. 

The goals of the program are:

  1. Participants will develop teaching skills in a program supervised by faculty and will build self-confidence,  and scholarship in teaching and learning
  2. Departments will improve their teaching practice with teaching assistants who are better prepared for the classroom and laboratory, and faculty members who have a heightened awareness of teaching and learning issues.
  3. The University will build excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and enhance the quality and reputation of its graduates. 

Students who do not have access to teaching assistantships may also complete the program. The entire program is designed to be completed over a two- to three-year period. 

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Community Volunteer Program

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Community Volunteer Program provides opportunities for graduate students to participate in activities that promote learning and a dissemination of knowledge among elementary, junior, and senior high schools in the community, as well as to colleges, community groups, or industry. The Community Volunteer Program Office will initiate, promote, and facilitate off-campus outreach opportunities and contacts for graduate students. More information is available at www.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/professional-development/communityvolunteerprogram.

Information for International Students

International students (i.e., neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents) studying in Canada require a Study Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Study Permits must be obtained before coming to Canada-they cannot be issued here.

While it is not possible to obtain a Study Permit until an official letter of admission from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research has been issued, students are advised to begin the procedures necessary to secure admission to Canada and to complete the documentation required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada as soon as possible after submitting an application for graduate admission.

The University of Alberta International conducts orientation seminars and assists students after they arrive in Canada.


The University of Alberta's fees policies and procedures are stated in Fees Payment Guide  of the Calendar. Information on fees for graduate students is found in Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Graduate Instructional and Non-Instructional Fees  of the Calendar. Individuals seeking fees information should consult these sections or the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.