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University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Degree of MSc (Cell Biology) [Graduate]

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of ★5 in graded graduate-level courses, and a thesis.


  • Students are required to enroll in CELL 671  in their first full academic year.
  • At least one graded course must be selected from the 500- and 600-level CELL courses, to be chosen in consultation with the student’s Graduate Supervisory Committee.
  • Addition or substitution of courses outside the CELL courses will require approval by the Cell Biology Graduate Program Committee.
  • It is expected that students attend all Departmental seminars.


  • Registration in 900-level THES.
    MSc students must prepare and successfully defend a thesis acceptable to their Master’s Thesis Examination Committee, presenting the results of original research conducted. Students must submit a thesis for preapproval by their supervisory committee prior to submission to the examination committee

Ethics Requirement

All graduate students are required to take at least eight hours of ethics training. There are two required components which total 6 hours:

  • EPR (Introduction to Ethics and Personal Responsibility in the Lab) for 1 hour (Offered through the Department of Biochemistry each September)
  • ESI (Ethics and Scientific Integrity Day) for 5 hours (Offered twice a year by the Faculty of Medicine)

A minimum of two additional hours from these three optional components must be completed:

  • GET (Graduate Ethics Training) for 5 hours (Offered on-line through FGSR)
  • Care and Use of Animals in Research, Teaching and Testing for 1.5 hours
  • Animal Care Certification and Biohazard Approvals for 1 hour

Students are expected to complete ethics training within the first year of graduate studies under normal circumstances.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is two four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

The time required to complete the MSc will vary according to the previous training of the applicant. Typically, students are expected to complete their MSc studies in two years.

The maximum time to complete the thesis-based MSc program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.