About the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is a Top 5 research university in Canada, whose main campuses are located in Edmonton, Alberta. UofA houses the second largest research library in Canada and prioritizes student opportunities and sustainability. With a dedicated Particle Physics research group, the physics department supports a range of theory projects and experiments in astroparticle physics.

Program Requirements and Resources

If you are looking to start your career at the University of Alberta, you will need to consider how to apply, when to apply, and the qualifications expected of incoming students and employees. Deadlines and expectations are different depending on your department and degree level.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates need to apply to the University of Alberta directly and select two choices for a program of study in their application. There are also different admission requirements and deadlines depending on where you attended high school.

Need to know:

  • Applications for the fall semester open October 1 of the previous year and close on March 1.
  • The minimum admission average is 70%.
  • Tuition and fees are $7903.62 for domestic students, and $31,312.42 for international students. You can find tuition fee information here, and fees specific to programs using the Cost Calculator.
  • You can find specific application timelines, how to apply, and admission requirements based on your high school experience here.
  • Undergraduate students are represented by the University of Alberta Students’ Union (UASU).


  • The department of Physics is a part of the Faculty of Science, and there are several programs that are associated with physics including a general BSc, BSc Hons, BSc Specialization, and BSc with a business minor.
  • If you live in an area where English is not the primary language, you may need to submit acceptable evidence of English Proficiency.
  • For Physics Programs, you will need to have completed the following courses or equivalent:
    • Grade 12 English
    • Grade 12 Math
    • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, or Calculus
    • Grade 12 course in fine arts, humanities, languages other than English, math or science not otherwise listed (see specific program for accepted courses)
  • The competitive admission average is calculated on a rolling basis beginning October 1, and so applicants are encouraged to apply early!

Graduate Students

Graduate students need to apply through Graduate Admissions and specify a program in their application. We encourage you to reach out to our faculty to build a relationship before you apply. Programs have different requirements and application deadlines.

Need to know:

  • Applications are due on December 6 for Fall 2022 for full consideration.
  • Minimum net funding for physics graduate students is $22,894.20 for domestic MSc, $23,734.20 for domestic PhD, $18,387 for international MSc, and $19,227.00 for international PhD, after tuition and fees.
  • You can find tuition fee information here.
  • You can find information about how to apply here.
  • You can find the list of programs and specific entrance requirements here.
  • You are encouraged to apply for external funding such as NSERC.
  • Graduate students are represented by the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA).


All physics graduate programs require previously completed degrees to have a minimum academic standing Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies. General project outlines are provided for the Centre for Particle Physics, specifically.


  • Annual Base funding: $28,200 (MSc), $29,040 (PhD)
  • Deadlines: Open November 1, due December 6 for full consideration, due March 31 for any consideration if spaces are still available
  • Programs: MSc (2 years), PhD (4 years)
  • Requirements: BSc. Hons (Physics, Geophysics, Engineering, Astronomy, Geology or Mathematics) for MSc., MSc. for Ph.D
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Postdoctoral Fellows

Potential postdoctoral fellows applying to the University of Alberta apply directly to a research group, supervisor, or competition. Current opening with the Faculty of Science (including the department of physics) can be found here.

Need to know:

  • Apply directly to a faculty member, not through a central office unless specified in the posting.
  • Postdoctoral Fellows are considered trainees, not employees or students.
  • The Postdoctoral Office provides support and services.
  • Postdoctoral Fellows are represented by the Post Doctoral Fellows Association (PDFA).


  • Position length is typically 2-3 years, but more than one fellowship may be held consecutively with the same supervisor.
  • External and internal funding opportunities are available.
  • There is not a standardized salary for postdoctoral fellows at UofA, as your base annual salary is set by the supervisor and external funding. The estimated average is $47,315.

Engineers, Technicians, and Staff

The range of employment options at the University of Alberta covers engineers, technicians, research support staff, administrative staff, and more.

Need to know:

  • Critical policies and tools are available through the Human Resources website.
  • Staff positions will likely be represented by the Association of Academic Staff at the University of Alberta (AASUA).