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What will I learn?

The Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, offers graduate programs leading to the MSc and PhD degrees in cell biology. The Department provides a world-class training environment in a range of areas including organelle biogenesis and disease, neurobiology, virology, cancer apoptosis and signal transduction, proteomics, molecular evolution, RNA biology, chaperones and pathogen-host interactions. Through an independent research program, complemented by seminars and formal coursework, students are trained to identify important problems, critically analyze scientific information and effectively communicate their results.

The Department of Cell Biology is endowed with state of the art equipment needed to perform experimental work in modern cell biology. Research funding is primarily from agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

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

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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$8,700.00 (US$ 6,555) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected October 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Alberta

North Campus,

116 Street and 85 Avenue,


Alberta (AB),

T6G 2R3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are normally required to have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent) is required. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Total score of 90 with a score of at least 21 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) or equivalent; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.5, with at least 5.5 on each test band; Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall 70 with at least 60 on each subtest; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - 61 with a minimum band score of 60.

For international students

The Department's minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.3 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution.

Throughout their program, students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative gpa of 3.3 with no individual grade less than B.

English Language Proficiency

  • 100 with 21 in each subtest (internet-based) in TOEFL or equivalent;
  • 7.0 overall with 6.0 in each subtest in IELTS;
  • 70 overall with 70 in each subtest in CAEL;
  • 68 in Pearson Test of English (PTE);

The deadline for submitting applications for admission is June 1 for September admission and October 1 for January admission.


About University of Alberta

One of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, the University of Alberta has an international reputation for academic excellence.

  • Ranked among top 100 universities in the world (CWUR, 2021)
  • 18 faculties, offering more than 200 undergraduate programs
  • Students from over 150 countries
  • 81st in the world for research impact (NTU Ranking 2019)

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