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What will I learn?

The Department of Oncology offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Applicants with the MSc degree, or a strong undergraduate record, may be accepted directly into the PhD program.

Students are required to complete a minimum of ★9 in coursework and a thesis.


One of ONCOL 520 - Tumor Biology or ONCOL 524 - Nutrition and Metabolism Related to Cancer

ONCOL 660 and ONCOL 661 Current Topics in Cancer Research

Required courses may be substituted, with the approval of the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies

One ★3 graduate level course from the list of approved courses. Contact the Department for course information.

Course requirements are recommended by the supervisor and supervisory committee based on the background of the student and the area of research to be undertaken.

Additional coursework may be required.


Registration in 900-level THES.


Students are required to attend all ONCOL 660/ONCOL 661 research seminars during all years of their program whether or not they are enrolled in the courses.

Ethics Requirement:

Students are required to meet the FGSR Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement. See the Oncology Graduate Student Handbook for details on how to fulfill this requirement.

Length of Program:

The minimum length of program is two years, depending on the research undertaken.

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 September 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

For the MSc, 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. The admission GPA will be calculated on the last ★60 of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.

English Language Requirement:

  • a TOEFL score of at least 100 (Internet-based), with a minimum of 21 on each subtest, or equivalent
  • a minimum IELTS score of 7.0, with at least 6.0 in each of the four modules that include listening, academic writing, academic reading and speaking
  • a minimum Pearson score of 68

For Cancer Sciences, the application deadline is April 30 for Fall admission and September 1 for Winter 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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