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The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine offers graduate level training linked to completion of original research, leading to thesis-based MSc and PhD degrees. Students in the Veterinary Medicine Sciences Graduate Program have access to funding from a variety of sources, including grants, external salary awards, and UCVM Dean's Excellence awards.

Graduate Funding

Information for International Students

Graduate Student Opportunities

Application Deadline

Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of online application and receipt of ALL accompanying information (transcripts, letters of reference, etc.) is as follows:

Admission Term

Canadian and US 
Admission Deadline

International 
Admission Deadline

September

June 1

June 1

January

November 1

November 1

May

March 1

March 1

July

May 1

May 1

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program is formally granted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum admission requirements and requirements for international students, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine requires the following:

A Baccalaureate degree** or its equivalent from a recognized institution with a minimum admission grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grade point scale or equivalent, and a minimum of 3.0 during the last 2 years (60 credit hours) of study;

Proficiency in the English language. Applicants whose primary language is not English are required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (pbt), or 97 (ibt), a minimum IELTS score of 7.0, or a minimum MELAB score of 83.

Application Process

Step 1: Identify a Supervisor

Identify and directly contact a potential faculty supervisor to determine if they are accepting new students, to confirm that their research interests match yours, and to discuss funding options should you not secure your own funding. Please note, a positive response from a supervisor does not guarantee admission into the program. 

Step 2: Prepare the online application

Prepare the online application to the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program

Please acquire the documents listed below to aid you in completing the online application:

  1. A statement of research interests and reasons for pursuing graduate studies in the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program (maximum 300 words);
  2. A complete Curriculum Vitae, listing academic and work experience and achievements.

Step 3: Complete an Online Application

Complete an Online Application

When you are ready, you may complete an online application to apply to the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program through the Faculty of Graduate Studies

The deadline for submission of online application and receipt of ALL accompanying information (transcripts, letters of reference, etc.) is as follows:

Admission Term

Canadian and US 
Admission Deadline

International 
Admission Deadline

September

June 1

June 1

January

November 1

November 1

May

March 1

March 1

July

May 1

May 1

Step 4: Submit the Required Documents

After completing the online application you are required to send the following documents directly to the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program:

Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program, Applications
Office of Graduate Education
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary
3280 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary AB, T2N 4Z6

For ALL Applicants

Two copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.  Transcripts must be in sealed envelopes and mailed directly to our office from the granting College or University.

  1. Two references - the on line system will send an invitation to your referees to complete their reference directly in the on line application system.
  2. A letter from a prospective faculty member who is willing to supervise you, stating that they will work together with you to secure funding to the VMS minimum guidelines (not required by students applying for the Rotation Program until they complete the program).

International Applicants Require these ADDITIONAL Documents:

  1. Official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores.
  2. Two certified official translations of all transcripts that are not in English.  Translations must be in sealed envelopes and mailed to our office directly from the granting College or University.
    *If your transcripts do not note the date when your degree was awarded, we required two certified copies of your degree certificates.  If these degree certificates are not in English, we also require certified translations.  Official copies and/or translations must be in a sealed envelope and mailed to our office direclty from the granting College or University.

Step 5: Monitor your Application

You can track your admission status through the online application account you created at the time of submission. Here you will be able to monitor which supporting documents have been received by our office and what stage of the process your application is in. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required documents are received prior to the deadline.

Applications will only be reviewed when the online application is complete and all official supporting documents are received. Students are encouraged to complete their application prior to the deadline.

Final admission is dependent upon approval by a prospective supervisor and the availability of financial support.

If no member of the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program expresses an interest in supervision of the applicant, the application will be terminated.
Admission of applicant into the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program is also conditional upon the applicant receiving financial support.  The Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program has some entrance studentships for exceptional students.  Alternatively, funding will be provided through external awards acquired by the student, or by the supervisor's operating grants.  If funding support cannot be provided, the application will be terminated.

Step 6: Apply for Funding

All graduate students and their proposed supervisors are encouraged to apply for external funding. A limited number of Graduate Research Assistantships are available on a competitive basis through several sources. Information on funding opportunities can be found here. Other project specific awards are also available; please contact your supervisor for more information about these awards.

International Students

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PERMIT

Citizen and Immigration Canada announced new rules for international students that took effect June 1, 2014. Students must use a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number when applying for a work permit: UCalgary’s DLI number is O18886830282. The DLI number is also available from the CIC website. Please refer current and prospective students to our website to review other changes in policy that might affect them.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DIFFERENTIAL FEES

International graduate students in the VMS program will receive a portion of their differential fees back each year.  For the 2016-2017 academic year international students will receive back 65% of the differential fee.  The amount of return is subject to change each year and is dependent upon the funding received from the Provost Office. 

Additional Admission Information

There is no general right of admission to graduate programs. All graduate programs have limited enrollment capacities, and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Each graduate program determines whether to recommend the admission of a particular applicant to the Faculty of Graduate Studies based not only on the applicant's credentials, but also on the availability of resources for supervision and research, departmental research objectives, program balance, and other such considerations. Applicants who do not meet the above requirements will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.

  • generous graduate student awards:
  • reimbursement of international student tuition fees (for the 2013-2014 academic year international students are reimbursed 65% of international student differential fees, the amount if reimbursement is subject to change each year);
  • working within a research-intensive veterinary school with close linkages to the medical school and partner agencies in the public and private sector
  • strong training in basic research skills and in addition to, communication, ethics and career options;
  • minimal residency requirement to encourage research work off site;
  • commitment to completion of MSc within 2 years, and completion of candidacy (qualifying) exam for PhD students within 18 months.

For admission to our graduate program please access the  online application . You will be prompted to create or have your eID ready to access the on-line application

Veterinary Medical Sciences graduate program Policies and Procedure manual: readable versiondownloadable PDF 

Please Note:  Veterniary Medical Sciences graduate program is currently revising our Policies and Procedures.  For questions and/or topics that are not discussed on our website please contact Kasia Judycki or Kelly Gardenr in the Office of Graduate Education or via email atvmgrad@ucalgary.ca