How to Apply

Find out the steps you will need to take to apply to the VMS Program

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. 

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. Statement of Research Interests

    A statement of research interests and reasons for pursuing graduate studies in the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program (maximum 300 words);

  2. Curriculum Vitae

    A complete Curriculum Vitae, listing academic and work experience and achievements.

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

Click here for deadline for submission of online application and receipt of ALL accompanying information (transcripts, letters of reference, etc.)

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

  1. 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).

      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.

    3. Two references - the on line system will send an invitation to your referees to complete their reference directly in the on line application system.
    4. 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).
  2. International Applicants

    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 directly from the granting College or University.

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.

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.

Have questions about admissions? Please call us at 403.210.6628 or Email us at: vmgrad@ucalgary.ca

Admission to the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program


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