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Department of Physics and Astronomy

Science B 605
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
Tel: (403) 220-5385

Gerri Evans

Graduate Application Enquiries
Tel: (403) 220-3618

Tracy Korsgaard

Graduate Program Coordinator
Tel: (403) 220-3617

Admission Requirements

Master's and Doctoral Programs

The minimum entrance requirement for admission to an MSc degree program is an honours BSc degree (or equivalent) in physics, engineering physics, astronomy/astrophysics, or a related scientific field.

The minimum requirement for admission to the PhD degree program is a MSc degree (or equivalent) in physics, engineering physics, astronomy/astrophysics or a related scientific field.

A student entering the graduate program with only a BSc degree is normally admitted as an MSc candidate. However, a transfer to a PhD program may be considered once the student is in the program in exceptional circumstances.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 over an applicant's last 10 full-course equivalents of course work is required before an applicant may even be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs, however, exceptional students with extenuating circumstances may be considered.1

International Students

All foreign applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Physics subject score. All applicants for whom English is not their first language, must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 560 on the paper-based exam, or 86 on the internet-based exam. For the IELTS examination, the minimum acceptable score is 6.5.


1Although a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for consideration for admission to the graduate programs in our department, the high level of competition for places in the department has raised the cut-off for actual admission. In recent years, students with GPAs below 3.3 were rarely successful in the admissions competition, and we were even unable to offer places to some students with GPAs between 3.3 and 3.5.