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How to apply to the UCalgary Graduate Program

The Integrative Viromics Lab (aka. Gregory Lab) is in the Department of Biological Sciences.  How to apply to the Department of Biological Science Graduate Program can be found below. Updated requirements for admission to the Department can be found here.

Admission Requirements (as of August 2023):

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.20 on a four-point scale during the last two full years or equivalent.

  • For students required to provide proof of proficiency in English: a minimum TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based test); an IELTS score of 7.5; a CAEL score of 70 (with a minimum of 70 in each component); a Duolingo score of 145 (with no subscore below 125); or a Cambridge Proficiency score of 105. This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate ( with a minimum grade of "A-" in each course.

  • A concise statement outlining the applicant’s research interests and reasons for wishing to attend the University of Calgary.

  • Three academic reference letters and the required reference form.

  • Exceptional students may apply to a PhD program without an MSc recognized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In such cases, requirements in addition to those outlined above include: a four-year BSc or equivalent degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 3.60 (four-point scale) during the last two full years; and a full-year research project with a minimum grade of 3.70.

  • Transfer from a MSc to a PhD program is allowed for students who have successfully completed all courses required for the MSc degree, and who have demonstrated outstanding research ability and potential to their Supervisory Committee. Normally, evidence of this ability will include, but not be limited to, a grade point average of 3.60 for the courses completed during the MSc program.

Application Deadlines & Costs:

Deadlines for submission of complete applications are available on the Future Students website:

The application fee is: 

  • $125 for Canadians or Permanent residents

  • $145 for International Students

NOTE: If this is a major limitation, please reach out to me and we can work something out.

Funding & Costs during your Graduate Studies:

PhD students will be funded during their graduate studies either via teaching/research assistantships or fellowships. Please note that there are graduate student fees that you will need to cover from your stipend. I will also work with students to apply for fellowships. A list of some of the fellowships available can be found here (click the tabs at the bottom to identify fellowships for your degree).

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