How to apply for graduate studies

Get onto the path to your next degree in Strategic Studies

Getting ready

Follow these steps before you apply for grad studies. Admissions to graduate programs are highly competitive, as there are a limited number of spaces. There is no general right of admission, so it's best to be as prepared as possible.

Before you start

Ensure you meet admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies and your program.


Plan 2 to 6 months to prepare required documents. International students may need longer.

Find a supervisor

View profiles for Supervisors currently accepting new graduate students.

View supervisors


Your online application and all application components must be received by Dec. 15 to be considered for funding for September admission.

Department requirements

In order to be admitted into a graduate program at the University of Calgary you must meet the minimum admission standards for both the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the program to which you wish to apply.

Master of Strategic Studies

The Master of Strategic Studies program has both course-based and thesis-based options as well as a co-opperative education program to consider.

PhD in Strategic Studies

The PhD in Strategic Studies program has a variety of requirements to review prior to submitting your application.

Ready to apply?

Have you made your final decision and you're ready to apply?

What you'll need

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has detailed instructions about the application process.

Read admission steps and requirements

Do you have everything?

You are responsible for ensuring your application is complete and all documents are received by the deadline.

Graduate supervisor

Students are advised to explore the CMSS supervisors and select one prior to starting your graduate program. For assistance selecting supervisor, contact us.

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Begin your application

First create an eID. You must have one to access the online application.

Once you begin, remember to click 'Save & Continue' often to ensure your application is saved.

Online application