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"What led me to attend uLethbridge initially is its relatively small size. I wanted the option to become involved in the academic community, as well as in the labs and research on campus. The University’s size makes such engagement incredibly feasible.” Lanna Petterson (BSc ’12, MSc ’15) PhD student | Major: Evolution and Behaviour

At the University of Lethbridge, you’ll study what you’re passionate about. After all, it’s your time to Shine. We are one of Canada’s top-ranked universities and leading research institutions. A multidisciplinary and personalized student experience is at the foundation of our graduate programs; we cultivate collaboration between faculty and students, giving you flexibility in your research projects and learning path. We create, inquire and discover, and we inspire our students to do the same. At uLethbridge, we are committed to helping each of our students shine. From providing funding advice to one-on-one mentorship to professional development opportunities, we’ll support you throughout your graduate studies.

Our size and approaches give you an advantage as you’ll network, interact and learn from experts across all fields. You’ll have the opportunity to work in classrooms and labs with bright minds from a variety of disciplines. As one of nearly 600 graduate students you won’t get lost in the crowd. When it comes to how you learn, you’ll choose from a variety of programs that range in their approach from working oneon-one with a professor to learning through cohort classes. Some programs also offer part-time options, online courses, or blended-learning options. When you graduate, you will have the confidence you need to succeed in whatever you do, whether you pursue further education, achieve your professional aspirations or advance your career.

Table of Contents Research Centres and Institutes 2 Professional Development Opportunities 4 How to Apply 6 Degrees and Programs 8 Funding and Student Support Services 10 Our City 12 Our Campus and Facilities 14

“Dr. David Naylor, my supervisor, always says a space mission is the making of a career. As soon as I’m done my PhD, space agencies will be looking for people with SPICA (Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics) project knowledge, and I’ll be in a good position professionally.” Ian Veenendaal (BSc ‘13, MSc ’16) PhD student | Major: Earth, Space and Physical Science

Dr. David Naylor Physics and astronomy professor

Our faculty members are world-renowned researchers. You’ll be their colleague. 2

RESEARCH CENTRES AND INSTITUTES uLethbridge is home to centres and institutes that unite leading researchers from across disciplines to address issues affecting the world and beyond. The Alberta Gambling Research Institute (AGRI) is a consortium of the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge. Its primary purpose is to support and promote research into gambling in the province. The Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI) is dedicated to RNA research and training excellence in one of the fastest growing fields in the life sciences. AARTI’s research has implications for everything from disease control to biotechnology and our understanding of evolution. The Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre (ATIC) focuses on remote sensing and imaging spectroscopy, applying its research to monitoring natural resources and the environment. The Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN) provides a unique interactive environment for behavioural neuroscience research in Canada. The CCBN’s principal investigators, along with their students, study normal brain processes and processes affecting recovery from brain disorders, disease and injury. The Canadian Centre of Research in Advanced Fluorine Technologies (C-CRAFT) is the first Canadian centre to focus on fluorine research, uniting an international team with a wide range of expertise in fluorine chemistry. The Centre for Culture and Community (CCC) facilitates the study of communities and their cultures, models community in its own practice, fosters interchange between academic and non-academic communities, and promotes academic and public interest in cultural and community-based research, creative activity and education. The Centre for Oral History and Tradition (COHT) seeks to further excellence in the practice of oral history in an academic milieu and in the southern Alberta community at large. The Centre for Socially Responsible Marketing (CSRM) aims to educate students and empower nonprofit personnel in areas of social marketing, sustainability and social responsibility, and non-profit marketing and management.

The Centre for the Study of Scholarly Communications conducts research in library and information science, research communication, publishing, and knowledge mobilization; provides students and faculty with instruction and experience in developing best practice in research communication; and contributes to crossdisciplinary collaboration and research in terms of research communication. The Health Services Quality Institute (HSQI) seeks to transform the design, delivery and management of health services quality in Canada through research and education in partnership with key stakeholders. The Institute for Child and Youth Studies (I-CYS) is a multidisciplinary research institute committed to examining what children and youth mean as social, demographic, artistic, legal and existential categories. I-CYS fosters conversation and collaboration to create links between scholars, practitioners and community members to promote innovative, crossdisciplinary research about young people. The Institute for Space Imaging Science (ISIS) explores our relationship with our planet and our place in the universe using space imaging technology. This innovative approach allows us to see space and the cosmos in new ways, and to discover answers to questions that push the boundaries of human understanding. The Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy excels at research about the changing human population and its potential impacts on social and economic issues, communicating its findings widely. The Institute collaborates with Canadian and international researchers to address some of society’s most difficult challenges. The Small Business Institute (SBI) investigates issues related to small businesses and helps connect researchers and the business community. The Water Institute for Sustainable Environments (WISE) analyzes water resources, including natural science analyses of watersheds, and water quantity and quality, while also considering aspects such as water policy and economics.


THIS IS WHERE YOU’LL THRIVE. When you walk across the stage in cap and gown, you’ll do so with confidence, not only in your education, but in your ability to succeed in your career. At uLethbridge, you’ll enjoy a personalized graduate experience, thanks to our small classes; collaboration between faculty and students; variety of degree options; individualized programs of study; and discipline-specific, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary learning environments. Additionally, our professional development opportunities will see you publish papers, network with leading researchers and attend off-campus conferences so you develop skill sets to prepare you for academic and professional career success.

THRIVE Professional Skills Program for Graduate Students THRIVE provides optional opportunities for you to develop competencies across the graduate student lifecycle that complement program curriculum.


These competencies include developing teaching, research, career, personal and professional skills. THRIVE not only provides you with skills to be successful in graduate programs, it’ll help you develop transferable skills and gain a competitive advantage, increase professional employability, find success in your career, and ultimately contribute to your community and society.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland that challenges graduate students to present a compelling condensation of their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The Invisible Life of Trees

Gordon Logie, MSc student | Major: Geography First Place, 2016 Images of Research This image shows the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and Indian Battle Park, bounded by the Crowsnest Highway to the left and Whoop-up Drive to the right. Running down the middle is the Lethbridge Viaduct. The image was created by sensing infrared light, invisible to the human eye. Gordon’s research contributes to monitoring the health and status of trees along the Oldman River.

Images of Research The Images of Research competition is a new, unique opportunity for uLethbridge graduate students to display their research, scholarly and artistic work. The aim of the competition is to provide graduate students with an artistic alternative to highlight their work, as a way to celebrate the diverse research occurring at uLethbridge.

Co-operative Education / Internship Option The Co-operative Education/Internship Option is available to Master of Arts and Master of Science students. Co-operative education is an educational model that formally integrates academic study at the master’s level with relevant, paid work experience in appropriate employment fields such as government, institutions, and industry. The University, the employer, and the student are in partnership to ensure an enriching experience toward the student’s professional development.

“Three Minute Thesis was a great opportunity to practise explaining my research to a general population. It was both challenging and very rewarding to compress years of work into three minutes.” Luc Roberts (BSc ’12, MSc ‘14), PhD student | Major: Biochemistry 2014 3MT First Place 2016 3MT People’s Choice winner


HOW TO APPLY Review the specific admission requirements and application procedures for your prospective program at Find a Supervisor

All prospective MA (except Economics major), MSc and PhD students must find an appropriate supervisor before submitting an application. For information on finding a supervisor, visit Have the required supporting documents ready to upload and submit with your application. Begin working on your application package as soon as possible before your application deadline. Your application cannot be considered until we receive all documentation.


In most cases, your application package should include: • Transcripts • Letters of Reference • Curriculum Vitae • Letter of Intent Visit to review the requirements for your program’s application package and submission directions. Apply online at by the deadline specific to your program.

“I chose uLethbridge for its small size and high quality instruction and research; having close interaction with my professors impacted my research and writing skills greatly.” Leon Crane Bear (MA ‘15)

Terms of Admission





Master of Arts All majors except for Economics and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought

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Master of Arts: Cultural, Social, and Political Thought

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February 1 (first round)1 May 1 (second round)1

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Master of Science: Addictions Counselling, Health Sciences and Nursing



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Master of Counselling


December 1


Master of Education: All majors


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Master of Fine Arts: All Majors



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Master of Music



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Master of Nursing



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Master of Science in Management: All majors



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Doctor of Philosophy: All majors except Education and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought

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February 1 (first round)1 May 1 (second round)1

Doctor of Philosophy: Cultural, Social, and Political Thought

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Master of Arts: Economics Master of Science: All majors except Addictions Counselling, Health Sciences and Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Learning, Teaching and Curriculum Formal and Distributive Leadership Counselling Psychology


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1There are two rounds of admission for Fall (September 1) entry to the MA, MSc and PhD programs. 2 Term of Admission: Summer Session II (July)


GRADUATE Degrees and Programs Whether you’d like to further your career or want to advance research in your field, our degree options will help you meet your personal, professional and academic goals. 1


Master of Arts | Majors:

Master of Counselling | Major:

Agricultural Studies

Applied Psychology


Specialization: Counselling Psychology

Archaeology Art


Canadian Studies

Master of Education | Majors:

Cultural, Social, and Political Thought

Counselling Psychology

Dramatic Arts

Educational Leadership



Education English French French/German French/Spanish Geography German History Individualized Multidisciplinary Kinesiology

Art New Media Theatre and Dramatic Arts 3

Master of Music | Majors: Not applicable 4


Master of Nursing | Major:

Native American Studies

Not applicable

New Media Philosophy Political Science Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Urban and Regional Studies Women and Gender Studies



Master of Fine Arts | Majors:

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Master of Science | Majors:

Doctor of Philosophy

Addictions Counselling

Major: Biomolecular Science

Agricultural Biotechnology


Agricultural Studies Archaeology Biochemistry

Concentrations: Biochemistry; Bioinformatics; Biophysics; Biotechnology; Molecular and cellular biology; Molecular genetics and development; Structural biology

Major: Biosystems and Biodiversity

Concentrations: Biogeography; Ecology; Environmental science; Evolutionary Biological Sciences Whether you’d like to furtherbiology; your Global career or Physiology; want toResource advance change; ecology; Systematics; Water Chemistry research in your field, our degree help you meet resourceoptions policy and will management Computer Scienceyour personal, professional and academic goals. Major: Cultural, Social, and Political Thought Computer Science and No concentration Geographical Information Science Major: Earth, Space and Physical Science Environmental Science Concentrations: Astrophysics; Biophysics; Climate change; Condensed and soft Exercise Science matter; Earth systems; Geomatics; Geophysics; Inorganic chemistry; Materials Geography science; Nanoscience; Organic chemistry; Organometallic chemistry; Physical chemistry; Remote sensing; Spectroscopy; Water and environmental science Health Sciences Individualized Multidisciplinary Kinesiology

Concentrations: Counselling psychology; Formal and distributive leadership; Learning; teaching, and curriculum

Mathematics Neuroscience

Major: Evolution and Behaviour


Concentrations: Animal behaviour; Behavioural ecology; Ethology and comparative psychology; Evolution and cognition; Evolutionary ecology; Evolutionary psychology; Language development; Sexuality

Physics Psychology 6

Master of Science | Majors: (Management) Accounting Finance Human Resource Management and Labour Relations Information Systems International Management Marketing Policy and Strategy 1

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Major: Education

Offered in the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Fine Arts Offered in the Faculty of Education Offered in the Faculty of Fine Arts Offered in the Faculty of Health Sciences Offered in the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Faculty of Health Sciences Offered in the Faculty of Management Offered in the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health Sciences

Major: Neuroscience Concentrations: Behavioural neuroscience; Cell and molecular neuroscience; Cognitive neuroscience; Computational neuroscience; Neuroimaging; Neuropsychology Major: Population Studies in Health Concentrations: Diversity, disparities, inequalities, and social determinants of health; Global population health; Life course, aging, and health; Policies, policy analysis, and population health; Population health and demographic change; Sustainability and population health Major: Theoretical and Computational Science Concentrations: Applied mathematics; Bioinformatics; Biophysics; Computational and theoretical chemistry; Computer science; Demography; Geophysics; Mathematical biology, Nanoscience, Pure mathematics; Statistics; Theoretical physics



FUNDING In 2016, uLethbridge awarded more than $3.8 million in funding to graduate students through scholarships, awards and bursaries. We also offer a variety of other financial support options. • Graduate teaching assistantships • Research assistantships • Fellowships • External research support School of Graduate Studies Tuition Award Available to eligible students Domestic: up to $8,000 for master’s / $16,000 for PhD International: up to $17,000 for master’s / $34,000 for PhD School of Graduate Studies Dean’s Scholarship Available to eligible students $10,000 per year Graduate Assistantship Available to eligible students Up to $7,200 School of Graduate Studies Fellowship Available to eligible students $15,000 Travel Awards Available to help disseminate student research Up to $1,750 Funding for Canadian graduate students is also available in the form of student loans and grants. Both the federal and provincial governments offer financial aid to students who qualify. Your government loan remains interest-free as long as you remain a full-time student. *subject to change, not an exhaustive awards list For more information on funding, fees and financial support, please visit graduate-studies


WE’RE HERE FOR YOU. Accommodated Learning Centre Provides in- and out-of class accommodations, assistive technologies, and specialized supports, as well as Schedule 4 funding support. Career and Counselling Services Offers no-cost counselling in two areas: career development and personal growth. Our career development team empowers students and graduates in their career decision-making by providing one-onone career advising, events and resources. Individual counselling is confidential and can help students with a variety of personal issues, including adjustment to academic life, anxiety, relationship and family problems, and more. Oki! Welcome to Sacred Buffalo Stone. The University of Lethbridge is proud to be located in Treaty 7, in the heart of traditional Blackfoot Territory. Our Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone, which was gifted to the University by Elder Bruce Wolf Child in 2002. First Nations culture is woven into the fabric of the University, enriching programming, teaching and research, and providing a place where students find community, support and success. The Native American Students’ Association (NASA), one of the longestserving student clubs at uLethbridge, provides students interaction with members from across Canada, including chiefs, business people, elders and more. We also offer the NASA Lounge, where Aboriginal students socialize and study. FNMI Student Services provides free and confidential guidance, encouragement and help for those who identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit. We also offer a variety of other services and supports for FNMI students including a Ceremony/Smudge Room, Elders, and the Iikaisskini Gathering Place. Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) The GSA represents graduate students across campus by providing orientation for new members; organizing special events; enhancing financial opportunities; supporting academic skills development; lobbying at the local and provincial levels; negotiating and upholding the terms and conditions of the graduate students’ collective agreement; improving communication with members; and acting as the official interface between students and administration.

“Winning the Abbondànza Scholarship gave me the financial freedom to continue pursuing my passion at a higher level. The award made it possible for me to attend an intensive opera workshop, and the education I received there was invaluable. I came home refreshed, renewed and re-inspired, which helped greatly in the completion of my master’s thesis.” Megan Wittig (BMus ’12, MMus ’15)

Health Centre Convenient access to quality health care on campus. Whether you are from the Lethbridge area or are moving to attend uLethbridge, you won’t need to worry about finding a doctor. Program Support The School of Graduate Studies provides program-related support and information. Associated graduate studies offices within individual faculties provide program-specific information and advising. Contact the School of Graduate Studies for more information. Registrar’s Office Provides admissions, course registration, timetabling, student records, academic calendar, program planning guides, transcripts and a range or other services. Teaching Centre Offers workshops for graduate students on topics including lesson, planning, assessment of student learning, learning styles, classroom management, questioning strategies, professional relationships with students and self-assessment. Writing Centre

Provides practical writing support to help you understand a wide variety of writing requirements, including thesis, project or capstone manuscripts. This is a free service.


“The uLethbridge Faculty of Education is renowned for its programs. I knew that when I completed my master’s degree I’d be thoroughly prepared to be a counsellor.” Kevan Bryant (BA/BEd ’12, MEd ’15)


We live where the Rocky Mountains meet the Alberta Prairies, an area surrounded by big skies, vast plains, rolling river valleys, and a view of snow-topped mountain peaks. Home to 99,000 people, Lethbridge offers everything you need, including short commute times, effective transit, health services, schools and one of the lowest costs of living in Western Canada. With both a college and a university, we are a campus community that blends the energy of an emerging city with small-town friendliness and convenience. Lethbridge has a rich diversity reflected in a range of restaurants, arts and cultural events, and ethnic groups and organizations. The city’s vibrant arts scene includes a symphony, several art galleries and an arts centre, as well

as year-round festivals and performances. Lethbridge also features a variety of recreational outlets and options, including pools, golf courses, sports fields, and more than 100 parks, including the river valley, one of the largest protected urban parks in North America. Located one hour north of the US border, Lethbridge is also two hours from the British Columbia and Saskatchewan borders, and two hours south of Calgary, which has an international airport. Southern Alberta is home to some of the world’s best skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking and camping spots, as well as a variety of historic sites, and provincial and national parks. With only an hour drive separating you from the mountains, your escape from the city is easy.

OUR CITY When you talk about Lethbridge, three words quickly surface… Sunshine: We are one of Canada’s sunniest cities, with 320 days of sunshine per year. Coulees: Imagine a flowing landscape that flanks our river valley. Once you see the coulees, you never forget them. Wind: Chinook winds warm our winters and bring a welcomed breeze in the hot summer months. 13

OUR CAMPUSES AND FACILITIES Regardless of your program, our campus’ world-class facilities will inspire you. The Alberta Water and Environmental Science Building (AWESB) puts researchers and their students at the centre of southern Alberta’s living, learning laboratory where they study critical water and environmental issues. Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, just steps from the City Hall C-Train station, our Calgary Campus offers programs for working professionals who want to earn skills and credentials to advance their careers while they work full-time. Our Faculty of Management offers the MSc (Mgt) on both our Lethbridge and Calgary Campuses. The Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN), the only research facility of its kind in Canada, is home to some of the world’s leading neuroscientists, as well as the U3T MRI Centre, a cutting-edge research and diagnostic imaging facility,


providing southern Alberta with the most powerful magnetic resonance imaging in the region. The Centre for Financial Market Research and Teaching in Markin Hall simulates financial markets with live data feeds, market information and continuous financial news, providing you the same tools, techniques and data sets you’ll encounter in your career in the financial sector. Studio One, (a leading-edge recording studio); our new Digital Cinema Suites, (professional editing and finishing rooms); individual studios for art students; our newly renovated Recital Hall; and the University Art Gallery, which holds one of the most significant collections in Canada, make our Centre for the Arts an extraordinary fine arts learning and research space.

The University Library houses approximately one million holdings. In addition to providing you the resources to help you with your projects and research, the library boasts some of the best study spaces on campus, a coffee-shop and spectacular views!

The 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness, AWESB, and Markin Hall have all earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver status. Our Lethbridge campus will soon be home to a new science and academic building.

With a climbing wall, fitness centre, triple gymnasium, and an indoor 200-metre track, as well as the Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre, the 1st Choice Centre for Sport and Wellness is your place to stay fit, have fun, and cheer on our Pronghorns Varsity Teams throughout the season.

The Destination Project will be a place for community engagement and outreach; a place with innovation laboratories where research opportunities develop, and knowledge moves from lab to industry; a place that fosters the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs and leaders. This state-of-the-art facility will open in 2019. Learn more at




“I really enjoy the overall student experience at uLethbridge: the cultural diversity among students and professors; the excellent access to resources for personal and professional development; the welcoming atmosphere on campus; and, of course, the fabulous view of the coulees!� Jennifer Liebetrau MSc (Mgt) student | Major: Marketing International student from Germany

We would love to tell you more about our graduate programs and opportunities. Please contact us to get answers to your questions. 403-329-5194

School of Graduate Studies 4401 University Drive W. Lethbridge, Alberta TIK 3M4 403-329-5194

"I think to Shine is to find a place where motivation and aptitude meet opportunity to flourish. To find happiness and satisfaction in what you spend the majority of your time doing, and being encouraged to grow. What makes me Shine is that I get to wake up every day and do something that I love.” Scott Semenyna (MSc ’16) PhD student | Major: Evolution and Behaviour

On the cover: Lanna Petterson (BSc ’12, MSc ’15) and Scott Semenyna (MSc ’16)

University of Lethbridge 2017-2018 Graduate Studies viewbook  

A guide to uLethbridge graduate programs and services

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