Admissions Questions

What are the GPA requirements for getting into the MPP program?

To be admitted to the MPP program, you must have a minimum of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in your last two years of your previous program. Grades from universities outside of Canada are evaluated for their equivalency to the University of Calgary scale. If your GPA is below 3.3 you do not qualify for the MPP program.


Can I get into the MPP with a three year undergraduate degree?

No, students must have a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized institution. However, International students who hold a three-year undergraduate degree and a master’s degree may be considered for admission upon evaluation.


Do you accept unofficial transcripts?

No, we require two official and sealed transcripts from each individual university you have attended. The transcripts should be sent directly from the university to our address (listed on the Admissions page).


Can I submit unofficial transcripts before I complete my current degree?

Please submit your current official transcripts. If accepted into the MPP, your acceptance will be conditional upon completing your current degree and submitting a degree completion letter and updated official transcript from the degree-granting institution.


What if my transcripts are not in English?

International applicants must submit official transcripts in their original language along with certified or notarized English translations. Documents must indicate subjects and grades obtained.


Do I have to do an English proficiency test?

If you have completed at least three years of full-time study at an  secondary school in English or two years of full-time study offered in English at a post-secondary institution you do not need to do an English proficiency test.


What are the requirements for the reference letters?

Letters of reference must be from academic references writing in support of your application to the MPP program. In your online application you must provide names and professional or institutional email addresses for two referees. 


Are professional references instead of academic references acceptable?

If possible, references should be academic. Referees of a professional nature will be accepted if your professional experiences is most relevant to the MPP.

Letters from friends, family members, colleagues, people currently registered in a graduate degree program, or general reference letters not written in support of your application to the MPP are not acceptable.


Do I need to submit paper and digital copies of my supporting documents?

We require sealed paper copies of official transcripts and an official copy of English proficiency test results to be mailed to us. All other supporting documents should be uploaded digitally to your Student Centre.


What if there is a postage issue and my transcripts get to you after the application deadline?

As long as the documents were dated and sent before the deadline, we are able to consider them for review. No other exemptions are acceptable.


What is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for applications to the MPP program is February 1 each year.


Where do I pay the application fee?

All fees can be paid through various online methods. The Registrar’s Office handles all tuition and fee payments. The MPP Office does not accept any methods of payment.


What if I forgot to pay my application fee before the application deadline?

Applications with unpaid fees are not considered for admission.


Can I start the program in January?

No, our program starts in August and runs through the next September each year.


Can I do the MPP part-time?

We do not normally admit students to take the program on a part-time basis.


When will I know if I’ve been accepted into the MPP program?

All applicants will be emailed with the decision on their application by the end of April.


If the answer to your question isn’t here, contact mpp@ucalgary.ca.