Gastrointestinal Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #151 (ARWU) ,
Research in the Gastrointestinal Sciences graduate program focuses on creating a better understanding of normal digestive function including the mechanisms responsible for dysfunction and the development of disease.


Students in our program are offered opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research and are encouraged to showcase their research at local, national, and international conferences. We offer both Masters and PhD thesis-based degrees. Our students receive an annual stipend from their supervisors. Those with outstanding achievement or potential are also eligible for additional support through scholarships and bursaries.

Located at the Foothills Campus of the University of Calgary, our department is at the heart of medical research within the province. Work side-by-side with colleagues from the Foothills teaching hospital, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and the Alberta Children's hospital.

Programme Structure

Our faculty has a wide range of research interests, including Physiology, Immunology, Immunopharmacology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Parasitology, Pathology, and Epidemiology among others. Our faculty members are part of the Gastrointestinal Research Group (GIRG) - a major centre for studying disorders of the digestive system.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

1. A four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institutionYou must have a minimum grade point average equivalent to 3.0 on a 4.0 point system over the past two years of full-time study. Some graduate programs require a higher grade point average for admission. The degree must include appropriate course content for the graduate program applied for and adequate senior level courses to ensure preparation for graduate work. Any previous graduate work is also considered.

If you received your degree from a university outside Canada, please refer to the country specific degree requirements.

2. English Language ProficiencyIf your primary language is not English you will be required to fulfil the English language proficiency requirement. This may be proven with your scores from an IELTS or TOEFL (internet/written) or if the applicant has successfully completed the Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program (for the latter option, please confirm with the Graduate Program Administrator).

3. Endorsement from the Head of the Graduate ProgramIt is the responsibility of the department or graduate program to ensure that you are, in all relevant respects, acceptable to the program and that your proposed program is aligned with the availability of resources for adequate supervision and research, with departmental research objectives, and with program balance, as appropriate.

There is no general right of admission to graduate programs. Each graduate program determines whether to recommend the admission of a particular applicant to the Faculty of Graduate Studies based on departmental considerations.

4. Program Specific Requirements

  • In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations, the Cumming School of Medicine graduate programs require a minimum admission grade point average of 3.30 (on the University of Calgary four-point system; equivalent to a "B+") based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 60 units (10 full-course equivalents).
  • BSc degree or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12695 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12695 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    5593 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5593 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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** Fees are shown in Canadian Dollars

Living costs for Calgary

1224 - 1300 CAD/month
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