Science Grad & Undergrad Program Rankings

How does the Faculty of Science stack up?

Scientists are not born—they are trained. At UAlberta, we provide the next generation of scientists with the tools, teaching, research, and experience they need to find success in the science community in both applied and theoretical sciences and within academia.

On this page, you will find:

  • rankings and performance metrics from ranking bodies like the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR),
  • stats about our students, faculty, and researchers,
  • and stand-out features of the Faculty of Science that separate our programs from other institutions and ensure a well-rounded, experiential education for our students.

More than 60 different programs in 39 subject areas

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Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies

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Program & course rankings

Black text reading "Top 5" Our paleontology program is ranked 3rd in the world, according to the Centre for World University Rankings.
Black text reading "Top 5" Our biology program is ranked 4th in Canada, according to Maclean's.
Black text reading "Top 5" Our geology program is ranked 5th in the world, according to the Centre for World University Rankings.
Black text reading "Top 5" Our mathematics program is ranked 5th in Canada, according to Maclean's.
Black text reading "Top 5" One of our Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), Mountains 101, has become the third highest rated MOOC in the world.
Black text reading "Top 10" Our computing science program is ranked 6th in Canada, according to Maclean's.
Black text reading "Top 50" Our earth science program is ranked 35th in the world, according to the renowned peer-reviewed publication, Nature, and ranked 43rd in the world by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Science highlight areas

Following the University’s academic initiative For the Public Good, the Faculty of Science endeavours to develop a portfolio of teaching and research areas for which the Faculty is or will be recognized as a global leader.

As many fields of science can work cohesively to uncover many of the mysteries of our planet, the universe, and its inhabitants, signature areas are often interdisciplinary in nature.

Some of our highlight areas in science include Evolution, Exploring Earth's Resources, Sustaining Earth's Systems, and more.

Employment rankings

More than 300 employers recruit undergraduate Faculty of Science students through the Science Internship Program (SIP) each year.
University of Alberta graduates have one of the highest employment rates in Canada and are ranked 371st out of over 1000 institutions for employability around the world.

319 employers actively recruited SIP students in 2018.


Over $5.7 million awarded in scholarships and awards to students in 2017

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Students at a glance

35,000+ bachelor of science graduates
5,300+ master of science graduates
3,300+ PhD graduates
44,000+ living alumni worldwide
140 countries are represented by our diverse groups of graduate and undergraduate students.

The incoming high school mean average of our 2018 undergraduate class was 90.9%.

Faculty members at a glance

300+ teaching staff and researching academics
52 faculty members named to the Royal Society of Canada
28 Canada Research Chairs
12 Order of Canada Recipients
5 3M National Teaching Fellows

Research numbers

$80M+ in research funding
1,500 papers published annually
111 labs and facilities to enhance the learning and research experience of our students

Our artificial intelligence research is ranked 3rd in the US and Canada, according to the metrics-based system, CSRankings.