About Us

Why study at uLethbridge?

The U of L is respected around the globe as a research-intensive, comprehensive university. Here, you’ll find yourself at the center of a student-focused environment that nurtures innovation, critical thinking and creativity. From financial support to one-on-one mentorship and individualized career advice, you’ll find support every step of the way.

As a student at the U of L, you are viewed as a partner and a colleague. You’ll be given opportunities to collaborate and share your unique ideas, ask questions and find answers. When you reach graduation, you will have the confidence you need to succeed in whatever you do, whether that means pursuing further education, teaching in an academic setting or establishing a professional career.

The University of Lethbridge was built on a commitment to students and the student experience, small classes and the liberal arts. Those founding principles are still at the forefront of what we do. Today the U of L is respected around the globe and is recognized as a research-intensive, comprehensive university.

A collaborative environment between faculty and students is encouraged to allow for flexibility in decisions regarding research projects and learning directions. We want you to study what you’re passionate about because after all, it’s your education.

Our size and approach also gives students an advantage as they 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.

When it comes to how you learn, you can choose from a variety of programs that range in their approach from working one-on-one with a professor to learning through cohort classes.

At its inception in 1967, the University of Lethbridge adopted liberal education as its primary philosophy for teaching and learning. Liberal education can be defined as a trans-disciplinary education, the ability to connect and integrate knowledge across disciplines, the opportunity to learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills and civic engagement. Students with a grounding in liberal education, which incorporates liberal arts and the sciences, are better prepared to solve problems in the 21st century and to succeed in future careers.

The University introduced its School of Liberal Education July 1, 2017, with the primary responsibility to deliver liberal education programming and teaching.

As Alberta's Destination University, the U of L gives you room to think, create and explore, providing a university experience unlike any other. At the foundation of our graduate programs is a multidisciplinary and personalized experience. A collaborative environment is encouraged between faculty and students. This means you have flexibility in decisions regarding the research and learning path you take. The University of Lethbridge provides our graduate students with a variety of opportunities to take their education and research beyond the classroom. Through experiential learning, our students are involved in projects and programs that promote community engagement, are multidisciplinary, and provide you with the opportunity to combine your in depth knowledge with a breadth of practical experience. Be sure to explore the many opportunities available through the School of Graduate Studies and our campus partners that will set you apart as a knowledge maker and informed global citizen.

  • Co-operative education/internships: Find the career path that's right for you, gain relevant experience and earn a competitive wage-all before you graduate.
  • Applied research studies: Earn course credit for learning gained through a research experience.
  • Independent studies: Design your own research project with a professor of your choice.
  • THRIVE Professional Skills Program: This free, optional, adaptable program provides students with the opportunity to develop professional competencies that position them well to enter the career stream of their choice.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) Professional Development: The GTA program provides an opportunity for professional development in critical teaching skills, equipping graduate students to carry out their teaching duties effectively and providing opportunities to develop vital teaching skills for their future careers.
  • Research Centres and Institutes: The U of L is home to research centres and institutes that bring leading researchers together from across disciplines to address issues that affect our world and beyond.
  • Study abroad & exchanges: The world is your classroom! uLethbridge has exchange programs, summer study tours, and international internships. Apply for funding to attend conferences both nationally and internationally!
  • Volunteer experience: Volunteer Lethbridge, located on uLethbridge's downtown campus, connects students with extraordinary opportunities.
  • Get involved: The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) advocates for current and future graduate students in order to ensure their needs align with current policies. Also check out the many other student clubs and co-curricular activities to join.

As a comprehensive Research and Academic Institution, the University of Lethbridge offers the opportunity to work with world-class faculty members who are conducting research at the frontiers of knowledge and creativity – we value interdisciplinary research and encourage multiple perspectives, theories and tools to build upon research. 

Find out more about our phenomenal research opportunities and world-class research facilities.

uLethbridge awards a number of internal and external scholarships, awards and bursaries, including admission awards and graduate assistantships.

Visit our funding page to learn more about the ways in which you can fund your graduate program.

Fast Facts

8,900+ students | 700+ graduate students
 
75+ graduate program options
 
74% of all U of L students come from outside Lethbridge
 
80+ countries represented on campus
 
100+ graduate student award opportunities
 
Faculties/Schools
  • Arts & Science
  • Education
  • Fine Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Dhillon School of Business
campuses
  • Lethbridge
  • Calgary

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Blackfoot History

The University of Lethbridge pays respect to the Blackfoot people — past, present and future — while recognizing and honoring their rich cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to the land. Our Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone, and was gifted to the University by Elder Bruce Wolf Child in 2002.

Since we opened our doors in 1967, Indigenous culture has been woven into the fabric of the University, enriching programming, teaching and research, and creating a university where students find community, support and success.

Iniskim acknowledges that we are gathered on the lands of the Blackfoot people — Siksikaitsitapii, of the Canadian Plains, compromised of the Kainai, Apaatohsipiikani, Siksika and Amsskapiipiikani Nations. The City of Lethbridge is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Student Success Stories

Day Rider pursues passion for music with help of Indigenous Graduate Admission Award

Following his passion to uLethbridge, Day Rider is pursuing a Master of Music in composition with supervisor, Dr. Arlan Schultz. After completing his undergraduate degree, he knew uLethbridge was the right environment to …

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A passion for public health

If the thought of being a disease detective intrigues you, you’re not alone. Graduate student Dr. Ransi Nayakarathna says investigating disease at the population level as an epidemiologist is just the public health …

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Family farming from a rural women’s perspective

Graduate student Diane McKenzie (BA ’16) is combining her rural roots and her research interests with the intention to make an important contribution to the future of agriculture.

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