International Students
Admission Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has a minimum academic standard for admission. Departments may have higher standards and additional criteria, so you are advised to contact the unit to which you are applying.

As a minimum, graduates of Honours (four-year bachelor's degree) or equivalent programs from recognized colleges and universities are eligible for admission.

Academic Equivalency

The Faculty of Graduate Studies sets an academic achievement equivalent for universities and colleges both in and outside of Canada. Contact the unit to which you are applying to determine the academic achievement equivalent for your country.

English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English can be demonstrated prior to admission by:

i) A successfully completed English Language Proficiency Test from the approved list is required of all applicants unless they have received a high school diploma or university degree from Canada or one of the countries listed on the English Language Proficiency Test Exemption List

ii) The Faculty of Graduate Studies requires a passing, acceptable English Language Test score in order to offer admission. Please note:  In all cases, test scores older than two years are invalid. Thresholds required for successful completion are indicated in parentheses.

Please note: Due to the COVID situation, Duo-lingo has been approved as an acceptable test of English Language Proficiency (ELP) for the purposes of applying for admission for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 intakes. The minimum acceptable test score is 115.

  • Duolingo - Achieve a minimum score of 115 (for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 intakes only) For information on how to submit your DuoLingo score, please see our FAQ page.
  • TOEFL - Achieve a minimum Internet-based -iBT (86; minimum score of 20 in each of reading, writing, listening and speaking categories)
  • *Please note if you have taken multiple tests, we will not consider your “best score” for admission. Individual tests only will be considered and must achieve the minimum requirements in each category and in overall score.
  • CanTEST - Achieve a minimum band of 4.5 in Listening and Reading, and a band of 4.0 in Writing and Speaking
  • IELTS - Achieve a minimum score of 6.5 in the Academic Module
  • CAEL - Achieve a minimum 60 overall and 60 on each subject
  • AEPUCE - Achieve a minimum 65% overall
  • PTE Academic - minimum 61 overall

Please note: In addition, foreign language students may be asked by the unit to complete the CanTEST prior to or following registration in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and, if need be, the unit may recommend remedial measures in language skills based on the results of the CanTEST. Some units may require a specific test or test scores greater than those indicated below and students should check departmental supplemental regulations for details.

Additional Requirements

Many departments have additional graduate admission requirements. These may include admissions tests such as the GRE or GMAT, a statement of research interests or experience in the field.

Applicants should contact the department for specific admission requirements.

English Language Proficiency Test Index

MELAB / University of Michigan English Language Examination Assessment Battery
TOEFL / Test of English as a Foreign Language
CanTEST / Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Teachers
IELTS / International English Language Testing System
CAEL / Canadian Academic English Language Assessment
AEPUCE / Academic English Program for University and College Entrance
PTE Academic / Pearson Test of English Academic