Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requires at least a 70% average (North American equivalent) across courses taken in the last two full-time years of the latest degree. Equivalent qualifications may be considered based on the standards of the discipline or profession. For example, industry experience or field work experience would be an alternative qualification as we are targeting working professionals for this program. The qualifications listed below are options for equivalent qualifications that will be accepted for this Graduate Program in each of the Areas of Specialization.


Education Qualifications

1  -OR-

4-Year Bachelor’s Degree in Area of Specialization

2  -OR-

3-Year Bachelor’s Degree in Area of Specialization + 2 years of relevant work experience 

(For Social Science and Business ONLY)

College Diploma in Area of Specialization + 3 years of relevant work experience

For learners who require the relevant work experience, a signed letter from their employer stating the company name, learner’s current/ relevant role, and years of service in current/ relevant role, need to be included in the admissions documentation. Alternative documentation that showcases relevant work experience can be submitted to the admissions committee for approval into the program. These materials will be reviewed by the admissions committee.


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English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory* achievement within the last two years in one of the following:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20 for the internet based version; 213 for the standard electronic version; or 550 for the paper and pencil version, although some programs require a higher minimum score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
  • The Duolingo English Test. The minimum acceptable score is 115.
  • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The minimum acceptable score is 6.5 out of 9. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.
  • The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online.
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The minimum acceptable score is 60. The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.
  • Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 5, Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum 80% in all components


Please note: Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, Duolingo, IELTS, MELAB or CAEL and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the testing agency. Those graduates from Level 5 of the Fanshawe College ESL Program must provide official proof of graduation. Please contact with any questions regarding English Language Proficiency requirements.