Admission Requirements


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All applicants must have completed (or be in the final year of) a four-year BSc or BA degree or a two-year MSc (or its equivalent) in the Natural/Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, or Health Profession such as Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing or Pharmacy from a recognized university.

Master of Science (MSc)

  • Applicants must have a minimum mid-B (75%) average, or its equivalent, in each of the last two years of full-time study in a four-year undergraduate program.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Applicants must have a minimum of B+ (77%) overall average, or its equivalent, in a Masters degree program.

Direct-Entry Doctor of Philosophy (PhD U)

  • Applicants must have a minimum of A- (80%) average, or its equivalent, in senior level courses relevant to the program in a four-year undergraduate program. The applicant is expected to have completed an undergraduate research project.

For International Degrees:

Applicants can determine the equivalency of foreign degrees with the School of Graduate Studies’ equivalency tool.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (

Applicants who HAVE NOT completed a program of study in Canada or the U.S. must write the GRE General Test and meet the following minimum requirements:

Verbal: 50th percentile
Quantitative: 50th percentile
Analytical Writing: 5.0

English Proficiency Test

Applicants who have NOT completed a program of study in Canada or the U.S. must take one of the tests listed below. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of their application.
  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – institution code: 0982

Required Score:

Paper-Based Test and TWE

Internet-Based Test (IBT)

Minimum Score – 600
TWE – 5
Minimum Overall Score – 100
Writing/Speaking – 22
  1. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

Required score: 85.

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Required score: 7.0 (Academic) with at least 6.5 in each component.

  1. The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)

Required score: 76, with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component.

  1. Academic Preparation Course (

Required score: a final grade of B in Level 60.



If you have completed a degree at a recognized university in one of the following countries, you are not required to provide proof of English-language proficiency:

Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Ghana, Guyana, Hong Kong*, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa**, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America***, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

*Exception: Chinese University of Hong Kong graduates are required to provide proof of English language proficiency.
**Some applicants from South Africa may be required to provide proof of English proficiency as not all universities teach in English.
***While textbooks and research materials used at universities in Puerto Rico are often in English, Spanish is the language of instruction in some universities.