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3.2 Admission to Arts, Management, and Science Degree Programs (Direct Entry) 2018/2019

3.2 Admission to Arts, Management, and Science Degree Programs (Direct Entry)

Concordia University of Edmonton admits students directly into Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Management, and Bachelor of Science degree programs through one of the admission tracks described in this section. Applicants should consult the track that best fits their qualifications. International applicants should also consult section 3.1.1.B.
Concordia University of Edmonton’s four-year Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Applied Emphasis) degree program is not a direct-entry program. Applicants who wish to enter this program should consult the admission requirements found in section 3.3.

3.2.1 High School Student Admission

The admission average is calculated using the best five Grade 12 subjects required for admission to the degree program of the applicant’s choice. For Alberta applicants, admission averages are calculated using the blended grade which appears on the official Alberta Education transcript.

A. Bachelor of Arts Programs

Applicants to three- or four-year Bachelor of Arts degree programs who present high school qualifications when seeking admission to the first year of university studies must normally present a minimum admission average of 60% with a passing grade in each subject.

To be considered for admission, applicants must normally present the following course requirements: (see table 3.2.1.A, Classification of Alberta Grade 12 Subjects)

  1. English Language Arts 30-1
  2. Three subjects from Group A, B, and/or C. A maximum of two Group B subjects may be presented for admission; they must be from different subject areas.
  3. One subject from Group A, B, C, or D

Note:

  1. In order to maximize their future program and course choices, all applicants are encouraged to present a broad range of subjects across Group A and C.
  2. It is recommended that courses include Social Studies 30-1 and a 30-level Language Other than English.
  3. Applicants intending to complete an area of concentration in Political Economy are required to present Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2.
  4. Applicants intending to complete a minor in Computing Science, Mathematics, or Physics are required to present Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2.
  5. Applicants intending to complete a major, area of concentration, or minor in Psychology or Sociology, or who plan to enter the Bachelor of Education (After Degree) program are strongly recommended to present Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  6. Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.

B. Bachelor of Management Program

Applicants to the four-year Bachelor of Management degree program who present high school qualifications when seeking admission to the first year of university studies must normally present a minimum admission average of 65% with a passing grade in each subject.

Admission to Concordia University of Edmonton’s Bachelor of Management program is competitive; meeting the minimum admission average requirement does not guarantee admission to the program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must normally present the following course requirements: (see table 3.2.1.A, Classification of Alberta Grade 12 Subjects)

  1. English Language Arts 30-1
  2. Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  3. Two subjects from Group A, B or C
  4. One subject from Group A, B, C, or D

A maximum of one Group B subject may be presented for admission.

Note:

  1. It is recommended that courses include a 30-level Language Other than English.
  2. Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.

C. Bachelor of Science Programs

Applicants to three- or four-year Bachelor of Science degree programs who present high school qualifications when seeking admission to the first year of university studies must normally present a minimum admission average of 60% with a passing grade in each subject.

To be considered for admission, applicants must normally present the following course requirements: (see table 3.2.1.A, Classification of Alberta Grade 12 Subjects)

  1. English Language Arts 30-1
  2. Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  3. two of Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
  4. One subject from Group A, B, C, or D

Note:

  1. Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.

D. Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees Program

Applicants to the Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees program who present high school qualifications when seeking admission to the first year of university studies must normally present a minimum admission average of 65% with a passing grade in each subject.

Admission to the Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees program is competitive; meeting the minimum admission average requirement does not guarantee admission to the program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must normally present the following course requirements: (see Table 3.2.1.A, Classification of Alberta Grade 12 Subjects)

  1. English Language Arts 30-1
  2. Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  3. two of Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
  4. One subject from Group A, B, C, or D

Note:

  1. It is recommended that courses include a 30-level Language Other than English.
  2. Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.

E. International Baccalaureate

IB Grade Grade 12 Percentage
7 98%
6 90%
5 82%
4 73%
3 55%
2 45%
1 less than 45%

Concordia University of Edmonton recognizes course work completed in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. When an applicant presents both a high school Grade 12 subject and the corresponding IB course for admission, the higher grade will be used in the admission average calculation. IB course grades are converted as shown in the table to the right.

Applicants may be eligible to receive transfer credit for IB courses with a grade of 5 or higher. See Table 3.2.1.C for details.

F. Advanced Placement

AP Grade Grade 12 Percentage
5 96%
4 86%
3 76%
2 65%
1 Not accepted for admission

Concordia University of Edmonton recognizes course work completed in the Advanced Placement (AP) program. When an applicant presents both a high school Grade 12 subject and the corresponding AP course for admission, the higher grade will be used in the admission average calculation. AP course grades are converted as shown in the table to the right.

Applicants may be eligible to receive transfer credit for AP courses with a grade of 4 or 5. See Table 3.2.1.D for details. Other courses may be considered on an individual basis:

G. Out-of-Province Admission

Applicants who have been educated outside the province of Alberta but within Canada should consult the Out-of-Province High School Equivalency Chart, table 3.2.1.F. Applicants must normally present the equivalent Grade 12 subjects required for their chosen program.

Applicants who have completed their Grade 12 year in British Columbia or the Yukon are not required to present optional provincial examinations for admission consideration. With the exception of English 12, the higher of the school grade or the blended grade (school grade and provincial examination mark) will be used when calculating the admission average.

H. International Admission

1. American High School Equivalents

Applicants educated in the United States of America must normally present a Grade 12 diploma, the appropriate admission average, and course equivalents to Alberta Education Grade 12 subject requirements for their chosen program.

2. British Education System

Applicants educated in a country that follows the British Education System must normally present a combination of five program-specific subjects from the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-level) or the General Certificate of Education Advanced Supplementary Level (AS-level). Admission is based on the completion of required GCSE or IGCSE subjects with a minimum grade of C in each subject and the required A- or AS-level subjects (final or predicated result).

Admission to Bachelor of Arts programs requires at least two passes at the A- or AS-level (normally, English and one additional subject). Admission to Bachelor of Science programs requires three passes at the A- or AS-level (normally, English, Mathematics [Algebra], and one Science – Biology, Chemistry, or Physics). Admission to the Bachelor of Management program requires three passes at the A- or AS-level (normally, English, Mathematics [Algebra], and one additional subject). Admission to the Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees program requires three passes at the A- or AS-level (normally, English, Mathematics [Algebra], and one Science – Biology, Chemistry, or Physics).

Additional acceptable education certificates include, but are not limited to, Caribbean Examination Council Secondary Education Certificate, Hong Kong Certificate of Education, Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination, Uganda Certificate of Education, Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education, West African School Certificate or Senior Secondary School Certificate and Higher School Certificate. For information regarding other acceptable certificates, contact Admissions.

Concordia University of Edmonton may award transfer credit for A-Level courses when a final grade of C or higher is attained. AS-Level courses will not be considered for transfer credit.

3. Other Jurisdictions

Applicants educated in a jurisdiction other than those noted above must submit all academic transcripts as defined in section 3.1.1.C. For additional information regarding acceptable educational credentials, contact Admissions.

3.2.2 Home-Schooled Student Admission

Concordia University of Edmonton considers applications from home-schooled and home-educated applicants. All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and are treated on their own merits. We appreciate the uniqueness of the home school environment and provide the following admission routes as a guideline for your benefit. We also understand that your situation may be different, so please do not hesitate to contact us regarding your admission circumstance.

Home-schooled and home-educated applicants are offered the following admission routes:

  1. Admission to an Arts, Management*, Management & Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees*, or Science* degree program by representing a Home-School Portfolio with the application for admission, which should contain but is not limited to the following elements:
    1. Evidence of prior learning from Grades 10 through 12;
    2. Statements of results from Grades 10 through 12;
    3. At minimum three writing samples from your grade 12 work (from literature works studied)

    The portfolio should also contain one of the following: A brief essay (1000-2500 words) describing the value of your home-schooling experience or an entrance video production with supporting written storyboard.
    An interview may also be requested.
    To strengthen your application we encourage you to provide a confidential letter of recommendation from an impartial source, such as a home education coordinator, indicating your academic readiness for a university-level program of studies and method of home schooling followed.

  2. Demonstrating the required admission average in the five 30 level courses for required subjects in your program of choice.* Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.
  3. Admission to an Arts, Management*, Management & Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees*, or Science* degree program by completing a minimum of one year of full-time study in a diploma program at a recognized college, technical institute, or bible college in addition to their home-schooling program. Applicants must achieve a satisfactory academic standing in that course work.

*Note to Management, Management & Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees, and Science Applicants:

Documentation is required to determine grade 12 course prerequisites needed for admission into Management or Science degree programs. For each subject area, course syllabi, textbook list, and three to five academic work samples such as science laboratory reports or results from standardized aptitude tests such as SAT or ACT are required.
For students seeking admission into the Management degree program, the prerequisite needing to be satisfied is Mathematics. For students seeking admission into any Science degree program, or the Management & Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees program, the prerequisites needing to be satisfied are Mathematics and two subjects form either Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

For complete information on the Entrance Scholarships for Home-Schooled Applicants, refer to section 7.1.1.B, Undergraduate Awards.

3.2.3 Special Admission

Applicants to Arts, Management and Science degree programs who do not meet standard admission requirements may be admitted by special admission.

Concordia University of Edmonton reserves the right to assess applications for special admission on an individual basis. Entrance is at the discretion of Admissions. Students admitted under special admission requirements may be placed on academic probation, may be required to reduce their course load in the first semester of study, and may not withdraw from courses they are taking to fulfil Grade 12 subject deficiencies.

3.2.4 Non-Matriculated Student Admission

Applicants who will be 20 years of age by the end of the semester in which they are seeking admission and who cannot present the normal high school qualifications may be admitted under reduced requirements. Please note that students presenting international high school credentials are ineligible for admission as non-matriculated students.

A. Bachelor of Arts Programs

Non-matriculated applicants who seek admission to three- or four-year Bachelor of Arts degree programs must normally present a minimum admission average of 60% with a passing grade in each subject.

To be considered for admission, non-matriculated applicants must normally present the following course requirement:

  1. English Language Arts 30-1, or a minimum grade of C in six three [Approved by General Faculties Council on July 13th, 2018] credits of university-level English.

B. Bachelor of Management Program

Non-matriculated applicants who seek admission to the four-year Bachelor of Management degree program must normally present a minimum admission average of 65%. Applicants are reminded that admission is competitive; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants are encouraged to apply early since the number of non-matriculated students admitted to this program is limited.

To be considered for admission, non-matriculated applicants must normally present the following course requirements or its equivalents:

  1. English Language Arts 30-1, or six three [Approved by General Faculties Council on July 13th, 2018] credits of university-level English.
  2. Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2

Note:

  1. Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.

C. Bachelor of Science Programs

Non-matriculated applicants who seek admission to three- or four-year Bachelor of Science degree programs must normally present a minimum admission average of 60% with a passing grade in each subject.

To be considered for admission, non-matriculated applicants must normally present the following course requirements:

  1. English Language Arts 30-1, or six three [Approved by General Faculties Council on July 13th, 2018] credits of university-level English.
  2. Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  3. Two of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Mathematics 31 or Physics 30

Note:

  1. Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.

D. Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees Program

Non-matriculated applicants who seek admission to the Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees program must normally present a minimum admission average of 65% with a passing grade in each subject.

Applicants are reminded that admission is competitive; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants are encouraged to apply early since the number of non-matriculated students admitted to this program is limited.

To be considered for admission, non-matriculated applicants must normally present the following course requirements:

  1. English Language Arts 30-1, or a minimum grade of C in six three [Approved by General Faculties Council on July 13th, 2018] credits of university-level English.
  2. Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  3. Two of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Mathematics 31 or Physics 30

Note:

  1. Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.

3.2.5 Jump Start — Early Admission Program

Concordia University of Edmonton’s Jump Start — Early Admission Program is designed for students in Grade 11 who are interested in applying to Concordia University of Edmonton’s Arts, Management, Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees, or Science programs. Students in Grade 11 may apply for admission to Jump Start for Fall 2019 between January 1 and June 15, 2018.

Students that do not take advantage of Jump Start may apply for admission for Fall 2019 any time after October 1, 2018.

Applicants should present five appropriate Grade 11 courses needed for their specific program of studies and be on track to take the Grade 12 sequel courses at an equal or greater course level. Specific program requirements still apply.

All applicants are considered for Jump Start with an admission average of 65% for Arts and Science programs and 72% for the Management and Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees programs.

3.2.6 Transfer Student Admission

Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 24 transferable credits (normally, eight semester courses) from a recognized post-secondary institution (university, college or technical institute). Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable credits must normally present the normal high school qualifications or a combination of high school and post-secondary course work.

A transferable course is defined as a course that Concordia University of Edmonton accepts for credit toward a Concordia University of Edmonton degree program. For more complete information on transfer credit, see section 3.1.2.

The Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) is calculated using the most recently attempted 24 credits; all grades used in calculating the AGPA are adjusted according to Concordia University of Edmonton’s grade conversion scale. Normally, courses completed in the spring and summer sessions immediately preceding the semester of entry are not calculated in the AGPA.

Applicants who have been required to withdraw from a post-secondary institution are not eligible to apply to Concordia University of Edmonton for 12 months after the date they were required to withdraw.

Applicants to Arts or Science degree programs who present an AGPA of less than 2.0 or who have completed the 12-month waiting period after being required to withdraw may be considered for admission. If admitted, applicants are placed on academic probation and may be required to reduce their course load. Applicants who are not successful in gaining admission to a degree program may consider applying to Open Studies to improve their AGPA.

Applicants who have been required to withdraw more than once in their academic careers may be considered for admission only through an appeal. The letter of appeal must be submitted with their application for admission and contain the reason for their previous unsatisfactory performance, their accomplishments since they were required to withdraw, and the strategies they have developed to ensure success if they re-enter university studies.

A. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Programs

Transfer students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree programs must normally present a minimum AGPA of 2.0.

B. Bachelor of Management Program

Transfer students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Management program must normally present a minimum AGPA of 2.3. In addition, transfer students are required to present Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 or equivalent.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Management program are reminded that admission is competitive; meeting the minimum AGPA does not guarantee admission.

C. Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees Program

Transfer students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees program must normally present a minimum AGPA of 2.3. In addition, transfer students are required to present Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 or equivalent.

Applicants to this program are reminded that admission is competitive; meeting the minimum AGPA does not guarantee admission.