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Admission Requirements

Graduate Students

Admission to a graduate-level program usually requires students to:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited or otherwise recognized institution
  • Meet any specific admissions requirements, depending on the program

Your undergraduate major doesn’t need to match up with your graduate program. For example, if you majored in art history, only to discover the job market for art historians wasn’t so hot, that’s fine – you can make the switch to a new area of study at CityU.

Standardized entrance tests (such as the GRE, MAT or GMAT) are not required for admission to our graduate programs.

For program specific prerequisites, please click on your program of interest below:

Undergraduate Students

Our Bachelor of Arts in Management program is designed for individuals who have completed at least 60 semester (90 quarter) credit hours at another post-secondary institution. Prior coursework should include at least one course (3 semester credits/5 quarter credits) in each of the following areas:

  • College composition
  • College mathematics
  • Humanities
  • Social sciences
  • Natural sciences

The remaining credits can be in any lower division electives. A grade of 2.0/C or higher is required for the course to transfer. CityU also accepts credits earned through passing the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.  Our advising team will work with you to get your transcripts, evaluate the coursework you completed, and discuss how your prior education applies to our program.

Many incoming undergraduate students have spent a lot of quality time in the real world already, earning valuable experience outside the classroom. Our Prior Learning Assessment program translates that experience into college credit – giving you a well-earned head start on completing your degree. Want more details about the PLA program? Download the information sheet (PDF).

International Students

Students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada are considered international students; this includes US citizens without dual citizenship including those on a work permit, temporary visa or any other type of visa.

CityU Canada welcomes international students into our British Columbia based full-time programs – the Master of Counseling (January start only)  and the Bachelor of Arts in Management.

Please contact an advisor at CityUCanadaAdmissions@CityU.edu to learn more about additional admissions criteria that may apply. You can also find more information in our International Students section.

English proficiency

Because all courses at CityU are taught in English, all incoming students must demonstrate proficiency in English prior to enrollment, in addition to any other admission requirements of their prospective program. For the purposes of English proficiency requirements, English-speaking countries are defined as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand exclusively.

CityU’s accepts the following measures of proficiency:

iTEP Plus:  Score of 4 or above
TOEFL iBT:  Score of 76 or above
IELTS (International English Language Testing System):   Band 6.0

Alternatively, students can have completed an ELS Level 109 Intensive Program.   Read our English Proficiency Policy to learn more.