Program Advising

Open Studies

Welcome to Open Studies at Mount Royal University!

Congratulations on your admission to Mount Royal University! In your year of Open Studies, you will be able to work with your Academic Advisor on a plan for admission to your intended program. It is important that you understand your academic plan and notify your advisor if your plans change throughout the year.  

Successful admission to Mount Royal programs involves meeting the admission requirements as well as presenting a competitive average for admission to that program

Meet Admission Requirements

  • Every MRU program has a list of specific courses that are required for admission to that program. These requirements can be found on each program’s individual home page under Admission Requirements & Costs.
  •   If you are missing an admission requirement, meeting it is your first priority.

Meet Competitive Average

  • The number of credit courses you complete by June 30, 2020 will determine your admission category into a program.
  • Your admission category determines which grades Mount Royal will use to calculate your competitive average.

This table explains how we determine your admission category and competitive average.

Admission Categories
High School Mature Post-Secondary
Completes seven or fewer credit courses by June 30, 2020 (including transfer credit). Completes seven or fewer credit courses by June 30, 2020 (including transfer credit).
21 years of age or older by Sept.1, 2020.
Completes four or more credit courses by Dec. 31, 2019 (including transfer credit) AND
Completes eight or more courses by June 30, 2020.


Competitive Average Calculation
High School Mature Post-Secondary
Competitive average will be based on your top two "Group A" High School subjects (or equivalents) completed by Dec. 31, 2019. Competitive average will be based on your top two "Group A" High School subjects (or equivalents) completed by Dec. 31, 2019. Competitive GPA will be based on the four most recently completed credit courses by Dec. 31, 2019.


  • You can take a maximum of 30 credits (generally 10 courses) in Open Studies. Credit classes are University level courses. Upgrading classes are non-credit and do not count toward the 30 credit maximum. Using your 30 credits wisely involves purposeful planning to increase your chances of future admission to a program.
  • If you are missing admission requirements, register in these upgrading courses first.
  • If you meet the minimum requirements, and you are a high school or mature applicant, but your competitive average is not high enough, consider upgrading your best Group A subject(s).
  • Upgrading classes are non-credit and can be taken in addition to any credit courses and do not count in your Open Studies credit limit.
  • For further information on academic upgrading courses, visit
  • The number of credit classes you take will affect your admission category.
  • To be a full-time student, you must take three 3-credit courses.
  • Undergraduate studies 1001, 1002, 1003 and 1004 are courses designed to make you a better university student and can be used as an elective towards most programs.
  • For course descriptions, please follow this link to the online Academic Calendar.
  • Courses from your intended major can sometimes be difficult to get into, but if you can, go ahead! Have a look at the advising guide for the program you intend to take next year for a list of first-year classes in that major.
  • Every program at Mount Royal includes General Education (Gen Ed) courses. Open Studies students have access to GNED 1401 and many tier 2 classes. These can be a good place to start if you are exploring different academic paths or are intending to complete a program at Mount Royal.

It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the information above.

Use the online Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in, Register & Pay tab.

Resource site for registration help you solve your registration issues:

We are looking forward to working with you!  Please fill out this google form to help us know a bit more about you and your goals.  Once your form is submitted, we will prepare and send you an initial set of online tools to help get started on understanding registration and course selection.  Once you have completed this preparatory work, you will be able to connect with your Academic Advisor.

If you have questions about this process, you can email at