Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Mount Royal has a general admission policy which applies to most undergraduate (credit) programs. Each program also has specific admission requirements. Please ensure you are familiar with both the general and specific admission requirements for the program(s) you select. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency for the purpose of admission if their first language (learned and understood) is not English.

Your admission category will be determined by the Admissions and Recruitment Office once you have applied for admission and we have received your high school and post-secondary (if applicable) transcript and grade information. Your admission category will determine which courses and grades will be used to calculate your competitive and final admission average. See the admission categories below to find out more about each type of applicant. Please read this carefully to ensure you are looking at the admission information which is relevant to your situation.

High school Applicant : You will be considered a high school applicant if you are in your final year of high school, if you have left or completed high school, and if you have completed fewer than eight post-secondary courses. Your competitive (conditional) admission average will be based on your top two Group A subjects. *

Post-secondary Applicant : You will be considered a post-secondary applicant if you have completed four or more transferable post-secondary courses by Dec. 31 and will have completed eight or more by June 30 for the following Fall Semester. Your competitive (conditional) admission average will be based on your four most recently completed transferable post-secondary courses as of Dec. 31 for the following Fall Semester. Courses presented for admission must be from an accredited post-secondary institution and must be transferable courses as determined by MRU.

Mature Applicant : You will be considered a mature applicant if the previous categories do not apply to you and you are at least 21 years of age by Sept. 1 for the Fall Semester. Your competitive (conditional) admission average will be based on your top two Group A subjects. *

*Applicants who are in Grade 12 in high school report in-progress and plan to complete courses with an anticipated grade on the application form for calculation of your competitive admission average. Anticipated grades should be based on your current grade or the actual grade for the previous level course (e.g. BIOL 30, use BIOL 20 - actual grade). At the time of review admissions will determine (based on established procedures) the type of grades (in-progress, plan to complete or official) that will be used in the calculation of the competitive admission average. Applicants who are out of high school and/or are upgrading courses at a post-secondary institution, through distance learning or through adult education are required to present final, official grades for the calculation of your competitive admission average.

Although International Students and Indigenous Applicants are considered under the categories indicated above, please note that additional information is available.

Degree and Diploma Programs

The Admission Requirements chart (PDF) will provide a list of the specific courses required for each program, however, please note that you will also need to review your specific program of interest for detailed admission criteria.

For further information on competitive admission averages, please see the competitive admission average section below.

Certificate Programs

Admission information for certificate programs can be found at Programs Offered.

Other Non-credential offerings

University Entrance Option: This option is intended for students who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree but do not currently meet the admission requirements and/or competitive admission average, or perhaps just applied a little too late in the admission process to gain entry into your desired program. Admission is competitive and applicants will be considered in the high school or mature admission category only. Applicants with more than four post-secondary courses by Dec. 31 for the following Fall Semester are not eligible to apply. You take university-level courses and, if needed, you may also take upgrading courses within University Entrance Option.

Open Studies: This is an open category which allows applicants to enter Mount Royal to take university-level courses and/or upgrading courses as long as you have met the English Language Proficiency Requirement (if your first language is not English). Please note that if the number of applicants who apply during Early Admission exceeds the space available, applicants will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

International Pathway Program: Are you an international student currently living outside of Canada or the United States who is missing one or more admission requirements for your intended degree or diploma program? The International Pathway Program provides an opportunity to complete Mount Royal's highest level of the English Language Program while completing missing high school course requirements. At the same time, you can begin taking post-secondary courses towards your intended degree or diploma.

Occupational programs

An occupational program (diploma or certificate) includes academic, practical and experiential learning in the community. It is designed to be flexible and geared toward the needs of students by preparing you for entry to practice in the career of your choice. Applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (if your first language is not English). Mount Royal offers occupational programs in three areas: Funeral Service, Massage Therapy and Personal Fitness Trainer.

Admission to Mount Royal is competitive, meaning students with higher grades will be considered first. Grade requirements vary from program to program. To help you determine if your grades are competitive, we have provided the Admission Requirements chart (PDF) that lists the Competitive Average Range for each program. This range is based on the competitive admission average for the previous year and should serve as a guideline only. Note the competitive average is affected by the number of applications received for a specific program, the number of spaces available in that program and the grades the applicants present. Therefore, we are unable to predict the competitive average with complete accuracy. Some programs may also require additional criteria such as an interview or a portfolio.