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Conditional English Language Proficiency Admission

The University may extend a conditional offer of admission to highly-qualified graduate applicants who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for admission to graduate programs. This policy is intended to facilitate admission of academically qualified, degree-seeking students who have not satisfied the minimum ELP requirement, but are being considered for admission to a graduate program.

Conditional admission allows students to apply for a study permit (if necessary) and begin their studies in the University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program (see International Students in the Graduate Studies Calendar) only. Concurrent registration, or completion of graduate program requirements, in an EAP program and graduate program is not permissible. Upon successful completion of the prescribed terms of study in the EAP program, the student will proceed directly into the graduate-level degree program in the next semester of admission.

To be considered for conditional English language proficiency admission, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have academic qualifications that satisfy the requirements of the graduate-level program they seek;
  2. Have a score of at least 5.5 in each band of the Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test OR a score of at least 80 on the TOEFL iBT (TOEFL Internet-based Test), with scores of at least 16 in each of the Listening, Reading, and Speaking and a score of at least 18 on Writing; and
  3. Be recommended for conditional English language proficiency admission by a graduate Program Committee.

The applicant must submit results for an IELTS test or iBT TOEFL exam taken within the last two (2) years and indicate in his or her Letter of Intent that he or she is seeking conditional English language proficiency admission.

Applicants admitted via the conditional English language proficiency admission route will normally be placed in the Advanced Level of the EAP program, though the University reserves the right to move the applicant to a lower level if deemed necessary. Applicants admitted via the conditional English language proficiency admission route may be permitted to begin their studies in the graduate program, provided that the ELP requirement is met by one of the other approved means no later than: August 1 for the Fall term, November 15 for the Spring term, or April 15 for the Summer term.

In accepting an offer of conditional English language proficiency admission to a graduate program, the applicant is expected to successfully complete the Advanced Level of the EAP program in the semester indicated in the offer of admission and begin his or her graduate program the following term. Applicants who do not fulfill the ELP requirement during the specified period will have their offer of admission to a graduate program rescinded. Such students may choose to continue in the EAP program and reapply for admission to a graduate program in the next term of admission.

Students admitted via the conditional English language proficiency admission route may not make academic progress toward the graduate degrees or engage in academic research before fulfilling the the ELP condition of the offer of admission. The School of Graduate Studies does not provide financial support for students while they are enrolled in the EAP program.

Students admitted via the conditional English language proficiency admission route are considered to be full-time EAP students while continuously enrolled in the EAP program.

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