English is the main language of instruction at Concordia University.
Applicants whose primary language is not English must write a pre-admissions proficiency test if not exempted as indicated below. These applicants must achieve a satisfactory score on the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Module). The ETS TOEFL code for Concordia University is 0956.
- Quebec applicants who have completed a Diploma of Collegial Students (DEC) AND a university degree in Quebec;
- Applicants who have successfully completed a minimum of three full years of study at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited university in one of the following countries.
Applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not meet one of these conditions outlined above and whose primary language is not English, will be required to provide English proficiency scores prior to admission.
All programs require either a TOEFL iBT score of 95, or an IELTS overall band score of 7.0, with no band below 6.5.
Please note that all test scores are valid for a period of two years.
Concordia University reserves the right to require an English proficiency test if deemed necessary.
No other English proficiency test is accepted for JMSB’s graduate programs. Please refer to each program’s respective admission criteria for minimum scores required; these may vary from one program to another.
Concordia University’s Centre for Continuing Education offers TOEFL and IELTS preparatory courses several times throughout the year. Learn about Concordia's Test preparation courses.
On a case-by-case basis for Fall admission only, admitted JMSB graduate students may be given a conditional acceptance to their program with a co-requisite to successfully complete the Academic English for Graduate Business Students course offered by Concordia University Language Institute. At the discretion of the admission committee, this co-requisite may be offered to those who have achieved the overall minimum TOEFL or IELTS score but with one or more component scores below 20 on TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS.