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English proficiency

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 Studies (DEC) AND a university degree in Quebec;
  • Applicants who have successfully completed a minimum of three full years of study either at the undergraduate or graduate level in an institution where the sole language of instruction is English.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world. It is used to evaluate candidates’ ability to use and understand the English language within the context of our programs. The International English Language Test System (IELTS) is also equally accepted as proof of English proficiency.

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.

Academic English for Graduate Business Students.

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