All graduate programs offered by Concordia University, except for the Individualized Program (INDI), are attached to one of the three Faculties or to the John Molson School of Business. The Individual Program (INDI) is attached to the School of Graduate Studies. All graduate programs are under the general supervision of the Council of the School of Graduate Studies and its chair, the Dean of Graduate Studies.
A listing of all current degree programs and fields of advanced study is provided in the Programs section. The degree programs are described fully in the Calendar’s Faculty sections: Faculty of Arts and Science, Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Fine Arts, John Molson School of Business, and the School of Graduate Studies. Existing degree programs are a reflection of research interests, of the professors and researchers on staff, and of the needs of the community served by the University. Inquiries concerning these degree programs should therefore be sent to the relevant program.
In conjunction with the degree program, the Dean of Graduate Studies is responsible for ensuring the quality of the admission of students to the doctoral, master’s, diploma and certificate programs of the University. Admission is based on an assessment of the student’s qualifications for the proposed program of study and entails specific credit, residence, course, thesis, and examination requirements, which vary from program to program.
The application process
Applicants may apply as full-time or part-time students; refer to Student Classification for more information.
Admission application deadlines
Admission Application Deadlines vary depending on the degree program. Applicants should contact the degree program to which they are applying for specific admission deadlines. Applicants should arrange for all required documentation to be in the appropriate office by the deadline. Please note that many programs only admit new students for the term which begins in September.
New students (applying for admission to a Master’s or Doctoral program) are now automatically considered for all Entrance Awards; there is no separate application process. Refer to Awards page for further information.
Graduate application fee
There is a $100.00 (Canadian) application fee per application. The fee is payable on-line by Visa, MasterCard, or international Wire Transfer. This application fee is not refundable under any circumstances, nor can it be used towards tuition. It is not transferable to a session other than that for which the student is applying.
Applicants to Concordia University must meet the minimum university requirements to be considered for admission. Some degree programs may have additional or stricter requirements. These requirements are detailed in the degree program’s calendar section and applicants should review this information. The minimum requirements to be considered for admission to graduate studies at Concordia are listed below.
To be considered for admission to Doctoral-level studies, the applicant must have completed a master’s/magisteriate degree (or equivalent) with high standing.
To be considered for admission to Master-level studies, the applicant must have a bachelor’s/baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) with high standing (e.g., with honours, or the Concordia equivalent of a GPA of at least 3.00 on a scale of 4.30).
To be considered for admission to most graduate diploma or graduate certificate-level studies, the applicant must have completed a bachelor’s/baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) with the Concordia equivalent of at GPA of at least 2.70 on a scale of 4.30.
Some degree programs may have additional, or higher, academic requirements. Applicants should review the Calendar program section of the degree program in which they are interested.
Language proficiency requirements
English is the main language of instruction at Concordia University. Applicants who meet one of the following three conditions will be exempted from the English language proficiency test requirement:
- Completion of a minimum of three full- years of study at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited university in one of the following countries;
- Completion of a Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) and a university degree at a Quebec university;
- For JMSB applicants applying to the professional programs, a minimum of three years’ full-time work experience in an English milieu, and a successful personal interview.
Applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not meet one of the three conditions outlined above and whose primary language is not English, will be required to provide proof of English proficiency prior to their admission to Concordia University.
The following are Concordia University’s accepted tests and required minimum scores:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- The minimum acceptable internet-based TOEFL score for programs in Arts and Science, Fine Arts and the School of Graduate Studies: 90 with at least a score of 20 in each of the four components (some graduate programs may require higher scoring).
- The minimum acceptable internet-based TOEFL score for programs in John Molson School of Business: 95 with at least a score of 20 in each of the four components.
- The minimum acceptable internet-based TOEFL for programs in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science: 85 with at least a score of 20 in each of the four components.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- The minimum acceptable IELTS score for programs in Arts and Science, Fine Arts and the School of Graduate Studies: 6.5 with at least a score of 6.5 in each of the four components (some graduate programs may require higher scoring).
- The minimum acceptable IELTS score for programs in John Molson School of Business: 7.0 with at least a score of 6.5 in each of the four components.
- The minimum acceptable IELTS score for programs in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science: an overall score band of 6.5.
Test results that are more than two years old at the time of application will not be accepted.
In all cases, the University reserves the right to require a language proficiency test if it is deemed necessary.
Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements, including additional acceptable tests and related scores.
The ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) requires all registered students to have a “permanent code” (a unique identifying number) which is assigned by MELS.
Applicants who do not provide a valid code with their application must apply for one upon receiving admission to Concordia University. Information on how to apply for a permanent code and a link to the on-line “Permanent Code Data Form” can be found at the Permanent Code website.
Students who do not submit or apply for a permanent code will be charged a permanent code surcharge.
Academic Success & Integrity Module (ASIM)
To be permitted to register for future courses, all graduate students must complete the Academic Success & Integrity Module before the DNE deadline of the first term of admission. Students who fail to submit the ASIM online module will be blocked from registering for the following academic term(s) and from making changes to their current registration until the module is completed.
Applicants who are deficient in certain courses may be required to take prerequisite courses either as an Independent student or as a student in a Qualifying Program. Refer to Independent Students and Qualifying Programs.
Students taking prerequisite courses are charged tuition and other fees on a per credit basis for these courses. See Tuition & Fees.
Transfer credits and exemptions
Depending on the degree program and on the number of courses required, prerequisite courses taken in a Qualifying Program may be taken prior to admission into a graduate program or concurrently with the graduate program.
Qualifying Program (prior to admission to a graduate program): Applicants who have completed an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree, but whose preparation is inadequate for direct admission to a graduate program, may, upon recommendation by a department, be permitted to register for a Qualifying Program of advanced undergraduate or graduate studies. Students admitted to a Qualifying Program take undergraduate or graduate courses as preparation for application to a graduate program.
- The minimum qualifications for entry into the Qualifying Program are as follows: at least 24 course credits in the proposed field of study as determined by the program; at least a B average in these courses (B- for Diploma and Graduate Certificate courses), with no grade lower than C; and at least a C average in their final two undergraduate years.
- Qualifying Programs consist normally of four or five senior undergraduate courses. In certain exceptional cases, students may be required to take more than this number, and spend more than one full year as qualifying students.
- Qualifying students must have their program of study approved by the relevant Graduate Program Director prior to each registration period.
- Satisfactory completion of the courses taken in a Qualifying Program does not guarantee automatic admission to a graduate program. Students must apply, or reapply, for admission to graduate studies during or after the Qualifying Program. Their applications are considered along with all other applications received at that time, and do not take priority over those of other applicants who may be better qualified.
- Students taking prerequisite courses are charged tuition and other fees on a per credit basis. See Tuition & Fees.
Qualifying Program (concurrent): Students admitted to a graduate program and a concurrent Qualifying Program are required to complete prerequisite courses at the same time as they complete their Graduate Program requirements. The Qualifying Program normally does not exceed 12 credits but may consist of graduate and/or undergraduate courses.
- A student who does not successfully complete a concurrent Qualifying Program within the first three terms will be blocked from future registration. Standard ‘May Continue’ or ‘May Not Continue’ Student Requests will apply.
- The prerequisite courses are completed in addition to the regular graduate program and form part of the student’s degree requirements for graduation.
- The prerequisite course(s) must be completed during the first year of study in the graduate program.
- Any grade lower than a B in a course from a Qualifying Program is considered a failure.
- Qualifying students must have their program of study approved by the relevant Graduate Program Director prior to each registration period.
- Students are charged tuition and other fees for the prerequisite courses in addition to fees charged for the student’s graduate program of study. See Tuition & Fees.
A student who does not successfully complete a concurrent Qualifying Program within the first three terms will be automatically placed on academic probation. Standard ‘May Continue’ or ‘May Not Continue’ student requests will apply.
Deferment of admission
Applicants who are admitted into the program but wish to defer their admission due to extenuating circumstances, such as non-processed visa (supporting documents may be required), may, at the discretion of the Department, be granted this request once within one year. Applicants should consult their Department, as deferrals are not accepted by all programs. The request to change (defer) admission can be found in the Forms for Students section.
Fast track to PhD programs
Fast Tracking describes a process whereby exceptional students are admitted to PhD programs without a master's/magisteriate degree in the same discipline.
Students who follow this process must show high academic performance or potential, evidenced by an outstanding GPA, appropriate research publications in the field of study, a research topic at the master's/magisteriate level which is advanced enough for a doctoral thesis proposal, or other similar demonstrations of achievement.
Students who are accepted for accelerated admission and who are currently registered in a master's/magisteriate degree program, can enter directly into the PhD program without completing all of the master program requirements.
In some cases, an outstanding student who holds a bachelor's degree can progress directly into a PhD program.
External Program Transfer
Transfers from one program to another outside of the originating program’s discipline and to a program in another Department requires the submission of a new application (e.g., PhD (Biology) to PhD (Chemistry)). External program transfers include transfers from another institution to Concordia University.
External-to-Concordia transferred credits cannot account for more than one third of the total course credit load of the destination program.
Internal Program Transfer
Students requesting a program transfer within the same discipline and within the same Department are not required to submit a new application. Such students must instead submit a Service Request for internal program transfer along with any supporting documents required by the new graduate program.
Internal program transfers between thesis-based programs where research continuity is maintained (i.e., thesis-based master’s to PhD, or PhD to thesis-based master’s) will result in financial credit being applied on a per-term basis.
External program transfers between thesis-based programs (i.e. PhD in Biology to PhD in Chemistry), will typically result in financial credit applied on the course credits transferred.
For internal or external program transfers from thesis-based to course-based programs (i.e., PhD to course-based master’s), students will be financially responsible for the remaining credits of the program following approved academic credit transfers.
For internal or external program transfers from course-based to thesis-based programs (i.e., course-based master’s to PhD), financial credit will be applied on the course credits transferred.
Financial credit following transfers from other institutions to Concordia University will be determined on a per course credit basis relative to the Concordia equivalent
Withdrawal for academic reasons
Students who are withdrawn for academic reasons, will not be eligible to reapply for at least three terms. To qualify for admission, students are required to submit an application and meet competitive admission criteria.
Re-instatement of withdrawn students
Students who withdrew or have been withdrawn from a graduate program for non-academic reasons (e.g. non-continuous registration) may wish to submit a Student Request form requesting re-instatement to the program. Refer to the Classification and Registration for more information.
- Fall 2022 Graduate Calendar
- About the Calendar
- University overview
- Academic calendar
- Academic regulations
- Classification of students and registration
- Institute for Co-operative Education
- Institute for Co-operative Education Courses
- International program
- International students
- Policies and procedures
- Postdoctoral Fellows
- Student services
- Thesis regulations
- Program repertoire
- Arts and Science Programs
- Human Systems Intervention MA
- Youth Work Graduate Diploma
- Biology PhD
- Biology MSc
- Biotechnology and Genomics Graduate Diploma
- Chemistry PhD
- Chemistry MSc
- Hispanic Studies MA
- Communication PhD
- Media Studies MA
- Communication Studies Graduate Diploma
- Economics PhD
- Economics MA
- Economics Graduate Diploma
- Education PhD
- Applied Linguistics MA
- Child Studies MA
- Educational Studies MA
- Educational Technology MA
- Adult Education Graduate Diploma
- Instructional Technology Graduate Diploma
- Teaching of Higher and Continuing Education (C-TEACH) Graduate Certificate
- English Literature PhD
- English MA
- Littératures de langue française MA
- Traductologie MA
- Traduction, diplôme
- Microprogramme en didactique et linguistique pour l'enseignement du français langue seconde
- Technologies de la traduction, certificat
- Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies PhD
- Environmental Assessment MEnv
- Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies MSc
- Environmental Assessment Graduate Diploma
- Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology PhD
- Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology MSc
- History PhD
- History MA
- Humanities PhD
- Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies MA
- Journalism Graduate Diploma
- Visual Journalism Graduate Diploma
- Mathematics and Statistics PhD
- Mathematics and Statistics MA/MSc
- Teaching of Mathematics MTM
- Philosophy MA
- Physics PhD
- Physics MSc
- Political Science PhD
- Political Science MA
- Public Policy and Public Administration (MPPPA) MA
- Psychology PhD
- Psychology MA
- Clinical Psychology Graduate Diploma
- Religion PhD
- Judaic Studies MA
- Religions and Cultures MA
- Community Economic Development (CED) Graduate Diploma
- Développement économique communautaire (DEC), diplôme
- Social and Cultural Analysis PhD
- Social and Cultural Anthropology MA
- Sociology MA
- Theological Studies MA
- Arts and Science Courses
- Applied Human Sciences Courses
- Biology Courses
- Chemistry and Biochemistry Courses
- Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics Courses
- Communication Studies Courses
- Economics Courses
- Education Courses
- English Courses
- Études françaises, cours
- Geography, Planning and Environment Courses
- Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology Courses
- History Courses
- Humanities Courses
- Journalism Courses
- Mathematics and Statistics Courses
- Philosophy Courses
- Physics Courses
- Political Science Courses
- Psychology Courses
- Religions and Cultures Courses
- School of Community and Public Affairs Courses
- Sociology and Anthropology Courses
- Theological Studies Courses
- Fine Arts Programs
- Art Education PhD
- Art Education MA
- Art History PhD
- Art History MA
- Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option) MA
- Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option) MA
- Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy) MA
- Music Therapy Graduate Diploma
- Play Therapy Graduate Certificate
- Design MDes
- Digital Technologies in Design Art Practice Graduate Certificate
- Creative Practices in Technical Production for Live Performance Graduate Certificate
- Advanced Music Performance Studies Graduate Diploma
- Film and Moving Image Studies PhD
- Film and Moving Image Studies MA
- Studio Arts MFA
- Fine Arts Courses
- Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science Programs
- Academic Regulations
- Doctor of/Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD)
- Master of/Magisteriate in Applied Science (MASc)
- Master of/Magisteriate in Engineering (MEng)
- Building Engineering PhD
- Civil Engineering PhD
- Building Engineering MASc
- Building Engineering MEng
- Civil Engineering MASc
- Civil Engineering MEng
- Construction Engineering and Management MEng
- Environmental Engineering MEng
- Building Engineering Graduate Certificate
- Environmental Engineering Graduate Certificate
- Innovation, Technology and Society Graduate Certificate
- Chemical Engineering PhD
- Chemical Engineering MASc
- Chemical Engineering Graduate Diploma
- Chemical Engineering Graduate Certificate
- Information and Systems Engineering PhD
- Information Systems Security MASc
- Information Systems Security MEng
- Quality Systems Engineering MASc
- Quality Systems Engineering MEng
- 3D Graphics and Game Development Graduate Certificate
- Service Engineering and Network Management Graduate Certificate
- Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD
- Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc
- Electrical and Computer Engineering MEng
- Industrial Engineering PhD
- Mechanical Engineering PhD
- Aerospace MEng
- Industrial Engineering MASc
- Industrial Engineering MEng
- Mechanical Engineering MASc
- Mechanical Engineering MEng
- Mechanical Engineering Graduate Certificate
- Computer Science PhD
- Software Engineering PhD
- Applied Computer Science MApCompSc
- Computer Science MCompSc
- Software Engineering MASc
- Software Engineering MEng
- Computer Science Graduate Diploma
- Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science Courses
- List of Computer Science Courses by Topic Areas
- Computer Science Graduate Diploma Courses
- Computer Science and Software Engineering Master's and PhD Courses
- List of Engineering Courses by Topic Areas
- Building Engineering Courses
- Chemical and Materials Engineering Courses
- Civil Engineering Courses
- Electrical and Computer Engineering Courses
- Engineering and Computer Science Courses
- Information Systems Engineering Courses
- Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering Courses
- John Molson School of Business Programs
- Business Administration PhD
- Executive MBA (EMBA)
- Investment Management Option (GIIM) MBA
- Investment Management MIM
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Finance MSc
- Management MSc
- Marketing MSc
- Business Analytics and Technology Management (BATM) MSc
- Supply Chain Management MSCM
- Business Administration Graduate Diploma
- Chartered Professional Accountancy Graduate Diploma
- Investment Management (DIM) Diploma
- Business Administration Graduate Certificate
- Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate
- Quantitative Business Studies Graduate Certificate
- JMSB Co-operative Programs
- John Molson School of Business Courses
- Business Administration Graduate Certificate, Business Administration Graduate Diploma and Quantitative Business Studies Graduate Diploma Courses
- Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate Courses
- Chartered Professional Accountancy Gradate Diploma Courses
- Executive MBA Courses
- Investment Management Courses (Graduate Diploma, MBA and MIM)
- MSc Finance, Management, Marketing, and Business Analytics and Technology Management (MSCA) Courses
- MBA Courses
- Supply Chain Management (MSCM) Seminars
- Business Administration PhD Courses
- School of Graduate Studies Programs
- School of Graduate Studies Courses
- Interfaculty Programs
- Interfaculty Courses