Degrees and General Requirements
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
In addition to the general admission requirements, the Gina Cody School (GCS) may require applicants to write the Engineering Writing Test (EWT) as a condition of admission to all graduate programs in Engineering and Computer Science. Depending on the result, students may be required to complete remedial English language courses in addition to their program requirements.
Engineering Writing Test (EWT). The Engineering Writing Test examines students’ ability to provide reasoned assessment of a short technical composition in English or French, and their ability to provide a qualitative account of quantitative or graphically presented data. The test is offered a number of times throughout the year. Based on their performance in the test, students may be asked to take remedial courses.
All students registered in a Gina Cody School graduate degree program are assessed at the end of each academic term. This assessment is based on:
- courses for which a grade point value has been assigned subsequent to their admission to their program, or in the case of reinstated students, subsequent to their reinstatement, and
- other degree requirements, for which no grade point value is assigned, such as doctoral seminars, comprehensive examinations, doctoral research proposals and theses which are graded on a pass/fail or equivalent basis.
Standings of students are determined as follows:
- Academic Standing. Please refer to thesection of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
Degree Specific Requirements. PhD program: Students must obtain an assessment grade point average (AGPA) of 3.00 based on a minimum of 8 credits. A maximum of one grade below B is permitted.
- Graduation Requirements. To be considered for the award of a graduate degree, students in Certificate, Diploma, and Master programs must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70, and students in the PhD programs must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
Students must have satisfied all degree requirements of their program of study and obtained the required minimum cumulative grade point average based on all courses credited towards the degree. These courses must be taken at Concordia subsequent to first registration in the program, or credited to Concordia from other universities in accordance with credit transfer regulations in the graduate calendar.
In the case of PhD students, a maximum of one grade below B is permitted.