English language proficiency

We are aware that some students are experiencing issues with taking the TOEFL and IELTS tests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, results from the Duolingo English Test (DET) are currently accepted. Please refer to this page for updates on the School of Graduate Studies' response to the pandemic.

Language proficiency test exemptions

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 (proof of DEC is required);
  • For John Molson School of Business candidates applying to the professional programs, a minimum of five 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 scores prior to their admission to Concordia University.

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 an English language proficiency test if it is deemed necessary.

Minimum English proficiency scores for graduate admission by Faculty

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