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John Molson Admission Requirements

For direct entry into John Molson School of Business you must meet the minimum admission requirements specific to your academic background outlined below. 

All applicants, regardless of their situation, should make use of the three program choices allowed during the online application. 

Select your preferred John Molson program as your first choice. As a second and third choice it is recommended to choose a program offered by another faculty (such as Bachelor of Arts Major in Economics) as well as the Certificate in Foundations for Business.

If you are not admitted directly into John Molson, you may complete any missing prerequisites and/or improve your grades in the Bachelor of Arts program or Certificate in Foundations for Business before transferring into the John Molson School of Business. The credits earned in programs outside of John Molson, including Certificates, will be carried with you to your future John Molson degree - certain restrictions apply.

How to apply

Admission Requirements

Pre-university (Two-year)

Cegep applicants completing a two-year pre-university Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) must achieve a minimum overall CRC of 27.00 and an average CRC of 26.50 in mathematics. The mathematics courses considered for admission are Calculus 1 and Linear Algebra only.

Applicants are eligible for admission to the John Molson School of Business once they have completed at least one of these two mathematics courses, provided the other course is completed at John Molson during the first year. However, it is recommended that applicants complete as many of the John Molson prerequisite courses as possible within their Cegep program (see Potential Course Exemptions).

Professional/technical (Three-year)

Cegep applicants completing a three-year technical DEC in a business-related field may be eligible for admission without the completion of Calculus 1 or Linear Algebra, provided they achieve a minimum overall CRC of 27.00 and achieve a minimum of 75% in Secondary 5 Math (SN, TS or MATH 536). It is also required that these applicants submit their high school transcripts with their application. If admitted, applicants will be required to complete all missing prerequisite courses as elective credits at John Molson (see Potential Course Exemptions).

Note: three-year technical DEC students who have chosen to complete Calculus I and/or Linear Algebra mathematics courses must achieve an average of CRC of 26.50 in mathematics.

Potential Course Exemptions

Once applicants are admitted based on their overall CRC score and average CRC in mathematics, admitted students may be awarded course exemptions in the following Cegep courses:

Minimum grade required Course
60% grade
Math 201–103 or 201–NYA (Concordia: MATH 209)
60% grade
Math 201–105 or 201–NYC (Concordia: MATH 208)
75% grade Intro to Macroeconomics (Concordia: ECON 203)
75% grade Intro to Microeconomics (Concordia: ECON 201)

Admitted students who do not receive exemptions for these courses in their letter of acceptance will be required to complete them as elective credits at John Molson during their first year in the program. These prerequisite courses will count for credit and will not normally prolong a John Molson degree in any way.

Applicants must be completing grade 12 in Canada with a overall average equivalent to a B and a B average in mathematics - see provincial table below.

All applicants must have completed the required mathematics and English courses (or French if they attended a French-language school) and must meet the requirements to graduate in their home province or territory:

  • Five academic 30 or 31-level courses, including English (ELA 30-1)
  • Math 30-1 or Math 31
  • Four grade 12 academic courses, including English 12
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 or Calculus 12
  • Five academic grade 12 40S courses, including ELA Focus 40S
  • Pre-Calculus 40S or Calculus 40S
  • Five appropriate senior level courses numbered 120, 121, or 122, including English 121 or 122
  • Math 121 or 122 or Pre-Calculus A 120, Pre-Calculus B 120 or Calculus 120
  • Honours or Academic Status in a minimum of five grade 12 senior-level courses, including English 3201
  • Mathematics 3204 or Mathematics 3205 or Mathematics 3207
  • Five appropriate senior level academic or advanced courses, including English
  • Academic or Advanced Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
  • Six grade 12 U and/or M courses, including English 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U or Advanced Functions 4U
  • Five grade 12 academic subjects numbered 611 or 621, including English
  • Mathematics 611B
  • Five grade 12 academic courses, two of which must be English Language Arts (ELA 30 A) and (ELA 30 B)
  • Pre-Calculus 30 or Calculus 30

Graduation from an accredited high school. Please include your school profile with your admissions application.

Applicants must be completing grade 12 with an overall average equivalent to a B with a B average in mathematics courses. (Not accepted: Statistics, Algebra I or II and Geometry). Final grade 11 and mid-year grade 12 results are used to calculate admissions averages. A GED may be considered.

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are not required but you may qualify for advanced standing. SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission; admissions is based solely on high school grades. 

Applicants must have completed two A levels with an overall average of C, including a C in mathematics. Two AS levels may be considered equivalent to one A level.

Applicants from the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program must achieve an overall predicted score of 29 points as well as a predicted grade of 5 in SL or 4 in HL mathematics. The following mathematics courses are accepted:

  • Analysis and Approaches SL
  • Analysis and Approaches HL
  • Applications and Interpretations HL


An English proficiency test may also be required.

Applicants must have completed the Baccalauréat with an overall score of 13/20 and an average score of 13/20 in mathematics courses.

Applicants are assessed on their academic performance in Première and first trimester or semester of Terminale.

test of English proficiency may also be required.

Accepted math courses:

*Courses listed with an asterisk are not required for admission, but are strongly recommended, and may grant advanced standing.

Première : Spécialité mathématiques
Terminale : Mathématiques complémentaires
 OR Spécialité mathématiques*


Applicants from countries and education systems not specified above are generally admissible if they meet the academic and English-language proficiency requirements for admission to Concordia University, provided they achieve above-average grades overall and in pre-university mathematics courses in their home country. This would translate roughly to a 3.00 CGPA (on a 4.30 scale) or the equivalent of a "B" grade at Concordia University.

In most cases, final grade 11 and mid-term grade 12 results are used to calculate admissions averages. A test of English proficiency may also be required.

Admission as a mature student may be granted to Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, subject to the following conditions:

  • Applicants must have reached the age of 21 by August 1 or December 1 of a given year, to enter the University in the following September or January, respectively.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have the potential to successfully undertake undergraduate courses, as they do not meet the normal academic requirements for admission.
  • Applicants must have been out of full-time academic study for at least 24 months in total since reaching the age of 18. Applicants who have been out of school for only 12 months are also admissible, provided that they have had no unfavourable academic record in the previous 24 months.
  • It is required that mature-entry applicants submit a résumé and a letter of intent.
  • Applicants must have 5 years of relevant business work experience, or have completed the following prerequisite courses, or their equivalent, with a B- average overall and in MATH 208 and 209 specifically:

    • MATH 208 (Fundamentals of Mathematics I)
    • MATH 209 (Fundamentals of Mathematics II)
    • ECON 201 (Introduction to Microeconomics)
    • ECON 203 (Introduction to Macroeconomics)

test of English proficiency may also be required.

Meeting these conditions does not guarantee admission to the University and cannot replace a poor academic record. Each mature entry application is reviewed on an individual basis.

We treat each home-school case on its own merits. Home-schooled applicants should submit all supporting application documents, e.g. SAT and AP test scores and transcripts, of any academic institution attended. In some cases, an interview(s) with a university official may be required.

You must also include a:

  • Description of the home-schooling curriculum program followed and measures of academic acquisition in the program
  • Letter of intent explaining your academic background and why you are a good candidate for the program
  • Letter from the home-educator detailing how the home-school program has prepared the applicant for university studies
  • Letter of recommendation from an impartial source indicating the applicant’s readiness for university-level study

Applicants from other universities who wish to transfer an unfinished degree or complete a second degree at the John Molson School of Business must have achieved a minimum overall average equivalent to a B-, with an average of B- or better in mathematics courses. Ideally, applicants should have completed all prerequisite courses (Calculus I, Linear Algebra, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics).

Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements but lack some or all of the prerequisite courses are encouraged to apply and may still be considered for admission, providing they have completed business or business-related courses.

test of English proficiency may also be required.

Newly admitted applicants will likely receive credit for university-level courses completed at a recognized institution, subject to Concordia University policy. Transfer credits will only be assessed once the applicant’s file is complete and an admissions decision has been made. Details and an explanation of all transfer credits will be included in John Molson acceptance letters.

Note: per university policy, completed university courses must have an equivalent grade of "C-" or higher to be transfered for credit to a John Molson program.

*Additional conditions may apply for university transfers. Applicants in Failed Standing are subject to additional requirements.

Concordia students in non-business degree programs (such as Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science programs) may apply to transfer to a John Molson degree program. For full details please visit John Molson's Internal Degree Transfer webpage.

Current Concordia Independent students and Certificate program students are eligible to enter John Molson once they have met the admission requirements below. Independent students and Certificate program students must submit a new application to John Molson for either the Fall or Winter terms.

Admission Requirements for Independent Students and Certificate Students:

  1. Complete a minimum of 12 credits (4 courses) at Concordia University
  2. Achieve a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.70. 
  3. Achieve an average grade of 2.70 (B-) or better in MATH 208 and MATH 209. (Students who have received an exemption for MATH 208 must achieve a minimum grade of 2.70 in MATH 209, and vice versa.)
  4. Have completed (or have exemptions for) the following five courses one semester prior to transferring:
  • ECON 201 – Introduction to Microeconomics

  • ECON 203 – Introduction to Macroeconomics

  • MATH 208 – Fundamentals of Mathematics I (Linear Algebra)

  • MATH 209 – Fundamentals of Mathematics II (Calculus I)

Completed university courses, including the John Molson prerequisite courses, are eligible to be transferred to your future John Molson degree provided a grade of C‑ or better has been achieved.

Courses available to Independent students and Certificate students in preparation to enter the John Molson School of Business. 

Along with the John Molson prerequisites, students interested in entering the John Molson School of Business may complete:

  • MARK 201 - Introduction to Marketing (with a minimum grade of C- this course will be converted to COMM 223 upon successful transfer).

Courses available to Independent students and Certificate students that will NOT result in transfer credits or exemptions towards a John Molson degree.

If you intend to enter the John Molson School of Business, do not take the following courses:

ACCO 230, ADMI 201, ADMI 202, FINA 230, MANA 201, MANA 202, MANA 298, MANA 300, COMM 299, MANA 211, MANA 213, MANA 266.

For further assistance Indepent Students and Certificate Students may contact the Independent Student Advisor - Steve Clark (


Frequently Asked Questions

The school offers intake for Fall (September) and Winter (January) semesters. Please see Application Deadlines for full details.

Concordia University's application fee is $100 CAD. This fee includes up to three program choices. Once you have successfully paid the application fee, your application is considered submitted. You may add any missing documents to your application after having paid the application fee.  

Tuition costs related to the number of courses taken per semester as well as your residency status. To get an estimate of the cost of attending the John Molson School of Business, please use our Tuition and fee estimator or see our Cost Estimate webpage. Please note that Tuition and fee estimator is for academic costs only and does not include the cost of housing, transportation and food.

By applying to the John Molson School of Business you will be automatically considered for entrance scholarships, which are awarded based on academic merit. For more information about financial assistance through government student aid programs, scholarships, awards, and bursaries please see Concordia's Financial Aid and Awards webpage. 



Once you have submitted your application by paying the application fee you may check your status by:       

  1. Logging in to the Student Hub.
  2. Click on the Student Centre.
  3. Ensure your To do List (on the right-hand side) is empty. 
  4. Check your status under Admissions (at the bottom of the page). 

Once a decision is made regarding your application, you will be contacted by email.


Admission applications are processed in a priority sequence and it takes several weeks from the time that a file becomes complete (i.e. all documents received) to receive a response. Please note that an assessment of your application can not begin until all requested documents have been received. To see if you are missing any documents please see the how to check the status of my application above.

No, you are not required to submit letters of reference or letters of intent when apply to undergraduate programs at the John Molson School of Business. Admission to John Molson is strictly based on previous academic performance, see admission requirements above. 

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