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Admission Requirements & Application

In general, to be considered for admission you must have achieved the level of secondary education required to apply for university studies in your home province, state or country. Concordia University’s minimum requirements for admissibility to university studies.

John Molson School of Business undergraduate programs have additional admissions requirements beyond the minimum criteria required for admission to general university studies.

All criteria are subject to change.

Pre-university (Two-year)

Cegep applicants completing a two-year pre-university Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) must achieve a minimum overall CRC of 26.00 and an average CRC of 25.50 in mathematics. The mathematics courses considered for admission are Calculus 1 and Linear Algebra only. Applicants who have completed at least one of these two mathematics courses may be admitted, provided the other course is completed at JMSB during the first year. However, it is recommended that applicants complete all the JMSB prerequisite courses (see Potential Course Exemptions).

Professional/technical (Three-year)

Cegep applicants completing a three-year technical DEC in a business-related field may also be eligible for admission without the mathematics profile specified above, provided they achieve a minimum overall CRC of 26.00 and achieve a minimum of 70% in the business math course(s) required for their Cegep program. It is also recommended 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 JMSB (see Potential Course Exemptions).

Potential Course Exemptions

JMSB will grant course exemptions to newly admitted applicants who have achieved the minimum required grades in the following Cegep courses:

Minimum grade required Course
70% Mathematics 201–103 or 201–NYA (Calculus I)
70% Mathematics 201–105 or 201–NYC (Linear Algebra)
75% Introduction to Macroeconomics*
75% Introduction to Microeconomics*
Pass Computer Literacy*

These five courses are considered prerequisites to the JMSB undergraduate programs. Admitted students who do not receive exemptions for these courses in their letter of acceptance will be required to register for them as elective credits at JMSB during their first year in the program. These prerequisite courses will count for credit and will not normally prolong a JMSB degree in any way.

* Computer Literacy and Economics courses completed at Cegep will be evaluated for equivalency to the following Concordia courses: BTM 200 - Fundamentals of Information Technology, ECON 201 -Introduction to Microeconomics and ECON 203 - Introduction to Macroeconomics.
Applicants must be completing grade 12 in Canada with a minimum overall average of 80% and an average of 80% in mathematics in the required number of senior-level grade 12 courses. 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:

AB / NT /
NU
  • Five academic 30 or 31- level courses, including English Language Arts  (ELA 30-1)
  • Math 30-1 or Math 31
BC / YT
  • Four grade 12 academic courses, including English 12
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 or Calculus 12
MB
  • Five academic grade 12 40S courses, including ELA Focus 40S
  • Pre-Calculus 40S or Calculus 40S
NB
  • 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
NL
  • 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
NS
  • Five appropriate senior level academic or advanced courses, including English
  • Academic or Advanced Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
NB
  • 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
ON
  • Six grade 12 U and/or M courses, including English 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U or Advanced Functions 4U
PE
  • Five grade 12 academic subjects numbered 611 or 621, including English
  • Mathematics 611B
SK
  • 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

* Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate standard and higher level courses are acceptable in lieu of grade 12 academic courses for all provinces and territories.
Applicants must be completing grade 12 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.30 scale) and an average GPA of 3.0 in mathematics courses. Final grade 11 and mid-term grade 12 results are used to calculate admissions averages; GPA scores on a 4.0 scale will be translated to a 4.3 scale. Advanced Placement (AP) courses will only be assessed once the applicant’s file is complete. SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission; admissions is based solely on high school grades. A GED is not accepted in lieu of a high school diploma.
Applicants must have completed at least three O levels with an overall average of B, including a B in mathematics, as well as at least 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, unless otherwise stated.
Applicants from the International Baccalaureate (IB)diploma program must achieve an overall predicted score of 28 points as well as a predicted grade of 5/7 in standard level (SL) mathematics. A test of English proficiency may also be required.

* Applicants who have completed higher level (HL) mathematics may be eligible for additional course exemptions upon admission, though not advanced credit.
Applicants must have completed the Baccalauréat with an overall score of 13/20 and an average score of 13/20 in mathematics courses, on their first attempt. Applicants are assessed on their academic performance in the three trimesters of Première and first trimester of Terminale. A test of English proficiency may also be required.

* Applicants who have completed série économique et sociale (ES) option mathematiques or série scientifique (S) mathematics may be eligible for course exemptions upon admission, though not advanced credit.
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 (approx. 85% average or B equivalent) in their home country. 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.
  • Although not meeting the normal academic requirements for admission (Quebec Diplôme d'études collégiales, or equivalent), applicants must demonstrate that they have the potential to successfully undertake undergraduate courses.
  • Applicants must have been out of school (i.e. not engaged in full-time study) for at least 24 months 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 recommended 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)
    • BTM 200 (Fundamentals of Information Technology)
A test of English proficiency may also be required.
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 cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.30 scale) with an average GPA of 3.0 (B equivalent) 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 and may still be considered for admission, providing they have completed business or business-related courses. A 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 (see 16.1.3). Transfer credits will only be assessed once the applicant’s file is complete and an admissions decision has been made.

*Additional conditions may apply for university transfers. Applicants in Failed Standing are subject to additional requirements.
Independent Students and Certificate program students are not eligible for degree transfers and must submit a new application to the university.

Concordia students in non-JMSB degree programs may apply to transfer to a JMSB degree program for the Fall semester only. The deadline is May 1; application forms are available at the Birks Student Service Centre for a $40 fee.

Register for a JMSB Degree Transfer Information Session

Download a Degree Transfer information sheet

Transfer applicants must have completed the following five prerequisite courses, or their equivalents, prior to admission:

  • MATH 208 (Fundamentals of Mathematics I)
  • MATH 209 (Fundamentals of Mathematics II)
  • ECON 201 (Introduction to Microeconomics)
  • ECON 203 (Introduction to Macroeconomics)
  • DESC 200 (Fundamentals of Information Technology)

Transfer applicants must have completed at least 12 credits at Concordia with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 for either the BComm program or the BAdmin program. Applicants must also have achieved a B- average in MATH 208 and MATH 209, if completed at the university level. *Applicants in Failed Standing are subject to additional requirements.


Advanced Credit

Students who are currently enrolled in a non-JMSB degree program may also wish to complete the following courses, for which they can obtain credit towards their Business Core:

  • MARK 201 (with a minimum grade of "C-") => COMM 223
  • COMM 215 "Business Statistics" (with a minimum grade of "C-")

The following two courses may result in exemptions only and will not count for credit at JMSB:
  • ACCO 230 (with a minimum grade of "C") => COMM 217
  • ACCO 240 (with a minimum grade of “C-”) => COMM 305

Schedule an Admissions Counsellor Appointment

An Admissions Counselling Appointment is for those interested in applying to or transferring to a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) or a Bachelor of Administration (BAdmin) degree or to the Certificate in Business Studies.

Admission Deadlines

Fall

March 1

February 1
International students

Winter November 1

September 1
International students

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