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    Concordia University 2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Admissions to Concordia University are invited for three intakes fall (June), Winter (October), and Summer (February). Though the university recorded an acceptance rate as high as 80% for some of the courses, popular faculties with courses in business & management, computer science, etc recorded an acceptance rate of 40 to 45%. International applicants preparing for Concordia University admissions must be prepared you apply with a GPA of 3 or more on a scale (83-86%), IELTS score (6.5 to 7.5 or other test equivalents), and other relevant documents.

    International students are required to submit Official Test Scores like SAT (980 Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing+Math score), ACT (composite score of 18), and GMAT scores (580 or more) depending on the choice of the program at Concordia. International students not fulfilling ELP criteria should consider CUI PathwayProgram to get into the university. 

    Admission to Top Concordia University Courses

    Programs Application Deadlines Test Scores
    Master of Computer Science Fall- Jun 1
    Winter- Oct 1
    TOEFL- 90 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 6.5 
    M.Eng Electrical and Computer Engineering Fall- Feb 1
    Winter- Jul 1
    TOEFL- 85 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 6.5
    M.Eng Civil Engineering  Fall- Feb 1
    Winter- Jul 1
    TOEFL- 85 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 6.5
    M.Eng Mechanical Engineering Mar 1 TOEFL- 85 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 6.5
    M.Eng Environmental Engineering Fall- Mar 1
    Winter- Jun 1
    TOEFL- 85 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 6.5
    M.Sc Finance Fall- March 1, 2021 GMAT is preferred to the GRE
    TOEFL- 90 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 6.5
    M.B.A Fall- Mar 1
    Winter- Jun 1
    GMAT score of 580, 
    TOEFL- 95 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 7.0
    Executive MBA Currently open for Aug intake GMAT score of 580 or better
    TOEFL- 95 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 7.0
    M.Sc. Marketing Fall – Mar 1 GMAT is preferred to the GRE
    TOEFL- 90 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 6.5
    M.Sc. Chemistry  Fall- Jun 1
    Winter- Sep 1
    Summer-  Feb 1
    TOEFL- 90 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 6.5
    M.Eng. Industrial Engineering Fall- Feb 1
    Winter- Jul 1
    TOEFL- 85 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 6.5
    Master in Supply Chain Management  Fall- Mar 1 TOEFL- 95 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 7.0
    Master in Applied Computer Sciences Fall- Feb 1
    Winter- Jul 1
    TOEFL- 90 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 6.5
    M.A. Economics Fall- Feb 1
    Winter- Jun 1
    Honors degree in Economics with a cumulative GPA of 3.0
    TOEFL- 90 with no component under 20; OR
    IELTS- 6.5 with at least 6.5 in each component
    M.Des.  January 15 TOEFL- 90 with no component under 20 or
    IELTS- 6.5

    Aspirants applying to the thesis-based graduate courses at the institute must note that there are no direct admissions and thus students must get in touch with the respective faculty professors and find themselves a perfect supervisor match to successfully enroll themselves at the university. 

    Concordia University at a Glance

    Application Fee 100-150 CAD
    English language proficiency accepted tests TOEFL/ IELTS or equivalent
    TOEFL minimum score 90 or above
    IELTS score 6.5 or more
    GMAT/GRE Mandatory for management & business courses
    Application Season Fall and Winter for UG courses
    Fall, Winter, and Summer for PG courses
    The student to faculty ratio 18:1
    Work-study Available on campus
    Students’ Helpline 514-848-2424, ext. 3515; fax: 514-848-3599; iso@concordia.ca

    Concordia University Admission Deadlines

    International aspirants hoping to enroll at the university must apply by the below-mentioned deadlines. Applicants are advised to apply at least 2 months prior to the deadlines for a befitting review process. However, the institute does consider late entries until the availability of seats but only for the fall semester.

    Undergraduate Courses

    Season of Intake Application Deadlines
    Fall February 1
    Winter September 1

    Note:

    1.  Applications received after February 15 are reviewed on a rolling basis, and it is recommended that students apply well in advance. Once your application is complete, it usually takes two weeks to receive an admissions decision, depending upon the time of year. 
    2. Only selected courses are available for the winter semester and thus, candidates should check in the respective subject-deadlines before sending in their applications.

    International Admissions at Concordia University

    Concordia University application process explained in a few easy steps:

    1. Choose 3 programs of preference and check their corresponding requirements.
    2. Check other admission-related specifications like any specific subject requirements, letter of intent, portfolio, among others.
    3. Submit an online application at the official website by filling in the general personal information and program preferences.
    4. Provide the mandatory documents including transcripts, proof of English language proficiency like TOEFL or equivalent, et al.
    5. Wait for an offer of a place and prepare to apply for a study permit at the nearest Canadian Embassy.

    Planning to Study in Canada? Find out How to Get a Study Permit!

    Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.

    Application Fee: The application fees of 100 CAD have been waived off!

    Basic Academic Requirement: 

    • Higher Secondary School Certificate.
    • Minimum GPA: 2.80 (80-82%)
    • Standardized test scores to study in Canada 
    • Financial Requirements demonstrate a significant amount of financial resources to meet the cost of education at Concordia University. 
    • Official SAT and/or ACT scores (Waived off for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 applicants)

    Country-Specific Requirements

    The university enrolls candidates from more than 150 countries and requires that they fulfill country-specific essentials along with important admission documents. Some of the countries and the percentage of students enrolled in these respective nations at Concordia university are as depicted below. 

    Specifications to be followed as per the nationality of an applicant are as mentioned below:

    Country Equivalent Qualifications (UG courses)
    Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
    China Senior Middle school diploma
    India Higher School Certificate or Intermediate Certificate or
    Higher Secondary Certificate or Indian School Certificate or
    All India Senior School Certificate or Pre-University Certificate
    Nepal National Examination Board Certificate
    Pakistan Intermediate Certificate or Higher Secondary School Certificate
    Sri Lanka Sri Lanka GCE Advanced Level completion certificate

    English Requirements for Concordia University

    The university requires its applicants to meet certain English-language standards because the medium of instruction at the institute is primarily English. In order to meet these certain specifications, the organization accepts a few tests as the desired form of proof of an individual's language skills. Students can submit any one of the below-tabulated tests and fulfill the language proficiency requirements of the university.

    Name of Accepted Tests Direct admissions (no ESL required)Score Direct Admissions (ESL courses required) Score Conditional Admission (with intensive English language programs) Score*
    TOEFL (iBT) 90 or higher Between 75 and 89 with a minimum combined score of 34 for speaking and writing TOEFL score between 63 and 74, with no more than two parts under 15
    IELTS 7 or higher 6.5 or 6 with no individual score under 5.5 IELTS score of 5.5 or 5, with only two bands as low as 4.5
    PTE A minimum academic score of 61 A minimum academic score of 50 with at least 46 in speaking and writing Overall 45 to 49 with only two parts as low as 43

    *Candidates meeting all the other admission-related requirements except English language specifications are eligible for conditional admissions. With a conditional offer, students must enroll in the Intensive English Language Program and attain a final grade of 70% or higher at the Advanced 2 Level.

    International Graduate Admissions at Concordia University

    Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website. Basic Academic Requirement: Bachelor’s degree.

    Admission-Related Requirements

    1. Choose a program of choice and fill an online application at the official website.
    2. Provide official transcripts, proof of English proficiency, and other additional subject-specific requirements like a statement of purpose, CV, references, among others.
    3. Find yourself a supervisor, if opting for the thesis option, by visiting explore.concordia.ca and contacting the desired supervisor.
    4. Submit the completed application and stay updated with the application status by visiting MyConcordia.ca.

    Program-wise specifications for admission into diverse graduate programs of the institute are tabulated as follows: 

    Requirements Master of Business Administration (MBA) Master of Science (MSc) in Biology MSc in Marketing Civil Engineering (MEng)
    Application Fee CAD 150 CAD 103.50 CAD 103.50 CAD 103.50
    Transcripts Required Required Required Required
    Official Test Scores  GMAT/GRE TOEFL;
    IELTS (min 6.5)
    GMAT (min 580); TOEFL (min 95); IELTS (min 7.0) IELTS (min 6.5)
    Resume/CV Required Required Required Required
    LORs/References 3 current LORs 3 current LORs 3 current LORs 3 current LORs
    SOI/Essays Required (500 words) SOP (600 words) Not required A Statement of Purpose
    Experience 2 years Not required Not required Not required
    Additional Requirements Video Interview - Proof of Canadian Citizenship (current passport) Proof of Canadian Citizenship (current passport)

    Every year, thousands of students apply for admissions at Concordia University to eventually succeed in their dream of landing a high-paying job in Canada, thus making it a prerequisite that your application is unique and stands out. Good SOPs in this regard form a very crucial part in signifying your interests and superiority in comparison to other applicants.

    Candidates applying for thesis-based courses are highly recommended to closely go through the list of faculty members and contact the professor whose work highly matches your field of interest. Pursue them with proposal projects, show them you are genuinely interested in working under them, and see if they will be interested in assisting you. The probability of acceptance at Concordia University varies in response to different parameters. The institute, however, clarifies that no one factor rules the admission process entirely and an overall profile comprising of GPA, Work Experience, Research, and Extra-Curricular plays an equally significant role in the comprehensive procedure. The university usually takes 4 to 6 weeks in releasing its decisions. Meanwhile, candidates should keep a close track of their application status and make arrangements for applying for a study permit.

    FAQs

    Ques. What criteria do the admissions committee use?

    Ans. Your undergraduate record is very important, as are your letters of reference. We also pay close attention to your statement of purpose and your portfolio (for those interested in the Creative Writing option) and writing sample for international students.

    Ques. My GPA falls below those specified as qualifying an applicant for the MA (GPA 3.3). Can I still apply?

    Ans. Concordia will consider applications from students who demonstrate high performance in literature courses even if their overall GPA is lower than 3.3. Please note that the School of Graduate Studies does stipulate 3.0 as the minimum GPA required for admission to any to any graduate program. Students who do not have an adequate GPA may wish to take additional courses in order to improve their academic standing and qualify for admission.

    Ques. I completed my undergraduate degree some time ago. Can I still apply to the MA program?

    Ans. The admissions committee doesn’t consider when you completed your coursework; they are primarily looking at the grades you achieved, your period coverage, and evidence of independent research. The difficulty many students have when they decide to apply to a graduate program after having been out of school for a number of years is the lack of referee availability. The admissions committee will want to see at least two strong letters of academic reference from faculty who have taught you in the past. If you have not been taking classes for some years, it may be difficult to find faculty to write these references. If you find yourself in this situation you may want to consider taking an upper-level undergraduate English Literature course or two, in order to brush up on your academic skills and showcase them to faculty who can write you fresh references.

    Ques. I don’t have an Honours undergraduate degree. Can I apply for the Master's program at Concordia?

    Ans. The Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations state that in order to be admissible to a graduate program you must have completed an Honours undergraduate degree or equivalent. If the institution you attend offers an Honours BA, this is the route you should take in order to prepare yourself for graduate work. If your institution does not offer an Honours BA, you must complete a four-year undergraduate degree. Courses with a strong independent research emphasis are the bridge between undergraduate and graduate work, and success in these courses will show the admissions committee that you will thrive in the graduate school environment.

    Ques. What do I need to submit in order to enroll in the Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 term as a new student?

    Ans.

    It is important to apply for your immigration documents as soon as possible. All new international students admitted for the Winter term who will be studying from outside Canada will have to provide the university the following documents in order to be enrolled for the Winter 2021 term:

    • Have obtained the CAQ and the approval of their study permit, or
    • Have obtained the CAQ and have applied for the study permit (please keep in mind that a CAQ approval letter is required when applying for your study permit), or
    • Have applied for the CAQ and have applied for the study permit (please keep in mind that a CAQ approval letter is required when applying for your study permit)

    Ques. What is the deadline to submit my immigration documents?

    Ans. Your immigration documents must be submitted by January 19, 2021 (DNE deadline) for students starting their studies in Winter 2021.

    Concordia University - Quebec, canada: 11 answered questions

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    Ques. Should I go to Mcgill University (finance) or Concordia University (finance)?

    ● Top Answer By Rohini Mishra on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. Mcgill University and Concordia University both are public affiliated universities and bagged #=31 and #=477 position in the QS world ranking list. As per QS and THE, the universities count among the top 25 Canadian Universities. McGill’s Finance discipline is internationally appreciated for its innovative teaching and high-quality research whereas the John Molson of Business School believes in awarding more hands-on experience to its students and in building a unique co-op program.  McGill allows its students to work and interact with people from all around the world and at the same time interact with alumni and different industry leaders to learn more about the subfields of Finance. The presented table gives a clear cut comparison between two universities: CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY  McGILL UNIVERSITY RANK  #477 QS World University 2021  #462 as World University 2020 #31 QS World University 2021  #35 QS World University 2020 ACCEPTANCE RATE  49.3%  45% COST OF STUDY  Average Tuition Fees 19856 USD  (For UG Program)  Average Tuition Fees 13725 USD  (For PG Program)  Hostel + Meal - 21862 USD Per Year Average Tuition Fees 34242 USD  (For UG Program)  Average Tuition Fees 13470 USD  (For PG Program)  Hostel + Meal - 29142 USD Per Year AVG PACKAGE  MBA Graduates: $108,000  MS Graduates: $100,000 $66,552  TOP RECRUITERS:  EY, KPMG, McKinsey  Consulting,Adidas, Loreal, etc. EMPLOYMENT RATE  87%  85% The John Molson of Business School's principle is to apply whatever students learned in the classroom to the real world as it will help them to confront live cases, work with real-life companies facing real problems, and will get some hands-on experience in the world of Business. McGill holds ideology and theory focussed programs, on the other hand, Concordia University programs are generally Practical-Based.Read more
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    Ques. Is Carleton or Concordia University better for MEng in mechanical engineering?

    ● Top Answer By Vivek Bansal on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. Both Carleton and Concordia are top public universities of Canada, securing #301/400 and #201/400 rank in the domain of mechanical engineering by Academic Ranking of Universities Ranking (ARWU) 2020.  However, the program duration in both universities differs, the MEng program at Concordia University is 2 years whereas at Carleton University it's 1 year. Here’s a brief comparison of the MEng program in both universities: PARAMETERS  Concordia University  Carleton University RANK  # 201/400  #301/400 ACCEPTANCE RATE  61.80%  20% - 30% FEES CHARGED  $22676 For 2 years.  $23740 for 1 year LIVING EXPENSES  $16,0681  $13,354 AVERAGE PACKAGE  $46,475  $61,860   Concordia University students receive easy access to state of the art laboratories and research centers for a good grip and better understanding of Industrial Control, on the other hand, Carleton's MEng program focuses on building student's engineering career by the combined rigorous program along with a supportive learning environment and hands-on experience training.  Placements On the completion of the program, Concordia students get placed as Mechanical Engineers, Aerospace Engineers with an average package of $46,475 whereas Clareton students receive job opportunities as Robotic Engineer, Nanotech Engineer, etc with a median package of $61860.Read more
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    Ques. Which university is better for a Masters in applied computer science, the University of Concordia, or the University of Dalhousie?

    ● Top Answer By Meghdeepa Mondal on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. Both the University of Concordia and University of Dalhousie are prestigious public colleges in Canada ranked at #477 and #215, respectively in the QS World Ranking List 2021. However, Masters in Applied Computer Science is a very tough course in Canada so you will need to weigh your own pros and cons. Concordia has an advantage over Dalhousie as it's placed in Montreal, which is popularly known for the Software Industry and has a lot of job opportunities. But be warned that the program here will be more difficult.  Other than that Concordia University holds brand new research laboratories and high engineering specialized IT equipment for the student's hands-on experience. Concordia's Applied Computer Science program mainly focuses on improving the theoretical and practical application skills among students.  Both universities have their own pros and cons. The ultimate decision lies in an individual's priority and choice. The table presented below provides a brief comparison of both the universities : DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY  CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY RANK  #291 QS World University 2021 #215 Round University Ranking 2020 # 477 QS World University 2021 #578 Round University Ranking 2020 ACCEPTANCE RATE  70%  49.3% COST TO STUDY  $15692  $19856 AVERAGE PACKAGE  MBA (87,000 USD); Bachelor of Science (67,000 USD);  Bachelor of Arts (55,000 USD); BBA (43,000 USD). $84,000 On the other hand, at the University of Dalhousie students get a wide level of practice. The program is also a bit easier and has a flexible course-structure when compared to Concordia’s. Some of the major domains in Computer Science at the University of Dalhousie comprise of Visual Analytics, Human-Computer Interaction, Network, and Security, Theory, Algorithms, etc.  On completion of the program, students from Concordia University land up in many top-paying IT sectors of Canada with an average package of $ 84,000 whereas students from the University of Dalhousie get placed as Network Engineers or Application Engineers with a median package of $ 64,000.Nautel, Nova Scotia Power,Generation, IBM Canada Ltd., Government of Nova Scotia are some of the top recruiters of Dalhousie University.Read more
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    Ques. Which university is better for an undergraduate degree in fine arts with a biology minor, U of T, McGill, or Concordia University?

    ● Top Answer By Aniket Atul Mahulikar on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. All three of these are counted among the most popular colleges in Canada. However, you can safely say Mcgill and UToronto have a better brand value due to their rankings (#25 and #31 respectively) as well as distinguished science programs. THE ranks them at #1 and #2 respectively in terms of graduate employability in Canada.  The Biology program offered by UToronto mainly emphasizes on the latest innovative edge technology and new clinical and research techniques. Whereas, Mcgill’s Biology program is purely research-based and introduces its students to the latest techniques and methodologies in the field of Biology. Students will have easy access to advanced laboratory services for more hands-on experience and research purposes.  The table below gives a detailed comparison of the three universities:  Parameters  University of Toronto  McGill University  Concordia University Ranking (QS WUR 2021) #25  #31  #477 Acceptance Rate  43%  45%  49.3% Cost to Study  $20379-47086 +$33702 (Hostel+Meal) $13470-34242+$29142 (Hostel+Meal) 13725-19856+21862 (Hostel+Meal) Placements for MS  (Average) $98,000  $100,000  $110,000   We can see that while the first two universities are pretty reputable, their acceptance rate and expenses are considerably higher than Concordia’s. Concordia University's undergraduate Biology program features Gene study, Organism physiology, Morphology, Anatomy Analysis, Cell study on the living system, and lots more.  While Concordia’s science programs are not as refined, it is also a great alternative because of its cost and placements. Overall, it depends on your personal preferences.Read more
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    Ques. I have received an admit from University of Waterloo and Concordia University for biological sciences. Which one should I choose?

    ● Top Answer By Aarushi Kalra on 12 Jan 21

    Ans. The University of Waterloo has a good scope and facilities for Biological science when compared to Concordia University. Moreover, it is one of the top universities with a good employment rate and average salary. QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 has ranked University of Waterloo at #25 and Concordia University #301-500.  Both the university has a good placement rate with a 96.46% employment rate for the University of Waterloo and an average salary of $92,889. Concordia has an 87% employment rate with an average salary of $62,993. QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 has placed Waterloo’s Biological Sciences program at #251-300. Particulars for Biological science are: The University of Waterloo is ranked #9 in Canada and #201-250 in the world whereas Concordia University has been ranked #22 in Canada and #601-800 in the world by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. Overall, The University of Waterloo is the potential choice for Biological science.Read more
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