Honored among the nation's top 20 and as one of the top 500 in the world, Concordia University is a renowned name in the field of academics which offers more than 400 undergraduate and graduate courses to international applicants around the globe.
Admission to this highly coveted higher education institute of Canada is available in the 2 intakes of Fall and Winter, Fall being the major season of enrollment. The university evidently follows quite a flexible approach towards admission and guarantees enrollment to any candidate with a decent profile applying on time.While acceptance rate to some of its courses is as high as 80%, it’s hard-to-get into popular faculties have a moderate rate of around 40 to 45%.
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, Extra Curriculars, et al. plays an equally significant role in the comprehensive procedure.
For instance, to get into one of its prominent faculties like John Molson School of Business, a desired candidate’s profile would look something like a GPA of 3 or above and an added on-field experience of nearly 5 years. A GMAT score of 600 to 660 and an IELTS score of 7.5+ would further make it a highly secure profile.
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.
|Application Fee||78 USD|
|English language proficiency accepted tests||TOEFL/ IELTS or equivalent|
|TOEFL minimum score||90 or above|
|GMAT/GRE||Mandatory for some programs|
|Application Season||Fall and Winter for undergraduate courses|
|Financial Aid for International Students||Available as Scholarships, Awards and Student Loans|
|Work-study||Available on campus|
|Students’ Helpline||514-848-2424, ext. 3515; fax: 514-848-3599; firstname.lastname@example.org|
International aspirants hoping to enroll at the university must apply by the below mentioned deadlines. Applicants must note that priority shall be given to the candidates applying prior to the last date. However, institute does consider late entries till the availability of seats but only for the fall semester.
|Season of Intake||Application Deadline|
Note: Only selected courses are available for winter semester and thus, candidates should check in the respective subject-deadlines before sending in their applications.
Application deadline for graduate programs varies for different courses. Some of the programs with their respective deadlines are as tabulated below.
|Name of Program||September Intake||January Intake||May Intake|
|MBA||March 1||June 1||-|
|Computer Science||June 1||October 1||February 1|
|Software Engineering||February 1||July 1||-|
|Economics||February 1||June 1||-|
Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.
Application Fee: 78 USD.3
Basic Academic Requirement: Higher Secondary School Certificate.
Application process explained in a few easy steps:
The university enrolls candidates of 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 from these respective nations at Concordia university is as depicted below.
Specifications to be followed as per the nationality of an applicant are as mentioned below:
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 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 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||Minimum academic score of 61||Minimum academic score of 50 with a 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 aspirants looking to enrol in a course of a duration of more than 6 months require a study permit and visa to study in Canada. They should be applied for at the earliest post receiving an offer of a place at the nearest Canadian Embassy to avoid any last minute confusions. The entire process can take up to 4 to 8 weeks and thus applying early is always advisable.
A study permit is usually valid for the length of study program with an extra 90 days period to let you apply for extending the stay or prepare to leave Canada. Some of the mandatory documents required while applying for a study permit are as mentioned below.
Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.
Application Fee: 78 USD.4
Basic Academic Requirement: Bachelor’s degree.
Program-wise specifications for admission into diverse graduate programs of the institute are tabulated as follows:
|Requirements||Master of Business Administration (MBA)||Masters in Computer Science||Master of Science in Marketing||Masters in Software Engineering||Masters in Psychology|
|GMAT/GRE||Required||Not Required||Required||Not Required||Recommended|
|LORs/References||3||3||3 (at least 2 academic)||3||3|
|SOI/Essays||Required (500 words)||Required (600 words)||Required (500 to 1,000 words)||Required (600 words)||Required (1,500 words)|
|Experience||2 years||-||-||2 years||-|
|Additional Requirements||Video Interview||-||-||Research Proposal||Psychology Background Summary Form|
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 university usually takes 4 to 6 weeks in releasing their decisions. Meanwhile, candidates should keep a close track of their application status and make arrangements for applying for a study permit.