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Concordia University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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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 Fee78 USD 
English language proficiency accepted testsTOEFL/ IELTS or equivalent
TOEFL minimum score90 or above
GMAT/GREMandatory for some programs
Application SeasonFall and Winter for undergraduate courses
Financial Aid for International StudentsAvailable as Scholarships, Awards and Student Loans
Work-studyAvailable on campus
Students’ Helpline514-848-2424, ext. 3515; fax: 514-848-3599;


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.

Undergraduate courses 

Season of IntakeApplication Deadline
FallFeb 1
WinterSep 1

Note: Only selected courses are available for winter semester and thus, candidates should check in the respective subject-deadlines before sending in their applications.

Graduate Courses

Application deadline for graduate programs varies for different courses. Some of the programs with their respective deadlines are as tabulated below.

Name of ProgramSeptember IntakeJanuary IntakeMay Intake
MBAMarch 1June 1-
Computer ScienceJune 1October 1February 1
MarketingMarch 1--
Software EngineeringFebruary 1July 1-
EconomicsFebruary 1June 1-

International Admissions

Concordia University Admissions

Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.

Application Fee: 78 USD.3

Basic Academic Requirement: Higher Secondary School Certificate.

Admission Process

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 programs 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 place and prepare to apply for a study permit at the nearest Canadian Embassy.

Country-Specific Requirements

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.

Concordia University Country Wise Enrollment

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

  • 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 Proficiency Requirements

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 TestsDirect admissions (no ESL required)ScoreDirect Admissions (ESL courses required) ScoreConditional 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 writingTOEFL score between 63 and 74, with no more than two parts under 15
IELTS7 or higher 6.5 or 6 with no individual score under 5.5IELTS score of 5.5 or 5, with only two bands as low as 4.5
PTEMinimum academic score of 61Minimum academic score of 50 with a at least 46 in speaking and writingOverall 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.

Visa Application Process

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.

  • Acceptance letter.
  • Valid passport or travel document.
  • Proof of finances.

Graduate Admissions

Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.

Application Fee: 78 USD.4

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 statement of purpose, CV, references, among others.
  3. Find yourself a supervisor, if opting for thesis option, by visiting and contacting the desired supervisor.
  4. Submit the completed application and stay updated with the application status by visiting

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

RequirementsMaster of Business Administration (MBA)Masters in Computer ScienceMaster of Science in MarketingMasters in Software EngineeringMasters in Psychology
GMAT/GRERequiredNot RequiredRequiredNot RequiredRecommended
LORs/References333 (at least 2 academic)33
SOI/EssaysRequired (500 words)Required (600 words)Required (500 to 1,000 words)Required (600 words)Required (1,500 words)
Experience2 years--2 years-
Additional RequirementsVideo Interview--Research ProposalPsychology 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.

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