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Classification of High School Courses 

Acceptable Alberta Education Grade 12 subjects, other than English Language Arts 30-1, have been classified into four groups: A, B, C, and D. The Grade 12 courses listed are based on Alberta Education approved curriculum and nomenclature. Prospective applicants from other provinces and territories should visit our website at MacEwan.ca/HighSchoolSubjects for out-of-province equivalencies.

Applicants who are home schooled will be required to complete the Alberta Education diploma examinations (or equivalent) in order to meet any high school course requirement.

For admission purposes, MacEwan University will use the higher of either the high school grade or the Advanced Placement (AP) grade/ International Baccalaureate (IB) grade.

Group A (Humanities)

  1. Social Studies 30-1
  2. 30-level language other than English
  3. Aboriginal Studies 30

Notes:

  1. Any one of the following courses will meet the 30-level language other than English requirement: French 21, 20S, 20N, 30S, 30N; French 31, 31A, 31B, 31C, 30-3Y, 30-9Y; French Language Arts 20, 30, 30-1, 30-2; Français 20, 30, 30-1, 30-2; Langue et Literature 20, 30.
  2. Any one of the following courses will also meet the 30-level language other than English requirement: Blackfoot Language & Culture 30; Chinese Language Arts 30; Chinese Language & Culture 30; Cree Language & Culture 30; German Language Arts 30; German Language & Culture 30; Italian Language & Culture 30; Japanese Language & Culture 30; Latin 30; Spanish Language & Culture 30; Ukrainian Language Arts 30; Ukrainian Language & Culture 30. There are other 35-level locally developed courses which may also be used to meet the language other than English requirement.

Group B (Fine Arts)

  1. Art 30
  2. Art 31
  3. Communication Technology Advanced (CTS) (5 credits)
  4. Dance 35
  5. Drama 30
  6. Music 30 (Choral, Instrumental or General (5 credits)
  7. Musical Theatre 35
  8. Music 35
  9. Performing Arts 35 A, B, or C
  10. Additional 35-level Fine Arts courses may be considered

Note: Equivalents of Music 30: Conservatory Canada, Grade 8 Practical and Grade IV Theory; Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, Grade 8 Practical and Grade II Theory; Mount Royal University, Grade 8 Practical and Grade II Theory. Documents must be presented to Alberta Education for evaluation.

Group C (Sciences)

  1. Biology 30
  2. Chemistry 30
  3. Computing Science Advanced (CTS) (5 credits)
  4. Mathematics 30-1
  5. Mathematics 30-2 (cannot be used for admission with Mathematics 30-1)
  6. Mathematics 31
  7. Physics 30
  8. Science 30

Group D (Options)

Applicants using a Group D subject for admission must present either one 5-credit subject or any combination of two 3-credit subjects. Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses may be used only if a minimum 5-credits are presented at the advanced level in the same subject area. Specific course examples can be found on our website at MacEwan.ca/HighSchoolSubjects.

Apprenticeship, Work Experience, Special Projects and Career and Life Management (CALM) courses are not considered for admission.

University Credit Substitutions for High School Courses 

This chart lists university credit that can be substituted in cases where applicants do not present the appropriate Grade 12 courses. Note: ‘cr’ = credits

University Credits Required 

Course ID Course Name Credits
English
English6
Group A (Humanities)
Language Other Than English6
Humanities or Social Sciences 13
Group B (Fine Arts)
Fine Arts3
Group C (Sciences) 2
Mathematics (algebra)3
Mathematics (calculus)3
Chemistry3
Physics3
Biology (e.g. botany, genetics, microbiology, zoology) 33
Total Credits33

English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Bachelor Degrees (Excluding Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

If your primary language1 is not English, you must present one of the following:

Tests/Language Assessments Required Score Website
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System) Minimum overall band score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 5.5 in each component www.ielts.org
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 86 iBT (internet-based) and a minimum score of 21 on all 4 sections of reading/listening/speaking/ writing or 580 PBT (paper-based) with a minimum score of 50 in each component www.toefl.org/infobull
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) Minimum overall band score of 70 and a minimum score of 60 in each band www.cael.ca
PTE - Academic Pearson Test of English PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 59 and a minimum score of 56 in each band www.pearsonpte.com
Cambridge English: Advanced or Cambridge English: Proficiency - Cambridge English Language Assessment Minimum overall score of 180 and a minimum score of 165 in each skill www.cambridgeenglish.org
Educational Experience Required Score Website
Alberta English 30-1 or ELA 30-1 75% (final blended grade)
IB (International Baccalaureate) Higher Level English A1, A2, or English B 6.0 (minimum grade) www.ibo.org
AP (Advanced Placement) - English College Board Exam 4.0 (minimum score) www.collegeboard.org/ap
ENGL 086 - ELP for University Reading and Writing and ENGL 087 - ELP for University - Listening and Speaking (formerly ENGL 0106) - Completed at MacEwan University or Global Village, Calgary B - (minimum grade in each course) www.macewan.ca/AcademicPathways
ERDW 085 Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes AND ESPL 085 Speaking and Listening for Academic Purposes and EOPT 068 Research Writing (formerly ESLG 085/ESLG 0105): Completed at MacEwan University B - (minimum grade in each course) www.macewan.ca/eal
EAP 140 and EAP 145: Completed at University of Alberta or Canadian College of English Language Successful completion of both courses. Official transcripts must be provided. www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/english-language-school
6 credits of transferable university level English Language and Literature course(s) B+ (minimum grade in each course)
An O-level, GSCE, or IGCSE English Language or Literature course B (minimum grade)
Previous post secondary degree Completed a degree from a recognized post secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction and in a country where English is the principal language
Three years of full-time education in English Successful completion of 3 years of full-time education in English: a) In Canada including the grade 12 year. This can be a combination of secondary and post secondary education b) In another country where English is recognized as an official language of instruction c) At a recognized school/institution which uses English as the primary language of instruction Enrolment in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses or programs will not be included in the calculation of three years of full time study. Enrolment must be in a regular high school or post secondary credit program. Failing grades/ courses will not be counted when calculating full time attendance. Only courses with passing grades will be considered.
Three years of full-time instruction in a school/institution in Canada in which the major language of instruction is other than English, but where the level of English proficiency required for graduation is equivalent to that in English language schools/institutions in Canada Successful completion

An applicant who is completely bilingual and fluent in English shall be entitled to submit a written petition to the Office of the University Registrar providing evidence that the applicant’s English language proficiency exceeds the specified minimum levels, and requesting exemption from the language proficiency requirement. If you are fully bilingual and fluent in English, your petition should detail this – your background; your educational and personal experience with English; the language of instruction throughout your schooling and the language you use at home and on a daily basis; why you believe that an exception to the requirement is warranted in your situation. Attestations from former English instructors and reports of any standardized English language proficiency tests may be supportive of your petition.

The Admissions Unit of the Office of the University Registrar will review the petition for possible waiver. Successful petition will not guarantee admission to another institution.

Certificates, Diplomas, and Applied Degrees

If your primary language1 is not English, you must present one of the following:

Tests/Language Assessments Required Score Website
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System) Minimum overall band score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 5.5 in each component www.ielts.org
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 76 iBT (internet-based) and a minimum score of 18 on all 4 sections of reading/listening/speaking/writing or 550 PBT (paper-based) www.toefl.org/infobull
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) Minimum overall band score of 60 and a minimum score of 60 in each band www.cael.ca
PTE - Academic Pearson Test of English PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 51 and a minimum score of 49 in each band www.pearsonpte.com
EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency Minimum Grade Pre-1 score www.stepeiken.org
Cambridge English: Advanced or Cambridge English: Proficiency - Cambridge English Language Assessment Minimum overall score of 172 and a minimum score of 165 in each skill www.cambridgeenglish.org
Educational Experience Required Score Website
Alberta English 30-1 or ELA 30-1 65% (final blended grade)
IB (International Baccalaureate) Higher Level English A1, A2, or English B 5.0 (minimum grade) www.ibo.org
AP (Advanced Placement) - English College Board Exam 3.0 (minimum score) www.collegeboard.org/ap
ENGL 086 - ELP for University Reading and Writing and ENGL 087 - ELP for University - Listening and Speaking (formerly ENGL 0106) - Completed at MacEwan University or Global Village, Calgary C - (minimum grade in each course) www.macewan.ca/AcademicPathways
ERDW 085 Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes AND ESPL 085 Speaking and Listening for Academic Purposes and EOPT 068 Research Writing (formerly ESLG 085/ESLG 0105): Completed at MacEwan University C - (minimum grade in each course) www.macewan.ca/eal
EAP 140 and EAP 145: Completed at University of Alberta or Canadian College of English Language Successful completion of both courses. Official transcripts must be provided. www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/english-language-school
6 credits of transferable univeristy level English Language and Literature course(s) C- (minimum grade in each course)
An O-level, GSCE, or IGCSE English Language or Literature course C (minimum grade)
Previous two-year diploma Completed a two-year diploma from a recognized post secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction and in a country where English is the principal language
Three years of full-time education in English Successful completion of 3 years of full-time education in English: a) In Canada including the grade 12 year. This can be a combination of secondary and post secondary education b) In another country where English is recognized as an official language of instruction c) At a recognized school/institution which uses English as the primary language of instruction Enrolment in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses or programs will not be included in the calculation of three years of full time study. Enrolment must be in a regular high school or post secondary credit program. Failing grades/courses will not be counted when calculating full time attendance. Only courses with passing grades will be considered.
Three years of full-time instruction in a school/institution in Canada in which the major language of instruction is other than English, but where the level of English proficiency required for graduation is equivalent to that in English language schools/institutions in Canada Successful completion

An applicant who is completely bilingual and fluent in English shall be entitled to submit a written petition to the Office of the University Registrar providing evidence that the applicant’s English language proficiency exceeds the specified minimum levels, and requesting exemption from the language proficiency requirement. If you are fully bilingual and fluent in English, your petition should detail this – your background; your educational and personal experience with English; the language of instruction throughout your schooling and the language you use at home and on a daily basis; why you believe that an exception to the requirement is warranted in your situation. Attestations from former English instructors and reports of any standardized English language proficiency tests may be supportive of your petition.

International Admissions of the Office of the University Registrar will review the petition for possible waiver. Successful petition will not guarantee admission to another institution.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing (Diploma) Program

If your primary language1 is not English, you must present one of the following:

Tests Bachelor of Science in Nursing Required Score Psychiatric Nursing Diploma Required Score Website
IELTS – Academic (International English Language Testing System) Minimum overall band score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 5.5 in Reading and Writing, 6.0 in Listening, and 7.0 in Speaking1 Minimum overall band score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 6.5 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing, 7.5 in Listening, and 7.0 in Speaking www.ielts.org
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 86 iBT (internet-based) and a minimum score of 21 in Reading and Writing, 23 in Listening, and 26 in Speaking1 98 iBT (internet-based) and a minimum score of 21 in Reading, 27 in Writing, 27 in Listening, and 23 in Speaking www.toefl.org/infobull
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) Minimum overall band score of 70 and minimum scores of 60 in Reading and Writing, and minimum scores of 70 in Listening and Speaking1 Minimum overall band score of 80 and minimum scores of 70 in Reading, 80 in Writing, Listening and Speaking www.cael.ca
PTE - Academic (Pearson Test of English) PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 59 and minimum scores of 56 in Reading and Writing, 58 in Listening, and 71 in Speaking1 PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 68 and minimum scores of 61 in Reading, 68 in Writing, 75 in Listening, and 68 in Speaking www.pearsonpte.com
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) Minimum overall score of 85, a minimum score of 85 in Reading and Writing, 90 in Listening, and 4 in the Speaking Test1 Minimum overall score of 85 and a minimum score of 4 in the Speaking Test www.cambridgemichigan.org/institutions/products-services/tests/proficiency-certification/melab/
Cambridge English: Advanced or Cambridge English: Proficiency - Cambridge English Language Assessment Minimum overall score of 180 and a minimum score of 165 in Reading and Writing, 172 in Listening, and 188 in Speaking1 Minimum overall score of 188 and a minimum score of 180 in Reading, 188 in Writing, 195 in Listening and 188 in Speaking www.cambridgeenglish.org

Only applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing may present one of the following:

Educational Experience Required Score Website
ENGL 086 ELP for University – Reading and Writing and ENGL 087 ELP for University – Listening and Speaking Completed at MacEwan University or Global Village Calgary (formerly ENGL 086 – 10 credits, ENGL 0106) B- (minimum grade in each course) www.macewan.ca/AcademicPathways
ERDW 085 Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes and ESPL 085 Speaking and Listening for Academic Purposes and EOPT 068 Research Writing Completed at MacEwan University (formerly ESLG 085/ESLG 0105) B- (minimum grade in each course) www.macewan.ca/eal
EAL 140 and EAL 145 and Speaking Test Completed at University of Alberta or Canadian College of English Language Successful completion of both courses and a minimum score of 50 in the Speaking Test www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/english-language-school

Based on policy C5010 Admissions, no petitions or waivers will be considered for the above requirements.

Spoken Language Proficiency

Therapist Assistant Program - Speech Language Pathologist Assistant Major Spoken English Proficiency 

If your primary language1 is not English, you must present one of the following:

Tests/Language Assessments Required Score Website
IELTS – Academic International English Language Testing System Minimum score of 7.0 on Speaking www.ielts.org
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language Minimum score of 26 on iBT (internet-based) Speaking www.toefl.org/infobull
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Minimum score of 70 on sub-test for Speaking www.cael.ca
PTE Pearson Test of English PTE Academic with a minimum score of 71 for Speaking www.pearsonpte.com
Speaking Test Administered through University of Alberta Extension Minimum score of 50 www.elp.ualberta.ca or mailto:elpinfo@ualberta.ca
Cambridge English: Advanced or Cambridge English: Proficiency - Cambridge English Language Assessment Minimum overall score of 188 in Speaking www.cambridgeenglish.org
Educational Experience Required Score Website
6 years of full-time education in English Successful completion of 6 years of full-time education in English in Canada or the equivalent in another country where English is the principal language. Such education must include Alberta Grade 12 (or equivalent level) and can combine secondary and post secondary training
Previous post secondary degree Completed a degree from a recognized post secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction and in a country where English is the principal language

Based on policy C5010 Admissions, no petitions or waivers will be considered for the Spoken English Proficiency requirements.

Early Admission

MacEwan University offers early admission to qualified applicants prior to the completion of their program admission requirements. Applications will be evaluated based on final grade 11 and/or grade 12 courses. Specific requirements are located at:

MacEwan.ca/wcm/Registrar/Admissions/AdmissionRequirements/EarlyAdmission.

Competitive Programs

Many programs are competitive based on higher than minimum academic requirements, other admission requirements or a combination of both. Applicants are encouraged to apply and submit documents early. In addition, it is important to keep the Office of the University Registrar and the program informed of any changes that may affect admission. Posted competitive ranges may be lowered as the applicant pool is evaluated.