Academics

Language Requirements for International Applicants

Students whose first language is not English, and who have not attended an English language secondary school or have a previous degree completed totally in English, are required to take one of the standardized English language proficiency tests. These tests are administered by the University of Michigan, the College Entrance Examination Board, the University of Cambridge, and Saint Mary’s University. The minimum standards for admission to the University are listed below. The Master of Applied Economics, Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MBA, Ph.D. Business Administration (Management), MA in IDS, the PhD in IDS, PhD in Applied Science and the MSc in Computing and Data Analytics have requirements greater than those listed here (see the individual graduate program descriptions for details).

  •  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum 550 on paper-based - minimum iBT 80, with no band below 20
  •  International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – minimum 6.5 with no individual score below 6.0
  •  CanTEST – minimum 4.5 with no individual score below 4.0
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) – minimum 60 with no individual band below 50
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with grade of A, B or C
  • Pearson PTE score of 58
  • English for Academic Purposes Level 6 administered by the Language Centre at Saint Mary’s University

Click here for a list of the Minimum acceptable IELTS and TOEFL scores.

Applicants should apply directly to one of the following testing centers:

(i) Educational Testing Service (TOEFL)
Box 899
Princeton, New Jersey 08514 U.S.A.

(ii) Cambridge Examinations in English
Local Examinations Syndicate
Syndicate Buildings
Cambridge, England

(iii) For the CanTEST or CAEL:
The Language Centre
Saint Mary’s University
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3 Canada
Phone: 902-420-5691
Fax: 902-420-5122
E-mail: tesl@smu.ca

(iv) For the IELTS:
IELTS Scheme Officer
University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
1 Hills Road
Cambridge UK
CB1 2EU

Note:
International students on visas, student authorization, student permits, or minister’s letter permits are advised that they are responsible for complying with the Immigration Laws of Canada. Students are responsible for keeping informed of revisions and addenda to these Laws.