Admission Requirements and Registration

 

V Requirements for Admission to Graduate Degree Programs

 

MASTER'S DEGREE

Master's programs are offered in the following subjects:

Collaborative Graduate Programs

Specializations in:

- Gerontology
- Women's Studies

Faculty of Education

- Education (MEd)

Faculty of Engineering

- Control Engineering (MScEng)

Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment

- Forestry (MScF and MF)

Faculty of Professional Schools

- Kinesiology (MSc)
- Nature-Based Recreation and Tourism (MES)
- Social Work (MSW)
- Collaborative Programs in Public Health (MPH)
- Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research

Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies

- Biology (MSc)
- Chemistry (MSc)
- Geology (MSc)
- Mathematical Sciences (MA and MSc)
- Physics (MSc)

 

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

- Economics (MA)
- English (MA)
- History (MA)
- Clinical Psychology (MA)
- Experimental Psychology (MA)
- Sociology (MA)

 

DOCTORAL DEGREES

- Clinical Psychology (PhD)
- Educational Studies (PhD)
- Forest Sciences (PhD)

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to either the University or a specific graduate program.

The University retains the right to select candidates and to limit enrolment in accordance with available resources.

 

PROFICIENCY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied in an English language school system for more than three full years will be required to present proof of English facility:
1. by achieving appropriate standing on one of the following tests:

(a) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum acceptable score is 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based);
(b) Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) - minimum acceptable score is 90;
(c) Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment
or
2. by successfully completing the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program offered jointly by Confederation College and Lakehead University.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program

In conjunction with Lakehead University, Confederation College offers a sixteen-week intensive spring/summer program to assist international students in further developing their academic writing, reading and oral presentation skills. The program familiarizes students with the socio-cultural contexts of advanced academic study in English and provides them with the skills necessary for successful study in graduate programs at Lakehead University. Although they meet all other program specific admission requirements, these students have a minimum TOEFL paper-based score of 500 or better, but lack the necessary 550 (213 computer-based) minimum score, as proof of English language proficiency, required to enter a graduate program at Lakehead University.


1. Faculty of Education

 

Normal minimum requirements for admission to the MEd program are:

1. an acceptable three year or four year Bachelor's degree and Bachelor of Education or equivalent, each with at least a second class standing (B).

The above requirements should be considered as normal minimum requirements for admission. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

See the graduate program section for information regarding the PhD in Educational Studies.

 

2. Faculty of Engineering

 

Normal admission to the Engineering Master's program requires a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering (four year program), with at least 70% average, or equivalent. A make-up period of study may be required where the student is deficient in background undergraduate level courses. Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily lead to automatic admission, but depends on the availability of places in the program and on an assessment by the Engineering Graduate Studies Committee of the applicant's aptitude for graduate studies and research.

Applicants may be required to complete additional courses before admission, as recommended by the Engineering Graduate Studies Committee.

 

3. Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment

 

The minimum admission requirement to the Master of Science in Forestry and Master of Forestry degrees is an honours degree with at least second class standing (B) in forestry or an allied discipline. All applicants for admission to the program must show evidence of academic performance or employment experience that has demonstrated their potential for a high level of achievement in graduate research or professional practice. Each applicant must also satisfy the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment Graduate Studies Committee with appropriate proficiency in the English language. There is no guarantee that applicants who meet the minimum requirements outlined above will be admitted to the MScF or MF degrees in Forestry.

Admission With Allied Discipline Qualifications

Applicants with allied discipline qualifications are candidates who have adequate academic standing (B or better) and an honours or equivalent degree in an allied discipline. Allied disciplines include, but are not necessarily restricted to: botany, zoology, geography, environmental studies, soil science, fish and wildlife management, conservation, agriculture, economics, outdoor recreation, and natural resources management. Applicants must take or have taken, subject to the approval of the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment Graduate Studies Committee, two undergraduate courses (full course equivalents) to acquire knowledge of subjects related to the candidate's thesis or area of research and to ensure an adequate understanding and knowledge of core elements of forestry.

Applicants with an inadequate academic background/standing in an HBScF or equivalent program, in an allied discipline, or in other programs, cannot be accepted directly to the Master's program. They may be allowed to register as an undergraduate student for a minimum of four courses. If they maintain a B or better average in appropriate subjects, they may then reapply to the Master's program.

See the graduate program section for information regarding the PhD in Forest Sciences.

4. Faculty of Professional Schools

 

The normal admission requirement for a Master's degree program is an honours degree with Second Class standing (B), or equivalent, in an discipline acceptable to the academic unit, and approved by the academic unit's Graduate Committee. Other qualifications, if recognized as equivalent by the academic unit Graduate Committee, may be accepted.

A candidate with a general degree standing will normally be expected to complete an honours degree, or the equivalent, before entering graduate studies, but in special circumstances will be allowed to register as a qualifying student. If, at the end of the qualifying year, the academic unit is satisfied with the calibre of the student's work the student may in competition with other applicants, be recommended for acceptance to a graduate degree program.

 

5. Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies

 

The normal admission requirement for a Master's degree program is an honours degree with Second Class standing (B), or equivalent, in an discipline acceptable to the academic unit, and approved by the academic unit's Graduate Committee. Other qualifications, if recognized as equivalent by the academic unit Graduate Committee, may be accepted.

A candidate with a general degree standing will normally be expected to complete an honours degree, or the equivalent, before entering graduate studies, but in special circumstances will be allowed to register as a qualifying student. If, at the end of the qualifying year, the academic unit is satisfied with the calibre of the student's work the student may in competition with other applicants, be recommended for acceptance to a graduate degree program.

 

6. Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

 

The normal admission requirement for a Master's degree program is an honours degree with Second Class standing (B), or equivalent, in an discipline acceptable to the academic unit, and approved by the academic unit's Graduate Committee. Other qualifications, if recognized as equivalent by the academic unit Graduate Committee, may be accepted.

A candidate with a general degree standing will normally be expected to complete an honours degree, or the equivalent, before entering graduate studies, but in special circumstances will be allowed to register as a qualifying student. If, at the end of the qualifying year, the academic unit is satisfied with the calibre of the student's work the student may in competition with other applicants, be recommended for acceptance to a graduate degree program.

See the graduate program section for information regarding the PhD in Clinical Psychology.

 


See also:
Admissions
- Information (Undergraduate Application Procedure)
- I Requirements for Admission to Diploma Programs
- II Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs
- III Requirements for Admission to Degree Programs with Advanced Standing

 

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