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Admission requirements for each type of applicant

College Graduates - Fall 2020 Admission

On account of the exceptional situation related to COVID-19, Université Laval offers easing measures for the admission requirements related to obtaining the DCS in order to allow you to submit an admission request for the Fall 2020 semester. 

Therefore, if you are unable to obtain your DCS at the end of the Winter 2020 or Summer 2020 semester as planned, you may be granted a grace period to finish your college activities and obtain your diploma by the end of the 2021 semester, inclusively. 

This grace period could be granted for a maximum of three missing activities, including the Comprehensive Examination and the Ministerial Examination of College French or English (the exit exam). 

Depending on program requirements, the number of prerequisite activities that can be accepted in the missing activities could be limited. 

If you receive a conditional offer of admission for the Fall 2020 semester but did not obtain your DCS, you will receive an email from the Registrar's Office a few weeks before the beginning of the classes. 

Québec applicants

Undergraduate programs

  • Hold a Diploma of College Studies (DCS, or DEC in French)
  • Some programs have specific admission criteria, (e.g., successful completion of prerequisite courses). These requirements are listed in the program descriptions.
  • If you apply for admission to a limited enrolment program or a limited space program (French only), your R-score will determine your rank among the applicants. In addition to the R-score, some limited enrolment programs have other selection criteria and procedures, such as interviews, portfolio submissions, or aptitude tests.

Master’s programs

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or have successfully completed a level of education deemed equivalent by the admissions committee.
  • Some programs have specific admission criteria. These requirements are listed in the program descriptions.

PhD programs

  • Hold a master’s degree or have successfully completed a level of education deemed equivalent by the admissions committee.
    In Québec, a master’s degree usually requires two years of specialized study beyond the bachelor’s level (undergraduate degree). However, if you have successfully completed your master’s degree with thesis course work at Université Laval and are able to demonstrate your abilities, you may, under certain conditions, be admitted to a PhD program in the same discipline or field of study. You may be granted a master’s degree at a later date, under certain conditions.
  • Some programs have specific admission criteria. These requirements are listed in the program descriptions.

Canadian applicants from outside Québec

Undergraduate programs

  • If you obtained your secondary school diploma in a province other than Québec and you have a total of 12 years of education, you can apply for admission to Université Laval in a non-limited enrolment bachelor’s program. You will be required to complete a qualifying year on campus. The year counts for 30 credits with the possibility of taking six credits in your chosen university program, spread out over two semesters.

Master’s programs

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or have successfully completed a level of education deemed equivalent by the admissions committee.
  • Certain programs have specific admission criteria. These requirements are listed in the  program descriptions. 

PhD programs

  • Hold a master’s degree or have successfully completed a level of education deemed equivalent by the admissions committee.
  • Certain programs have specific admission criteria. These requirements are listed in the program descriptions.

International applicants

Undergraduate programs

  • Hold a diploma attesting to 13 years of education equivalent to a Québec Diploma of College Studies (DCS, or DEC in French). For example:
    • French baccalaureate
    • Baccalaureate from institutions in most French-speaking African countries
    • General Certificate of Education (GCE) from an English-speaking country with 3 “A Levels” in subjects preparing for the desired university program
  • For more information:

Equivalence for Quebec education by countryOr hold a pre-university diploma attesting to 12 years of education. In this case, a qualifying year of 30 credits will be required. The list of qualifying year courses you will need to complete will vary depending on the desired program. The list will be sent along with your offer of admission.

  • Some programs have specific admission criteria (e.g., successful completion of prerequisite courses). These requirements are listed in the program descriptions.
  • Applicants who hold a French baccalaureate, general or technological baccalaureate, or International Baccalaureate (IB) are directly eligible for undergraduate programs, with the following exceptions:
    • Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics (except Bachelor of Geography)
    • Faculty of Business Administration
    • Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences (except Bachelor of Consumer Sciences and Bachelor of Agroeconomics)
    • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • For programs in these faculties, a qualifying year is required.

Master’s programs

  • Hold an undergraduate degree (North American BA, licence or master’s, depending on the system of education) or have successfully completed a level of education deemed equivalent by the admissions committee.
  • Some programs have specific admission criteria. These requirements are listed in the program descriptions.

PhD programs

  • Hold a graduate degree (North American master’s degree, French DEA) or have successfully completed a level of education deemed equivalent by the admissions committee.
    In Québec, a master’s degree usually requires two years of specialized study beyond the bachelor’s level (undergraduate degree). However, if you have successfully completed your master’s degree with thesis course work at Université Laval and are able to demonstrate your abilities, you may, under certain conditions, be admitted to a PhD program in the same discipline or field of study. You may be granted a master’s degree at a later date, under certain conditions.
  • Some programs have specific admission criteria. These requirements are listed in the program descriptions.

Mature applicants

To be admitted as a mature student you must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent resident over 21 and fulfill the following conditions:

  • Hold a Secondary School Diploma, but not a Diploma of College Studies (DCS, or DEC in French) or equivalent (13 years of education)
  • Have been out of the school system for a period of at least two years

If you meet the above criteria and wish to begin the application process, we invite you to follow the steps to plan your return to school.

Questions about admission?

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