General Information and Regulations Governing All Graduate Students

A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO THE MASTER'S PROGRAMS AND THE Ph.D. PROGRAMS

1. Master's Program

To be considered for admission to a Master's program, the minimum requirements will normally be a second class degree from a university of recognized standing, in an appropriate area of study.

2. Ph.D. Program

To be considered for admission to a Ph.D. program, the minimum requirements will normally be a Master's degree from a university of recognized standing, in an appropriate area of study.

Other students may be considered for admission to a Ph.D. program provided that:

a) they have been registered in a Master’s program for a minimum of 12 months, and have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Faculty/School/Department concerned their ability to pursue research at the Doctoral level. Such transfer should take place no later than the 5th semester of the student’s Master’s program. (See UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - FEES AND CHARGES); or

b) they hold a Bachelor's degree with Honours, or equivalent, from a university of recognized standing, and that the Department or Faculty is satisfied of the students' ability to pursue research at the Doctoral level.

3. Applicants Not Meeting Qualifications

Only in exceptional circumstances, and only upon the recommendation of the Department/Faculty/School concerned, will the Dean consider applicants who do not meet the requirements in 1. or 2. above.

4. English Proficiency Requirements

Since English is the primary language of instruction at this University, all applicants seeking admission to the School of Graduate Studies must possess an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English as a prerequisite to admission. Regardless of country of origin or of citizenship status, applicants will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This demonstration may take one of the following forms:

a) Successful completion of the equivalent of three years of full-time instruction in an English language secondary institution as recognized by Memorial University of Newfoundland including successful completion of at least two courses in English Language and/or Literature at the Grade XII (or equivalent) level. Please note that these courses must be other than E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) courses.

b) Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from a recognized University where English is the language of instruction and from which transfer of credit may be allowed by Memorial University of Newfoundland.

c) Successful completion of a post-graduate degree program at a recognized University where English is the language of instruction and from which transfer of credit may be allowed by Memorial University of Newfoundland.

d) Submission of official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a paper-based score of 550 (or higher)/computer-based score of 213 (or higher) and the Test of Written English (TWE) with a score of 4 (or higher).

e) Submission of the official results of the Michigan Test of English Proficiency with a score of 85% (or higher).

f) Submission of the official results of the English Language Testing Service (ELTS) Test with a score in Band 7 (or higher).

g) Submission of official results of the Carleton Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment with a minimum score of between 50 and 60 in each of four bands, with at least 2 band scores of 60.

h) Submission of official results of the Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST) with a Band Level 4.5 in the listening comprehension and reading comprehension sub-tests and a score of 4 in writing.

i) Only in exceptional circumstances and only upon the recommendation of the Department/Faculty/School concerned, will the Dean consider applicants who do not meet one of the requirements listed in a. through h. above.

5. Additional Requirements

Particular Departments/Faculties/Schools may require greater strength in English communicative skills than is indicated by the achievement of minimum scores outlined in d., e., f., g., and h. above. Any such additional requirements are detailed in the appropriate section of the Calendar.

6. English Language Requirements Subsequent to Admission

a) Students who have been admitted under clauses A.4.d-h above, will be required to take an English language placement test on arrival at Memorial University of Newfoundland. On the basis of the test results, students may be required to complete successfully a course of language study designed to bring their English, in any or all of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, to a level required for graduate studies. A final assessment of the students' proficiency in these areas will normally be made no later than the end of the third semester following their first registration in the School of Graduate Studies. As a result of this assessment, and in consultation with the student's academic unit and the Department of English Language and Literature, there may be a recommendation for termination of the student's program.

b) Notwithstanding A.6.a. above, if a student's department is not satisfied with the student's ability to communicate in English, then the student may be required to complete successfully the relevant component(s) of the course of study referred to in A.6.a. The department will be required to take this action within three semesters of the student's admission to a graduate program. At the end of this period the department may recommend, but not require this procedure.

NOTE: Information regarding the TOEFL program is available from the Educational Testing Service, Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A., 08540; from U.S. embassies or consulates, or from offices of the U.S. Information Services. Information on the Michigan Test of English may be obtained from the Testing and Certificate Service, University of Michigan, 2001 North University Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. Information regarding the ELTS Test is available from the offices of the British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN, England.

7. Foreign Degree Transcripts

Students who have completed undergraduate programs at universities which issue documents in languages other than English or French shall submit notarized English translations of all supporting documentation, including, but not limited to, transcripts, degrees, and diplomas.


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