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Admission Requirements

 Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA)

 Education Requirement

Acceptable three- or four-year undergraduate degree in any discipline with a minimum B average (GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.33 or local equivalent) in the last 60 credits

 Language Requirement

Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate degree at an English language university in a country where English is the primary language should have:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 587 with a TWE of 5.0 or higher (paper-based test), or a minimum score of 94 with no section below 20 (IBT), or
  • A minimum IELTS score of at least 7.0 (with no band below 6.5), or
  • Completion of TRU ENGL 1100 and CMNS 1290 with a minimum B

 Quantitative and Computing Skills Requirement

Applicants should possess adequate quantitative skills assessed through successful completion of specific undergraduate courses in quantitative subjects. Applicants should have adequate computing skills which include having a strong background in word processing presentation and spreadsheet software.

Applicants who do not meet the education or language requirements or do not have adequate quantitative and computing skills will be asked to undertake approved developmental activities prior to the commencement of the program to upgrade their skills.

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

 Master of Business Administration (MBA)

To be admitted to the MBA, students must complete each course in the GDBA with a minimum B average (GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.33) or receive a course waiver or transfer credit for the courses by the MBA degree committee.

Master of Business Administration

 Master in Environmental Economics & Management (MEEM)

 Education Requirement

Applicants should have:

  • An acceptable three or four-year undergraduate degree in any discipline with a minimum B average (GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.33 or local equivalent) in the last 60 credits.
  • Successfully completed each course in the GDBA with a minimum GPA of 3.00 or receive a course waiver for some or all of the GDBA courses by the degree committee based on their previous academic record. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in business from an acceptable institution may be eligible to be admitted directly to the MEEM.

 Language Requirement

Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate degree in an English language university in a country where English is the primary language, should have one of the following:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 587 with a TWE of 5.0 or higher (paper-based test), or minimum score of 94 with no section below 20 (IBT), or
  • A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band below 6.5), or
  • Completion of TRU ENGL 1100 or 1101 and CMNS 1290 or 1291 with a minimum B

 Interview and References Requirement

Applicants should demonstrate the maturity, motivation, and communication skills to be successful in the program. This will be assessed by means of an interview; a personal written statement of purpose of study; and two letters of reference from academics or professionals.

 Quantitative and Computing Skills Requirement

Applicants should possess adequate quantitative skills assessed through successful completion of specific undergraduate courses in quantitative subjects. Applicants should have adequate computing skills which include having a strong background in word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software.

Applicants who do not meet the education or language requirements or do not have adequate quantitative and computing skills will be asked to undertake approved developmental activities prior to the commencement of the program to upgrade their skills. Also, applicants with deficiencies in economics will be requested to take an additional undergraduate course in principles of microeconomics and obtain a minimum B.

Master in Environmental Economics & Management

 Master of Science, Environmental Economics & Management (MScEEM)

 Education Requirement

Applicants should have:

  • An acceptable three or four-year undergraduate degree in any discipline with a minimum B average (GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.33 or local equivalent) in the last 60 credits.
  • Successfully completed each course in the GDBA with a minimum GPA of 3.00 or receive a course waiver for some or all of the GDBA courses by the degree committee based on their previous academic record. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in business from an acceptable institution may be eligible to be admitted directly to the MScEEM.

 Language Requirement

Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate degree in an English language university in a country where English is the primary language, should have one of the following:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 587 with a TWE of 5.0 or higher (paper-based test), or minimum score of 94 with no section below 20 (IBT), or
  • A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band below 6.5), or
  • Completion of TRU ENGL 1100 or 1101 and CMNS 1290 or 1291 with a minimum B

 Interview and References Requirement

Applicants should demonstrate the maturity, motivation, and communication skills to be successful in the program. This will be assessed by means of an interview; a personal written statement of purpose of study; and two letters of reference from academics or professionals.

 Quantitative and Computing Skills Requirement

Applicants should possess adequate quantitative skills assessed through successful completion of specific undergraduate courses in quantitative subjects. Applicants should have adequate computing skills which include having a strong background in word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software.

Applicants who do not meet the education or language requirements or do not have adequate quantitative and computing skills will be asked to undertake approved developmental activities prior to the commencement of the program to upgrade their skills. Also, applicants with deficiencies in economics will be requested to take an additional undergraduate course in principles of microeconomics and obtain a minimum B.

Master of Science, Environmental Economics & Management

 Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (GCES)

  • Four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA of 2.5 on a 4-point scale in the last 60 credits
  • Language requirements (for international students only): IELTS 6.0 (no bands below 5.5), or TOEFL 550 with a TWE of 4.0 (paper-based test), or 213 with an essay of 4.0 (computer-based test), or 80 (ibt). Students with an IELTS test score with bands below 5.5 or with no language proficiency test score can apply to the GCES program and start with ESL only studies prior to beginning the GCES portion of the Master of Education program.
  • Letter of intent
  • Three letters from professional or academic referees
Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

 Master of Education (MEd)

Four-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent, with a minimum B average (GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.33) in the last 60 credits. Applicants with a four-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent who have a GPA below 3.00 (but not below 2.50) may take TRU’s Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies to gain admission into the MEd program.

Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate degree from an English language university normally must have one of the following to enter the MEd program:

  • a minimum TOEFL score of 570 with a TWE of 4.5 or higher (paper-based test)
  • a minimum TOEFL 230 with an Essay of 4.5 or higher (computer-based test)
  • a minimum TOEFL (IBT) 88 with no section below 20
  • IELTS of at least 6.5 with no bands below 6.5
  • CAEL of at least 70 with no subtest below 60
  • Successful completion (or exemption) of TRU ESAL Level 5
Master of Education

 Master of Nursing (MN)

  • Evidence of licensure (practicing, non-practicing or temporary) as a Registered Nurse in Canada or international equivalency
  • Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or valid student permit issued by Canada (indicating TRU as a place of study)
  • Official copies of all post-secondary transcripts
  • Two letters of reference: one academic and one professional

 Post-Baccalaureate Entry Criteria

  • Completed bachelor/baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.33 point scale, equivalent to 73% or B) in final two years (or 60 credits) of an undergraduate degree. Normally candidates for the MN program will hold a completed baccalaureate degree in nursing or equivalent
  • Program applicants will be required to provide evidence of successful completion of an undergraduate introductory statistics course with a minimum C+ grade taken within five years prior to admission to MN program
  • ENGL 1100 with a minimum C+ grade (or equivalent)

 Post-Diploma Entry Criteria

  • Completion of a diploma nursing program (preparatory for registered nursing)
  • Program applicants are required to provide evidence of successful completion of an undergraduate introductory statistics course with a minimum C+ grade taken within five years prior to admission to MN program
  • ENGL 1100 with a minimum C+ grade (or equivalent)
  • Fifteen core required credits (five courses) from an approved Post-RN BScN courses from TRU or equivalent transferable courses with an grade-point-average of 3.67 (A-) on a 4.33 scale. Fifteen credits are to include the following five core courses from the former TRU Post-Diploma BScN program (or equivalent)
    • NURS 3170 Reflections on Caring Practice
    • NURS 3500 Health Promotion and Community Development
    • NURS 3600 Nursing Research
    • NURS 4300 Nurses Influencing Change
    • HLSC 3830 Global Health

 English Language Proficiency

Students who have completed studies in a country where English is not the official language must also submit English language test scores.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    a minimum score of 7.0 and the following sub-test scores: Speaking 7.0, Writing 7.0, Listening 7.5, Reading 6.5 or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT
    a minimum score of 100 (iBT) with no section below a 20
    Paper-Based: 600 with a TWE of 5.0
Master of Nursing

 Master of Science, Environmental Science (MSc_ENSC)

 Identify a thesis supervisor

The MSc program is based heavily on students conducting research that will lead to their written thesis. A faculty member at TRU must be interested and willing to supervise, and quite often, fund the research. An applicant is expected to contact and discuss potential supervision before they apply. Applicants will not be admitted into the MSc unless a supervisor has been confirmed. View eligible faculty

 Education Requirement

  • Applicants must be graduates of a four -year undergraduate degree or equivalent (in an a ppropriate discipline ), from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.33, in the last 60 credits.
  • Students with a lower GPA may be considered if the applicant can demonstrate significant academic growth and training since their graduation.
  • Successful completion of an introductory statistics course.

 Language Requirement

Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate degree at an English language university in a country where English is the primary language should have one of the following:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 570 with a TWE of 4.5 or higher (paper-based test, or minimum score of 88 with no section below 20 (IBT)
  • IELTS of at least 6.5 with no bands below 6.0
  • CAEL of at least 70 with no subtest below 60
  • MELAB of 81+
  • CanTest of 4.5+ with no component score below 4.0
  • completion of TRU ESAL Level 5
  • completion of TRU ENGL 1100 and CMNS1290 or equivalent

  Application and Supporting Documentation Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Cover letter of 350 words or less. The cover letter should clearly state why you are pursuing an MSc at TRU. This should include an indication of the type of thesis topic being targeted, i.e. particular field of study, and why a certain faculty member is appropriate for supervision.
  • Attach evidence that a TRU graduate approved faculty member is willing to act as your supervisor (email or signed letter).
  • Personal resume.
  • Attach evidence of language proficiency if your first language is not English.
  • Official copy of educational transcripts for all post-secondary education (in original language and a certified copy in English).
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional references). Please use the forms provided in the Application for Admission package. Please note: a proposed supervisor cannot act as a referee; however, they may provide a letter of support, in addition to the required two letters, if they wish to highlight the applicant’s circumstances and/or qualifications.

Note: Applicants will be considered at any time, but there is no guarantee for applications received within 6 weeks of proposed semester start date that they will receive an admission decision with enough time to complete arrangements they may need to begin on-campus studies. Students not accepted or students who did not attend last year, must submit a new online application.

Master of Science, Environmental Science

 Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning (Open Learning)

One of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Education, or
  • A bachelor’s degree in another discipline with teaching qualifications or experience, or
  • Permission of Academic Director or designate
Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

Application Deadlines

Program Deadline
Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
September Intake: May 1
January Intake: October 1
May Intake: February 1
Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA)
Master in Environmental Economics & Management (MEEM)
Master of Science, Environmental Economics & Management (MScEEM)
September Intake: May 1
January Intake: October 1
May Intake: February 1
Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (GCES) September Intake: April 30
May Intake: February 15
Master of Education (MEd) September Intake: April 30
Master of Nursing (MN) September Intake: May 30
Master of Science, Environmental Science (MSc_ENSC) September Intake: May 30
January Intake: October 15
May Intake: February 15
Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning Ongoing (Open Learning)

Submitting your documents

You will receive an email from the appropriate Graduate Admissions office with instructions on how to submit the required documents needed to complete your application.

To have your application processed, we will accept scanned and email transcripts in PDF format.

If you are accepted into the program, in order to receive final admission, you must submit official transcripts from all of the post-secondary institutions you have attended. Official transcripts must come directly from the issuing institution. You are not required to provide your official TRU transcripts.