Registrar's Office
Pavillon Jean-Charles-Bonenfant
2345, allée des Bibliothèques
Room 2440
Université Laval
Québec, Qc  G1V 0A6
Canada

Phone: 418-656-3080
Toll free: 1-877-785-2825
Fax: 418-656-5216
reg@reg.ulaval.ca

Admission Requirements


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 (French only) 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.

  • 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.

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:
    Education equivalent to a Diploma of College Studies (PDF, French only) (excerpt from the undergraduate admission guide)
    Equivalences for Quebec education by country
    Specific admission criteria and restrictions (PDF, French only) (excerpt from the Undergraduate Admission Guide)

  • Or 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 Agronomy)
    • Faculty of Science and Engineering

  • For programs in these faculties, a qualifying year is required.

Note: Please familiarize yourself with immigration and visa requirements for international students in Québec (French only) and the mandatory health and hospitalization insurance plan (French only).

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.

Note: Please familiarize yourself with immigration and visa requirements for international students in Québec (French only) and the mandatory health and hospitalization insurance plan (French only).

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.

Note: Please familiarize yourself with immigration and visa requirements for international students in Québec (French only) and the mandatory health and hospitalization insurance plan (French only).


Mature applicants

To be admitted as a mature student you must be 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, the Mature Student Admissions, Qualifying Courses, and Non-degree Studies Office will assess your educational background, life and work experience, level of French, and experience in specific fields.

Once your application package has been assessed there are two possibilities:

  • If your experience and previous education are deemed adequate preparation for your chosen program of study, you will be allowed to apply. However, admission to specific programs is not guaranteed.

  • If your experience and previous education are deemed inadequate preparation for your chosen program of study, you will be encouraged to enroll in an individualized program of study.

Admission application

When your qualifying courses are close to completion, you must submit an application for your chosen program of study.

Most programs offer very good chances of being admitted. Some programs, however, have limited enrolment. To be accepted into these limited enrolment programs you will need a strong application, and even then admission is not guaranteed.

Applying for Admission

Your application package must include the following:

  1. A completed application assessment request form (French only)
  2. Your resume
  3. All official transcripts:
  • Diploma of Vocational Studies or Secondary School Diploma from Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec
  • Cégep or college
  • University
  • Other
  1. A legible photocopy of your birth certificate
  2. The acknowledgment of receipt of your online application (French only)

Make sure you submit your application by the deadline.

Send two copies of each document by mail or fax, or submit them in person at the Mature Student Admissions, Qualifying Courses, and Non-degree Studies Office.

Note: If supporting documents are not received during the same week that your online application is submitted, your application may be delayed or rejected.

 

Application assessment

An advisor from the Mature Student Admissions, Qualifying Courses, and Non-degree Studies Office will assess your application based on the information supplied and develop an individualized program of study. No two individualized programs are alike: they vary depending on your past experience, personal needs, and chosen program of study.

Your individualized program may include courses designed to fill in gaps in your general education and develop your analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills (e.g., French, methodology, philosophy). It may also include courses (e.g., biology, psychology, mathematics) that provide knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen field of study.

The courses in your individualized program are known as qualifying courses: pre-university level courses designed to help mature applicants meet their program eligibility requirements. These courses will help you acquire the knowledge and skills you need for your chosen program. Note that qualifying courses do not count toward your diploma or degree.

Qualifying courses can be taken at Université Laval, at a cégep, or through a cégep distance learning program.

Personalized assistance

If necessary, an advisor is available to assist you over the phone or in person (individual or small-group meetings), answer any questions you may have, and provide any information you require about studying at Université Laval.

French test for qualifying courses

If your individualized program includes French classes, you will have to pass the French test for qualifying courses (French only).

This test is designed to assess your proficiency in French to determine whether you are able to take university qualifying courses. It is not the Test de français Laval-Montréal (TFLM) taken by bachelor’s degree program applicants. You will have to pass this second French test (the TFLM) when you apply for program admission.

If you do not receive a passing grade (50%) on the French test for qualifying courses, you will have to retry the following semester.

If you receive a passing grade (50%) on the French test, you can register for qualifying courses by mail, email, or in person at the Mature Student Admissions, Qualifying Courses, and Non-degree Studies Office.

For further information or to apply or register

Mature Student Admissions, Qualifying Courses, and Non-degree Studies Office
Pavillon Charles-De Koninck
1030 avenue des Sciences-Humaines
Room 1211
Université Laval
Québec City, QC G1V OA6

418-656-3204
1-877-785-2825, poste 3204
aaccel@dgpc.ulaval.ca

Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8:45–11:45 a.m. and 1:00–4:30 p.m.

Wednesday
10:15–11:45 a.m. and 1:00–4:30 p.m.