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Undergraduate Requirements

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accepting applications • Fall 2023 and Winter 2023

Review our admissions requirements to find out if you meet basic requirements for all Ambrose undergraduate programs.

High School Students

Because high school curriculum differs province to province and country to country, the requirements for your prerequisite courses and academic average depend on where you studied. If you’re currently in high school or if you’ve graduated from high school but completed fewer than 15 credits at a post-secondary institution, select your region to find the admissions requirements that apply to you.

The following programs that have additional requirements:

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Seminary Requirements

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International Baccalaureate

Courses will be evaluated on an individual basis, and you may receive transfer credit or advanced standing for Higher Level IB courses with a grade of 4, 5, 6, or 7.

Advanced Placement

Courses will be evaluated on an individual basis and you may receive transfer credit or advanced standing for AP courses with a grade of 3, 4 or 5.

Homeschool Students

If you were homeschooled in Canada or the United States, you’ll need to meet some different requirements. You’ll also need to submit additional materials with your application.

If You Are A Canadian Homeschool Student You Will Need To Submit:
  • Transcript - an official from your provincial ministry of education showing proof of the required Grade 12 courses as noted in Basic Admission Requirements OR
  • Portfolio - a portfolio including: complete list of high school subjects completed, writing samples, as well as work and volunteer experience and
  • SAT Reasoning Test score of 1030 on the current two-component SAT test (after March 2016) or a total score of 1400 with no section below 400 on the old SAT test (prior to March 2016).
If You Are An American Homeschool Student You Will Need To Submit:
  • Portfolio - a portfolio including: complete list of high school subjects completed, writing samples, as well as work and volunteer experience and
  • An ACT composite score of 22 or higher, an SAT Reasoning Test score of 1030 on the current two-component SAT test (after March 2016) or a total score of 1400 with no section below 400 on the old SAT test (prior to March 2016).

** The SAT institution code for Ambrose is 5672


Transfer Students

Applicants who have completed 15 credits or more at another post-secondary institution with CGPA of 2.0 or higher may be considered for Transfer Student Status. Such students must submit official transcripts of all post-secondary studies as well as official high school transcripts. Once you have submitted all required documents, along with an application for admission, the Office of the Registrar will complete a transfer evaluation to determine transferability of your previous post-secondary studies.

Transfer credits are determined on a case-by-case basis with the following considerations:

  • Transfer credit towards Ambrose programs may be granted in accordance with College transfer credit policies.
  • A student who has post-secondary studies with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0, or who is on Academic Probation from the previous institution, may apply for admission on the basis of Dean’s Recommendation.
  • A student who has been required to withdraw from the previous institution for academic reasons is not permitted to register until one year has elapsed from the date the student was required to withdraw.

Ambrose University is a member of the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). ACAT publishes the transfer agreements that member institutions negotiate with each other in the annual Alberta Transfer Guide. These agreements specify how courses will be accepted for credit by the partner institutions in ACAT.

As a Transfer Student, you can also apply for transfer scholarships. Click here for entrance scholarship information.

Bow Valley College Students

Ambrose makes it easy for Bow Valley College students to finish your degree by building upon your Bow Valley courses, which are eligible for transfer into our programs. We also have specific pathways for you to use your Addictions Studies, Child and Youth Care or Justice Studies diploma programs toward our Behavioural Science degree. Click here for more information.


Mature Students

If you are 21 years of age or older by September 30 (Fall Semester) or by January 31 (Winter Semester) and do not meet our General Admission Requirements, you can be considered for Mature Student Status if you meet the following requirements:

  • English 30-1 or equivalent with a 60% or higher
  • You must meet any Program specific requirements

Mature student status is restricted to Canadian applicants and Permanent Residents only. Additional requirements may be needed for admission to specific programs. An English competency exam may be required.

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Former Students

Former students who wish to re-enter Ambrose University after an absence of one year + one semester must submit an application for admission.  Updated refernce(s) and testimony (if applicable) will be required.  If official transcripts have been submitted previously they will not need to be resubmitted. Official transcripts of any post-secondary studies undertaken during such an absence are required.

The re-application process also applies to students who were suspended from Ambrose and wish to return to continue studies.

Re-admitted students will be required to fulfill current degree program requirements. Students with a GPA of less than 2.0 may be re-admitted on academic probation. Before students may re-enter, their accounts must be paid in full.

Please note that re-entry requirements do not apply to students who were absent on internship or onSite.



English Language Requirements

If English isn’t your primary language, you’ll need to demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following:

Bachelor of Education (After Degree) Minimum Score
All Other Undergraduate Programs Minimum Score
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

100 (iBT) with a minimum sub-score of

  • 27 in Speaking
  • 25 in Writing
  • 24 in Listening
  • 24 in Reading

83 (Internet)

560 (paper)

International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS Academic)

8.0 with no bands below 7.0

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)


Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)


Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)


Alberta High School English 30-1 (or equivalent)



Please note that the University might choose to waive this requirement if you attended an equivalent institution in North America or you can demonstrate your English proficiency by other means.

Official test scores must be sent directly to Ambrose University by the testing body. You must have taken the test no more than two years before you submitted your application to Ambrose.

Mount Royal University LEAP Program

If you do not meet our English proficiency requirements, there is still a way for you to join us. We have partnered with Mount Royal University, where they offer a full-time English Language Program, known as LEAP. LEAP has an academic focus, including instruction on reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary and literature. Successful completion of LEAP will prepare students for further academic study at Ambrose University.*

*Please note that we do not accept the LEAP program as a proof of English proficiency for our Bachelor in Education program. For a list of our accepted English proficiency tests, please see above.

For more information and to apply, click here or email


Your Ambrose Enrolment Team

We are your main point of contact for admission inquiries, program information and for scheduling campus visits. We are passionate about connecting you with the Ambrose community, and are dedicated to your success as a student.

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.

For all enrolment inquiries contact:

Tel: 403-410-2900
Toll Free: 800-461-1222