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Admission Requirements


Basic Admission Requirements

The general admission requirements for Ambrose University is Alberta Grade 12 matriculation or equivalent, and the completion of five courses at the 30 level (or equivalent). A minimum 60% average in the five courses used for admission is required.

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.

Five courses at the 30 level* include:

  1. English 30-1
  2. Approved core course
  3. Approved core course
  4. Approved core course
  5. Approved core course or approved option courses

*Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31.

*Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used.

“Approved Core Courses” are a selection of provincially authorized senior high school courses at the 30-level within English Language Arts, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies and five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS).

Approved Core Courses

  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Career and Technology (CTS)
  • Computing Science 30 (5 credits)
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2 and 31
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level

Approved Option Courses

  • Social 30-2
  • Social Science grouping courses
  • Career and Technology (CTS) courses at the advanced level (3000-level) within: Criminal Justice Studies, Design Studies, Electro-technologies, Enterprise and Innovation, Environmental Stewardship, Financial Management, Human and Social Services, Legal Studies, Logistics, Management and Marketing, Networking, Primary Resources and Recreation Leadership
  • All dual credit courses
  • Locally developed courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis

See for the Alberta Government list of provincially authorized senior high school courses and codes.

Please note that in addition to the Basic Admission Requirements listed above, specific programs may have additional requirements for admission. See Program Specific Requirements

Canadian Home-Schooled Applicants

Submit one of the following documentations of your senior matriculation:

  • An official transcript from the provincial Department of Education showing proof of the required Grade 12 courses as noted under “Regular Student,” OR
  • A portfolio; an SAT* Reasoning Test score of 1400 or higher on the three sections of Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing, with no section test below 400, or an ACT score of 22 or higher; and an official letter from the home-schooling agency verifying Grade 12 courses.

*The SAT institution code for Ambrose is 5672.

International Baccalaureate/Advanced Placement

If you have completed International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school, you should inquire about receiving transfer credit. More information about IB* and AP** transfer credits can be found in the Transfer Credit section.
*The IB institution code for Ambrose is 03552
**The AP institution code for Ambrose is 5672.

Expatriates and Children of International Workers

Your admission is based on your high school and/or post-secondary curriculum of study, rather your country of citizenship.  For example, a Canadian citizen, living in Thailand, attending an international school with US based curriculum will be evaluated for admission on the basis of US entrance requirements. Please contact if you have questions regarding applicable entrance requirements.

International Applicants

If you are from a country other than Canada, your admission will be based on completion of the equivalent of Alberta senior matriculation (Grade 12). If your official high school transcript is in a language other than English, it is your responsibility to provide Ambrose University with a certified English translation of the transcript. You are advised to begin the application process one year prior to your anticipated enrolment. All students from countries other than Canada must possess a valid Study Permit and passport prior to entry to Canada, or be Canadian permanent residents or citizens. International students must present their letter of acceptance from Ambrose University, and proof of finances to cover costs of education and living expenses while in Canada to Canadian Immigration officials.

United States Applicants

Applicants from the United States, who have completed high school or post-secondary studies in the U.S., or who have completed U.S. based curriculum abroad, may be considered for admission on presentation of:

  • A full academic high school program, similar to the Alberta program, from an accredited high school, with five grade 12 level courses including English, and Mathematics or a second language, with a minimum overall average of 60% or higher on the five courses, 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


United States Home-Schooled

You will be considered for admission on presentation of all of the following:

  • An SAT* Reasoning Test score of 1400 or higher on the three sections of Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing, with no section score below 400, or an ACT score of 22 or higher
  • A transcript from the home-schooling agency showing proof of completion of high school requirements
  • A portfolio of learning

*The SAT institution code for Ambrose is 5672.

United Kingdom and Commonwealth Countries

We accept General Certificate of Education Advanced and GCSE/IGCSE/GCE Ordinary Level Certificates as senior matriculation with standing in five subjects with:

  • At least two subjects at Advanced Level, one of which must be English
  • No more than three subjects at Ordinary Level
  • A minimum overall grade of C is required and no subject is accepted below C grade

Other International Applicants

You must present the equivalent to Alberta senior matriculation. Normally, this means official certificates or credentials that would allow admittance to a university in your home country. Contact the Admissions Office for further information.