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V Requirements for Admission to Graduate Degree Programs

MASTER'S DEGREE

Master's programs are offered in the following subjects:

Collaborative Graduate Programs

Specializations in:

- Gerontology
- Women's Studies

Faculty of Business Administration

- Business (MSc(Mgt) and MBA)


Faculty of Education

- Education (MEd)

Faculty of Engineering

- Control Engineering (MScEng)
- Electrical and Computer Engineering (MScEng)
- Environmental Engineering (MScEng)

Faculty of Natural Resources Management

- Forestry (MScF)

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

- Kinesiology (MSc)
- Nature-Based Recreation and Tourism (MES)
- Social Work (MSW)
- Collaborative Programs in Public Health (MPH)
- Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research
- Graduate Diploma in Kinesiology

Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies

- Biology (MSc)
- Chemistry (MSc)
- Economics (MA)
- Geology (MSc)
- Mathematical Sciences (MSc)
- Northern Environments and Cultures (MES)
- Physics (MSc)

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

- English (MA)
- History (MA)
- Clinical Psychology (MA)
- Experimental Psychology (MA)
- Sociology (MA)

 

DOCTORAL DEGREES

- Biotechnology (PhD)
- Chemistry and Materials Science (PhD)
- Clinical Psychology(PhD)
- Educational Studies (PhD)
- Forest Sciences (PhD)

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to either the University or a specific graduate program.

The University retains the right to select candidates and to limit enrolment in accordance with available resources.

 

PROFICIENCY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied in an English language school system for more than three full years will be required to present proof of English facility by:

1. achieving appropriate standing on one of the following tests:

 TEST

 Minimum Score

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
Lakehead University's Institution Code is 0888.
 
TOEFL paper based 550 (with no component score less than 50)
TOEFL computer based 213 (with no component score less than 17)
TOEFL internet based 80 (with no component score less than 19)
IELTS - International English Language Testing System 6.5 (no individual band score less than 6.0)
MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery 85
CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment 60
Or  
2. Successfully completing the English Language Program (ELP) at Lakehead University. For details regarding the ELP go to:
https://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/other-programs/english-language
 
Certain academic units/programs may require higher scores. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to Lakehead University.
 
Where the language of instruction and examination in undergraduate studies has been uniformly in English, official documentation from the institution indicating that the primary medium of instruction is English must be submitted upon request. This official documentation must come directly from the institution in the form of an official letter that states that the student's medium of instruction was English for three full years or more. This letter must be signed by the institution's Registrar or Chief Officer. This letter must also bear the original stamp or seal of the institution.
 




1. Faculty of Education

Normal minimum requirements for admission to the MEd program are:

1. an acceptable three year or four year Bachelor's degree and Bachelor of Education or equivalent, each with at least a second class standing (B).

The above requirements should be considered as normal minimum requirements for admission. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

See the graduate program section for information regarding the PhD in Educational Studies.

2. Faculty of Engineering

Normal admission to the Master's program in Control Engineering requires a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical or Software Engineering (four year program), with at least 70% average, or equivalent.

Normal admission to the Master's program in Electrical and Computer Engineering requires a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical, Computer or Software Engineering (four year program), with at least 70% cumulative average, or equivalent, in addition to all other general admission requirements of the university. A make-up period of study may be required where the student is deficient in background undergraduate level courses.

To be considered for admission to the MScEng program in Environmental Engineering, the candidate must normally hold a four-year degree in the disciplines of Engineering or Natural Science (including, but not restricted to, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics), with at least 70% average, or equivalent.

A make-up period of study, as recommended by the Engineering Graduate Studies Committee, may be required where the student is deficient in background undergraduate level courses. Proficiency in the English language is required. Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily lead to automatic admission, but depends on the availability of places in the program and on an assessment by the Engineering Graduate Studies Committee of the applicant's aptitude for graduate studies and research.

3. Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

The normal admission requirement for a Master's degree program is an honours degree with Second Class standing (B), or equivalent, in an discipline acceptable to the academic unit, and approved by the academic unit's Graduate Committee. Other qualifications, if recognized as equivalent by the academic unit Graduate Committee, may be accepted.

A candidate with a general degree standing will normally be expected to complete an honours degree, or the equivalent, before entering graduate studies, but in special circumstances will be allowed to register as a qualifying student. If, at the end of the qualifying year, the academic unit is satisfied with the calibre of the student's work the student may in competition with other applicants, be recommended for acceptance to a graduate degree program.

4. Faculty of Natural Resources Management

The minimum admission requirement to the Master of Science in Forestry degree is an honours degree with at least second class standing (B) in forestry or an allied discipline. All applicants for admission to the program must show evidence of academic performance or employment experience that has demonstrated their potential for a high level of achievement in graduate research or professional practice. Each applicant must also satisfy the Faculty of Natural Resources Management Graduate Studies Committee with appropriate proficiency in the English language. There is no guarantee that applicants who meet the minimum requirements outlined above will be admitted to the MScF degree in Forestry.

Admission With Allied Discipline Qualifications

Applicants with allied discipline qualifications are candidates who have adequate academic standing (B or better) and an honours or equivalent degree in an allied discipline. Allied disciplines include, but are not necessarily restricted to: botany, zoology, geography, environmental studies, soil science, fish and wildlife management, conservation, agriculture, economics, outdoor recreation, and natural resources management. Applicants must take or have taken, subject to the approval of the Faculty of Natural Resources Management Graduate Studies Committee, two undergraduate courses (full course equivalents) to acquire knowledge of subjects related to the candidate's thesis or area of research and to ensure an adequate understanding and knowledge of core elements of forestry.

Applicants with an inadequate academic background/standing in an HBScF or equivalent program, in an allied discipline, or in other programs, cannot be accepted directly to the Master's program. They may be allowed to register as an undergraduate student for a minimum of four courses. If they maintain a B or better average in appropriate subjects, they may then reapply to the Master's program.

See the graduate program section for information regarding the PhD in Forest Sciences.

5. Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies

The normal admission requirement for a Master's degree program is an honours degree with Second Class standing (B), or equivalent, in an discipline acceptable to the academic unit, and approved by the academic unit's Graduate Committee. Other qualifications, if recognized as equivalent by the academic unit Graduate Committee, may be accepted.

A candidate with a general degree standing will normally be expected to complete an honours degree, or the equivalent, before entering graduate studies, but in special circumstances will be allowed to register as a qualifying student. If, at the end of the qualifying year, the academic unit is satisfied with the calibre of the student's work the student may in competition with other applicants, be recommended for acceptance to a graduate degree program.

See the graduate program section for information regarding the PhD in Biotechnology and the PhD in Chemistry and Materials Science.

6. Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

The normal admission requirement for a Master's degree program is an honours degree with Second Class standing (B), or equivalent, in an discipline acceptable to the academic unit, and approved by the academic unit's Graduate Committee. Other qualifications, if recognized as equivalent by the academic unit Graduate Committee, may be accepted.

A candidate with a general degree standing will normally be expected to complete an honours degree, or the equivalent, before entering graduate studies, but in special circumstances will be allowed to register as a qualifying student. If, at the end of the qualifying year, the academic unit is satisfied with the calibre of the student's work the student may in competition with other applicants, be recommended for acceptance to a graduate degree program.

See the graduate program section for information regarding the PhD in Clinical Psychology.