Admission to Graduate Studies


Application for Admission

For candidates seeking admission to the Royal Military College of Canada as graduate students, the application form and corresponding instructions can be found at: Graduate Studies and Research Forms.

Should additional information be required, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

General Admission Requirements

Students applying, who may not have the requisite language skills for university study, will normally be required to submit proof of their ability to study in the language, in which the programme is being offered. This proof should be in the form of language test results. This may be required for students, whose earlier education has been in a language other than those normally used at this institution.

For candidates whose first language is neither English nor French they must obtain the minimum score for admission from one of the following tests: 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score for admission is: 600 for "Paper-based (pbt)", 250 for "Computer-based Test (cbt)" or 100 for "Internet-based (ibt)".
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score for admission is: 8+.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score for admission is: 85 +.

On the admission form, each student will be required to indicate he or she has read and understood Academic Regulation 5.17 .

Upon admission to graduate studies, each student will be required to sign a document indicating he or she has read and understood Academic Regulation 5.17.

Master's Programme

Decisions on academic admissibility are made on the recommendation of the major department and of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and with the approval of the Faculty Council.

For direct admission as a Master's "Regular" Graduate Student to courses of study in Arts or Science, an applicant must hold an honours degree from a recognized university with at least B- (70%) in the field in which graduate studies and research are to be pursued.

For direct admission as a Master's "Regular" Graduate Student to courses of study in Engineering, the applicant must hold a degree from a recognized university with at least B- (70%) in the appropriate field of Engineering or Applied Science.

Some departments impose additional requirements and even though the applicant may appear to satisfy the general admission requirements, acceptance into a graduate degree programme is not guaranteed. Please see the various admission requirements by programme.

Doctoral Programme

The normal admission requirements for a PhD student shall be a Master's degree by thesis or its equivalent by thesis, in a field closely related to the proposed field of study.

Direct Admission to Doctoral Programme from Masters Programme

Students registered in a Master's degree programme with at least A- (80%) in the programme who displays exceptional performance and promise in their research may, with the approval of their sponsor and after at least one full calendar year of full-time enrolment, apply to be admitted to a full-time PhD programme without having to complete the requirements for the Master's degree.

Such admission to a doctoral programme requires the successful completion of a transfer examination, the recommendation of the appropriate department or programme, the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee and its Dean as well as Faculty Council.


The acceptance of an applicant is recommended by the Department to the Graduate Studies and Research Division.

Official letters of acceptance are sent by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Division, and are only valid for the academic year indicated in them. A successful applicant must reply at an early date, declining or accepting the offer.

If the applicant wishes to commence study in a term other than the one offered or in a subsequent academic year, a deferral request may be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for consideration.

Non-Standard Admissions

An applicant who fails to meet the minimum admission requirements but who possesses a minimum of five years of post-university experience may establish eligibility for non-standard admission as a Regular Student if, since graduation, they have done significant intellectual work or made significant professional contributions that can be considered equivalent to higher academic standing. This could include publications, research, professional advancement, development of new skills, or similar elements. Requests for non-standard admission must be supported by strong evidence that the nature and contents of the applicant’s qualifications or experience have been adequate preparation for advanced study.

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