UNIVERSITY OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND 2019-20 Academic Calendar

18 Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Application and Admission Requirements

How to Apply

1.  Create a UPEI account and complete the application form

  • Create a UPEI account.
  • Complete the online application form and submit the application fee.
  • Some programs require a slightly different process: professional programs (Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Radiography) and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program.

2.  Submit your supporting documentation

  • Send your transcript(s) by one of the following ways:
    • Attach documents to your online application.
    • Mail documents to the UPEI Registrar’s Office, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown PEI, C1A 4P3.
    • Fax your documents to (902) 566-0795.
    • Deliver your documents to the UPEI Registrar’s Office, second floor of Dalton Hall, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown.
  • Some programs require supplemental documents. Check your UPEI account application for details.

You’ll receive a message confirming your submission. We’ll send another email message and a letter after we review your application materials.

Notes:

1. The applicant is responsible for the completeness and accuracy of the application.

2. Applicants who conceal any previous academic records are liable for dismissal from the University.

3. The University reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

4. Applicants may be required to provide medical evidence of their fitness to pursue university studies.

Application Deadlines

Documentation for all applicants (except for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Education, Nursing, Radiography—see appropriate section) should be complete by 1 August, if applying to the Fall semester, or by 1 December, if applying to the Winter semester.

Application Fee

These fees must accompany each application for admission to all undergraduate programs and professional programs:

  • Canadian   $50.00
  • International   $50.00
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine   $75

Residence Application Information

Residence application forms can be obtained at http://upei.ca/residence. Applicants are reminded that acceptance to residence is no guarantee of acceptance to the University, nor is acceptance to the University a guarantee to acceptance to residence.

English-Language Proficiency Requirements

The language of instruction at the University of Prince Edward Island is English. All academically admissible applicants, regardless of their country of origin or citizenship status, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language prior to undertaking studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Proficiency may be demonstrated by:

Undergraduate programs

Three years of full-time study in English in Canada or in another country where English is a principal language (as recognized by UPEI); evidence of bilingualism (English and another language) is acceptable for those applicants educated in Canada in a language other than English.

Submission of an official test score at or above the acceptable minimum, such as:

Test

Arts, Science, Business and Baccalauréate en éducation, Français Langue Seconde)

Nursing, Radiography, Doctor

of Veterinary Medicine & Education

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing no other band below 6

Overall score of 7 with 7 in writing

and speaking; 6.5 in reading and listening

TOEFL paper-based test

550 with minimum TWE of 5.5

600 with minimum TWE of 6

TOEFL internet-based test

80 with minimum of 20 in each category

100 with a minimum of 25 in speaking and writing, 22 in reading and listening

MELAB

80

85

CanTEST

4.5

5

CAEL

60

70

Pearson Test of English

58

66

Cambridge Advanced English

CAE A-C: 176-184 after Jan 1/15

CAE A: CPE A & B; 185-190 after Jan 1/15

GTEC CBT

1176-1250

1250 and above

English 621*

70%

N/A

Applicants without English proficiency test scores, or with scores below the minimum, may be admitted conditionally (NOT available to applicants seeking admission to Nursing, Radiography, Education or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), and will be assessed by the EAP Coordinator upon arrival. Depending upon the assessment result, students may be placed in either full-time or part-time EAP. Part-time EAP is taken in combination with up to three credit courses. Upon successful completion of EAP, with an acceptable test score as noted above, these students will be eligible to begin academic studies without conditions related to English language proficiency.

*Prince Edward Island high school course English 621 or an analogous grade 12 academic English course from another Canadian Provincial curriculum.

Undergraduate English Academic Preparation (EAP)

The English Academic Preparation (EAP) program is an intensive language program for UPEI students who must upgrade their English language proficiency skills as a requirement of their admission to the University. It is designed to enable students to gain academic skills and confidence in English, and successfully transition to university.

Successful completion of EAP is demonstrated through: 1) course work, and 2) the final EAP exam. EAP students must have a passing grade of 60% in their EAP courses and 4.5 or higher in all sections of the final EAP exam to graduate from the program. Students must successfully complete EAP before progressing into second year (see: Academic Regulation 3).

Progress

If a part-time EAP student has not demonstrated improvement of at least one-half a band width, (e.g., from 3.5-4) after two consecutive semesters of study, this unsatisfactory progress will be reported to the Registrar’s Office, and credit course status will be reduced.

A full-time EAP student who does not show progress after 2 consecutive semesters of study will not be registered in EAP for the following semester, having failed to meet their condition of admission.

Definitions

Undergraduate Full-Time EAP: English language program under which a student is not permitted to enrol in any credit courses. Students are engaged in language training only.

Undergraduate Part-Time EAP: English language program under which a student will be enrolled in a combination of EAP and credit courses, as determined by performance in the EAP placement exam (or official English Proficiency test score).

Student Appeals

Students may appeal in writing according to the process outlined in Academic Regulation 12: Other Appeals.

Seniors’ Bursaries

To recognize the contribution of seniors to the classroom, Seniors’ Bursaries are available to residents of Prince Edward Island aged 60 and over by the beginning of the semester. One Seniors’ Bursary per year is available to all PEI seniors for the tuition costs of one undergraduate course. Additional Seniors’ bursaries will be available based on financial need.

Re-admission

(i) To UPEI

Students who have been absent from study for a period of more than 12 months are required to seek re-admission. A letter of activities, resumé, and transcripts for the time away are required for the application to be considered. Students re-admitted to the original or another program of study normally will follow the regulations in force at the time of original admission to UPEI. (See Regulation #2 on age of credits and validity for inclusion in degrees.) In addition, the Admissions Committee may attach specific and binding conditions to a student’s performance to ensure that the normal standards of the degree requirements are met.

Students who have been required to withdraw from UPEI or any other university or college may be considered for re-admission or admission after they have spent at least 12 months away from university and can provide satisfactory letters of recommendation from employers and/or others. A student re-admitted after being required to withdraw from UPEI or any other university will automatically be on academic probation.

(ii) Students Dismissed from Other Institutions

Students who have been academically dismissed from any other university or college will not be admitted to UPEI during the year following their dismissal or, if already admitted, will have their admission cancelled. Students may reapply for admission after one year away from formal academic study.

Transfer Agreements

Do you have a Holland College diploma but always wanted to have a UPEI degree? UPEI partners with Holland College on several transfer and articulation agreements to provide degree pathways to graduates of specific college programs. Minimum criteria must be met, but Holland College diploma graduates are eligible to apply for admission and credit transfer to the associated degree programs:

Accounting Technology (Accounting Technician)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree –  up to 60 Semester Hours of General Electives
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration – up to 30 Semester Hours of Credit
  • Bachelor of Business Studies – up to 60 Semester Hours of Credit

Atlantic Police Academy – Police Science Cadet

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) OR Bachelor of Science Degree (Psychology) – up to 45 Semester Hours of General Electives

Bioscience Technology

  • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology – up to 60 Semester Hours credit

(Note: two pathway options are available – see program information for details)

Business Administration

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree – up to 60 Semester Hours of General Electives
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration – 30 Semester Hours of General Electives
  • Bachelor of Business Studies – up to 60 Semester Hours of General Electives

Child and Youth Care Worker

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree – 30 Semester Hours of General Electives

Computer Information Systems program (Computer Programmer Analyst profile)

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Degree – up to 39 semester hours of credit and 1 Co-op work term.

Note: transfer credit awarded upon successful completion of UPEI course; Computer Science 1920.

Culinary Arts

  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality – up to 60 Semester Hours of General Electives

Environmental Applied Science Technology

  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree – up to 60 Semester Hours of Credit

Human Services

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree – up to 60 Semester Hours of General Electives

International Hospitality Management

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree – up to 60 Semester Hours of General Electives
  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality – up to 60 Semester Hours of Credit

Journalism and Communications

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism – up to 60 Semester Hours of Credit

Holland College and the University of Prince Edward Island offer a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism. Students complete their first year at the University of Prince Edward Island, then complete two years in the Holland College Journalism and Communications program and the final year at the University of Prince Edward Island graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism.

Marketing and Advertising Management

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree – up to 60 Semester Hours of General Electives
  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality – up to 60 Semester Hours of Credit

Paramedicine (Primary or Advanced)

  • Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine – up to 60 Semester Hours of Credit

Practical Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – up to 27 Semester Hours of Credit

(note: Graduates of the Holland College Practical Nursing Program who satisfy the criteria identified by UPEI and upon successful completion of 5 specific prerequisite courses prior to being admitted, may obtain admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at UPEI (receiving 27 semester hours of credit toward the degree). Please note: This is a competitive entry program. Please contact us for further details.)

Sport and Leisure Management

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree – up to 60 Semester Hours of General Electives
  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality – up to 60 Semester Hours of Credit
  • Bachelor of Science Major in Kinesiology Degree – up to 60 Semester Hours of Credit (SLM kinesiology specialization graduates only)

Tourism and Travel Management

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree – up to 60 Semester Hours of General Electives
  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality – up to 60 Semester Hours of Credit

Wildlife Conservation Technology

  • Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation –  up to 60 Semester Hours of Credit

Note: semester hour: A semester hour is defined as nominally one hour of classroom time per week per semester. Thus a class which is held for three hours a week for one semester is a three semester-hour course. 60 semester hours is equal to 20 (3 semester-hour) courses.

Transcript and Credit Assessment for All Applications

Transcripts from post-secondary institutions are assessed for Transfer Credits at the time of admissions consideration by the Registrar’s Office. Students who have been admitted to the University and who believe that they can meet, or have met, the requirements of a course, may seek UPEI credit by means of challenge for credit, or recognition of “Special Credits” earned elsewhere (see Academic Regulations 15 & 16).

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Stream

The Faculty of Science is pleased to offer a pre-veterinary stream that provides students with an opportunity to meet the course requirements to be eligible to apply to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the Atlantic Veterinary College.

The pre-vet stream is an advising structure that helps guide future applicants to the DVM program and supports progress toward a Bachelor of Science degree. To ensure students are also working toward a degree program, and receiving appropriate advising throughout their studies, pre-vet students will be admitted into the Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology (Life Sciences Specialization – PRE-VET).

Please note: Admission to the DVM program is competitive. Each year many students apply for one of the seats available in the program. Students who enter the pre-veterinary stream are not guaranteed entry into the DVM program. As well, since a student’s application to the DVM program is assessed on other criteria besides grades, potential DVM applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the veterinary admissions section of the calendar for a complete description of DVM admission requirements.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSC), and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

(i) Canadian Education System

High School Graduates

Successful completion of Grade 12 examinations in a University Preparatory Program with an overall average of at least 70% (75% for Quebec Secondary V students) in the following subjects:

1. Arts

English, one Social Studies or Language, and any three other academic courses. Grade 12 math recommended. Note: Grade 12 Math is a prerequisite for some first-year Arts courses.

2. Business

English, Mathematics, any two Social Studies, Languages or Sciences, and one other academic course.

3. Science

Grade 12 Academic English

Grade 12 Academic Mathematics

Two Grade 12 Academic Science subjects (acceptable subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Oceanography, Animal Science, Environmental Science)

One additional Grade 12 Academic course

Introductory Science course at UPEI with a high school prerequisites =  Chemistry 1110 requires grade 12 Chemistry or equivalent.

Notes:

Social Studies electives include the following: Economics, Global Issues, Canadian and PEI History, and Advanced Political Science.

Exceptional students from Grade XI may be considered for admission.

Applications will be considered from students who have completed programs of study in CEGEP, Community Colleges, or CAAT. Transfer credits, if any, will be considered on an individual basis.

Admission During Grade 11 Year

Grade 11 students are eligible to apply to UPEI for admission to Bachelors’ degrees in Arts, Business or Science to begin their University studies in the Fall after their Grade 12 year of High School. This early offer of admission is based on academic course results from Grade 11. Applicants who have a 75% average in the academic pathway subjects from their Grade 11 year are eligible to receive an offer of admission in advance of their Grade 12 year. Students are encouraged to apply after the first semester of their Grade 11 year.

Students are required to submit an updated transcript before March 1st (after the first semester) of their Grade 12 year for Scholarship review and to confirm that registration prerequisites will be satisfied.

Admission from Grade 11

This is for the exceptional student with at least 85% in Grades 10 and 11, who is highly recommended by the school (at least two letters), and who has written parental permission. Students with special aptitudes who may not have 85% will also be considered.

Admission as an Unclassified Student

Individuals are permitted to register in undergraduate courses at UPEI, without having to apply to, or be admitted to a specific program of study. This admission (permission to register) status is processed through the unclassified application form, which is used to process a student’s request to register.

A student who wishes to register as an Unclassified Student must submit a completed Unclassified Student Registration Form, and application fee, and register in courses by the registration deadlines specified in the Calendar. This type of enrolment is described below:

The student is permitted to register but is not admitted to a specific program of study at the University. Previously admitted students may register as Unclassified Students, but such registration does not constitute readmission to the University.

Students who have been required to withdraw from this or any other post-secondary institution within the last 12 months are not permitted to register as an Unclassified Student.

Transcripts of previous post-secondary work, and proof of English Language Proficiency, must be presented to the Registrar’s Office if requested.

Prerequisites must be met where applicable. Checking for prerequisites is the student’s responsibility.

The student is subject to an initial maximum registration limit of 10 three-credit courses as an Unclassified Student. To register in additional courses as Unclassified, a student must seek permission from the Registrar’s Office and may be required to meet with an Academic Advisor prior to registration being processed.

Summer Session Unclassified Students may enrol in a maximum of two courses (six semester-hours) per session. Fall/Winter Unclassified Students will need special permission from the Registrar’s Office, to enrol in more than two courses per semester (maximum of five).

An Unclassified Student may apply for admission to the Fall or Spring Semester before the published deadlines through one of the approved admission routes. If an Unclassified Student applies to a program/faculty for a specific semester (Fall/Spring), the student cannot be registered for that same semester as an Unclassified Student.

Upon admission to a specific program, courses completed as an Unclassified Student may be counted toward the student’s program, subject to Academic Regulations and the appropriate rules of the faculty/school.

College Transfer Students

Beginning in the 1997–98 academic year, students may receive credit for courses successfully completed at a member institution of the Colleges and Institutes Canada and for which credit is given at that institution, under the following conditions:

courses must be acceptable in the program to which transfer is being sought either as required courses or as electives;

grades must be at least 60% or, where the grading system is different than that of UPEI, at least at an equivalent level above the minimum passing grade; and

transfer will be allowed by the Registrar only on the recommendation of the appropriate Dean.

Home-schooled Students

The basic entrance requirements for home-schooled students are the same as for all other students. Home-schooled students can meet the requirements by:

attending a local high school for Grade 12 or the final year of schooling;

taking the Grade 12 academic entrance subjects through a correspondence program acceptable to the University; OR

presenting Advanced Placement test scores on an official transcript for the entrance subjects.

Mature applicants must be:

Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada

out of school for at least three years

21 years of age on or before the first day of classes.

Students must submit transcripts of any high school and/or post-secondary work completed for the purposes of prerequisite checking and a resume outlining a) academic goals and b) academic and employment activities for the past three years.

NOTE: Some programs require specific high school prerequisites for admission.

University Transfer Students

Students who are eligible for readmission and registration at their previous institutions will be considered for admission to UPEI on an individual basis. Normally, such students should have achieved an average grade of at least 60% in their previous year of studies or not have been registered at any university for at least a year. (See Academic Regulation 14: Transfer Credits)

Where admission to a specific academic program is sought, the applicant must meet the requirements of that program.

Prospective transfer students must have all documentation submitted by 15 August for admission in September.

Notes:

Professional Faculties and Schools have additional criteria that must be met before applicants from outside the University will be considered.

Transfer students are subject to all other academic regulations of the University. Possession of the minimum requirements for transfer to UPEI does not in itself ensure that admission will be granted.

Advanced Placement Program

Acceptable Advanced Placement Program courses with scores achieved on the national level exam of 3(C) or higher may be presented for admission purposes. Acceptable Advanced Placement courses with scores achieved on the national level exam of 4(B) or 5(A), may be assessed for credit transfer. The applicability of transfer credit is subject to individual degree regulations. Students wishing to obtain transfer credit must have an official transcript of their national AP exam results forwarded directly to UPEI from the College Board. Students will receive a notice of assessment once an assessment has been completed. A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit may be awarded for eligible AP results.

Approved AP subjects and transfer credit equivalency:

AP Course    Equivalent UPEI credit
Biology BIO 1310 and BIO 1320
Calculus AB MATH 1910
Calculus BC MATH 1910 and MATH 1920
Chemistry CHEM 1110 and 1120 (subject to confirmation by the Chemistry program)
Computer Science A Unassigned first year CS elective
Computer Science AB CS 1510 and CS 1520
English Literature and Composition ENG 1010 and ENG 1920
Environmental Science 2 Unassigned first year electives
European History 2 Unassigned first year electives
French (Language) Assigned credit by placement
French (Literature) 2 Unassigned first year French electives
Geography (Human) 2 Unassigned first year electives
German GERM 1010 and GERM 1020
Greek GR 1010 and GR 1020
History (US) 2 Unassigned first year History electives
History (World) 2 Unassigned first year History electives
Latin LAT 1010 and LAT 1020
Microeconomics EC 1010
Macroeconomics EC 1020
Physics B Students may challenge for 2 unassigned first year Physics electives
Physics C (Mechanics & Electricity) Students may challenge for credit; PHYS 1110 and PHYS 1120
Psychology PSY 1010 and PSY 1020
Spanish SPAN 1010 and SPAN 1020
Statistics STAT 2210 and unassigned first year Math elective

 *Each UPEI course is 3 semester hours

* Credit for AP examined subjects can only be assessed if presented on an official transcript of AP national exam results.

*Please note that this table is provided as a guide, and transfer credits are assessed on an individual basis and may vary depending on each students program of study.

Applicants from Quebec College of General and Professional Education (CEGEP)

The Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC/DCS), with the “DEC en sciences, lettres et arts,” will qualify a student for admission to UPEI. Holders of the DEC will be considered as transfer students to second year with a maximum of 10 transfer credits, provided that they attained an average grade of 70% or better in their final year of CEGEP study. Students with less than the DEC, and a 70% average, will be considered for admission to first year with the possibility of some transfer credits from second-year CEGEP courses. Students who have completed a technical or professional DEC will be considered on an individual basis.

Concurrent Enrolment Policy with PEI Grade 12

Students who are enrolled in their last year of studies in a PEI secondary school may be admitted to the University of Prince Edward Island to pursue Concurrent Studies. The following conditions will apply at the University:

  • the applicant must have a superior academic record;
  • the applicant must be enrolled in a PEI secondary school in a program that meets regular UPEI entry requirements;
  • the applicant must have the written recommendation of the secondary school principal;
  • the applicant must have the written consent of the parent or legal guardian if under the legal age of majority on the opening day of classes; and
  • the applicant must have the support of the Dean of the Faculty for the courses in which the applicant plans to enrol.

Admission will be initially for one three-semester-hour course but may be renewed with the continued support of the school principal and the Dean. Normally, no more than six semester-hours of credit may be obtained by Concurrent Studies, but students who continue to have superior academic records and the support of the school principal may seek permission from the Dean to enrol in a further course for a maximum of nine semester-hours of credit.

Students in Concurrent Studies will be treated as regular students in most respects, except that they may not register in a full range of courses. Standard transcripts will be issued and fees and deadlines will be as for regular students. Students who have enrolled in Concurrent Studies at other recognized post-secondary institutions prior to secondary school graduation may also be eligible for transfer credit.

Dual PEI High School / University Credit

Credit Recognition for Prince Edward Island High School Curriculum

Students who have successfully completed BUS 701A; ACC 621A OR ECO 621A and one additional business related course (as listed below) at the high school level (from the PEI provincial curriculum) will be eligible to receive credit for BUS 1010, an elective course within the Bachelor of Business Administration Program at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Students will receive credit for BUS 1010 if the following requirements are satisfied:

(a) the student graduated high school in 2017-2018 or a subsequent school year;

(b) the student has successfully completed three of the following courses:

  • BUS 701A (required course),
  • ACC 621A or ECO 621A (one course is required),
  • ACC 621A or ECO 621A or ENT 521A or HOS 801A (one course is required with no duplication of courses);

(c) the student has achieved a grade of 70% or higher in each of the business high school courses completed to meet the requirement for transfer credit recognition;

(d) the student is enrolled at the University of Prince Edward Island.

To have an award of credit considered, students must apply for a review after beginning classes at UPEI (normally after the second week of classes in the fall semester). This application can be in the form of a written request at the Registrar’s Office.

NOTE: All other Academic Regulations that impact an award of transfer credit must be considered prior to an award of transfer credit through this process.

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate (IB) students are eligible for admission on the basis of successful completion of the IB Diploma. In addition, applicants must satisfy the admission criteria of the requested faculty by presenting the specific course requirements (see below). At least three subjects must be successfully completed at the Higher Level (HL), while the remaining three subjects may be successfully completed at the Standard Level (SL).

Completion of the IB Diploma with a score of 24 grants admission to UPEI. Applicants must satisfy the admission criteria of the requested faculty by presenting the specific course requirements identified for that Faculty. Grades below 3 are not accepted for admission assessment.

Students who complete a Certificate or individual IB subjects may also be assessed for admission using each HL and SL subject being considered in meeting the Faculty-specific admission requirements. For applicants who complete both the IB subjects and senior matriculation/secondary school graduation requirements, admission will be based on the credential which is to the greatest advantage of the student.

Transfer Credit

UPEI awards a full year of credit (10 courses, each at 3 credit hours) for a completed IB Diploma with a minimum score of 28. Specific course credit for HL courses is awarded as outlined below. The balance of the credit required to bring the total to 10 three (3) credit hour course equivalents will be at the introductory unassigned elective level. Please note: Applicability of transfer credit awarded may vary depending on degree program sought.

To be awarded 10 three semester hour courses, students must achieve; a completed IB Diploma with an overall score of 28, 3 HL level subjects with grades in each subject of 4, unless otherwise noted, and above, 3 SL level subjects and satisfactory completion of the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and CAS. All courses used to meet specific admission requirements must be at a score of 3 or above.

Specific higher level (HL) subjects completed with grades of 4, unless otherwise noted, or higher on the official IB (HL) exams within the International Baccalaureate program will be granted transfer credit.

Approved IB subjects (HL) and transfer credit equivalency

IB (HL) Course:   Equivalent UPEI Credit
Biology BIO 1310 and BIO 1320
Chemistry CHEM 1110 and 1120 (subject to confirmation by the Chemistry program)
Computer Science CS 1510 and CS 1520
Economics EC 1010 and EC 1020
English A1 ENG 1010 and ENG 1920
English B No credit
Environmental Systems 2 ENV Electives (first year)
French Assigned credit by placement
Geography Unassigned first year electives
German GERM 1010 and GERM 1020
History 2 HIST Electives (first year)
Latin LAT 1010 and LAT 1020
Mathematics MATH 1910 and MATH 1920
Music 2 MUS Electives (first year)
Philosophy PHIL 1010 and PHIL 1020
Physics* (grade of 5) PHYS 1110 and PHYS 1120
Psychology PSY 1010 and PSY 1020
Sociology SOC 1010 and SOC 1020
Spanish SPAN 1010 and SPAN 1020
Theatre 2 TST Electives (first year)
Theory of Knowledge PHIL 2990 and 1 unassigned second year Elective

*Students presenting Physics with a grade of 4 may challenge for credit.

Each UPEI course is 3 credit hours

Credit for IB (HL) courses will only be assessed if presented on an official IB transcript. Please note that this table is provided as a guide, and transfer credits are assessed on an individual basis.

Degree specific admission requirements:

ARTS: English, a Language or Social Studies and three other academic subjects

BUSINESS: English, Math, 2 Social Studies, Sciences or Languages, and one other academic subject

SCIENCE: Grade 12 Academic English, Grade 12 Academic Mathematics, two Grade 12 Academic Science subjects (acceptable subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Oceanography, Animal Science, Environmental Science); one additional Grade 12 academic course

NURSING: English, Math, Biology, Chemistry and one other academic subject

Gateway Program

Students under any category of admission may make application to attend the Gateway Program (GP). The GP provides extra support and encouragement to students and is available to both recent high school graduates and mature students registered in the program. Given the nature of the program, it is mandatory for students entering direct from high school with an academic admission average below 70% and optional for all other students who are interested in additional supports.

Required Participation

Admission requirements

Successful completion of 5 Grade 12 academic subjects that satisfy regular undergraduate admission requirements with an average of at least 65% – 69.9%

Gateway Program students who enter the University with a 65-69.9% average must:

  • enrol in 1, 2, or 3 academic courses in each semester of their first academic year of study,
  • attend mandatory mentoring sessions for the academic year
  • attend mandatory tutorial and other support programs as provided for the academic year

Optional Participation

Students can self-declare interest in this program. This optional participation is open to:

  • students who are transfer Students from other Universities and Colleges
  • students being admitted under an articulation agreement
  • students who are at least 21 years of age or older and out of school for at least 3 years; or
  • students who satisfy regular admission requirements and self-identify as needing extra support and services

Students who choose to participate in the Gateway Program can opt for:

  • student mentoring sessions
  • class tutorials
  • one-on-one support from the Coordinator of the GP

NOTE: GP students are subject to the same Academic Regulations as all students at UPEI.

United States Education System

The general average in the required subjects should be at least as high as the College Recommending Mark of the school concerned. Class standing is an important consideration.

Note: Deadline dates for US citizens are 1 July, for consideration for September, and 1 November, for consideration for January. All application materials must be received by these dates.

International (other than USA) Education Systems

Applicants with Ordinary or Advanced Level Examinations

Admission to first year may be on the basis of five appropriate General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) subjects at the Ordinary Level, including English Language and Mathematics. Advanced Level examination results received directly from the appropriate Examination Board, which are appropriate to the intended program of studies, will be assessed for advanced standing and credit. A maximum of three Advanced Level examination results may be presented for a maximum of six transfer courses. Credit normally will be granted only for grades of “C” or higher.

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Kinesiology

(i) Introduction

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Kinesiology is a 120 semester hour degree program.

(ii) Admission to Kinesiology

High school graduate

Applicants must have successfully completed Grade 12 in a university preparatory program with a minimum of 70% overall average in five grade 12 academic subjects: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and one other academic course. Note: High school applicants should apply by March 1 to be considered in the University’s annual scholarship review process. See Undergraduate Application and Admission Requirements section of the Academic Calendar.

University application

Applicants attending or having attended a university must meet the same requirements as listed above, but can also complete the course requirements by taking degree level courses.

(iii) Application Process

Your complete application package should be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office. The total number of students admitted will be limited in accordance with facilities and resources on campus to provide quality education.

Students are expected to complete a degree at UPEI within a 10-year period. (See Academic Regulation #2). Applicants should contact the office of the Dean of Science or the Registrar’s office if they have completed any of the pre-requisite first year courses seven years prior to the anticipated start date of their second year of the Kinesiology major.

The following is required when submitting your application:

  • Undergraduate Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts from each post-secondary institution where you have taken a course, even if transfer credit(s) were given by another institution. If enrolled in courses at the time of application, a final transcript is required for those courses as well. Final results for all courses used in the admission review process must be received by June 1.

Bachelor of Business Studies

(i) Introduction

The Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) program is a post diploma degree. It will require a minimum of two years of academic study at UPEI, the curriculum of which will consist of a combination of core and elective courses. To be eligible for program admission, students must have already completed a two-year business diploma, including specified courses or programs, at a recognized college and have achieved an overall average of 70%.

(ii) Admission Requirements

Students must meet the UPEI admission requirements for this degree. In the BBS, students must meet the same requirements as in the BBA degree of obtaining grades of at least 60% in ten of the Business courses required in this program in order to qualify for the degree. Students are subject to all of the Academic Regulations of the University.

Bachelor of Child and Family Studies

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

(i) Introduction

The Bachelor of Child and Family Studies (CFS) is a two-year post-diploma degree available to graduates of the Early Childhood Care and Education diploma program at Holland College or equivalent programs at similar post- secondary institutions. This post-diploma degree provides the opportunity for students to continue their education through a concentration in Family Science.

(ii) Admission Requirements

Students must meet the UPEI admission requirements for this degree by completing the college diploma with a minimum overall average of 70%. For students who completed their diploma ten or more years previously, their application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students are subject to all of the Academic Regulations of the University.

(iii) Application Process

All applications must be submitted to the UPEI Registrar’s Office. Your complete application package will include:

  • Undergraduate Application Form (two pages) or Apply online at: https://secure.upei.ca/registrar/applyform.html
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from the post-secondary institution where you are enrolled or completed your diploma, and any other post-secondary institution where you have taken a course. If you are currently enrolled in a diploma program, you may be accepted into the degree program conditionally, and you will need to submit a final transcript when it is available.

Bachelor of Environmental Studies

(i) Introduction:

The objective of the Bachelor of Environmental Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is to equip students as global citizens, with the tools to understand the environmental connections across academic fields, to critically analyze complex environmental issues, and to lead the way in innovation toward sustainable solutions. Environmental issues typically do not respect traditional academic boundaries and require scientific, technical, human and social perspectives to address. As an interdisciplinary liberal arts and science program, the Bachelor of Environmental Studies will provide students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge across faculties of Arts, Science, and Business. In the classroom, in the field and in the community, students will explore how they can make a positive impact toward sustainability in their personal lives, communities and globally.

(ii) Admission Requirements:

Successful completion of Grade 12 examinations in a University Preparatory Program with an overall average of at least 70% (75% for Quebec Secondary V students) in the following subjects:

English;
one Social Studies or Language;
any 3 other academic courses.

Grade 12 Mathematics and High school Chemistry are recommended.

Bachelor of Integrated Studies

(i) Introduction

UPEI has opportunities for adults who have an unfinished degree or unfulfilled dreams of someday beginning and attaining a degree. The Bachelor of Integrated Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island places the unique needs of adult learners in focus, with a distinct entry point, ongoing learner supports, broad choice of courses to meet employment requirements and personal interests, and a faculty noted for its strength in teaching.

(ii) Admission Requirements

Candidates must be out of high school for seven years, and may be considered under the University’s Mature Student admission regulations. Please note that high school graduation is not absolutely required under the mature student policy. Admission in this program is available only to Canadian students.

(iii) Application Process

Your Complete Application will include:

  • Undergraduate application
  • Official transcripts from any post-secondary institution in which you have completed courses (direct to the Registrar’s Office)
  • Application fee

Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation

(i) Introduction

The Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation (BWC) is a two-year post diploma degree available to graduates of accredited NAWTA (North American Wildlife Technology Association) programs (e.g. the Wildlife Conservation Technology diploma program at Holland College). Entry to the program will be in September each year. This post-diploma degree provides the opportunity for students to continue their education through foundational science courses, advanced analytical courses in the environmental sciences, and electives in scientific and social issues involved in conservation management. A minimum of 20 courses, 15 of which are required, must be taken at UPEI, to fulfill the requirements of this program.

(ii) Admission Requirements (Application deadline: June 1)

Admission to the BWC program requires successful completion of a NAWTA (North American Wildlife Technology Association) accredited diploma program with a minimum average of 70%. For students who completed their diploma ten or more years previously, their application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who are accepted to the program must be able to demonstrate that they have already been vaccinated for Rabies, or obtain a rabies vaccination during the first year of their program. Students are subject to all of the Academic Regulations of the University.

(iii) Application Process

The application Deadline is June 1st and all applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the UPEI Registrar’s Office by this date. Your complete application package will include:

  • Undergraduate Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from the post-secondary institution where you are enrolled or completed your diploma, and any other post-secondary institution where you have taken a course. If you are currently enrolled in a diploma program, you may be accepted into the degree program conditionally, and you will need to submit a final transcript when it is available.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation

(i) The Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation is a 127 semester hour degree program.

(ii) Admission to Applied Climate Change and Adaptation

High school graduate

Students can apply directly from high school to the UPEI Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program. Admission will be capped at 40 students, with two of the 40 seats dedicated for Aboriginal students. Students of the program will progress as a cohort. All eligible first year candidates are considered for admission based on their average in Grade 12: academic English, academic Math, and two academic Sciences from the following list (academic Chemistry, academic Biology, academic Physics); one other Grade 12 academic subject; minimum overall average of 70% with no individual grade below 65%.

Applicants whose average in English, Math and two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, is 89% and above when final results for first semester grades are obtained will receive an “Early Offer” of admittance. All other applicants will be ranked.

In an effort to support a diverse cohort and build a program with global perspectives and global knowledge transfer opportunities, UPEI encourages applications from domestic and international students.

University application

Consideration will be given to students transferring into the program based on eligibility and enrolment numbers. University transfer students are subject to existing requirements for undergraduate admissions for the Faculty of Science.

University applicants attending or having attended a university must meet the same requirements as listed above, but can also complete the admission requirements by taking degree level courses.

(iii) Application Process

The following is required when completing your application:

• Undergraduate Application

• $50 Application Fee ($50 for International Applicants); and

• Official High School Transcripts

• Official Transcripts from any post-secondary institution where you have taken a course, even if transfer credit(s) was given by another institution. If enrolled in courses at the time of application, a final transcript is required for those courses as well. Final results for all courses used in the admission review process must be received by June 1.

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

Admission Criteria:

Pathway 1, starting at Holland College (‘2+2’):

If students have received a Bioscience Technology diploma and achieved a minimum 70% average at Holland College (or another recognized CTAB accredited technologist program that has an OJT or co-op component), they are eligible to apply to UPEI for formal entry into the BBT degree program. Once accepted to UPEI, students will undertake a rigorous program of 20 courses, 13 of which will be required, 3 will be upper level science electives, and 4 will be general electives. Once accepted, students are subject to all of the Academic Regulations of the University.

Pathway 2, starting at UPEI (‘2+1+1’):

Students apply to start at UPEI in the Faculty of Science directly out of high school, following standard application procedures at UPEI. Once accepted, students undertake one year of science courses similar to a first year biology or chemistry student (8 required courses, 2 electives). During the first year of study at UPEI, students apply to Holland College to do the Bioscience Technology diploma program by the deadline of May 1st. (Note: only 4 seats available in this program each year).

Once accepted, they complete their second year of science at UPEI (7 required courses, 3 electives), and then one full year at Holland College in the Bioscience Technology diploma program (includes 2 intersessions). Students then finish back at UPEI in their final year (4 required courses, 3 upper level science electives, 3 general electives).

Application Process

  • Your complete application package will include:
  • Create a UPEI account and apply for future study
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from the post-secondary institution where you are enrolled or completed your diploma, and any other post-secondary institution where you have taken a course. If you are currently enrolled in a diploma program, you may be accepted into the degree program conditionally, and you will need to submit a final transcript when it is available.

Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine

Admission Criteria

This is an articulated BSc. degree and requires that students graduate from Holland College with diplomas in Basic Paramedicine (two years; PCP) or Advanced Paramedicine (three years; ACP). Students from another public institution with equivalent academic requirements to get their Diploma in Paramedicine may also be eligible to enrol in the BSc. in Paramedicine program at UPEI. All applicants must achieve a minimum grade of 70% in their diploma program to be eligible to apply to the degree program.

Application Process

Your complete application package will include:

  • Create a UPEI account and apply for future study
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from the post-secondary institution where you are enrolled or completed your diploma, and any other post-secondary institution where you have taken a course. If you are currently enrolled in a diploma program, you may be accepted into the degree program conditionally, and you will need to submit a final transcript when it is available.

Professional Degree Programs

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

DVM program admissions information is organized into five (5) sections:

  1. Admissions Overview
  2. DVM Academic Requirements
  3. DVM Non-Academic Requirements
  4. DVM Application Procedure/Documents Required
  5. General DVM Applicant Information

1. Admissions Overview

The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is a regional institution that serves the needs of Atlantic Canada. The college is funded by the four Atlantic provinces, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and approximately two thirds of the seats in the program are reserved for Atlantic Canadian residents. These seats are divided into four distinct applicant pools and the remaining seats are allocated to international applicants (including those from the United States), constituting a fifth applicant pool.

The admissions process strives to select applicants most likely to succeed in the veterinary curriculum with the potential to become competent, responsible veterinarians dedicated to a lifetime of productive public service and continued learning.

Eligibility to Apply

Atlantic Canadian Applicant Pools:

Only those Canadian citizens or permanent residents who meet the Atlantic Canadian residency requirements for Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Newfoundland and Labrador can apply to these pools. See the Determining your Atlantic Canadian Province of Residence section for more information.

International Applicant Pool:

Anyone who is a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than Canada can apply to the International pool.

Canadians with dual citizenship are eligible to apply to the international applicant pool but, if accepted, must remit international student tuition and fees for the duration of their program.

Canadian citizens or permanent residents that do not meet the Atlantic Canadian residency requirements and are not dual citizens are not eligible to apply to our program and should contact the Canadian veterinary college that serves their region.

Selection Criteria

Applicants to AVC’s DVM Program are evaluated on both academic achievement and non-academic achievement and aptitude as follows:

Academic Achievement (60% of overall admissions score)

50% = Academic Average

10% = Graduate Record Examination score

Non-academic Aptitude (40% of overall admissions score)

20% = Interview based on animal and veterinary experiences

20% = Work and School Approach and Behaviour test score

Determining your Atlantic Canadian Province of Residence

Residency Requirements

Canadian citizens or permanent residents who qualify as residents of one of the four Atlantic Canadian provinces (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Newfoundland and Labrador) according to criteria defined by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) are eligible to apply as domestic students.

The full MPHEC Definition of Resident is provided here:

DEFINITION OF RESIDENT

A resident of the Province is an individual lawfully entitled to be or remain in Canada, who makes his or her home and is ordinarily present in New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission, including a student living out of Province for the purpose of furthering his or her education, but not including a tourist, transient or visitor to the Province.

Independent Students

An independent student meets, at minimum, one of the following criteria:

• has been out of high school for four years or more

• has had two periods of 12 consecutive months (each) when not a full-time student

• is or was married or common-law

• has a dependent living with them

• has no parent or legal guardian

An independent student is considered a resident of New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland by living in the Province for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission, excluding time spent as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution.

Dependent Students

A dependent student is a student who does not meet any of the criteria of an independent student. A dependent student is considered a resident of New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland whose parents, guardian or sponsors resided in the Province for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission:

• If one of the parents works in another province, the student is a resident of New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland if the family home was in the Province for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission;

• If the parents are separated or divorced, the province of residence is the province where resides the parent with whom the student normally lives or receives principal support for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission. If there is no custody agreement, the province of residence is that of the parent with whom the student has normally resided for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission, or if the student lives with neither parent, the province of residence is that of the parent who has been the student’s principal support for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission;

• If the parents leave New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland after having resided there for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission but the student remains in New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland to begin or continue post-secondary studies, New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland will continue to be the province of residence;

• If the parents reside outside Canada, the province of residence will be that where the parents last resided during the twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission prior to their departure from Canada.

** Independent or dependent student status is determined by an individual’s status at the time of the start of the academic program for which they are applying.

*** MPHEC has made the following clarification in regards to students moving from dependent to independent student status;

Once a student has established residency in an Atlantic province as a dependent student, they maintain residency in that province when they become an independent student as long as they have not lived for 12 consecutive months in another province (excluding time as a full-time student).

Atlantic Canadian applicants are to meet the residency requirements at the time of submission of their application and at the time they are admitted.

Determination of the province of residency for admission to the DVM program is a two-step process.

1. Determine if you are an independent or dependent student according to the criteria given below:

You are an independent student if you meet ANY of the following criteria:

  • have been out of high school for at least 4 years
  • have had at least two 12 consecutive month periods, or one 24 consecutive month period where you were not a full-time student at a post-secondary institution
  • are or have been married or in a common-law relationship
  • have a dependent living with you
  • have no parent or legal guardian

**Once a student has met the criteria to be an independent student, he/she will remain an independent student for the purposes of residency determination.

You are a dependent student if you do not meet at least one of the criteria to be an independent student (listed above).

2. Provide information about your address or your parents’/guardians’ address according to the criteria below.

  • A dependent student’s provincial residency is determined by the home address of the parent/guardian during the 12 consecutive month period prior to the application deadline.
  • An independent student’s provincial residency is determined by the student’s home address during the most recent 12 consecutive month period prior to the application deadline in which he/she was not a full-time student at a post-secondary institution.

To facilitate determination of residency, all Atlantic Canadian applicants will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Official finalized post-secondary institution transcript
  • Official finalized secondary/high school transcript
  • Photocopy of your current driver’s license
  • Complete the Atlantic Canadian Residency form

In addition, dependent Atlantic Canadian students must also provide the following additional document:

  • Photocopy of your parents’ or guardians’ driver’s license(s)

Definitions:

A “full-time student” is defined as having a course load of at least three courses (nine semester hours of credit) per semester, excluding laboratories.

A “post-secondary institution” is defined as an institution authorized to confer post-secondary certificates, diplomas, or degrees.

2. DVM Academic Requirements

Secondary/High School Requirements

The Admissions Committee does not specifically evaluate high school course work. Students typically work towards a degree while completing prerequisite course requirements for DVM admission. Contact the Registrar’ Office at the post-secondary institution which you plan to attend to inquire about specific high school prerequisites for your intended degree program.

Post-Secondary Academic Requirements

Consideration for admission to the DVM Program requires completion of at least 20 prerequisite courses and the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  In general, these prerequisites can be completed within two years (four semesters) in the context of an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree program. Applicants are encouraged to work toward a degree in a field of study that is of particular interest to them in the event that they are not accepted into the DVM program.  No preference is given to those who have completed a first degree, or who have completed the prerequisite courses within a pre-veterinary medicine program.

All applicants are advised to complete course work within an undergraduate degree program at an institution that has rigorous entrance requirements and a reputation for academic quality. Applicants must be in good academic standing at and be eligible to return to their home institution(s) without any restrictions in order to be considered.

For Atlantic Canadian applicants, prerequisite courses must be completed at an institution that is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and must meet the requirements outlined below. Course work completed at a non-AUCC member institution will require review by the Admissions Committee to determine acceptability. In some cases, applicants may be required to provide documentation confirming that their home institution is affiliated with or recognized by one of the primary science degree-granting institutions in that province and/or provide independent confirmation that one or more courses taken to satisfy the DVM Program requirements qualify for direct transfer credit as a core science course at such an institution. Applicants may also be asked to provide additional independent information to facilitate grade comparison.

For United States applicants, prerequisite courses must be completed at an institution that is accredited by the United States Department of Education and must meet the requirements outlined below. In some cases, applicants may also be required to provide documentation confirming that their home institution is affiliated with or recognized by one of the primary science degree-granting institutions in that state and/or provide independent confirmation that one or more courses taken to satisfy the DVM Program requirements qualify for direct transfer credit as a core science course at such an institution. Applicants may also be asked to provide additional independent information to facilitate grade comparison.

Applicants outside of North America will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine acceptability of both the institution and individual courses. A foreign transcript evaluation report may be required. Fees associated with this service are the responsibility of the applicant. For applicants whose first language is not English, the UPEI English Language Proficiency Requirement must be satisfied for admission consideration.

Course Work

At least 20 prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application in order to be considered and course work must include at least one course satisfying each of the following requirements:

Animal Biology 1
Animal Biology 2
Animal Biology 3
Genetics
Mathematics 1
Mathematics 2 (Statistics)
Chemistry 1
Chemistry 2
Chemistry 3 (Organic Chemistry)
English (Composition)
10 Electives

Academic achievement will be evaluated based on performance in the 10 prescribed courses, performance in all courses taken during the most recent full time academic year (September – April), and GRE scores. Note that GRE scores must be forwarded to UPEI directly from the test centre and the institutional code is “0941”.

Course Work Criteria

Applicants must ensure that all 10 prescribed courses, as well as all courses taken during the most recent full time academic year, meet the following criteria.

  1. Courses must be at the undergraduate degree level at a post-secondary institution. Course work will not be acceptable if taken during graduate programs.
  2. Courses must be completed while taking a course load of at least 3 courses and 9 credit hours, excluding laboratories, during any fall or winter semester, or in any two consecutive summer semesters.
  3. Courses will not be acceptable if they are repeats of previously passed courses taken within the last six years, or if they cover similar material to previously passed courses taken within the last six years.
  4. Courses reporting grades as Honours, Pass-Fail, or Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory cannot be evaluated.
  5. Courses completed in the context of International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) programs will only be accepted if credit has been granted from the home post-secondary institution and in situations where the applicant would not otherwise meet the prerequisites for the DVM program.
  6. Any of the prescribed courses will not be acceptable if they were completed more than six full academic years before the date of application.
  7. All of the prescribed science courses must be considered “core” science courses and be eligible to fulfill requirements for an undergraduate science degree at the home post-secondary institution in order to be accepted.
  8. The following prescribed Science courses must have a laboratory component in order to be accepted: Animal Biology 1, Animal Biology 2, Animal Biology 3, Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Chemistry 3 (Organic Chemistry).
  9. Courses may be completed via distance education online, but only if they comply with all of the other regulations stated above.
  10. Examples of acceptable prescribed Animal Biology courses include the following: general first year biology, animal diversity, vertebrate anatomy, vertebrate histology, vertebrate physiology, vertebrate zoology, microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, ornithology, biology of fishes, mammalogy, and wildlife biology. Please note that Animal Behaviour courses are not acceptable.

Applicants who have completed the course prerequisites but, due to exceptional circumstances, do not meet all of the criteria specified above must submit a detailed letter outlining these circumstances and providing just cause as to why their application should be considered by the Admissions Committee.

Academic Average (50% of overall admissions score)

All applicants will have an academic average calculated based on their prerequisite course work. When more than one course is available to satisfy a particular requirement, the highest eligible graded course will be used to calculate the academic average.

Academic Average Calculation = 50% (Average of 10 prescribed courses) + 50% (Average of most recent two full time semesters; September through April)

While there is no minimum academic average that is required for acceptance into the DVM program, applicants should note that competition is intense and significant academic achievement must be demonstrated. Please refer to the table below for a summary of academic averages of applicants recently accepted into AVC’s DVM program. Applicants applying after fall 2015 should note that these averages were calculated based on the previous formula and are not directly comparable to those calculated during the 2017/2018 admissions cycle and beyond.

AVC Class       Mean Academic Average           Range of Academic Averages

2022                       85.7                                                     74 – 93

2021                       85.1                                                     72.9 – 93

2020                        86.0                                                   76.3 – 92.6

2019                       85.3                                                    74.1 – 92.7

2018                       84.7                                                     74.2 – 92

2017                       86.2                                                      77.1 – 93

2016                       86.0                                                      77.9 – 92.5

Graduate Record Examination (10% of overall admissions score)

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test recognized worldwide that assesses fundamental academic knowledge and skills. Performance on the GRE General examination is considered along with the academic average when evaluating academic achievement. GRE test scores must be submitted directly to AVC from the testing site. Applicants should quote the following code to designate the University of Prince Edward Island as their GRE score recipient:

International applicants applying through VMCAS: 7877 U PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND VMCAS

Atlantic Canadian applicants: 0941 U PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

For more information about the GRE please go to: http://www.etscanada.ca/gre/graduate_record_exam or http://www.ets.org/gre.

3. DVM Non-Academic Requirements

All applicants are required to submit structured descriptions of their veterinary and animal experiences prior to application to the DVM program. The goal of these experiences is to provide applicants with insight into the breadth of the veterinary profession and assist them in making an informed career choice.

Veterinary experience must be obtained under the supervision of a qualified veterinarian working in the field of veterinary medicine. It may be paid or voluntary. Experiences may involve general or referral clinical practice and/or provision of veterinary care to animals in research laboratories, zoos, animal shelters, and animal rehabilitation facilities. Experience with veterinarians working in non-clinical capacities including regulatory or public health agencies is also acceptable. Veterinary experience should involve direct interactions with one or more veterinarians working in the field and should not be restricted to reception or administrative duties only. Applicants should be advised that there is no minimum number of hours required for application; however, it is advised to attain as many hours with as many different species (e.g., swine, cows, horses, exotic pets, dogs, cats, etc.) as possible. In most cases, veterinary experience within North America is recommended.

Animal experience may involve working with livestock, breeding or showing animals, working in a pet store, participating in equestrian activities, or any other animal related hobby or experience where a veterinarian is not always present and/or does not provide direct supervision. It may be paid or voluntary. Please note that animal experience for the purposes of application to the DVM program does not include pet ownership.

Selection Criteria

As the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available, completion of the academic requirements is no guarantee of admission to the DVM Program. In addition to academic achievement, the Admissions Committee also assesses non-academic achievement and aptitude. Information for this assessment will be obtained from an interview and the Work and School Approach and Behaviour Test (W-SAB Test). Only those applicants who rank highly based on academic requirements will be invited to interview and complete the W-SAB test on site at the Atlantic Veterinary College.

Interview (20% of overall admissions score)

The interview will draw on the applicant’s veterinary and animal experiences submitted as part of the application process. Applicants will be asked to expand upon the details they provided regarding their experiences and discuss how they have contributed to their understanding of the veterinary profession. Applicants should be advised that a failing score (less than 50%) in the interview will result in their removal from further consideration in the admissions process.

Work and School Approach and Behaviour Test (20% of overall admissions score)

The Work and School Approach and Behaviour Test (W-SAB Test) is a personality inventory that has been designed, validated and standardized with a population of candidates applying to professional academic programs. Each scale in the test was designed to evaluate critical approaches and behaviours found in daily academic and professional situations. Applicants should be advised that it is not possible to study or prepare for the W-SAB.

Interview and W-SAB Testing

All interviews and W-SAB testing occur onsite at the Atlantic Veterinary College on the following dates:

International applicants: Saturday November 23, 2019

Atlantic Canadian applicants: Monday, May 4, 2020

Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Veterinary Medicine

Applicants must be aware that, in addition to the requirements outlined above, there are a number of attributes that are necessary for admission to the DVM Program. These are presented below to assist prospective students preparing for admission.

Observation: Students must be able to participate in learning situations that require observational skills. In particular, students must be able to accurately observe animals of all common domestic species and acquire visual, auditory and tactile information.

Communication: Students must be able to adequately speak, hear, and observe patients and clients to effectively and efficiently elicit information, describe activity and posture, and perceive non-verbal communication. Students must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with clients and other members of the veterinary health care team. Students must be able to coherently summarize an animal patient’s condition and treatment plan verbally and in writing.

Motor Skills: Students must demonstrate sufficient motor function to safely perform a physical examination on patients of all common domestic species including palpation, auscultation, and percussion. Examinations must be done independently and in a timely fashion. Students must be able to use common diagnostic aids or instruments including a stethoscope, otoscope, and ophthalmoscope. Students must be able to execute motor movements required to provide general and emergency medical and surgical care to animal patients in a variety of settings.

Intellectual Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: Students must demonstrate the cognitive skills and memory necessary to measure, calculate, analyze, integrate and synthesize large quantities of information from various sources. Students must be able to comprehend dimensional and spatial relationships. Students must be able to execute complex problem-solving activities in a timely fashion.

Behavioural and Social Attributes: Students must manage the intellectual challenges of the program. Students must apply good judgment and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of animal patients. Students must cultivate mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with clients and other members of the veterinary health care team. Students must be able to tolerate the physical, emotional, and psychological demands of the program and function effectively under stress. Adaptability to changing environments and the ability to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the care of animal patients are necessary skills. Personal qualities exemplified by members of the veterinary profession such as compassion, integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, initiative, and motivation are also expected of students.

The AVC is committed to facilitating the integration of students with disabilities. Students with a disability will receive reasonable accommodation that will assist them in meeting the requirements for graduation from the DVM program. Such accommodation however cannot compromise animal well-being or the safety of people involved. Consequently, it may not be possible to accommodate all disabilities and facilitate successful completion of the DVM program. For additional information regarding support, contact UPEI Accessibility Services.

4. DVM Application Procedure/Documents Required

International Applicants

International Applicants (including applicants from the United States) must first apply online through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) operated by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges at http://www.aavmc.org/Students-Applicants-and-Advisors/Veterinary-Medical-College-Application-Service.aspx by the VMCAS deadline (September 15). Applicants will be contacted to remit the processing fee. GRE scores must be received by September 15 and fall and winter transcripts must be received by February 1 and June 1, respectively, where applicable.

International Applicant Requirements and Deadlines:

September 17, 2019

  • completion of VMCAS application
  • receipt of GRE scores (institutional code is “7877 U PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND VMCAS ”);
  • applicants will be contacted by UPEI regarding payment of the processing fee

November 23, 2019

  • interview and W-SAB testing for applicants ranking highly based on academic achievement occurs onsite at the Atlantic Veterinary College

February 1, 2020

  • receipt of fall semester transcripts for courses in progress, if applicable

June 1, 2020

  • receipt of winter semester transcripts for courses in progress, if applicable

International Applicant Contact: Sharon Gotell, sgotell@upei.ca  –  (902)-566-0781

 

Atlantic Canadian Applicant Requirements and Deadlines:

October 15, 2019

  • create an account (if not previously done) and submit the on-line application and fee
  • submission of the Atlantic Canadian Residency form (and supporting documents)
  • submission of the Animal/Veterinary Related Experience form
  • submission of final official transcripts of courses taken and/or currently enrolled in (if not already submitted)
  • receipt of official GRE scores, if not already submitted (institutional code is “0941 U PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND”)

For Atlantic Canadian Applicants Only: Please note – GRE results received after October 15th will only be accepted;

    1.  if the test was taken prior to January 1st, 2020
    2. if the official mailed hardcopy result is received by February 28th, 2020.

February 1, 2020

  • receipt of fall semester transcripts for courses in progress, if applicable

May 4, 2020

  • interview and W-SAB testing for applicants ranking highly based on academic achievement occurs onsite at the Atlantic Veterinary College

June 1, 2020

  • receipt of winter semester transcripts for courses in progress (only those invited to interview)

Atlantic Canadian Applicant Contact: Jack MacDougall, jrmacdougall@upei.ca – 902-566-0608

All applicants are responsible to ensure that required materials are on file by the appropriate deadline; incomplete applications will not be reviewed. While the provisions of this document will ordinarily be applied as stated, UPEI reserves the right to change any provision listed herein, including but not limited to residency and academic requirements for admission, without notice to individual applicants. Every effort will be made to inform applicants of any changes.

Submit all materials postmarked by the dates indicated above to:

Professional Schools Admissions, Office of the Registrar
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4P3

Please be aware that materials submitted after these deadlines will not be accepted. If you anticipate a problem in meeting a deadline, please contact the UPEI Registrar’s Office as soon as possible.

Advanced Standing and Transfer Applicants

Advanced Standing applicants are students who have completed all of a veterinary medical program from a school not accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and/or the American Veterinary Medical Association but “listed” by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Transfer applicants are students who have completed at least one year of a veterinary medical program at a college accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and/or the American Veterinary Medical Association or “listed” by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Colleges “listed” by the American Veterinary Medical Association include foreign colleges recognized by the World Health Organization and colleges officially recognized by their national governments as professional schools of veterinary medicine. Graduates of “listed” colleges are eligible to practice veterinary medicine in their home country and may qualify for entrance into the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification program in the United States or the Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE) in Canada.

Advanced standing or transfer applicants may apply to the second or third year of the DVM program. Places for advanced standing or transfer applicants are limited and depend on vacancies. Advanced standing applicants normally must have graduated from a veterinary program within six years of the date of application. Transfer applicants normally must have completed at least the first year of a veterinary program immediately preceding acceptance to the second year of the AVC DVM program.

Advanced standing or transfer applicants who do not meet the requirements mentioned in the previous paragraph are invited to submit a letter explaining why the Admissions Committee should consider their application. For advanced standing applicants the explanation must provide details of further veterinary-related study or work.

Applicants are considered for admission on a competitive basis. The deadline for applications is January 1 for classes that would begin in September. Those offered a seat in the second year of the program may need to complete program requirements that were not taken at the institution previously attended to ensure that students successfully transferring into the program are as equally well prepared as their peers starting the second-year cohort of the program.

International students will be assessed International Student fees, if accepted. Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be assessed Regional Student fees, if accepted. Please contact the Accounting office for current information on tuition and fees.

Please note that the transfer/advanced standing admission policy only allows for an offer of admission to the second or third year of the program if the Admissions committee deems the program can accommodate any additional students. It has been ten years since the program has been able to accommodate a transfer/advanced standing applicant, but applications are always considered in the event that a space may become available.

Transfer Applicants must contact Jack MacDougall (Professional Programs Co-ordinator) at jrmacdougall@upei.ca for direction on how to submit a DVM transfer application. Other requirements are listed below:

  • $75 application fee to UPEI
  • Three (3) reference letters from individuals with whom the applicant has been associated within the last five years to be sent directly in a sealed, signed envelope. Suggested sources for letters include veterinarians, teaching faculty, or other employers. Letters should emphasize veterinary-related studies or work-experience. Foreign trained veterinarians who are applying for advanced standing are encouraged to request references from relevant Canadian referees where possible.
  • Documentation of English language proficiency scores if English is not first language
  • Documentation of citizenship or residence status.
  • Program Calendar and full course outlines (in English) for all DVM studies completed
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement explaining why you wish to complete your veterinary medicine training at UPEI
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended or currently attending; those in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified, official translation. For those currently enrolled, please send a list of courses which you are or will be taking. Once there are any updated grades available, please have your University send these results to us immediately. Your file cannot be assessed without these updated marks.
  • Letter of explanation (if required)

Applications will not be processed until ALL supporting materials have been received by the Registrar’s Office. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are submitted by the deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Jack MacDougall by email at jrmacdougall@upei.ca, or by telephone at 902-566-0608.

Requests for Deferrals

Requests for deferral of admission to the DVM program will be considered by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis.

5. General DVM Applicant Information

Rabies Immunization Program

Admission to the DVM program is contingent upon agreeing to participate in a rabies immunization program including blood titre evaluation. Exemption from this condition may be granted in exceptional circumstances if the student concerned provides compelling reasons as to why they are unable to participate and signs a waiver absolving UPEI and AVC of further liability.

Role of Teaching Animals in the DVM Curriculum

The humane use of animals in teaching is an integral part of the DVM program at the AVC and a necessary component of veterinary medical education. All students admitted to the DVM program must accept and agree to this tenet. All teaching animal use at the AVC is approved by the UPEI Animal Care Committee and conforms to the principles and guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition costs vary depending on whether the seat is for an Atlantic Canadian student or an International student. For current DVM program tuition and fees, please visit the UPEI Accounting Office webpage. Select “Veterinary Medicine”, “Canadian” or “International”, “Full-Time”, “Undergraduate”, and then filter. International students should note that all tuition and fees are posted in Canadian dollars.

Financial Aid

UPEI’s Financial Aid Office can assist you in finding the best way to finance your education. For US DVM students, UPEI is able to offer Direct Stafford Loans and Direct Plus Loans using the Direct Loan Program.

For more information regarding financial aid for both Canadian and US students please contact the UPEI Financial Aid Office at 902-628-4382.

Student Health Insurance

All full time students at UPEI, including international students, are automatically enrolled in the UPEI Student Health Plan when they register for classes. If you already have an extended health plan, you may choose to opt out of the UPEI Student Health Plan and receive a refund of the premium cost.

For more information regarding the UPEI Student Health Insurance Plan for both Canadian and international students please contact the UPEI Student Union at 902-566-0530.

Student Visas for International Students

International students will need to obtain a Canada Study Permit (Student Visa) in order to attend UPEI. Accepted applicants can apply for Study Permits once they have received their letters of offer. A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) may also be required depending on your citizenship. A Temporary Resident Visa is not required for citizens of visa exempt countries, including the United States.

For more information about Study Permits please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website or contact the UPEI International Relations Office at 902-566-0443.

Online Payment of Tuition and Fees

Canadian students can pay fees and tuition online through their financial institution and international students can pay directly through the UPEI website using StudentPay. For more information about online payment options, contact the UPEI Accounting Office at 902-566-0534.

Bachelor of Education (BEd)

(i) Introduction

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) is a 12-month post-degree program consisting of 60 credit hours in education with the program commencing in May of each year. This program is designed to provide the variety of courses and extended field experiences through which students can develop the knowledge and skills needed to teach in the modern classroom. It provides the opportunity for students to focus their studies in Primary/Elementary Years (K–6) or Intermediate/Senior Years (grades 7–12), and in International, Indigenous, or Adult and Workplace Education.

(ii) Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed the requirements for their undergraduate degree from an approved registered university and have the degree conferred before June 30.

  • Applicants must have an overall average of not less than 70% (at least between C+ and B-) computed on the 20 highest grades of the last 22 courses (3 semester hour of credit). Applicants who have an average of less than 70% may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Graduate study may be taken into consideration for admission requirements.

  • Applicants must have at least 6 semester hours of credit in English or equivalent (at least 3 of which are recommended to be in Composition);

  • Applicants must have at least 6 hours of credit in Mathematics or Statistics, with either 6 credit hours as part of the undergraduate program OR 3 credit hours as part of the undergraduate program AND Ed 4220 Math for Teachers taken above and beyond the 20 courses required for the BEd.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also satisfy the UPEI English Language Proficiency requirements.

  • Applicants must have completed academic courses in subjects taught in the school system which satisfy the requirements for the program level (Primary/Elementary or Intermediate/Senior) into which they seek admission, as follows:

(a) Primary/Elementary (K-6)

  • 6 credit hours in Social Studies (as listed below);

  • 6 credit hours in Science (as listed below); (3 of which must be a lab-based science); and

  • A course in Developmental Psychology or equivalent.

Note 1: Applicants are strongly encouraged to take Education 2110 or 2130 (Introduction to Education) at UPEI (or equivalent at other universities) prior to beginning the BEd program. Courses in Fine Arts or Music will also be considered assets.

(b) Intermediate/Senior (grades 7-12)

Applicants must have appropriate coursework in two defined teachable areas as outlined below:

  • at least 42 credit hours of university coursework in a first teachable area as listed below; and

  • at least 18 credit hours of university coursework in a second teachable area as listed below, preferably in a teachable area different from the first.

The following courses* relate to teachable areas:

English (includes Communications, Creative Writing, Drama, Journalism, linguistic, Media Studies, and Theatre);

Social Studies (includes Acadian Studies, Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Family Science, Geography, Global Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Diversity and Social Justice Studies);

Science (includes Chemistry, Biology, Foods and Nutrition, Forestry, Geology/Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Oceanography, Environmental Science, Agriculture, and Physics);

Mathematics (includes Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Computer Science);

French; and Music (offered through the Bachelor of Music Education program in the Faculty of Arts).

*Courses not listed may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

(iii) Application Process

Apply before February 15 to be considered for entrance scholarships. The program begins in May and applications will be accepted until the program has reached the full complement of students. Applications received after the full complement of students will only be considered if a seat becomes available or for the following academic year. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to be considered for the program.

Follow UPEI’s undergraduate application process for professional programs, and submit other requirements including:

  • UPEI Application Fee

  • Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution where you have taken a course. Original transcripts are required even if transfer credits were given by another institution.

Send documents to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4P3

Please note:

  • The successful applicant who receives either an unconditional or conditional offer must confirm his/her acceptance in writing and include a non-refundable deposit. This confirmation must be received by the Registrar’s Office (for transmittal to the Accounting Office) by the date specified in the letter.

  • For students who have received a conditional offer of admission official transcripts indicating final grades and confirmation of degree completion must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by June 30th. Failure to do so will result in removal from the program before the commencement of July courses. It’s imperative to contact the Registrar’s Office if there is a legitimate reason why this June 30th deadline cannot be met.

  • The Faculty of Education may request to interview any potential applicant.

Bachelor of Education—français langue seconde

(i) Introduction

The Bachelor of Education–français langue seconde is a 12-month post-degree program consisting of 60 credit hours in Education with the program commencing in May of each year. This program is designed to provide the variety of courses and extended field experiences through which students can develop the knowledge and skills needed to teach in the modern classroom. It provides the opportunity for students to focus their studies in Primary/Elementary (grades K-6), or Intermediate/Senior (grades 7-12), and International, Indigenous, or Adult Education.

(ii) Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed the requirements for their undergraduate degree from an approved registered university and have the degree conferred before June 30.

  • Applicants must have an overall average of not less than 70% (at least between C+ and B-) computed on the 20 highest grades of the last 22 courses (3 semester hours of credit each). Applicants who have an average of less than 70% may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Graduate study may be taken into consideration for admission requirements.

  • Applicants must have at least 6 semester hours in French (at least 3 semester hours in a writing-intensive course in any discipline).

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also satisfy the UPEI English Language Proficiency requirements.

  • Applicants must pass an oral and written proficiency test in French before admission to the specialization is confirmed.

  • At least 6 semester hours of credit in Mathematics or Statistics, with either 6 credits hours as part of the undergraduate program OR 3 credit hours as part of the undergraduate program AND Ed 4220 Math for Teacher taken above and beyond the 20 courses required for the BEd.

  • Applicants must have completed academic courses in subjects taught in the school system which satisfy the requirements for the program level (Primary/Elementary or Intermediate/Senior) into which they seek admission, as follows:

Primary/Elementary (grades K-6)

  • 6 credit hours in Social Studies (as listed below);

  • 6 credit hours in Science (as listed below) (3 of which must be a lab-based science); and

  • a course in Developmental Psychology or equivalent.

Note 1: Applicants are strongly encouraged to take Education 2130 (Introduction to Education) at UPEI (or equivalent at other universities) prior to beginning the BEd program. Courses in Fine Arts or Music will also be considered assets.

Intermediate\Senior (grades 7-12)

Applicants must have appropriate coursework in two defined teachable areas as outlined below:

  • at least 42 credit hours of university coursework in a first teachable area as listed below; and

  • at least 18 credit hours of university coursework in a second teachable area as listed below, preferably in a teachable area different from the first.

The following courses* relate to teachable areas:

English (includes Communications, Creative Writing, Drama, Journalism, linguistic, Media Studies, and Theatre);

Social Studies (includes Acadian Studies, Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Family Science, Geography, Global Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Diversity and Social Justice Studies);

Science (includes Chemistry, Biology, Foods and Nutrition, Forestry, Geology/Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Oceanography, Environmental Science, Agriculture, and Physics);

Mathematics (includes Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Computer Science);

French; and Music (offered through the Bachelor of Music Education program in the Faculty of Arts).

*Courses not listed may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Please note: Preference will be given to:

  • Candidates who have completed a first degree in any relevant discipline from a French language university;

  • Candidates who have completed a major in French from an English university;

  • Candidates who have at least a minor in French studies at a recognized university;

  • Applicants who have significant professional and or life experiences in a French environment are also encouraged to apply. Successful applicants may be required to complete French language course requirements during the two year education program.

(iii) Application Process

Apply before February 15 to be considered for entrance scholarships. The program begins in May and applications will be accepted until the program has reached the full complement of students. Applications received after the full complement of students will only be considered if a seat becomes available or for the following academic year. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to be considered for the program.

Follow UPEI’s undergraduate application process for professional programs, and submit other requirements including:

  • UPEI Application Fee

  • Two copies of official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution where you have taken a course. Original transcripts are required even if transfer credits were given by another institution.

Send documents to:

Registrar’s Office
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4P3

Please note:

  • The successful applicant who receives either an unconditional or conditional offer must confirm his/her acceptance in writing and include a non-refundable deposit. This confirmation must be received by the Registrar’s Office (for transmittal to the Accounting Office) by the date specified in the letter.

  • For students who have received a conditional offer of admission official transcripts indicating final grades and confirmation of degree completion must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by June 30th. Failure to do so will result in removal from the program before the commencement of July courses. It’s imperative to contact the Registrar’s Office if there is a legitimate reason why this June 30th deadline cannot be met.

  • The Faculty of Education may request an interview any potential applicant.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) is a four-year program. Graduates are eligible to write licensure examinations to practice nursing, and to hold membership in the College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island.

Admission Requirements

High School Applicant

A high school applicant must have achieved a mark of at least 65% in each of the following academic courses: English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and one other grade 12 academic course, with an overall average in these courses of at least 70%.

University Applicant

Applicants attending or having attended a University must meet the same requirements as listed above but can also complete the course requirements by taking degree level courses. A minimum mark of 60% is required in degree level courses.

Mature Applicant

In addition to the general admission requirements for mature students, the following regulations apply: a student of mature years may be admitted to the Faculty of Nursing without fulfilling all the entrance requirements specified for the high school graduates. A mature applicant must have achieved a mark of 65% in each of Grade 12 academic English, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology or a mark of 60% for 3 semester hours in the same subjects at the university level.

Selection criteria

The total number of students admitted will be limited in accordance with facilities and resources on campus and in health care agencies.

Approximately sixty-four (64) seats are available in the four year Nursing Program each year. All students who meet the minimum requirements will be considered. Eligible first year candidates are ranked on their average in Biology, Chemistry, English and Math. University Applicants completing one or more of the core courses listed above will have 15% added to each university course for ranking purposes. University applicants must be in good academic standing, as defined in the UPEI calendar.

Offers to the highest ranked may take place at any time during the process. For applicants completing prerequisite requirements, offers will take place after 1 st semester grades have been received. All first round offers will be made by April. A second round of offers is made in May, with the number depending upon first round acceptances. Finally, a third round of offers is made in July for any seats that are still available. Late offers of a seat to the program will be made to the highest ranked alternate if and when a seat becomes available.

Applicants deemed as alternates and enrolled in courses are to have all prerequisite courses completed by June 30. Final official transcripts must be received at the Registrar’s Office no later than July 15th.

Note: Former UPEI Nursing students who withdrew in good academic standing during first year may be given priority for readmission to the program.

Application Process

The application deadline is February 15. To meet this deadline an applicant must, by this date, have their on-line application submitted and application fee paid. Other documents may follow after the deadline. Follow UPEI’s undergraduate application process for professional programs.

Other documents required:

  • For high school graduates, a final official high school transcript
  • For current high school students, a final official first semester transcript
  • (if applicable) Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. If enrolled in courses, updated transcripts are to be submitted once final results of the first semester are available. Transfer credits received at another institution will not negate the requirement for original transcripts;
  • (if applicable) Mature applicants (21 years of age or older) and not enrolled in full-time study are to upload a current Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume;
  • (if applicable) An official English Language Proficiency Test result

Arrange to have official transcripts and English Language Proficiency results (if required) sent to;

The Registrar’s Office
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4P3

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The Faculty of Nursing requires certification of CPR (HCP level), First Aid, immunization record, and a certified criminal record and vulnerable sector check from your local law enforcement agency. Once an applicant is accepted they are to forward this documentation directly to the Faculty of Nursing no later than August 15. If any of this required documentation is not received by the deadline, this offer may be withdrawn. For more information go to Nursing Passport
  • If a second choice program of study is indicated in the application it will be reviewed independently of your Nursing application.  Often a decision is made on a student’s second choice before a decision has been made on their Nursing application.
  • Letters of recommendation are not required nor accepted.
  • After receiving an offer of admission to the BScN, a non-refundable tuition deposit is required. The deadline for providing this deposit will be stated in the acceptance letter. Extensions to this deadline will not be granted.

HOLLAND COLLEGE ARTICULATED AGREEMENT

Graduates of the Holland College LPN program since 2009 have two options for applying to the BScN program at UPEI.

Option 1 – Admission to 2nd Year of BScN

Admission Criteria

  • received at least a 80% average in the LPN program;
  • have evidence of a strong clinical performance during the LPN program. A letter from a clinical nursing instructor from Holland College documenting clinical performance in the LPN program. The letter is to be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office at UPEI;
  • have completed academic grade 12 English, Math, Chemistry and Biology (Final high school transcript and upgrades if applicable);
  • complete a pre-admission math competency test and receive at least 85%;
  • have successfully completed the following UPEI courses (or equivalents): Human Anatomy (BIO 1210), Human Physiology (BIO 1220), Microbiology (BIO 1060), Introductory Psychology (PSY 1010 & 1020).

Potential applicants who have met the admission criteria, with the exception of the five degree-level university courses, may complete these courses at UPEI. Special permission from the Chair of Biology is required to enrol in Microbiology (BIO 1010). Permission is subject to availability of space in the course.

Important Notes

• The Faculty of Nursing must determine that a seat(s) is available before we can consider an applicant for the 2nd year of the Nursing program. In some years there will not be a seat available.

• As a result of the strong possibility of a seat not being available, applicants are initially considered for first year nursing. If a 2nd year seat becomes available the applicant is considered among all other applicants eligible to be considered for 2nd year.

Application for Articulated Agreement

Holland College Articulated Agreement applicants must follow UPEI’s undergraduate application process for professional programs, and submit other requirements including:

  • UPEI Application Fee;
  • official high school and post-secondary transcript(s) for any post-secondary study taken. For those enrolled in courses, arrange to have transcripts sent when 1st semester final results can be reported;
  • if not currently enrolled (out one semester or more), a resume outlining a list of current activities is required;
  • if required, an acceptable English Language Proficiency Test result;
  • A letter from a clinical nursing instructor from Holland College documenting clinical performance in the LPN program.

Option 2 – Admission to 1st Year of BScN

The second option is to apply directly to the first year of the 4-year Nursing program. In this case the admission requirements and evaluation of the application is exactly the same as other applicants applying to the first year of the program. If accepted, students start in the 1st year of Nursing, receiving the same transfer credit as under the articulated agreement, but complete the 1st year courses (PSY 1010, PSY 1020, BIO 1060, BIO 1210, and BIO 1220) that have not yet been taken.

Transfer Credit for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)

LPNs accepted into the 4 year Nursing program will receive the following transfer credits:

Graduates from the Holland College LPN program since 2009 may receive up to 27 credit hours;
Graduates from the Holland College LPN program prior to 2009 will receive 9 credit hours of electives;
Graduates from other LPN programs will receive 9 credit hours of electives with the possibility of further transfer credit upon review of LPN course syllabi.

Any student accepted to the first year of the Nursing program and potentially receiving transfer credit for NURS 1010 and NURS 1020 will be required to complete a Math competency test before transfer credit is granted.

Transfer Applicant Deadline February 15.

Transfer Applicants currently in a Nursing program, or having completed part of a Nursing program at another university, may apply to transfer to the 2nd or 3rd year of the BScN program. Applicants cannot be considered until all of the courses (or equivalent courses at another university) required of UPEI 1st year Nursing students have been completed. Those applicants not able to complete all of the courses required of 1st year UPEI Nursing students must apply as a first year student, but if accepted, may receive transfer credit. Students dismissed from a Nursing program as a result of a clinical failure, or students who have failed two Nursing courses, are not eligible to apply as a transfer applicant.

Transfer students must follow UPEI’s undergraduate application process for professional programs, and submit other requirements including:

  • UPEI Application Fee;
  • official post-secondary transcript(s) for any post-secondary study taken. For those enrolled in courses, arrange to have transcripts sent when 1st semester final results can be reported;
  • if not currently enrolled (out one semester or more), a resume outlining a list of current activities is required;
  • a course syllabus for all Nursing courses taken or currently in-progress, including details of any clinical portion;
  • a letter from the Nursing school where applicant is currently enrolled or has previously attended, which states the applicant is in good academic and clinical standing with no restrictions;
  • if required, an acceptable English Language Proficiency Test result.

Please Note:

The University of Prince Edward Island Nursing program is based on the “PEI Conceptual Model of Primary Health Care”. Students whose previous Nursing program did not include Primary Health Care must apply to the first year of the program. If accepted students may receive transfer credit.

Transfer seats are subject to availability of space in the Nursing program.

Any student accepted to the first year of the Nursing program and potentially receiving transfer credit for NURS 1010 and NURS 1020, will be required to complete a Math competency test before transfer credit is granted.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

(i) Introduction

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is intended for applicants with a university degree who wish to become professional nurses. Students in the Accelerated Program are required to take the same courses and have the same number of clinical hours as students in the four-year BScN program. They are governed by the academic regulations for Nursing as outlined in the Calendar.

(ii) Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Accelerated BScN Program, applicants must have:

  • successfully completed Grade 12 or equivalent courses in English, Math, Chemistry, and Biology;
  • completed an undergraduate degree with a minimum average of 75% (GPA 3.0 or B) in the last 20 courses of the degree and normally registered as a full-time student;
  • students who have completed courses after being granted a degree must have a minimum 75% average based on the best 20 courses of the last 22 courses taken;
  • completed courses for credit in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Developmental Psychology, Statistics, an introductory Nutrition course, two introductory Psychology courses, and two English courses.

Note: Applicants whose first language is not English must also satisfy the UPEI English Language Proficiency requirements.

CPR, First Aid, Criminal Record and Immunization

The Faculty of Nursing requires certification of your CPR (HCP level), First Aid, immunization record, and a certified criminal record and vulnerable sector check from your local law enforcement agency from all students accepted to the Nursing program. Accepted applicants forward this documentation directly to the Faculty of Nursing no later than December 15. (Note: if any of the required documentation is not received by the deadline, this offer may be withdrawn).

(iii) Application Process

Applicants submit the on-line UPEI application and pay the application fee on or before the February 15, 2020 application deadline

Arrange to have a final official high school transcript, as well as official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, sent to the UPEI Registrar’s Office (address below). Transfer credits received at another institution will not negate the requirement for official transcripts where the course was taken. If enrolled in courses, updated transcripts are to be submitted once final grades for the semester are available.

If not enrolled in courses, please upload a current Curriculum Vitae or resume through the application portal

If you do not meet the UPEI English Language Proficiency, arrange to have a recognized ELP test result sent from a testing centre listed in the link above to the UPEI Registrar’s Office (address below).

The UPEI Registrar’s Office
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3

Notes Regarding the Evaluation of Applications:

  • 16 students are accepted each year. There is only one entry term which is January.
  • Priority is given to applicants who have completed all of the prerequisite course requirements, or those that have completed some and enrolled in the remaining prerequisite courses.
  • An Early offer is made to applicants whose average for admission has been calculated to be 83% or greater. If an applicant is currently enrolled in courses, one condition of acceptance will be maintaining the admissions average of 83% or more.
  • Once all applicants have been considered, further offers will be made to the highest ranked applicants who have not received an Early Offer and have completed all the prerequisite course requirements, or those that have completed some and enrolled in the remaining prerequisite courses.
  • Applicants who have not completed their degree must do so by the end of the winter semester. The degree must be conferred by June 30th with a final official transcript sent to the Registrar’s Office by July 15th.
  • If a condition of acceptance is the successful completion of high school courses, the deadline to complete the course(s) is also June 30th, and the deadline to submit the transcript is July 15th.
  • If a condition of acceptance is the successful completion of prerequisite courses, the deadline to complete the course(s) is the end of the Fall semester, and the deadline to submit the transcript is before the start of the Accelerated program in January.
  • If an applicant wishes to be considered for both the Accelerated program and the 4 year program, they must submit an application for each program. If accepted to both, applicants choose which program they would like to enrol in.
  • After receiving an offer of admission to the BScN, a non-refundable tuition deposit is required. The deadline for providing this deposit will be stated in the acceptance letter. Extensions to this deadline will not be granted.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Radiography (BScR)

This four-year degree program requires students to obtain approximately half their academic credits at the University of Prince Edward Island and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Admission is by competition, following the process set out below, after the completion of a required set of courses in at least one year of university study. A limited number of students are admitted each year.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Course Requirements:

Ten three-semester hour courses or equivalent are required. For students who have completed a total of 20 three-semester-hour courses or less, these must include (required UPEI course numbers in brackets).

  • Two courses in introductory Biology (BIO 1310/1320)
  • Two courses in introductory Physics (PHYS 1110/1120 or 1210/1220)
  • Two courses in introductory Chemistry (CHEM 1110/1120)
  • One course in Mathematics (MATH 1120) (alternatively, MATH 1910/1920)
  • One Composition course (UPEI 101 or UPEI 102 if taken at UPEI)
  • 1 or 2 free electives (depending on Math requirement)

Students who have completed more than 20 three-semester hour courses may, with the permission of the Dean, be allowed to enter the program without having completed the full suite of required courses listed above as long as the prerequisite courses in Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Calculus have been completed. Nevertheless, courses not done prior to admission must be completed as a program requirement before graduation. All required courses must have a passing grade identified by letter or numerical grade. Biology, Physics, and Chemistry courses will normally have a laboratory component. Details of course content may be required for any course proposed for admission purposes.

Students are expected to complete a degree at UPEI within a 10 year period (See Academic Regulation #2)

Applicants who have completed any of the pre-requisite first year courses seven years prior to the anticipated start of their Radiography program should contact the coordinator of the Radiography program or the Dean of Science.

Application Process

Follow UPEI’s undergraduate application process for professional programs, and submit other requirements by December 1, including:

  • UPEI Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts from each post-secondary institution where you have taken a course, even if transfer credit(s) were given by another institution.
  • A Vulnerable Sector check.
  • A current resume if you are over the age of 21 and/or not presently enrolled in courses.
  • English Language Proficiency Test (if required)

Further Deadlines

  • February 1 – final Official Transcripts listing fall semester grades
  • June 1 – final Official Transcripts listing winter semester grades if you were invited to interview, conditionally accepted, and enrolled in winter semester courses
  • June 1 – successful applicants are required to make a non-refundable deposit by this date to hold their seat in the program. The deposit will go toward first semester tuition costs.

Assessment of Applications

Students must achieve an overall average of 70% in the minimum course requirements to be considered for an interview. A higher-level course may be used as a substitution for a minimum course requirement providing it is in a related field of study.

The highest academic ranked applicants are interviewed for the available seats. Offers of admission are based on results of the interview as well as academic achievement. A minimum score of 50% must be achieved in the interview to be eligible for admission. Normally, at least twice as many eligible applicants will be interviewed as there are number of seats available. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of their interview.

Interviews will be held April 24, 2020.

Reapplication

If a previously denied applicant wishes to reapply, they follow the same process as that described above.

 

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Sustainable Design Engineering)

High School Applicants:

Successful completion of Grade 12 examinations in a University Preparatory Program with an overall average of at least 70% in the following courses, with no grade less than 65% and with at least 70% in Grade 12 academic Mathematics:

  • Grade 12 academic English

  • Grade 12 academic Mathematics

  • Two additional Grade 12 academic Science subjects, chosen from Biology, Chemistry or Physics

  • One additional Grade 12 academic course

The prerequisite for Chemistry 1110 (a required course in the engineering program) is Grade 12 academic Chemistry or UPEI Chemistry 0001.

Note: High school applicants should apply by March 1 to be considered for entrance scholarships.

Applicants from other institutions:

Applicants attending or having attended another institution who are seeking to transfer into UPEI’s engineering program must meet the same requirements as for High School applicants as well as the requirements for University Transfer Students. Transcripts will be reviewed for possible course transfer credit.

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