Academic Prerequisites

General Prerequisites

An applicant for admission to one of the Baccalaureate programmes must be completing or have completed:

  • High school (Grade 12) diploma at a pre-university level satisfactory to the RMC of Canada with credits acceptable and sufficient for regular admission to a university in the province in which the student is completing secondary education.
  • The first year of a two-year pre-university programme at Quebec College of General and Vocational Education (CEGEP) and will normally be expected to offer 14 credit courses.
  • The equivalent to grade 12 high school or CEGEP 1;
  • Possess academic standards higher than those specified above; or,
  • Meet the conditions for admission as a mature student.
  • Quebec students who have completed Sec V will complete a five-year undergraduate Programme which includes first year CEGEP (or Preparatory Year) at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean in Quebec followed by university studies at the RMC Campus;

Candidates should be aware that all programmes are of four-year duration (five years for Sec V Quebec students), and are broadly based; Engineering and Science programmes include several courses in the Humanities, while students in Arts are required to successfully undertake university level courses in mathematics and the sciences. The requirements for admission to each of the programmes are summarized below.

Academic Prerequisites by Programme

Arts

In addition to the general academic qualifications applicants for the Arts programme must have completed high school university preparatory courses in the following subjects: English or French at the grade 12 level, and Mathematics - Functions (calculus is recommended) at the grade 11 level. All students admitted to Arts will be required to complete university courses in math, chemistry and physics (specifically designed for Arts students) and are encouraged to have taken chemistry and physics university preparatory courses at the grade 11 level.

Science

In addition to the general academic qualifications applicants for the Science programme must have completed high school university preparatory courses (normally Grade 12 or provincial equivalent) in the following subjects:  English, Mathematics, (Algebra or Calculus) and two of:  Mathematics - Algebra or Calculus, Chemistry, Physics or Biology.

All students admitted to the Faculty of Science will be required to complete first year university courses in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics as part of their undergraduate programme in Science at the RMC of Canada.  Therefore, applicants are encouraged to have taken Chemistry and Physics university preparatory courses at the Grade 11 or 12 levels.  Please note that Grade 12 Chemistry is required for a major in Chemistry and Grade 12 Physics is required for a Major in Physics or Space Science.

Engineering

In addition to the general academic qualifications applicants for the Engineering programme must have completed high school university preparatory courses (normally Grade 12 or provincial equivalent) in the following subjects: English, Chemistry, Physics, and two Mathematics; Functions, and Calculus (if available within the provincial system).

Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (BMASc)

The BMASc is a unique degree programme offered through the RMC of Canada’s Division of Continuing Studies and specifically designed for the serving military member recognizing university-level achievement appropriate to the profession of arms.

In addition to the general academic qualifications applicants for admission to the BMASc programme must have completed a university preparatory English or French course at the High School leaving level (normally the Grade 12 or the provincial equivalent). Students who do not meet these minimum prerequisites may be admitted as mature students.

Certificate - Management with Applications to Defence

For details about this Certificate Programme please contact the Department of Management and Economics.

Admission Requirements - Other Education Systems

US High School - Admission Requirements

Candidates completing their high school education U.S. must complete Grade 12 at an accredited high school with the following:

General requirements 

  • Four years of English (not ESL) to the Senior Level;
  • A minimum of three other full-year Senior Level academic subjects;
  • Three years of mathematics to the Junior Level ;
  • If prerequisite courses are AP, they are acceptable from any year. Otherwise, prerequisite courses should be completed in the Junior or Senior year;
  • SAT1 results may be used. (Minimum score of 1200 with no less than 580 Critical Reading and 520 Mathematics.)   A minimum ACT score of 26 is also acceptable. (College Board Code 0949.  ACT Code 5236).
  • Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their Junior and Senior year grades, the strength of their academic program, their performance on the SATI or ACT examinations.

Program-specific requirements

Arts
  • Four years of English (not ESL) to the Senior Level
  • Three years of Mathematics to the Junior Level
Science
  • Four years of English (not ESL) to the Senior Level;
  • Senior Level Math (Pre-Calculus); and two of,
    • Biology Senior Level,
    • Chemistry Senior Level, or
    • Physics Senior Level.
Engineering
  • Four years of English (not ESL) to the Senior Level;
  • Senior Level Math (Pre-Calculus);
  • Senior Level Chemistry (2 full years or AP Chemistry); and,
  • Senior Level Physics (2 full years or AP Physics

British Patterned Education - General Certificate of Education (GCEs)

General admission requirements

  • Graduation from a university-preparatory program at a senior secondary school:
  • Successful completion of at least seven subjects, including English, with at least three at the Advanced Level or equivalent (excluding the General Paper).
  • Two Advanced Subsidiary Level are considered equivalent to one Advanced Level subject, however, prerequisite courses must be at the Advanced Level
  • A subject may not be counted at both the A Level and the GCSE Level (O Level).
  • Admission average calculated on final year academic courses/exams: Your admission average is calculated on at least two GCSEs (O Levels) and three GCE A Levels (or six Advanced Subsidiary Levels).
  • Grades required for admission will vary by program but, based on the GCE British Pattern Advanced Level grading scale, the minimum average needed to fall within the competitive range is B in three Advanced Level subjects. Grades at the Ordinary level must be C or higher.

Minimum Program-specific requirements

Arts
  • English at the GCSE (Ordinary) or Advanced Level; and,
  • Mathematics at the GCSE (Ordinary) or Advanced Level.
Science
  • English at the GCSE (Ordinary) or Advanced Level;
  • Mathematics Advanced Level;  and two of,
    1. Biology;
    2. Chemistry; or,
    3. Physics at the Advanced Level.
Engineering
  • English at the GCSE (Ordinary) or Advanced Level;
  • Mathematics – Advanced Level,
  • Chemistry – Advanced Level; and,  
  • Physics – Advanced Level. 

French baccalauréat (Lycée)

In order to be considered for admission, candidates completing the French Baccalauréat (French Lycées - Canada) must meet the following requirements:

General admission requirements

Graduation from

  • Bac L: Literature,
  • Bac ES: Economics and Social Sciences, or,
  • Bac S : Science and Mathematics  with an overall Honors level pass; and,
  • Satisfy all admission criteria, including prerequisite courses with honors level pass, for the desired program.

Program-specific requirements

Arts
  • English or French Literature – Terminale
  • Mathematics – Première
Science
  • English or French Literature Terminale
  • Mathematics – Terminale and 2 of,
    1. Physics;
    2. Chemistry; and
    3. Life and Earth Science at the Terminale level.  
Engineering
  • English or French Literature Terminale;
  • Mathematics – Terminale;
  • Physics – Terminale; and,
  • Chemistry – Terminale

International Baccalaureate (IB)

For candidates applying with IB credentials, the RMC of Canada will consider the following:

  • Prerequisite preparation at either the Higher or Subsidiary Level;
  • If you are completing both the IB Diploma and another high school curriculum, the RMC of Canada will consider both sets of information to determine which credential best positions you for admission.; and,
  • SL Mathematical Studies and SL Further Mathematics are not acceptable prerequisites for admission. 

Applicants who are pursuing the IB Diploma must satisfy the following general admission requirements as well as the program-specific requirements listed below:  

General conditions

Complete the full IB Diploma;  

  1. With three subjects at the Higher Level, and
  2. A minimum grade total of 28 (excluding bonus points).

Program-specific requirements

Arts – in addition to the general conditions, candidates must have:
  • HL or SL in English or French with a minimum score of 4, and
  • HL or SL Mathematics.
Science – in addition to the general conditions, candidates must have:
  • HL or SL in English or French with a minimum score of 4;
  • HL or SL Mathematics, plus 2 of
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics

Note:  Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics taken at the Higher Level are preferred; however, two may be taken at the Subsidiary Level.

Engineering – in addition to the general conditions, candidates must have: 
  • HL or SL English or French with a minimum score of 4;
  • HL or SL Mathematics;
  • HL or SL Chemistry; and
  • HL or SL Physics.

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics taken at the Higher Level are preferred; however, one may be taken at the Subsidiary Level.

Home Schooling

The RMC of Canada will consider home schooled applicants on a case-by-case basis if they can provide proof of receiving a Canadian Secondary School Diploma or another recognized high school graduation diploma, as well as a transcript showing final year courses taken and the grades obtained.  Applicants who are ‘home schooled’ must satisfy the RMC of Canada`s general admission requirements as per their home province including the program-specific subject prerequisites.  

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement program and courses are considered excellent preparation for university courses. The RMC of Canada will recognize and utilize Advanced Placement courses as prerequisite courses for admission.  Candidates must satisfy the RMC of Canada`s general admission requirements as per their home province including the program-specific subject prerequisites.  

Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SATs)

In lieu of the programme specific subject prerequisites, the RMC of Canada will consider applications based on SAT Examinations results, from individuals who possess a high school diploma and where the completion of the subject prerequisites is not evident. 

For admission to Arts

  • SAT Reasoning Test; 
  • SAT Subject Test in English (Literature); and,
  • SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1.

For admission to Science

  • SAT Reasoning Test;
  • SAT Subject Tests in;
    • English (Literature);
    • Mathematics Level 1 and 2; and two of
      • Biology,
      • Chemistry, or  
      • Physics.

For Admission to Engineering

  • SAT Reasoning Test:
  • and the SAT Subject Tests in;
    • English,
    • Mathematics Level 1 and 2,
    • Physics, and
    • Chemistry

Admissions Restriction

The RMC of Canada reserves the right to reject applicants on the basis of their overall academic record, even where entrance requirements have technically been met. Normally a candidate who has been required to withdraw from another university or college for academic reasons will not be considered for admission until a full academic year has elapsed.

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