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Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements for Canadian High School Applicants


New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland and Labrador






British Columbia


Northwest Territories




Canadian high school applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • high school graduation
  • minimum average of 70% on five successfully completed Grade 12 academic courses including Grade 12 academic English (or French for applicants from Francophone schools)
  • four Grade 12 academic electives from the list below

Required Course

English or French (from Francophone high school applicants; Francophone applicants may offer English as an elective)

Four Electives from These Courses

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Comparative Religion
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies or Environmental Science
  • French (including Immersion courses)
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Law or Business Organization and Management or Introduction to Accounting or World Issues
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies or Communications or Journalism
  • Native Studies
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Arts or Art or Music

In addition to the above elective courses, applicants may offer the following New Brunswick courses as electives:  History 112: Modern History; Geography 110: Physical Geography; Mathematics 112: Functions and Relations. Comparable courses from other provinces or countries may also be acceptable.

Please note that fulfilling these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Applicants

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and GCE Advanced Level applicants presenting official documentation of grades of 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement (AP) tests, grades of 5, 6 or 7 on individual higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) subjects, or final grades of “C” or higher on GCE Advanced-Level courses are eligible for transfer credit. AP students are eligible for a maximum of 18 credit hours in transfer credit while IB diploma and GCE Advanced- Level students are eligible for a maximum of 30 credit hours on a 120 credit-hour degree programme.

Students granted transfer credit for AP, IB, and GCE Advanced-Level courses are advised to consult graduate and professional schools to determine the impact that this non-university credit award will have on their future academic plans.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of proficiency in English by writing one of the following tests:

Official test scores must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office by the testing centre. St. Thomas University's ETS number is 0803.

Students who meet the following minimum English Language Proficiency scores and the St. Thomas academic admission requirements are eligible for the ESL programme:

  • TOEFL 61 (Internet-based)
  • TOEFL 500 (Paper-based)
  • MELAB 69
  • IELTS 5.0

Students with TOEFL scores of:

  • TOEFL 88-89 (Internet-based)
  • TOEFL 570 (Paper-based)
  • MELAB 80
  • IELTS 6.5

are eligible to take five regular academic courses but may take integrated and assisted courses if they wish.