English Language Requirements
English is the primary language of instruction and communication in all domestic programs at Royal Roads University. As part of the application process, all applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English speaking, listening, reading and writing by one of the following means:
1. Submission of an official English language proficiency score report which meets one of the following minimum standards:
International Year 1 entry:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 5.5 overall with a minimum 5.0 in each band
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 60 overall with a minimum 12 reading; 20 writing; 11 listening; and 17 speaking
Year 3 and graduate* level entry:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 88 overall with a minimum 24 in writing and 20 in listening, reading and speaking
- University of Cambridge English Examinations Advanced (CAE): 176 Overall; 176 in writing and speaking; 169 in listening and reading
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): 70 overall; 70 in writing; 60 in other skills
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85 overall; 85 in writing; 80 in listening and GCVR; 3 in speaking
- Pearson Test of English – Academic (PTE-A): 60 overall with a minimum 60 in writing and speaking and 58 minimum in listening and reading
Official results should be sent directly from the testing organization & should be less than 2 years old.
2. Graduation from a recognized diploma or degree program from a college or university at which English was the primary language of instruction in an English-speaking country.
3. Completion of the International Study Centre's undergraduate or pre-master's pathway program(s).
An applicant who believes they are fully proficient in English may provide a written submission to the International Admissions Office, demonstrating English proficiency through other means. Some programs may require additional or alternative verification of English competence.
*English language requirements for the Doctor of Social Sciences program vary and are outlined on the Doctor of Social Sciences' admission requirements page.