Admission requirements include the high school subjects or post-secondary equivalents you need to complete and the minimum grades you need to achieve to be considered for admission into this program. Along with academic criteria, you will need to ensure additional admission criteria are met.


You must meet the following requirements to apply for Fall 2020 intake.

This program is competitive.

To be eligible for admission into a competitive program, you need to have a higher minimum overall average than that listed in the Categories of Admission below.

The competitive criteria indicates the grade range/average we will consider for admission. This competitive average may change as applications are received. The average you need depends on the grades achieved by your peers who are applying to start in the same term.

Competitive criteria

  2020/21 AVERAGE 2019/20 MEAN AVERAGE
Regular/mature admission

low 70s - low 80s


Previous post-secondary admission

2.5 - 3.5 AGPA

3.22 AGPA


  • High school courses used in the calculation of the admission average must be complete by June 30.

  • Post-secondary courses used in the calculation of the admission grade point (AGPA) average must be completed by April 30.


Categories of admission

Applicants may be admitted to one of the following:

Regular admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicants must have a minimum overall average of 65 percent, with no course grade lower than 50 percent, in the following high school courses:

  • ELA 30-1

  • Four subjects from Group A, B, C, or D

Learn more about Group A, B, C or D courses



  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to present a broad range of subjects in order to benefit from the breadth of learning and to increase flexibility of future program and course choices.

  • A maximum of two Group B subjects may be presented;they must be from different disciplines.

  • A maximum of one Group D subject may be presented. Group D subjects used for admission must be 5-credit or any credit combination of at least 5 credits (e.g., two 3-credit subjects).

Mature admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicants must be 20 years of age or older and have been out of full-time high school at least one year by the beginning of the intake term. Applicant must have the following:

  • ELA 30-1 with a minimum grade of 65 percent (or equivalent)

  • Six credits of university-level English with a minimum grade of C-

Previous post-secondary

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Admission in this category does not imply or guarantee the transfer of any coursework and/or credential unless a block transfer agreement (internal or external) is in effect and published in the calendar by the Office of the University Registrar. In addition, transfer of coursework does not imply or guarantee that an applicant will be admitted.

Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following from a recognized institution:

  • A Child and Youth Care diploma

  • Other related certificates or diplomas

  • A minimum of 24 university-level credits with a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Note: Priority will be given to graduates from a Child and Youth Care diploma program.


Additional admission criteria

All applicants must meet the following:

English language proficiency

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar | Applicable to all admission categories

All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. We will require official documents such as high school or post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation. Full details are available in MacEwan University’s academic calendar or online at

Learn more about English language proficiency

Other admission criteria

To be evaluated through the program | Applicable to all admission categories

Applicants offered admission are required to submit the following:

  • A clear Police Information Check (or equivalent from another policing agency) that includes a Vulnerable Sector Search. The Police Information Check must be submitted by the published document deadline and have been issued within three months of the start of the program intake term.

  • A current Standard First Aid and Level C CPR certification.


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How to apply

We want your admission experience to be successful and straightforward. To help you along the way, we've prepared a step-by-step guide to the admission process.

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Credit for your diploma

Block transfer agreements exist for this program. You may be able to apply course work from a previous post-secondary diploma towards your degree.