MSACS Admission (Vancouver)

Admission Requirements 

  1. Graduation from an accredited 4-year bachelor’s degree program with an equivalent to minimum grade point average of 2.75 (B-) on a 4.0 scale.
    • Students with lower GPAs can be considered for admission after a broad-based review of their overall academic profile and in combination with related work experience.
  2. Demonstrated proficiency in the communication of the English language (for international students whose first language is not English).

Please note: As of September 20, 2023, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores have been officially removed from our admission requirements. Students applying to the Summer 2024 term are not required to provide the GRE as part of their application package to the MSACS program.

Direct Admission

MSACS students who have an English proficiency test score equivalent to IELTS 6.5 across all bands are placed directly into the MSACS program without further testing.  In the first term, they take a course load of nine academic credits: EPS 5299 and two MSACS courses.

MSACS program students who have a minimum English proficiency test score equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, no band below 6.0, will take the FDU English Placement Test (EPT) before registration.

  • Students scoring 15.0 or higher on the EPT are placed into the MSACS program, and take EPS 5299 with two (6 credits) MSACS academic courses in their first term.
  • Students who score between 11.0 and 14.0 on the EPT are placed in the Pre-Master’s Program for one term to improve their academic English proficiency. During this term, they take one (3-credit) MSACS academic course along with EPS 5099.

Students who receive a waiver or transfer credit for EPS 5299, can take three CSCI courses in their first term.

Students may transfer up to nine credits from other accredited institutions for courses completed within the last five years. The courses must have earned a grade of B or better and align with program requirements and FDU policies. To apply for transfer credit, students submit the  Application for Transfer Credits Consideration to Admissions no later than four weeks before the program’s start date, as indicated in the Letter of Acceptance.

Application Deadlines

Application and all required supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline for the term:

Fall (September) term – February 16 (updated)

Spring (January) term – August 31

Summer (May) term – December 31


Please note that deadlines are subject to change due to seat capacity. We strongly recommend applying as early as possible.

We encourage all applicants to regularly check for updates regarding Application Deadlines.

Required Documents

Copies of the documents must be submitted together with the online application.

  1. Attested or official transcripts, academic records, diplomas, national examination results, certificates, or degrees received from all post-secondary institutions, universities, and/or professional schools. If the documents are not in English, a certified translation is required.
    • Students from India: Please note that we do not accept consolidated mark sheets. Individual mark sheets showing all attempts, failures, and retakes are required. Please submit your backlog summary together with your transcripts.
  2. Proof of English Proficiency if your first language is not English or you did not complete your degree in the US, Canada, or any country listed on FDU’s exemption list. For more details please refer to the English Proficiency page.
  3. Copy of the information page in your valid passport.
  4. Resume (recommended).
  5. Optional- Three (3) recommendation letters.
  6. Optional– Official GRE test score results (FDU-Vancouver code 2818)

Admission Procedures

The admission process to the MSACS program is highly competitive and is constrained by strict deadlines. All applicants for the term undergo thorough evaluation and ranking, with successful candidates receiving an offer of admission into the program. The uniqueness of each intake is determined by the available seats for the term and the overall caliber of applicants.

Please note that the Admissions team cannot provide application status updates before the specified admission decision deadlines per term. This limitation is attributed to the competitive nature of the selection process.

Applicants will be advised if they require any prerequisite courses prior to matriculation into the program at the time of admission.

An interview with the Program Advisor may be required before the decision on admission can be made. Applicants will be notified if an interview is necessary.