English Language Proficiency

The Master of Data Analytics (MDA) is a professional science master’s degree designed to produce graduates with strong technical analytics skills that are currently in demand. MDA students are required to complete reading and writing assignments within short time frames as well as contribute productively to discussions in class without advanced or comprehensive exposure to materials presented. Group work and participation in classroom environments demands strong listening skills and comprehension of the language at an advanced level.

This means that a strong command of the English language in all areas (oral, reading, writing, listening, and comprehension) is required.

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide formal documentation demonstrating that they meet or exceed the MDA program's English Language Proficiency requirements. Specific documentation, test options, and performance requirements are as follows:

Documentation Requirements:

  • Applicants whose first language is not English, who completed their undergraduate degree at a university where English is not the language of instruction and/or that degree was completed in a country where English is not the official language must provide English language proficiency tests results from within the last 2 years.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English, who have recently studied 2 or more years at a university where English is the language of instruction and that university was in a country where English is or is one of the official languages must provide English language proficiency test results from within the last 5 years. For example, applicants in this situation can submit English language testing results from when they applied to their undergraduate degree or another recently completed university degree, provided such tests are not more than 5 years old. 

Test and Performance Requirements

Duolingo English Test

The minimum acceptable score for Admission to the MDA program is 120.

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)

Requirements:

  • Academic Test
  • Overall score: ≥7 out of 9
  • No individual score less than 6.5

Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet-based test (TOEFLiBT)

Requirements:

  • Overall score: ≥ 94
  • Reading: ≥ 22
  • Listening: ≥ 22
  • Speaking: ≥ 26
  • Writing: ≥ 24

Test of English as a Foreign Language – Paper-delivered Test (Post-July 2017)

Requirements:

  • Overall score: ≥ 68
  • Reading: ≥ 22
  • Listening: ≥ 24
  • Writing: ≥ 22

*Test taken July 2017 or later

Test of English as a Foreign Language – Paper-based test (TOEFL-PBT) (Pre-July 2017)

Requirements:

  • Overall score: ≥ 587
  • Listening: ≥ 56
  • Written: ≥ 61
  • Reading: ≥ 56

*Test taken prior to July 2017

The Admissions Committee will not take requests for ELP exemptions. If English is not your first language formal documentation from one of the above tests that demonstrates you meet or exceed the MDA program's English Language Proficiency requirements must be submitted as part of your application. Applications that do not provide such documentation will not be considered.

Strong preference will be given to those applicants that exceed the English language proficiency requirements. If English is not your first language and you believe that your proficiency in English has improved since your last test we strongly advise you to submit a more recent assessment of your English skills.

We recognize that Covid-19 has resulted in the closure of many testing sites worldwide. As such, the MDA program is now accepting the Duolingo test as an acceptable test that is available online (takes 1 hour) and at a reasonable cost ($49 USD). Please consider this option if you are unable to access other testing centres.