English Language Proficiency

When English is a student’s second language, an English Language Proficiency Score is required. The MMASc program admission requirements exceed the standard university requirement for graduate- level studies because students in the MMASc program are called upon to exercise their communication skills frequently through class discussions, written assignments, group work, and oral presentations. A strong command of the English language in all areas (oral, reading, writing, listening, comprehension) is required for success in this dynamic, fast-paced environment. Students must be prepared to complete reading and writing assignments within short time frames and contribute productively to discussions in class without advanced or comprehensive exposure to materials presented. Group work and class participation demand strong listening skills and comprehension of the language at an advanced level.

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide formal documentation demonstrating that they meet or exceed the program's English Language Proficiency requirements:

ELP Documentation Requirements if English is NOT your First Language:

  • Completed undergraduate degree in a country where English is not the official language = Must submit test results from within the last 2 years
  • Studied 2 or more years at a university in a country where English is the official language = Must submit test results from within the last 5 years (the ELP results can be what you submitted for your undergrad application)
  • Completed 2 or more years of high school plus a 4-year undergraduate degree in Canada or USA = Exempt from ELP requirement - not required to submit ELP test results


Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by meeting one of the requirements listed below within the last two years:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The TOEFLiBT (internet-based) minimum overall score of 94 includes a Read and Listen minimum score of 22, speak minimum score of 26 and write minimum score of 24.

The TOEFL-PBT (paper-based) has a minimum acceptable score of 587, which includes: Reading minimum score of 56, listening minimum score of 56, written expression minimum of 61.

The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council: Minimum overall score: 7 out of 9, with no individual score less than 6.5. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.

The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment): at least 60. The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.

Fanshawe College ESL Program: Graduation from Level Ten (former Level Five), Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum of 80% in all components. Official proof of graduation is required.

Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS or CAEL and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the testing agency. Those graduates from Level 5 of the Fanshawe College ESL Program or the High-Advanced level of Culture Works must provide official proof of graduation. An acceptable test score is one that meets or exceeds the minimum standard of achievement and is no more than two years old at the time of application. Satisfying the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.


In response to IELTS and TOEFL test centres’ temporary closures, the MMASc program now accepts the Duolingo English Test as an interim alternative to IELTS and TOEFL for graduate admissions. The minimum acceptable Duolingo English Test score for admission to the MMASc program is 120. Western University and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies receives scores from Duolingo directly. To ensure your results are made available to the Admissions team, select Western University-Graduate Studies from the Institution list when completing the Duolingo English Test. Satisfying the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.