Admission Requirements
Graduate/Advanced English Language Requirements

Graduate/Advanced English Language Requirements

English is the language of study at King’s; therefore, all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue an advanced-level journalism program in English before admission. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English in a country where English is one of the national languages.

Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written.


Minimum Score – Admission

Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT) 92
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic) 7
Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL) 70 with no band score lower than 60
Dalhousie’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Level 2 A-
Pearson English Test PTE Atlantic Overall score of 65 and nothing below 54

TOEFL Code: 0990

Applicants should arrange for their English language proficiency test score(s) to be sent directly from the testing agency to:

Registrar’s Office, University of King’s College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2A1 CANADA

For One-Year Bachelor of Journalism and Master of Journalism applicants

Reporting for the public in Canada requires strong verbal and written English. It also requires an understanding of Canadian civic institutions and practices. Students will be required to convey clear and accurate information in audio, video and text formats. This can be especially challenging for those learning and practicing journalism in a new country, and/or a second language.

To help, we provide a mandatory asynchronous online course at no charge for admitted international students; it must be successfully completed before the first term begins. Students will proceed at their own pace, and complete quizzes to test their newly acquired knowledge. This course will help everyone get up to speed on working in Canada. Depending on the results of an admission interview, it may include a section on English-language communication. Recognition (a microcredential) will be awarded upon completion.

The course is also available to domestic applicants who wish to take it. Infrequently, incoming students from non-English-speaking backgrounds may be asked to complete additional English-language training at their own expense.