Mature Students

Mature Students

You are considered a mature student for admission purposes if you:

  • are or will be 21 years old by September 1 (fall semester admission) or January 1 (winter semester admission); and you
  • have not been registered in full-time studies at CEGEP (Quebec students) or high school (out-of-province students) or a college or university for at least 24 months

General Admission Requirements

Satisfy the University that you have the potential to be successful in undergraduate courses, usually through:

  • successful completion of at least three university-level courses in one semester on a part-time basis; and/or
  • evaluation of previously completed studies; and/or
  • a history of professional experience with increasing responsibility

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Consult the tables below to determine specific course pre-requisites required by individual programs.  Programs that do not appear in the tables have no specific course pre-requisites.

Courses pre-requisites table

Courses pre-requisites table

Mature Students and Advanced Credit

Mature students are typically granted 30 advanced standing credits, equivalent to one year of full-time study, upon admission to a 120-credit (4-year) program at Bishop’s University.

Missing program pre-requisite courses may reduce the number of advanced standing credits granted.

Required Supporting Documents: All Applicants

  • Proof of English proficiency. All applicants must submit proof of English proficiency.  Consult the English Language Proficiency Requirements document to determine what, if any, supplementary documents you must provide.
  • Copy of most recent academic transcript(s)
  • Copy of CV/resumé
  • Letter of motivation. Briefly describe your academic history, your activities since you last studied, your reasons for selecting the university program you are applying to, your motivation to undertake university-level study at this time, and the reasons you believe you will be academically successful if admitted.
  • Copy of personal identification document(s). Consult the Personal Identification Documents page to determine what document(s) you must provide.

Additional Supporting Documents: Program-Specific

Applicants to Programs in the Department of Music:

  • Audition
  • Letter of musical background

Details on both of the above are found in the Music Admissions Information Sheet.