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2021-2022 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2021-2022 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

First-Year Advising Guide - University Entrance Option

Welcome to the University Entrance Option at Mount Royal University!

Congratulations on your admission to Mount Royal University! In your year of University Entrance Option, you will be able to work with your Academic Advisor on a plan for admission to your intended program. It is important that you understand your academic plan and notify your advisor if your plans change throughout the year.

You will not be able to register in courses until you have attended an advising session.

Plan for a future program

Successful admission to Mount Royal programs involves meeting the admission requirements as well as presenting a competitive average for admission to that program

Meet Admission Requirements

  • Every MRU program has a list of specific courses that are required for admission to that program. These requirements can be found on each program’s individual home page under Admission Requirements & Costs.
  • If you are missing an admission requirement you will have until June 30, 2022, to complete it. We recommend completing upgrading courses for admission in the Winter semester.

Meet Competitive Average

  • You must take a minimum of four credit courses in the Fall semester.
  • Your competitive average will be based on the four most recently completed credit courses by December 31, 2021, for Fall 2022 admission.

Apply for your New Program

To be eligible for a new program for Fall 2022 at Mount Royal, you must apply during early admission (October 1 - February 1) and have completed at least four credit courses by April 30, 2022.

Choosing courses strategically

  • You can take a maximum of 30 credits (generally 10 courses) in University Entrance Option. Credit classes are University level courses. Upgrading classes are non-credit and do not count toward the 30 credit maximum. Using your 30 credits wisely involves purposeful planning to increase your chances of future admission to a program.
  • If you are missing admission requirements, register in these upgrading courses in your Winter and/or Spring semesters.
  • Upgrading classes are non-credit and can be taken in addition to any credit courses.

Choosing credit classes

  • To be a full-time student, you must take three 3-credit courses in a semester (9 credits per semester qualifies as full-time).
  • Every degree at Mount Royal includes General Education   (Gen Ed) courses. UEO students are encouraged to complete their Foundation Gen Ed requirements from all clusters in addition to any upgrading or admission requirements.
  • Undergraduate studies UGST 1001 , UGST 1002 , UGST 1003  and UGST 1004  are courses designed to make you a better university student and can be used as an elective towards most programs.
  • For course descriptions, please follow this link to the online Academic Calendar.
  • Courses from your intended major can sometimes be difficult to get into, but if you can, go ahead! Have a look at the advising guide for the program you intend to take next year for a list of first-year classes in that major.

Your academic year at a glance

Fall 2021 courses Winter 2022 courses
Choose four courses from the following: Upgrading to meet admission requirements (if required)

GNED Foundation courses (up to 4):
only one of cluster 1 foundation courses: GNED 1101 , or GNED 1103  
only one of cluster 2 foundation courses: GNED 1201 , GNED 1202 , or GNED 1203  
only one of cluster 3 foundation courses: GNED 1301 , GNED 1303 , or GNED 1304  
only one of cluster 4 foundation courses: GNED 1401 , or GNED 1404  

GNED Foundation courses (different clusters than Fall semester)
GNED Tier 2 courses  
Undergraduate Studies courses (used as electives)
UGST 1001 , UGST 1002 , UGST 1003 , UGST 1004  
Core courses from your intended program

Registering for courses

It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the information above.

Use the online Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in, Register & Pay tab.

Visit our Tutorials page for useful videos to guide you on using mymru, our degree audit system (mruGradU8), course descriptions and how to register for your courses.

We also have an online tool to help you plan your courses for the year: My Schedule Builder. View schedule options and create a timetable that works best for you. Access My Schedule Builder through your account under the ‘Register&Pay’ tab, in the ‘My Schedule Builder’ section.  

Loan application information

Apply through Student Aid Alberta.

Important tip: select University Transfer under Program Name, in order to select the correct program for University Entrance Option.

Student loan applications will open in June.

Please visit the Financing Your Education page for more information about financing your education. 

Academic Advising

New Student Registration

Your advisors have carefully prepared your advising information and are eager to begin working with you on your Mount Royal experience.  After reading through this information carefully, please email to schedule an appointment with your advisor. 

To help you prepare for your appointment, please take a look at the program advising guide for your desired program. These guides include a list of courses that a first-year student in the program would take.

You can also read through your Welcome Guide which contains great information about transitioning to MRU and the support services that are available. For any questions you may have, please email us at