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2023-2024 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2023-2024 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Upgrading

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General Information

Academic Upgrading courses are high school-level courses that can be:

  • presented for admission purposes to Mount Royal University and many other post-secondary institutions in Alberta. It is important to check with the institution directly to confirm the use of any of these courses within the admission process.
  • used to improve high school grades or complete high school courses you may have missed.
  • taken on their own or in conjunction with university-level courses.

Students who wish to upgrade their high school courses may enroll in various credit-free high school equivalency courses offered at Mount Royal. While these courses are not eligible for Alberta Education graduation credits or transcript purposes, they are accepted as alternative entrance requirements for programs offered by Mount Royal and some other Alberta post-secondary institutions.

Academic upgrading courses can be taken by students in the Academic Upgrading category which allows students to take high school level upgrading courses only. 

Students in the Open Studies and University Entrance Option programs may also take academic upgrading courses. Please consult the appropriate section in this calendar for course requirements for Mount Royal programs, and/or Academic Advising Services: mtroyal.ca/beadvised.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are not required to meet the General Admission Requirements for Mount Royal University programs, however, they must complete the following requirements to be considered for admission.


Official transcripts from all high school and post-secondary institution(s) you have attended are required. Final/ official transcripts are transcripts which are sent directly to Mount Royal University from the issuing institution. If you attended high school and certain post-secondary institutions in Alberta, Mount Royal will request these transcripts on your behalf. You will need to request other transcripts if applicable.

All transcripts become the property of Mount Royal University and will not be returned nor photocopied for the student. 

English Language Proficiency requirement

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency for the purpose of admission if their primary or first language (meaning main language learned and used as a child) is not English. Please see English Language Proficiency Requirement.

Graduation Requirements

Academic Upgrading is an access route to undergraduate studies. As such, there are no graduation requirements. MRU academic upgrading students are not required to write provincial diploma exams.

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