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2023-2024 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
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First-Year Advising Guide - Academic Upgrading

Welcome to Academic Upgrading at Mount Royal University!

Congratulations on your admission to Mount Royal University! In your year of Academic Upgrading, 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.

Planning 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, meeting it is your first priority.

Meet Competitive Average

  • The number of credit courses you complete by June 30, 2024, will determine your admission category into a program for Fall 2024. As an upgrading student, you cannot take credit-level courses. If you would like to take university-level courses alongside your upgrading, please consider Open Studies as an alternative program choice.
  • Your admission category determines which grades Mount Royal will use to calculate your competitive average.

This table explains how we determine your admission category and competitive average.

Admission Categories

High School Mature Post-Secondary
Completes seven or fewer credit courses by June 30, 2024 (including transfer credit). Completes seven or fewer credit courses by June 30, 2024 (including transfer credit), is
21 years of age or older by Sept.1, 2024, and does not meet the high school applicant criteria.
Completes four or more credit courses by Dec. 31, 2023 (including transfer credit) AND
Completes eight or more courses by June 30, 2024.


Competitive Average Calculation
High School Mature Post-Secondary
Competitive average will be based on your top two “Group A” High School subjects (or equivalents) completed by Dec. 31, 2023. Competitive average will be based on your top two “Grade A” High School subjects (or equivalents) completed by Dec. 31, 2023. Competitive GPA will be based on the four most recently completed and transferable credit courses by Dec. 31, 2023.

Choosing courses strategically

  • If you are missing admission requirements, register in these upgrading courses first.
  • If you meet the minimum requirements, and you are a high school or mature applicant, but your competitive average is not high enough, consider upgrading your best Group A subject(s).
  • For further information on academic upgrading courses, visit mtroyal.ca/upgrade

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 Upgrading  listings to explore possible upgrading courses. You will register for courses using the registration system found in mymru.ca, Register & Pay tab.

Visit our Tutorials page for useful videos to guide you on using MyMRU, our degree audit system (mruGradU8), 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 mymru.ca account under the Register & Pay tab, in the My Schedule Builder section.  

Your advisor

We are looking forward to working with you! You can email your questions to advising@mtroyal.ca. Please ensure you include your name, MRU ID number, and any relevant program goals with your email.