Admission Policy & Requirements

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Admission Policy & Requirements

Admission Policy

To be admitted to the PhD Program in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences the student must meet the admission requirements of both the Brock University Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

Brock University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies is responsible for establishing the regulations for admission, which specify the minimum entrance requirements. These entrance requirements ensure that students entering our graduate program have both the capacity and preparation necessary to effectively undertake a program of study at the graduate level.


  • Possession of the minimum entrance requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Since resource allocations limit the number of students that our graduate program can adequately accommodate, the University reserves the right to limit enrolment and to refuse admission to any candidate.

Brock University has a non-discriminatory policy to ensure against discrimination of applicants on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, sex or sexuality.

Admission Requirements

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences normally accepts only full-time, degree students.

To be eligible for admission, applicants will normally have:

  • Completed a thesis oriented Master’s degree or equivalent with at least a B+ standing from a recognized university in a discipline appropriate to the intended field of doctoral study.
  • A student must have agreement from a faculty member in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences willing to act as a Supervisor before entering the PhD Program.

An applicant, who graduated five or more years before applying to our program and who does not have a relevant degree or a B- average, may be considered for admission if they have done significant relevant work and can present substantial evidence that, since graduation, they have achieved qualifications at least equivalent to the admission requirements. Where relevant, significant professional accomplishments will be considered as evidence of equivalent qualifications; such students may be required to take additional, qualifying courses.

English language proficiency
Applicants who have not completed three or more years of post-secondary work at a Canadian institution or at an institution at which English was the primary language of instruction will be required to provide certification of English language proficiency through one of the accepted program/examinations listed below:

  • Successful completion of Level 5 of the Brock Intensive English Language Program; or
  • A minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) plus a 4.0 minimum for the TWE, or a TOEFL CBT score of 213 plus 4.0 minimum for the essay rating, or TOEFL iBT (Internet based) minimum overall score of 80 with no sub-test score under 19; or
  • A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no section under 5.5; or
  • A minimum overall score range of 520-545 (Range 2), with a minimum writing score of 225-235 on the Brock University International Test of English Language Proficiency (ITELP); or
  • Achievement of an overall Band Score of 60, with 60 in writing, and no other under 50 on the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL); or
  • An average of at least 4.5 with no band score lower than 4.0 on the CanTest (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees).


  • Applicants who have completed three or more years of post-secondary work at an institution where English was not the only language of instruction must provide confirmation from the institution that their program of study was taught exclusively in English.
  • Some graduate programs may require higher English language test scores or additional English language proficiency verification.

Students admitted on the basis of an English Language Proficiency test score are required to take the Brock University ITELP test upon arrival at the university as a condition of admission.
The student may be required to complete English language courses (e.g. APLS 1P90, 1P91 or Intensive English Upgrading Program for Graduate Students) along with their graduate program.

An applicant requesting a waiver of the English Language Proficiency Test submission requirements must do so in writing, providing verification from the university at which they completed their most recent degree that the language of instruction for that degree program was English. In all cases of requests for a waiver, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the graduate program, will make the final determination.


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For complete details regarding our Admission Policies and Admission Requirements download a (pdf) of PhD Program Graduate Student Handbook.