Entrance Requirements

To be admitted into a degree program at Acsenda School of Management, applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements outlined below:

International Applicants

Applicants must have graduated from an education institution accredited by one of the regional or national accrediting bodies, or the Ministry of Education (or equivalency) of that country.

Due to differences in world educational and grading systems, satisfactory completion of secondary education is not necessarily an acceptable basis for admission to the first year. Acsenda reserves the right to determine whether an applicant is eligible for admission and to determine what transfer credit, if any, may be granted to international applicants with prior post-secondary education.

American School System

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited academic or college-prep program and have four (4) years of English (not ESL) to the senior level and three (3) years of math to the senior level with a cumulative average of 65% in math; and at least three (3) other senior academic subjects. Standardized tests such as SAT or ACT are not required but good scores on such tests improve an applicant’s chances of admission.

British Education System

Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s (General Certificate in Secondary Education) including English Language or Literature and Maths (pass mark of 5 (C) or above). Also, applicants must have completed 3 A-Levels in a relevant subject area with a minimum grade C or above. Applicants who present subjects at the A-level with minimum grades of B may be granted first-year transfer credit for those subjects if applicable to the program of study at Acsenda. All General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSE’s), must be certified.

International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement

Domestic or international applicants who are graduates from the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and Advanced Placement programs are eligible for admission and may receive course credit for first-year undergraduate courses. IB diploma graduates must have a minimum score of 24 points and at least three (3) Higher Level, and three (3) Standard Level courses including English.

English Language Proficiency

English is the language of instruction at Acsenda School of Management. Applicants whose first language is not English or who have completed their education in another language must demonstrate English language proficiency before admission. Focusing in the following areas: listening, reading, speaking and writing. Proof of English proficiency can be accomplished by one or more of the following means:

ASM reserves the right to request proof of English proficiency by means of the English Proficiency Tests indicated above at any point during the application process.

Countries accepted as having English as a principal language will be listed in the Academic Calendar and updated at least annually.

List of Countries — English is a Principal Language 

International applicants who graduate from a recognized degree program or who complete four years of full-time study in English at an accredited school in the countries listed below will normally be accepted as meeting the English proficiency requirements.

American Samoa


Antigua & Barbuda







British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands


Falkland Islands
















New Zealand




Sierra Leone


South Africa

St. Helena

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Trinidad & Tobago


Turks & Caicos Islands


United Kingdom


US Virgin Islands



If applicants do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements, Acsenda offers two English bridging courses. They have a focus on improving academic English skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – to the level necessary to be successful.

Acsenda’s two English bridging courses:

  • EAPP090: entry requirement for EAPP090 is IELTS (Academic) 5.5 with no band below 5.0 (or equivalent). EAPP090 is not for credit.
  • ENGL103 and ENGL104: entry requirement to enroll in ENGL103 and ENGL104 is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5 (or equivalent). ENGL103 and ENGL104 are 3-credit courses.

If you want more information about English exams accepted by Acsenda, go to the article ‘Types of English exams accepted for international students‘.

Mathematical Proficiency

If applicants have not met the satisfied minimum mathematic requirement or equivalency to Math 11 with a C+ grade or higher; applicants will be required to complete the Basic Math course BMTH100.

This course provides the applicant with an opportunity to build mathematical proficiency in business-related skills and for some courses, it is a pre-requisite.

Domestic Applicants

A domestic applicant is defined as a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

  • Must, at minimum, be a secondary school graduate with the equivalent of British Columbia Grade 12 Diploma, a minimum average of C+ in Grade 12 courses, and minimum grades of C+ in Grade 11 Math and Grade 12 English. Completion of Grade 12 math is recommended.

    A minimum grade of less than C+ in English 12 will require the student to take additional testing to demonstrate competence in the effective use of English.

  • Applicants who have graduated from an academic secondary school program (Grade 12) in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and those from Quebec who have completed one full academic year at CEGEP are considered to have the equivalent of a Grade 12 high school diploma from British Columbia. Ontario high school graduates before 2003 will be required to have completed six Ontario Academic Credit (OAC) courses or Grade 13.

  • Applicants who have completed the Provincial Diploma (Adult Basic Education completion) will be considered to have the equivalent of B.C. secondary school graduation for admission purposes. However, the business program requires specific secondary school level courses for entrance, e.g., Math 11, English 11, English 12 or equivalent courses. Applicants must provide an official transcript showing a final grade of C+ or higher in the appropriate subjects to be considered for the ‘regular’ student category.

Post-Secondary Education

Applicants with post-secondary education must have a minimum CGPA of 2.0 or higher from their most recent post-secondary transcript (regardless of full or partial completion). Credits earned from previous undergraduate level programs may be applied to meet the requirements for a degree at Acsenda. Transfer credits will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as per the conditions outlined in ‘Policy 9000 – Transfer Credit’.

Applicants are only eligible for admission if the content covered in their previous post-secondary education shows a significant difference to the content covered in their preferred program at Acsenda.

Acsenda reserves the right to refuse admission to applicants who are determined will not satisfy the minimum residency requirements as outlined in ‘Policy 9003 – Residency Requirements’.

Acsenda reserves the right to withdraw an applicant’s offer or acceptance if it is learned the applicant has previous post-secondary education which was not disclosed at the point of submission.