Information for Guidance Counsellors

Click here for the ESP presentation from the May 5th Regional dialogue at Carleton University.

How to Apply

  • Students do not apply to ESP or IESP through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC).
  • The ESP/IESP admissions process is entirely separate from the degree program application.
    • Students who have not applied through OUAC may submit an application to ESP or IESP.
    • Students who have applied through OUAC will not be penalized for applying to ESP/IESP. One application will not affect the other. There is no financial penalty for refusing an offer from ESP before classes begin.
  • Application Package

How to Submit a Reference

To provide a student with a reference for an ESP/IESP application, please click here to complete a letter of reference online.

If you would like to add any supplementary information, please feel free to email our program at esp@carleton.ca and we will be sure to add your comments to the student’s application.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall admission (September):
    • Extended to August 26th (Arts and Social Sciences Stream)
    • Business, Computer Science, Engineering and Science are accepting applications to a waitlist only.
  • Winter admission (January): TBA

Minimum Academic Requirements

Please note that the following indicate minimum criteria necessary for applications to advance for consideration. Meeting the criteria above does not, in itself, guarantee the application will be accepted. Decisions are made based on the application as a whole. The admissions committee may consider applicants who fall short of these educational requirements only where the remainder of the application is exceptional.

  • Ontario High School Applicants
ESP/IESP Stream Minimum academic requirements  GPA requirements and prerequisites (Ontario)
Arts & Social Sciences -Eligible for OSSD prior to beginning
university studies.
-Three Grade 12 credits at the U or M levels.
– Most successful applicants have averages in the (mid) 60s (and up).
– ENG4U is recommended, but not mandatory.
Business -Eligible for OSSD prior to beginning
university studies.
-Three Grade 12 credits at the U or M levels.
-See prerequisite subject(s).
– Most successful applicants have averages in the high 60s (and up).
– Required: Grade 12 Advanced Functions (min. 60%).
– Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (min. 60%).
Computer Science -Eligible for OSSD prior to beginning university studies.
-Three Grade 12 credits at the U or M levels.
-See prerequisite subject(s).
– Most successful applicants have averages in the high 60s (and up).
– Required: Grade 12 Advanced Functions (min. 60%).
– Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (min. 60%).
Engineering -Eligible for OSSD prior to beginning university studies.
-Three Grade 12 credits at the U or M level.
-See prerequisite subjects.
– Most successful applicants have averages in the high 60s (and up).
– Required: Grade 12 Advanced Functions (min. 60%).
– Required: Grade 12 Advanced Chemistry (min. 60%).
– Required: Grade 12 Advanced Physics (min. 60%; may be taken concurrently, i.e. while enrolled in ESP/IESP).
– Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (min. 60%).Students with previous university studies cannot be considered for our Engineering Stream.
Science -Eligible for OSSD prior to beginning university studies.
-Three Grade 12 credits at the U or M level.
-See prerequisite subjects.
– Most successful applicants have averages in the high 60s (and up).
– Required: Grade 12 Advanced Functions (min. 60%).
– Required: Grade 12 Advanced Chemistry (min. 60%).
– Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (min. 60%).
  • Out-of-province high school applicants: must submit a complete application, have a high school diploma with half their grade 12 credits in the academic/university stream. Must have completed any prerequisite courses (see table above) at the university stream/advanced level.
  • Mature applicants (the ESP office will consider Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have been away from full-time studies for a two-year period and who have not undertaken other college or university study as “mature”): must submit a complete application and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Must have completed any applicable prerequisite courses.
  • College/CEGEP applicants: must submit a complete application and may be considered after the completion of one year in an academic college program. Must have completed any applicable prerequisite courses.
  • International students: are encouraged to consult the degree admission requirements. We will consider students whose academic record is close to the posted degree admission requirements. Students are encouraged to consult our Admissions Coordinator for advice. Must have completed any applicable prerequisite courses.
  • University students: please consult with our Admissions Coordinator about whether our program can assist. Students with previous university studies cannot be considered for our Engineering stream.

Students whose first language is not English

Applicants whose first language is not English should consult Carleton University’s English as a Second Language requirements and ESL testing information. Applicants with an ESLR placement of ESLA 1500 or higher may be considered for admission to ESP.

Information Nights

Please refer students and their families to one of our Information Nights (starting spring 2019) to hear from our Admissions Coordinator and former students about the program, application process and requirements.