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Academic Upgrading (Pathway)

Full program details & costs, with admission requirements. Discover your dream program.

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Program facts

  • Tuition fees per year 17,250 CAD
  • Duration 1 year 6 months
  • Program type Undergraduate pathway
  • Language taught in English
  • Start date January, May, September

Program Overview

What Northern Alberta Institute of Technology says about their program:
"The Academic Upgrading program offers flexible options that will help you gain entrance requirements for your post-secondary program.


Equivalency and Academic Upgrading Placement tests for selected subjects are available if you are missing or need to improve your mark(s). Test results may be used for admissions for all NAIT programs."

Admissions requirements

To help you succeed, NAIT sets important academic requirements you will need to fulfill to gain entry into your program. Please see the requirements below.

TOEFL 80 / IELTS 6.5 (no band lower than 5.5)

For Diplomas

  • Grade 12 English
  • Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30
  • One of

    Physics 30 or Chemistry 30

  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

For Bachelor of Business

High School Applicant: (for applicants who have completed less than 24 post-secondary credits)

  • Minimum 55% in Grade 12 English
  • Minimum 55% in Pure math 30 or math 30-1 or 30-2 or Applied Math 30
  • Three additional 30 level courses (30-1 or 30-2 courses are acceptable) *An overall minimum average of 65% in the five required high school courses
  • Proof of English language proficiency

External Post-Secondary Applicant: (for applicants who have completed a minimum of 24 post-secondary credits and their most recent minimum 24 credits were completed outside of NAIT)

  • Completion of minimum 24 post-secondary credits with an Admission GPA (based on the most recent minimum 24 credits) of 2.3*
  • Proof of English language proficiency

NAIT Post-Secondary Applicant: (for applicants who have completed a minimum of 24 post-secondary credits and their most recent minimum 24 credits were completed in a credit program at NAIT)

  • Completion of minimum 24 post-secondary credits with an Admission GPA (based on the most recent minimum 24 credits) of 2.0*
  • Proof of English language proficiency

*Applicants that do not meet the minimum AGPA requirement that have a minimum AGPA of 1.7 may enroll in any three of the following four Open Studies courses. Completion of three of these four Open Studies courses with a minimum mark of 70% (B-) in each course will satisfy the AGPA requirement for the program:

  • CMIS3350 Business Analytics and Data Visualization
  • ETHC3311 Ethics Fundamentals*
  • ECON3340 Business and Its Environment
  • COMM3321 Critical Reading and Writing* Note: COMM3321 and ETHC3311 must be taken in the same term or COMM3321 must be taken before ETHC3311

*Please note that acceptance into the program does not guarantee transfer credits. Transfer credits evaluation will take place after the student is accepted into the program.

For Bachelor of Technology

  • Successful completion of a technology diploma or degree in an accredited or recognized engineering technology, applied science or health science or information and communication technology program with a minimum GPA of 2.7*
  • Proof of English language proficiency

*Applicants that do not meet the minimum GPA requirement but have a minimum GPA of 1.7 may enrol in the following Open Studies courses: COMM3210 Critical Reading and Writing RSCH3000 Applied Research Methods STAT3010 Statistical Analysis Completion of these 3 Open Studies courses with a minimum mark of 70% (B-) in each course will satisfy the GPA admission requirements for this program.

Fall Semester (September) – application deadline May 1 (deadline for Student Permit, July 1)

Winter Semester (January) – application deadline September 1 (deadline for Study Permit, November 1)

Spring Semester (May) – application deadline January 1 (deadline for Study Permit, March 1)

(From October 1, 2017 next year, student can apply for Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Winter 2019)

ESL can start any intake.

Fees and funding

NAIT's tuition is affordable and graduates see a healthy and quick return on their investment in NAIT education. NAIT openly shares the graduate employment rates and starting salaries of their graduates on their website. There are two scholarship opportunities specifically for international students, and several other scholarships available for students in their second years of study.      Work Integrated Learning or internships are incorporated into most of NAIT's programs. Students are assigned their work practice by the NAIT program and gain valuable work experience for their future careers. Most work-integrated learning is paid.     In addition, Canada's student study permit allows full-time students to work part-time. During study breaks, such as the 4-month summer break, students may also work full-time, earning while also gaining valuable Canadian work experience. The minimum wage in the province of Alberta is currently the highest in the country.

No entry scholarships. Scholarships given to enrolled students in year 2, 3 or 4 of a credit program, based on academic achievement. Applicants must hold a minimum GPA of 2.7. (Only 4 scholarships available of $2,500)

Canada study permit requirements

Many international students will require a study permit to study in Canada and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements before applying. 

Canada student visa requirements