Master’s Academic Preparation Program (MAPP)


The Master’s Academic Preparation Program (MAPP) prepares international students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and who aspire to pursue graduate studies at a Canadian university. MAPP enhances international students’ appreciation and understanding of Canadian cultural practices while preparing them with an essential repertoire of academic and professional skills vital to navigate the challenges that they may encounter in graduate studies.

The MAPP program is designed for course-based graduate programs. It offers a combination of content-based English language courses and foundational academic courses to prepare students to become effective communicators and collaborators, ready for the challenges of graduate school. In addition, students will develop literacy and critical thinking skills suited to post-graduate studies. 

The MAPP courses are designed to increase student confidence when speaking in English. Students are encouraged to read and listen critically.  Students will learn to evaluate claims, consider multiple perspectives, and synthesize and communicate information with confidence and clarity. Students will explore international research and case studies and will learn first-hand from Canadian and international faculties and current graduate students.

Collaborative task-based projects with classmates and virtual teams will allow students the opportunity to explore innovative and sustainable solutions to real-world problems. Graduates of the program will be able to analyze a problem, conduct research, analyze data, and present research findings.

The MAPP program is an eight-month-long program designed for students who use English as an additional language. Students must obtain 70% or higher or a Pass to complete each course in the MAPP program successfully.  All courses must be successfully completed to receive a MAPP certificate.

The MAPP program focuses on the individual development of its students English language communication and critical thinking skills. Enabling  students to engage with classmates, guest lecturers and learning resources, successful progress through the MAPP program, and preparation for future graduate studies are all taught in the suite of MAPP courses.

Although grammar and vocabulary development are embedded in the six MAPP courses listed below, language learning is non-linear and individual students progress through levels of English language proficiency at differing rates.  For this reason, small group tutorials are held weekly with students to review relevant grammar and vocabulary and provide students with an opportunity to review their understanding of key class concepts and information.

Students take ten courses, five courses (5) in the first term and five courses (5) in the second term.

MAPP 511-6    Understanding Canadian Academic and Cultural Practices (I)

MAPP 512-6    Seminars and Presentations (I)

MAPP 513-3    How to Succeed in Graduate School

*Plus two elective courses

MAPP 521-6    Understanding Canadian Academic and Cultural Practices (II)

MAPP 522-6    Seminars and Presentations (II)

MAPP 523-3    Introduction to Research and Capstone Project

*Plus two elective courses

# Program Learning Outcome Description
Critically read and analyze academic texts using effective reading and note-taking strategies.
Analyze and evaluate a variety of authentic readings from business-related subjects.
Communicate competently at the level required for graduate studies, showing flexibility and clarity of thought and expression.
Conduct research, write papers, essays, proposals, and research reports to transition to graduate-level studies successfully.
Collaborate with team members to achieve academic goals and contribute to effective working relationships.
Develop and apply skills and strategies to ensure academic success in graduate-level studies.
Develop a global perspective through examination and evaluation of global resources and research.
Apply theory to addressing real-life problems and providing innovative solutions for global sustainable goals.
Contextualize the relationship between undergraduate and graduate studies. Develop an academic profile for graduate studies.

MAPP offers three (3) intakes yearly (January, May, and September).

  • An official transcript of A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution or equivalent.
  • Transcripts or records of all prior learning.
  • GPA 2.0 or Grade C or equivalent.

Students are also required to meet at least one of the following English language requirements:

MAPP students are eligible for conditional acceptance into masters’ programs at EduGlobal’s partner institutions. Conditional acceptance does not guarantee clear admission into the respective graduate programs.

To continue to graduate studies, candidates must meet the Graduate Admissions criteria as follows:

  • A completed application form.
  • A Statement of Intent (Study Plan/Interest).
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  • Two academic letters of reference.
  • English Language Requirement: Successful completion of MAPP courses or recognized English Proficiency Tests (IELTS 6.5: +6, TOEFL 88: +20).
  • Achieve a grade point average of at least 3.67 (A-/80-85%) in the MAPP course work or the last two years leading to the Baccalaureate degree.
  • If necessary, an interview by two faculty members.
*The MAPP courses may be used for credit towards other graduate certificate programs.

MAPP Academic Policies

Consequences of academic dishonesty and/or plagiarism are serious. Any one or more of the following penalties may be assessed.

  1. When an instructor has evidence of academic dishonesty or plagiarism by a student, the instructor may assign a score of zero for the first incident. The instructor will file a written report for the student’s record and a copy will be delivered to the student. The report will be removed two years after the incident. 
  2. After the first incident, the student will receive a written notice that a second incident will result in the student’s dismissal from the course. 
  3. When a student is dismissed from a course, a report of the disciplinary action will be kept in the student record, with a copy to the student. The report will be removed two years after the incident. 
  4. Repeated incidents of academic dishonesty or plagiarism may result in suspension from the program.

Attendance may be an assessed segment of each course along with participation (described below). Attendance is taken by the faculty and a minimum of 70% attendance is required to complete the program.

Attendance records may be used to determine eligibility for re-writes, supplemental tests/assignments, field placement or to identify students at risk. If attendance is used to determine eligibility for rewrites, supplemental tests/assignments, or field placement, the minimum required attendance standard shall be stipulated in the course outline and clearly explained to students.

Participation refers to student engagement in learning activity tasks that contribute to the achievement of stipulated learning outcomes. Participation may be assessed and may contribute to final evaluation. If participation is used as an assessment strategy, the participation criteria must be objective and measurable. The expected participation elements and the method of evaluating the stated elements shall be written in the course outline and clearly explained to students.

You are expected to participate at all times. Participation is a composite of attendance, punctuality, academic honesty, and demonstration of respect for others. The learning in this class will be comprised of seminars, workshops, in-class discussions, group work and reflection exercises/activities. This type of active learning requires that you be in attendance and engaged in the classroom. You will be expected to participate in discussions in the class, both whole class and small group.

If you are unable to attend a class, the expectation is that you email your instructor before class to explain why you will not be attending. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to collect handouts and review class notes from either another classmate or from the course LMS.

Please Note: A student must obtain 70% or higher to successfully complete this course. A student also must successfully complete all MAPP courses to obtain the MAPP certificate.

It is important to create a positive learning environment where people are free to express their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental way. You will be encouraged to share your opinions in class through discussions, activities, group work and assignments. Expect that people will think differently than you and that there will be many different ways of looking at things.  We want to foster an environment where students are happy and eager to come to class to learn in a comfortable, yet professional space. Respect for others at all times is of utmost importance. Any degrading remarks, comments, harassment, inappropriate jokes, or bullying will not be tolerated.

Assignments are due as outlined on the Learning Plan and are due on the specified due date. In-class presentations are to be presented on the day indicated Written assignments will receive a 5% late penalty per day. If a student misses their presentation for legitimate reasons, it is their responsibility to contact the professor within 24 hours of the end of class to make arrangements to make up the assignment or receive a mark of zero for that assignment.

*The MAPP program does not require approval under the Private Training Act and a student may not file a claim against the fund with the trustee in respect of the program of instruction. *