International Baccalaureat (IB) Diploma

Simply put, Glendon is a perfect fit for IB students.

From the beginning, Glendon’s mission has been to develop future leaders. Our vision aligns with the International Baccalaureate Organization: to develop knowledgeable, inquisitive, caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world. Even our motto, Alteri Saeculo, means ‘for future generations’.

Our students and professors are passionate about social justice, human rights, domestic and global politics, international development, languages, and much more: it’s no wonder why so many of our grads go on to find work in the legal system, the diplomatic service, the government of Canada, the United Nations, international field work, and the list goes on.

Academic excellence in a close-knit community

Glendon attracts strong students; our average entering grade is an A. Our students are treated not only to classes taught by faculty who are renowned in their fields – many of them internationally – but also to classes of a remarkably small size. Set all this in our close campus community, and you’ve got yourself primed for continued academic success.

A degree without borders

We rank #3 in Canada for global focus (2012 Globe and Mail University Report). Our bilingual and trilingual iBA degrees are the only of their kind in Canada, offering internationally-focused courses, advanced language certification, and an international exchange built right into the program. Looking to expand your international repertoire even further? You could also consider our International Studies major, or the many international student clubs on campus.

More transfer credits mean you’ll complete your degree faster

We value the experience you’ve had as an IB student, and we show it by offering you university-level transfer credits for your IB classes. As a leading university in transfer credit assessment, we offer IB students up to one year’s worth of credits – meaning that you’ll be one year closer to graduating and changing the world.

Advanced language certifications

Our approach to languages is distinct: every Glendonite graduates with bilingual certification, many students study in three languages, and everyone has the benefit of our language immersion environment on campus.

As an IB student with a high level French, you could reach our minimum requirement faster, and then upgrade to higher levels of certification like the Certificate of Bilingual Excellence.

Care to add Spanish to your tool belt? We also offer a Certificate of Trilingual Excellence.

General requirements

  •  IB diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard Level and three passes at the Higher Level; or two passes at the Standard Level and four passes at the Higher Level.
  • Minimum diploma point scores of 30 or higher recommended (Scores of 28 will be considered).
  • Ensure you meet our language requirements.

Program-specific recommendations and requirements

  • BSc Biology: Standard or Higher-level Math, Biology and Chemistry required; Standard or Higher-level Physics strongly recommended.
  • BA Business Economics & BA Economics: Standard or Higher-level Math strongly recommended.
  • BA International Studies & Business Administration:  Standard or higher-level math (Math Studies will not satisfy this requirement). Supplementary application required, find out more here. 
  • BA Mathematics: Standard or Higher-level Math required.
  • BSc Psychology: Standard or Higher-level Math, and Standard or Higher-level Chemistry or Physics required.

Glendon-specific recommendations

  •  English and French recommended.

NOTE: These are minimum requirements only. Admission is not guaranteed and all requirements are subject to change. Recommended courses will help you with your studies, but we do not automatically look for them when we assess your application for admission and scholarships.

These application requirements apply to all programs, except:

Transfer credit

We may grant a maximum of 30 credits (5 full courses) for Higher Level IB courses with grades of 5 or better, depending on program.

If you have a diagnosed disability

If you have a diagnosed physical, learning, or psychiatric disability, we strongly encourage you to identify yourself during the admissions process. Even if your circumstances don’t impact your admissibility to Glendon (in other words you meet our admission requirements), we want to make sure you know about the support services we have in place. In no way will identifying yourself be a disadvantage to you. More information >>

Which application form to use:

Apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) for September or January entry. None of our programs offer an entry in May. Contact your guidance office for details.

What to send with your application:

Language test results (if required).

Please send all required documents to:

York University
Office of Admissions
Bennett Centre for Student Services
3rd Floor Reception
99 Ian Macdonald Blvd
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Be sure to send your application before the application deadline.

What happens after you apply:

After you apply to Glendon, we’ll keep in touch and you can connect with us at any time. You’ll receive an acknowledgement of your application and a reminder to send all outstanding documents on time.

You can check your application status throughout the process by logging on to MyFile. You’ll need your York reference number to log in.

Requesting a Deferral

A deferral is a postponement of your admission to York. York recognizes that after being newly admitted, some applicants encounter unique personal circumstances that represent legitimate reasons for requesting a deferral of admission to the next academic session.

Newly admitted first-year students for September entry may request a deferral through our Deferral Form. The University grants deferrals at its discretion, only in highly exceptional cases and on a restricted basis. All conditions must be satisfied before a deferral will be granted.

Offers of admission are conditional upon final grades.