Admission Requirements

Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES), including:

  • Secondary V Language of Instruction
  • Secondary V Second Language
  • Secondary IV Science
  • Secondary IV Mathematics
  • Secondary IV History

or Academic background judged equivalent to the DES.

(Students with a DES missing any of the above subjects may be admitted, space permitting, but may be required to complete remedial courses.)

Additional Admission requirements

Conditional admission to Dawson’s Developmental Science program requires that a student’s passing grades are too low for direct admission to a regular pre-university science or technical program in the following science prerequisites*:

  • Sec V Mathematics – Technical & Scientific option or
    Science option 564-506 or 565-506
  • Sec V Chemistry 551-504
  • Sec V Physics 553-504

*For students graduating before June 2010 or from an Adult Education Centre, the pre-requisites are Mathematics 536, Chemistry 534, and Physics 534

Conditional admission is based on Secondary IV final and Secondary V mid-term grades. Final admission into the Developmental Science program is contingent on obtaining a DES which includes the pre-requisite courses with appropriate grades.

This program is open exclusively to students who are completing or have completed a secondary school diploma AND who have no post-secondary studies.


For general, non-program specific requirements, please consult the Admission Requirements page.

Application Deadline

  • March 1 (for Fall semester)

The program begins in the Fall semester; new students are not admitted into the program in the Winter term.

Last Modified: February 3, 2016