Information for Guidance Counsellors

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

Our applications are available online at the links below. Or can be downloaded as a pdf file.

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 (or download as pdf).

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): June 15
  • Winter admission (January): November 15. Please see this page for more about Winter term admission.
  • Please note: deadlines are often extended if there is space in the program. See the application pages for deadline updates.

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 and prerequisites (Ontario)
All streams Eligible for OSSD prior to beginning university studies
Three 4U or 4M courses
Most successful applicants have averages in the (mid) 60s (and up).
Arts & Social Sciences ENG4U is recommended, but not mandatory
Business Required: MHF4U Advanced Functions (min. 60%).
Recommended: MCV4U Calculus & Vectors (min. 60%).
Computer Science Required: MHF4U Advanced Functions (min. 60%).
Recommended: MCV4U (min. 60%).
Engineering Required: MHF4U Advanced Functions (min. 60%).
Required: SCH4U Chemistry (min. 60%).
Required: SPH4U Physics (min. 60%; may be taken concurrently, i.e. while enrolled in ESP/IESP).
Recommended: MCV4U Calculus & Vectors (min. 60%).
Note: Students with previous university studies cannot be considered for our Engineering Stream.
Science Required: MHF4U Advanced Functions (min. 60%).
Required: SCH4U Chemistry (min. 60%).
Recommended: MCV4U Calculus & 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 virtual Information Nights to hear from our Admissions Coordinator and former students about the program, application process and requirements.

Book an ESP/IESP Student Ambassador Visit

Email us to arrange a time or book online.