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Modes of Study

Full Time

For full-time study, a complete application package must be submitted by February 1 in order to be considered for admission to program studies starting in September. 

A compete application must include all of the following:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A non-refundable application fee ($50)
  3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (to be sent directly by the issuing school in sealed envelopes to ICS)
  4. Letters of academic reference commenting on the academic merits of the applicant's previous study and on her or his preparation and prospects for successful graduate study. For those applying to a master's program, two such letters are required. Three letters of academic reference are required for those applying to the doctoral program,
  5. One personal recommendation from someone who knows the applicant well and can comment on his or her purposefulness, maturity and personal readiness for graduate study,
  6. A substantial sample of the applicant's academic work showing an ability to research, write and critique, such as an essay or research paper of approximately 10-20 pages,
  7. A personal statement which both indicates how study at ICS connects with the applicant's academic goals and comments on how the applicant expects his or her own tradition to engage  with that of ICS.

Part Time

Part-time students must complete the full application process if they desire to work towards a degree. Individuals intending to apply to a program may take a couple courses for credit, which can later be credited toward the degree, before committing to the program.  The normal prerequisite for part-time study is a four-year baccalaureate degree in the appropriate field or its equivalent.

Persons who wish to take courses for credit without pursuing a degree are welcome to do so. Non-degree students must complete the online Course Registration Form.  Those who wish to audit a course must obtain the permission of the instructor before enrolling in a course.

Please note: The PhD program is not offered for part-time studies.

Casual Study

ICS welcomes people who wish to take occasional courses for their own intellectual pursuits. As with full and part time studies, a four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent is required. Please contact for further information.

It is strongly recommended that persons in full-time employment limit their enrolment to one course per semester.

Credit Transfer

Applicants who have completed courses at other institutions may request a credit transfer. ICS will accept a maximum of two (2) credit transfers if the courses are deemed to be of an appropriate academic level and fit into the applicant's program. Credits will not be transferred from any programs of study previously completed and for which a degree was granted.