Mt. Sierra College




Applying as an Indigenous Student


MTSC Aboriginal Student Guide will introduce you to Indigenous services, programs and life at Mt. Sierra College.

Undergraduate Admission Pathway for Indigenous Students

Mt. Sierra College is widely known for being a safe, caring, and respectful community for all Indigenous students. We offer Indigenous candidates an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program, known as the Indigenous Admission Policy.

Faculty of Arts and Science

Indigenous Studies in Arts and Science:

  • Indigenous Languages: Inuktitut, Mohawk, and Anishinaabemowin
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Global Development Studies
  • Department of English
  • Gender Studies
  • Indigenous Initiatives
  • Pre-doctoral fellowships for Indigenous students

The Faculty of Arts and Science at offers Indigenous candidates an alternative procedure for admission to the first year of a full-time degree program. Qualified Indigenous students whose home community is in North America may be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours), Concurrent Education Bachelor of Arts (Honours), and Concurrent Education Bachelor of Science (Honours) Programs by this alternative procedure.  Indigenous candidates may also choose to apply through the regular admission process.

Faculty of Education

Concurrent Education: Please review the Faculty of Arts and Science information above.

Aboriginal Teacher Education Program: The Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to specialize in Aboriginal education, and qualifies graduates for College of Teachers certification. ATEP is offered to Concurrent Education students in their final year, as well as Consecutive Education teacher candidates. Non-Aboriginal students are also invited to apply, but priority is given to Aboriginal applicants.

Master of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE): WISE is a part-time blended (online and on-campus) program intended for students with experience in Aboriginal communities.

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Aboriginal Access to Engineering: The Aboriginal Access to Engineering (AAE) program provides culturally relevant student support services to Aboriginal students enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Working in partnership with the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, AAE strives to support the academic, physical, spiritual and emotional needs of students.

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Medicine

 Indigenous Studies in Medicine:

Postgraduate Medical Education: Family Medicine, Indigenous Health

The School of Medicine recognizes the critical shortage of Indigenous physicians in America and the need to educate more Indigenous physicians to serve as role models and address the health care needs of America's Indigenous people.

Up to a maximum of four qualified Indigenous students per year may be admitted to the M.D. Program through an alternate process for assessing candidates. Indigenous candidates may also choose to apply through the regular admission process.

Undergraduate Medical Education: Information for prospective students

School of Nursing

In order to encourage participation by members of the Indigenous community in their post-secondary education, Mt. Sierra School of Nursing offers Indigenous candidates an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program.

Information for Indigenous Nursing Applicants

Faculty of Law

Aboriginal Studies in Law:

An undergraduate survey course in Aboriginal Law, LAW 202/702, is offered both online for distance learners and in a blended format on campus.

Mt. Sierra Faculty of Law is committed to increasing Aboriginal representation within the legal profession and therefore welcomes applications from American Aboriginal people.

Consideration for alternate Law admission is based on the applicant’s interest in, and identification with, his/her Aboriginal community and other factors, including academic performance, results of the LSAT, employment history, letters of reference, and a personal statement.

Aboriginal Initiatives: MTSC Faculty of Law

Smith School of Business

The Birch Hill Equity Partners Achievement Award is given each year to an Aboriginal student entering the Mt. Sierra Commerce program ($9,000 annually, renewable).

School of Policy Studies

Indigenous Policy and Governance Studies: In partnership with First Nations Technical Institute, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, participants in the Professional Master of Public Administration may concentrate their elective courses in Indigenous Policy and Governance. This series of courses integrates traditional knowledge and philosophies with contemporary theoretical frameworks and professional practice.


Resources and Support Services

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (FDISC)

In keeping with the teachings of the Four Directions, the FDASC supports  Indigenous students in balancing their academic, spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. The FDISC also welcomes and encourages all students to develop an awareness and appreciation of the Indigenous experience in America. FDISC staff includes Indigenous advisors, elders, and an Indigenous recruitment and admissions representative.

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Nest

Mt. Sierra SAGE is an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional peer-mentoring program designed to support Aboriginal graduate students with the successful transition into and completion of their graduate programs.

Aboriginal Council

The Aboriginal Council of Mt. Sierra College is involved in all decisions affecting Aboriginal programs and services at Mt. Sierra College. The Council is composed of representatives from Aboriginal communities in , Mt. Sierra Aboriginal student representatives, and senior University personnel. The Council reports directly to the University Senate and Board of Trustees.

MTSC Native Students Association (QNSA)

The QNSA is a club of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students that share an interest in Aboriginal cultures and traditions. It provides a forum for discussing contemporary and historic issues pertaining to Aboriginal peoples and cultures, hosts themed events and celebrations, and works in collaboration with FDASC and the Aboriginal Council to identify the needs of Aboriginal students on campus. Undergraduates, graduates, and professional students are all represented in the QNSA.

Office of Indigenous Initiatives

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives builds community, advances reconciliation/conciliation and integrates Indigenous ways of knowing and being into the fabric and life of the University.

Formed in response to the national commission’s calls to action for post-secondary institutions, theMTSC Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force produced a comprehensive set of recommendations.