Applying for Graduate Studies

Your next steps

You may complete your application online or send in a paper application. Whichever option you choose, be sure to provide all supporting documents, including letters of reference, transcripts and any supplemental forms. For more information about the application process view the Faculty of Graduate Studies Admission Application Guide.

Before you get started, don't forget to check the application deadlines.

International applicant?  Visit: Applying as an international graduate student


Applying online

Online Application

Paper application form

Graduate Studies Application Form [PDF - 258 kB]

Two confidential reference letters (required for all applicants)

Applicants are responsible for contacting their referees and ensuring the process is understood and complete.

Confidential Referees: At least TWO are required. Please contact the department to determine if additional references are required.

If you are using the online graduate application, you can use the Electronic reference (e-ref) system. The Referee will be sent an email and directed to a secure website to complete the reference form. Please note, Dalhousie University will only accept university email addresses (ie not Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail) for our electronic reference system. Please allow 5 business days after submission for the referees to be contacted by our system.

If you are submitting the paper copy of the graduate application, you must use the paper (hard copy) of the reference form, (Reference Form (pdf)). The reference letter must be in a sealed, stamped envelope which is endorsed across the back seal by the referee and mailed to the address indicated on the form. If a referee is reluctant to follow this procedure, please provide him/her with a stamped envelope, addressed to the department to which you are applying, and have him/her mail the letter directly. If the reference is given to the student directly, do not open the envelope.

Confidential Reference Letter [PDF - 525kb]

Supplemental forms

Complete any supplemental forms required by the program to which you are applying.


If you have questions about the admission requirements, or completing your application call (902) 494-2485 or email