Program Costs

How much will my MHA cost?

Most full-time MHA students complete the program in 16 months. Full-time students typically register for 5 half-credit courses in the fall and winter terms of their first year and 5 half-credit courses in the Fall term of the second year. Part-time students complete the program requirements over 12 terms.

Tuition is calculated on a Program Based Fees. In 2020-2021, a full-time MHA student (Canadian citizen/permanent resident) taking 5 courses per term paid an estimate of $11,903.90 in tuition and fees for one year of study.  Effective September 2021, fees will be assessed during the fall, winter and summer terms.

The average cost of books and electronic resources for the program 2020-2021 was approximately $1,800. Visit Money Matters for more information.

Find out about funding sources for graduate students. There may be some additional funding opportunities for MHA thesis students.

Entrance awards & scholarships

No application required. Incoming full-time students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher who have submitted a complete MHA application by April 1 are automatically considered.

  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship: awarded on the basis of academic merit

Conference travel award

Applications are required for support for conference travel (may not be available every year).

  • CCHL National Conference Travel Award

Convocation awards

No application required. Determined by the School's Admissions and Curriculum Committee.

Monetary awards

  • CCHL: Bluenose Chapter Award
  • Robert Wood Johnson Award
  • Nestman Prize for Accounting Excellence

Non-monetary awards

  • Dr. Peter Ruderman Award
  • Dr. Alan D. Thompson Award
  • Dr. Thomas A. Rathwell Award

External awards

Application required (monetary award)

  • Northwood’s Edward L. Roach Award for Continuing Care  
  • Shannex Prize in Innovative Practice for Aging Populations

Dalhousie University external awards and scholarships

Find out more about the awards

  • See the MHA Student Handbook [PDF - 1.3 MB] for more information on all of the awards listed above.