Application Instructions

Application Deadlines

Standard Application Deadlines Canadian Applicants Non-Canadian Applicants
For September Admission

June 1

April 1
For January Admission October 31 August 31
For May Admission February 28 December 31

Complete the Graduate Studies Application

We are currently accepting only online applications and fee payments. Apply online by completing and submitting our online application form.

Supporting Documents

  • Please read the following information in its entirety before contacting our department or submitting your application.
  • Due to widespread difficulty in obtaining required documentation with the closures of schools, test centres and places of work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the following allowances have been made to ensure admissions for MBA FS/L, MIM, MPAM and GDPAM continue. Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies is introducing a temporary electronic-based process as outlined below.

Please note that we are not able to receive documents by mail or courier until further notice

Application Documents are listed below:  Items 1-7.    

**Official, hardcopy versions of items 5 and 6 must be submitted prior to being granted full admission at Dalhousie University. Application documents are considered confidential and will not be returned to the applicant.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will permit students beginning in May or September to register for courses in their programs before submitting official documents; however, students will be required to provide official documents at their earliest convenience with a deadline of December 1, 2020. If they are unable to provide official documents by this deadline, they will be required to provide proof of this inability.   

As always, if there are any significant differences between a student’s unofficial and official documents their admission will be rescinded. 

Email address to submit documents:   It is preferred that you collect and send items 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 (if applicable) in one email. Referees must send their forms/letters from their personal work address. Universities may email transcripts directly.

This information is also provided on our website’s Admissions page:

1-    Online application form and fees (no paper application or cheques accepted) The Application fee of $115 is non-refundable.

2-    Statement of Intent: must be emailed as an attachment; no original hardcopy required. The statement must be no more than 1.5 pages (single-spaced) and outline your interest in the program and why you feel you are a strong candidate. You may use this opportunity to explain any gaps in employment or poor academic performance.

3-    Resume: must be emailed as a PDF attachment and include the details listed below. Omission of details outlined below may result in your application being delayed or denied consideration. (No original hardcopy required for the temporary admission process.)

All applicants must have no fewer than 5 years of full-time (35+ hours per week) or equivalent professional work experience in order to apply. (Professional, for this purpose, indicates that an undergraduate degree is typically required for the type of position held.) 

Applicants submitting part-time work to be considered equivalent to 5 years full-time must include on their resume the average number of hours per week and the number of months the part-time position was held.

The resume must include job title, detailed responsibilities and the month and year start and end dates for each role. Your resume should, at a minimum, reflect your work history for the past five years.

4-    Confirmation of Employment Form:  must be emailed as an attachment by applicant or referee (no original hardcopy required).  Confirmation of Employment Form

*Please note that the MPAM, MIM and MBA FS/L programs are all designed for mid-career professionals and, as such, require no less than 5 years of full-time, relevant, professional experience to qualify for admission consideration.  Please see more information under Resume Section below.

5-    * Transcripts from all universities/colleges attended, World Education Services Assessments, and English Language Proficiency test scores (required if undergraduate degree not completed in the English language). These may be emailed from the post-secondary/evaluation institution OR the applicant. Transcripts/assessments/scores will be accepted from students and other universities by email only for use in evaluating their application, with the understanding that any admission decision is subject to a review of official, hardcopy transcripts/assessments/scores when they are available from the granting institution.

6-    * 2 References (At least 1 must be professional, preferably current supervisor. Academic reference is not required). All reference letters/forms are considered confidential.

Option 1- The E-Reference system is available when creating an online application. If using the e-reference system, make sure to have the email addresses of your referee ready to list on the online application. Dalhousie University will only accept university, teaching hospital and government email addresses [i.e. not Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or business addresses]. Please allow 5 business days for your referee(s) to be contacted by our system. Please note that you cannot edit, add or omit references if using the e-reference system. If you made an error in the submission of an email address, a paper reference must be submitted.

Option 2- Referees may email either the completed Reference Form or an original letter as an attachment from their work email address. Incomplete reference forms will be rejected. Instructions for completion are included on the form.

Link to Reference Forms:

Professional:  Download our Employment Reference Form (PDF)

Academic:  Download our Academic Reference Form [PDF - 111kb]

7-    Proof of name change: Required only if name discrepancies exist between transcripts/assessments/test scores and other application documents. Examples of proof:  Marriage/divorce certificates, 2 copies of government-issued ID that include previous and current name and date of birth

Confirmation emails will be sent to applicants as their documents arrive and are added to their file. We appreciate your patience as we move to this temporary admission process.

International Applicants

Please note that this program is part-time and does not meet the requirements for a student visa. For students who have studied at a school where English is not the primary language of instruction, applicants must submit the results of one of the following: 

·         Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

·         Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

·         Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 

If your primary language is not English and if you have not worked for more than five years in an English-language environment, you should familiarize yourself as soon as possible with the university’s English language requirements.

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Note: Please send your application and supporting documentation to the address below. The university cannot process incomplete applications.

Submission Instructions

Send your paper application and all supporting documentation to:

Mailing Address

(for postal delivery)

Centre for Executive and Graduate Education
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Management
P.O. Box 15000
6100 University Avenue, Suite 3100
Halifax, NS 
Canada  B3H 4R2

Street/Courier Address

(for non-postal delivery)

Centre for Executive and Graduate Education
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Management
6100 University Avenue, Suite 3100
Halifax, NS 
Canada  B3H 4R2

The university cannot process incomplete applications.


If have a question about your application, please contact our support team at

Confirmation of Acceptance

All admitted applicants must confirm in writing their acceptance of the offer of a place and provide a non-refundable deposit to the Student Accounts Office. This deposit will be applied toward tuition, but will be forfeited if the student does not register in the academic year for which he or she was admitted. Please note that this deposit is separate from any application or pre-registration fees.

Additional Information

Up-to-date and additional information, including Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations, can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies site.