How to Apply

This page and the Common Application Questions page will provide you with the information you need to complete your MI application. If you have any questions after reviewing the website please contact SIM's Administrative Assistant (

*Important notes regarding our admission process re. Covid-19 – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY*

The Dalhousie Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) has introduced a temporary electronic-based process for 2020-2021. Paper documents are NOT required. In addition, the SIM office is currently closed and staff are working from home. Therefore we ask that you DO NOT MAIL OR COURIER documents at this time. If mail or courier is your only option, please contact before proceeding.

Notes re. specific documents:

  • Application form: Please use the Dalhousie University online application. Fee payments must be made online. Contact the Registrar's Office for assistance: Admissions@Dal.Ca or +1 902 494 2450.
  • References: Please use the Dalhousie electronic reference system for any referees that have a valid University or government email address (academic or professional). If your referee does not have a valid University or government email address, they must fill out the Confidential Reference Form [PDF-160 KB] and email it to They may include a separate letter but this is not required. They should NOT include you on the email.
  • Transcripts. FGS will now accept transcripts the following ways for admission in terms from January 2020 to May 2021:
    • Electronic file-transfers from the issuing institution and from services such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eScript-Safe, or TranscriptsNetwork. Electronic transcripts are to be sent to
    • PDFs sent by email directly from the issuing institution. As above, please send to
    • If your University is unable to email us a copy of their official transcripts: You may email an unofficial copy of your transcript to Transcripts must include your first and last name, degree and program type and name of degree-issuing university.
    • If the transcript you submit upon applying is not final: Your final transcript is due 90 days after the start of term. All final transcripts must include your first name and last name, your degree and program, your degree conferral date. If the date is not on transcripts, a degree certificate from the university stating the date of conferral is required.
  • Proof of English Language Competency: The Faculty of Graduate Studies is currently accepting the results of at home TOEFL tests and the CAEL ONLINE test as official. The use of these tests for admission to graduate studies at Dalhousie may be reassessed in the future. Duolingo test results will not be accepted.

We want to do whatever we can to support you at this challenging time. Please email if you have any questions or concerns. Be aware that processing times will be slower than normal due to staff working remotely.

Application deadlines

The MI program has a Fall (September) intake.

January 31      International applications
March 1 Scholarship consideration
*** Canadian applications: Deadline waived for 2020-2021. Early applications encouraged. No later than August 1st, 2021 recommended for Fall 2021 admission 

Application package

Your application package consists of several elements. All items must be submitted before your application will be considered by the MI Admissions Committee (see Instructions below). Your package must be complete by the application deadline. Please review the information below thoroughly to ensure you submit a proper application.

Mailing address for application elements:

School of Information Management
Dalhousie University
6100 University Avenue, Suite 4010
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Application Elements & Submission Instructions

Application Form

We encourage you to apply online as it is a more reliable and streamlined process. Click here for the online application.

Contact the Registrar's Office if you need assistance with your application form: Admissions@Dal.Ca or +1 902 494 2450.

Application Fee

The $115 application fee is non-refundable; your application will not be processed until it has been paid.

The fee is paid to the Registrar's Office using one of the approved methods.

Contact the Registrar's Office if you need assistance with your application fee: Admissions@Dal.Ca or +1 902 494 2450.


Transcripts & GPA

*see note at top of page for current instructions for submitting transcripts*

Review the full Faculty of Graduate Studies transcript guidelines here (section 3.1).

Please submit one copy of all official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Final transcripts must include the date the degree was conferred. If the transcript does not state this, documentation must be provided from the University confirming the date of graduation.

Notarized transcripts will not be accepted.

According to the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations, candidates for the MI must hold a four-year Bachelor's Degree with at least a second class standing (B average, 3.0 GPA) from a university recognized by the Senate of Dalhousie University. An academic level of a high B+ (3.3 GPA) or better is generally held by successful applicants.

Academic Reference Letters

All applicants are required to submit a minimum of two academic references. There are two options for submitting your references – the Electronic Reference system (online) and email:

Electronic References:

  1. Include the referee email addresses in the reference section of the online application. When your application is submitted and your application fee paid, a request will be sent to your referees. This process can take up to five business days.
  2. The E-Ref system will only accept University email addresses [Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, business, or government addresses are not acceptable]. Referees without a University email must submit an email reference (see below).
  3. Once you enter your referee information into the E-Ref system, the information CANNOT be changed or removed.

Email References:

  1. Ask your referees to fill out and sign the Confidential Reference Form [PDF-160 KB]. They may include a separate letter, but it's not required.
  2. Email the letter directly to
  3. Your referee cannot include you on the email. References must be kept confidential from the applicant. Such references will be void and unacceptable.

Important Notes:

  • For applicants who graduated 5+ years ago: See "Professional Reference Letters" below.
  • The e-reference system automatically generates its own deadline (2 months from the date the email is sent) that doesn’t consider our timelines. Referees should follow SIM deadlines, NOT the deadline received on the reference form.
  • It is your responsibility to follow up with your referees regularly to ensure they submit on time.

Professional Reference Letters (optional)

In addition to the required two academic reference letters, applicants may submit one or two professional references that they feel would strengthen their application. OR applicants who graduated 5+ years ago may submit two professional/work references in lieu of academic. Please follow the directions below:

  1. Ask your referees to fill out and sign the Confidential Reference Form [PDF-160 KB]. They may include a separate letter, but it's not required.
  2. Email the letter directly to
  3. Your referee cannot include you on the email. References must be kept confidential from the applicant. Such references will be void and unacceptable.

Important Notes:

  • For applicants who graduated  5+ years ago, at least one academic reference is strongly encouraged.
  • It is your responsibility to follow up with your referees regularly to ensure they submit on time.

Application Essay

Your essay may be submitted via email to

Please read What is Information Management?

As an MI applicant, your essay is an important means of communicating directly to the MI Admissions Committee. In addressing the following points, you will connect your Master of Information (MI) Program and career goals to the Information Management profession. This will enable the Admissions Committee to evaluate your fit for our Program.

In a 5-6 page double-spaced essay, discuss the following points:

  • Tell us about your MI Program goals. How will SIM help you achieve them?
  • What are the strengths you would bring to the MI Program and to the Information Management profession?
  • Opportunities to perform management functions and to assume leadership roles abound in the Information Management field. Explain your perception of these opportunities, and how they will shape your future as an Information Management professional.
  • Most professional occupations rely on team work. Demonstrate how your participation on a team has contributed to the success of a team’s objective. New information technologies shape changes in the profession. How do you view technological advancements affecting you as a student? As an Information Management professional?
  • In reference to the IT Competencies section (third question here under "Prior Education & Experience), please explain your level of competency. If you do not currently have these required competencies, indicate how you plan to meet the requirements before January of your first year in the Program.
  • The Information Management field is a dynamic and changing environment; provide evidence of your adaptability in a changing context.
  • Describe how your prior work experience (part-time or full-time; paid or voluntary) in any setting has shaped your MI goals.
  • Explain any gaps or deficiencies in your academic record, or any other factors you wish to have taken into account.


Your resume may be submitted via email to

Please include a current résumé.

Evidence of English Language Competency

English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission (see chart below).

Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written.

TOEFL Computer: 250
Internet-based: 100
TWE: 5.5
Paper: 600
CanTest 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0)
CAEL 70 (with no band score lower than 60)
Pearson English Test PTE Academic overall score of 65 and nothing below 54
Dal EAP Program View the English for Academic Purposes website for details

The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English.

For Commonwealth country universities, if the language of instruction is English, it is expected that the transcripts will confirm this. If the transcripts do not contain this information, documentation must be provided by the university confirming this.

All such claims will be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. 


After You Apply: Tracking Your Application

You can log into DalOnline (using the username and password you applied with) to see which application elements have been received. Questions about your application elements can be directed to the Administrative Assistant (

Once your application is complete, it will be forwarded to the MI Admissions Committee for review.

Please note: incomplete applications will not be processed.

If you are accepted into the MI program, SIM will send you an informal offer via email, and a recommendation of acceptance to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS). FGS reviews all recommendations. The formal acceptance letter will be sent from the University Registrar.