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Tuition and Fees

Full-time MLIS students typically register for 4 half-credit hour courses in both the fall and winter terms.

Student Accounts calculates tuition costs on "billing hours".



  •     4 courses per term: 12 billing hours
  •     3 courses per term: 9 billing hours


  •     2 courses per term: 6 billing hours
  •     1 course per term: 3 billing hours

In 2016-17, a full-time MLIS student taking 4 courses per term pays a total of $9631.96 in tuition and fees. The average cost of books and electronic resources for both incoming and returning students in 2016-17 is $110.

SIM Funding & Support

Entrance Awards & Scholarships (2016-17)

Incoming students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher, who have submitted a complete application by the March 1 deadline (4 p.m. AST) and are full-time students are automatically considered for these awards/scholarships.

Alumni Scholarship ($2,500)

The Alumni Scholarship is sponsored by SIM's Associated Alumni. The Alumni Scholarship is competitive and is awarded to an incoming full-time MLIS student who has achieved high academic standing, and demonstrated an interest in the profession, and/or experience working or volunteering in the field, through his/her admission essay.

FGS Scholarship ($5,445)

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) provides a limited number of scholarships for students pursuing a degree program on a full-time basis. FGS Scholarships are competitive and, in SIM, are awarded to incoming, full-time MLIS students on the basis of academic merit.

H. W. Wilson Foundation Award ($5,259)

Since 1957, the H.W. Wilson Foundation has supported U.S. and Canadian library and information science schools accredited by the American Library Association through a scholarship grant program. In SIM, the H.W. Wilson Grant is competitive and, is awarded to an incoming full-time MLIS student on the basis of academic merit.

Shirley B. Elliott Bursary ($2,000)

Shirley Burnham Elliott's mother was the first professionally qualified librarian in Nova Scotia. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Ms Elliott obtained her library science degree from Simmons College (Boston) in 1940. In 1954 Shirley became Nova Scotia’s Legislative Librarian and, during the following 28 years, transformed that library and its services into a modern research library. In 1985 Shirley was awarded an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from Dalhousie; in 2003 she was awarded the Order of Nova Scotia. The Shirley B. Elliott Scholarship is competitive and, is awarded to an incoming full-time MLIS student on the basis of academic merit.

SIM New Brunswick Award ($1,000)

The SIM New Brunswick Award was created to support students, from New Brunswick, who are pursuing the MLIS or combined degree at Dalhousie University. The SIM New Brunswick Award is competitive and is awarded to an incoming full-time MLIS student on the basis of academic merit.

A New Brunswick (NB) student is defined as an individual who declares a NB address on their application. Such an applicant will be an individual who was born in NB, or is a resident of NB, and/or completed high school or a university degree in NB.

Student Assistantship ($2,000)

Student Assistantships are awarded to full-time MLIS students on the basis of academic merit.

SIM’s Student Assistants provide support, to a maximum of 60 hours per year, to one or more SIM faculty or staff members.


In-Program Awards (2016-17)

Some require application. See specific award/scholarship for criteria.

Stephanie Downs Memorial Award ($3,000)

Created in memory of Stephanie Downs (MLIS 2006). Stephanie demonstrated exemplary qualities for information professionals, notably: critical leadership abilities; superlative interpersonal skills; a strong interest in international perspectives; and a deep commitment to service.


  • Must be a part-time or full-time returning MLIS student
  • Must be registered for fall and winter courses by May 1
  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to leadership and to student life at SIM
  • Must have volunteered or studied in an international environment outside his/her home country


  • A one-page statement of interest in the Stephanie Downs Memorial Award
  • A current CV or resume
  • Applications must be submitted as a Word document to the MLIS Program Coordinator via email (joann.watson@dal.ca) for evaluation.


  • May 1 at 4 p.m. (AST)


The award recipient will contribute to the lives of international students within the Faculty of Management and SIM by providing suggestions and content for the international student website, and support to SIM’s international students.

About Stephanie Downs

Stephanie Downs decided to return to Canada, after having lived in London (UK) for some time, to pursue her MLIS studies and to become a librarian. She chose to study at Dalhousie for its sense of community, welcoming faculty, and Maritime culture.

Diagnosed with cervical cancer at the end of her last year at SIM, Stephanie graduated with her MLIS but lost her hard-fought battle with cancer on May 27th, 2007.

Remembered for her enthusiasm, Stephanie was a “do-er”. Very active in school life, she was Co-Chair of the School of Information Management Students’ Association (SIMSA) in 2005-2006, Team Captain for the SIM “Run for the Cure” in Halifax in September 2005, and the Student-to-CLA travel award winner for the 2005 CLA Conference in Calgary.

Dalhousie-Horrocks National Leadership Scholarship ($2,000)

The Dalhousie-Horrocks National Leadership Scholarship provides support to incoming or returning graduate students who demonstrate leadership potential in information management, specifically in libraries. The award will be presented at the annual Dalhousie-Horrocks National Leadership Lecture.


  • Must be an incoming or returning MLIS student
  • Must have an A-minus average (3.7 GPA)
  • Must be registered for fall and winter courses by May 1
  • Must show leadership potential in the field of information management in libraries


No application required


Attend the Dalhousie-Horrocks National Leadership Lecture.

About Norman Horrocks

Dr. Norman Horrocks OC, PhD, FCLIP (1927-2010) began his career in libraries in Manchester England from 1945-1953, interrupted by three years in the British Army’s Intelligence Corps. He then worked in Cyprus, Western Australia, and Pittsburgh, PA before joining Dalhousie in 1971.

He became Director of the School of Library and Information Studies (now the School of Information Management) and was later Dean of the Faculty of Management. He left Halifax in 1986 to become Editorial Vice President of Scarecrow Press in Metuchen, NJ, where he also was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, until he returned to Nova Scotia in 1995.

In 2006 Norman was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his lifetime devotion to library and information science.

AMSI Bursary ($2,800)

Funded by AMSI, this bursary aims to provide assistance to an incoming or returning MLIS student with good academic standing and proven financial need.


  • Incoming or returning MLIS student
  • Must be registered for fall and winter courses by August 15
  • In good academic standing
  • Proven financial need (determined by completing SIM's Bursary Application [Doc - 174 KB]


  • Complete SIM's Bursary Application; attach all relevant documents
  • Submit documents to SIM's Administrative Assistant for evaluation (sim@dal.ca). Please note: incomplete application packages will not be evaluated.


  • August 15 at 4 p.m. (AST)


Conference Travel Award

Requires application.

Alberta Letts Conference Travel Award

Past Provincial Librarian, and Past President of CLA (1957/1958), Alberta Letts was a strong supporter of the foundation of the School and was very engaged during its early years. After her untimely death, Dalhousie University recognized Ms Letts’ contribution by establishing the Alberta Letts Conference Travel Award to enable MLIS student travel for conference participation.


Open to MLIS students – full-time or part-time, returning and graduating – who have been accepted to present a talk or a poster at a conference.


Support for conference travel: Up to two awards of $500 will be awarded annually. Reimbursement made only upon receipt submission.


Award winners will write a recap of their conference experience for the SIM blog.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following to JoAnn Watson (JoAnn.Watson@dal.ca)

  • Evidence that their proposal has been accepted by the conference
  • A 200-250 word statement providing detail about their upcoming conference attendance, what form their participation will take and why they should receive the Alberta Letts Conference Travel Award.
  • Copies of conference-related expenses


  • November 1 at 4 p.m. (AST)
  • April 1 at 4 p.m. (AST)


Convocation Awards

Determined by MLIS Awards & Scholarship Committee.

Anne Galler Award

The Anne Galler Award is given annually by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) to a student from each of the three graduate Library Schools within the Eastern Canada Chapter region, in recognition of their high achievements in a special library related course or activity. Anne Galler was a long-standing member and past-president of the SLA Eastern Chapter.

APLA Award

This prize, funded by the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), is awarded to the graduating student who, in the opinion of faculty, shows the most professional promise.

Beta Phi Mu nominations

Beta Phi Mu is the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society established to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students. Candidates are nominated from the graduating classes of ALA accredited degree programs, and must have Grade Point Averages over 3.75.  Nominations may not total more than 25% of the class.

Director's Award

This prize is awarded to the graduating student with the highest academic achievement.

Information Technology Leadership Award

Awarded to the graduating student who has demonstrated leadership, agility and creativity connecting people to information through technology.

J. Clement Harrison International Award

Two prizes are awarded annually to worthy international members of the graduating class, or to any other graduating students who have demonstrated a strong interest in, and commitment to, librarianship and information studies outside North America. If only one (or no) suitable candidates apply one (or no) award will be given. 

J. Clement Harrison contributed to library education in England, the United States, Wales, Canada, Jamaica, and Ghana. He came to SIM (then School of Library Service) in 1971, serving first as director and later as professor until his retirement in 1978.

SIM Leadership Award

The Leadership award is given to a graduating student for significant service to the overall program of the School. This student has had a high level of involvement in the School's student, continuing education, and/or public relations activities.

Louis Vagianos Medal

The Louis Vagianos Medal, named for the first director of SIM, is awarded to a graduating student who combines the capacity for blending originality with practical thinking and the courage to seek solutions to professional problems outside the mainstream.

NSLA Prize

This prize is awarded by the Nova Scotia Library Association (NSLA) to a graduating student with a high GPA and a demonstrated interest in Public Library work.

SIM Research Award

This prize is awarded to the graduating student who has demonstrated significant success in research. The award is open to all students, not only those who complete theses.

SIMSA Outstanding Service Award

The Outstanding Service Award is presented to a graduating student who has made outstanding contributions to student life in a non-leadership role. This student did not serve on the SIMSA executive but gave time to extra-curricular activities, helped others with technology, made thoughtful contributions in the classroom, and demonstrated an ability to be a team player. Graduating students are nominated by their peers for this award.


External Awards & Scholarships

Requires application. See specific award/scholarship for criteria.
Name of Award/Scholarship Awarding Body Description Amount
A.S. Mowat Prize Dalhousie University

To perpetuate the memory of Alexander S. Mowat who, as O.E. Smith Professor of Education, served for thirty years (1939-1969) as chairman of the Department of Education at Dalhousie University, and to commemorate Professor Mowat's contribution to education in Nova Scotia.

$1,500 CDN
Abdul Majid Bader Graduate Scholarship Dalhousie University First preference will be given to Iranian students who are residents of Iran. Second preference will be given to other international students. Applicants with first class standing in their undergraduate program who are intending to pursue studies in any discipline in which Dalhousie offers graduate degrees are welcome to apply once they have been admitted into a program. Applications may also be submitted by departments for eligible students who have been accepted into a graduate program. The scholarship is renewable, subject to an annual progress review (scholarship-class standing required). The award can be held for a maximum of 24 months of full-time study. $30,000 CDN
Graduate Thesis Student Conference Travel Grant Dalhousie University Conference travel grants can be awarded to full time graduate students in Master's or Doctoral thesis program only. In order to be eligible, students must present a poster or paper based on the results of their graduate thesis research at a national or international scholarly meeting or conference. $500 CDN
James Robinson Johnston Graduate Entrance Scholarship for African Canadians Dalhousie University A renewable graduate level scholarship to a promising African Canadian student, providing him or her the opportunity to pursue studies at the graduate level in the arts, sciences, health professions, management, law, dentistry, and medicine. $15,000 CDN
Linda Marie Gillingwater Rainsberry Graduate Student Scholarship and Bursary Dalhousie University

Preference will be given to single mothers whose area of study is in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science and whose research incorporates a social justice analysis. Preference given to a students whose research is on women's studies. Bursary option: The recipients must have demonstrated financial need. 

$1,500 CDN
NS Black and First Nations Graduate Entrance Scholarship Dalhousie University Awarded annually to a First Nations and an Indigenous Black student entering a Dalhousie graduate program for the first time following graduation from a Dalhousie University undergraduate program. To increase the representation of Indigenous Black and First Nations communities in the university's wide diversity of graduate programs, and ultimately in the academy and in advanced professional occupations. The graduate program may be at the master's or doctoral level, and may include professional, course-based or thesis-based programs. $15,000 CDN
NS Graduate Scholarship Dalhousie University Open to research graduates at Nova Scotia universities for innovative work aligned with or advancing Nova Scotia priorities (see application form). The objectives of this award are to attract and retain top-quality research graduates, as well as to encourage exploration, discovery, and innovation. Note that only students in thesis-based programs are eligible for the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship. $10,000 CDN
Phi Kappa Pi Joe Ghiz Memorial Award Dalhousie University Awarded to a student studying at the Masters or Doctoral level, in any discipline at Dalhousie University. The student must have a first-class standing (GPA 3.7/4.3) or higher in the last two years of previous study (graduate and/or undergraduate) and demonstrate both community involvement and university life involvement.  $750 CDN
Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund Scholarship Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund To increase and disseminate knowledge in information and records management. $1,000 USD
ARL/MLA Diversity & Inclusion Initiative (DII) Association of Research Libraries To address the growing need for professional staff in music and performing arts libraries who better reflect evolving demographics of students and faculty in music and performing arts higher education. $2,500 USD/semester
ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Association of Research Libraries To attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.  $2,500 USD/semester
Awards, Grants & Scholarships American Library Association (ALA)   various
Carin Alma E. Somers Scholarship Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) To assist a Canadian citizen who is an Atlantic Provinces resident needing financial assistance to undertake or complete the academic requirements leading to a degree in Library and Information Science.  $2,000 CDN
ChLA Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grants Children's Literature Association Support for research that may be related to the dissertation or master's thesis. $5,000 CDN
Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL)/ACBD Scholarship is intended to support professional development in the field and is awarded to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant $2,500 CDN
Eileen Wallace Research Fellowship in Children's Literature UNB Children's Literature Collection Committee Applicant must show evidence of scholarly knowledge in the field of children's literature, use UNB's Children's Literature Collection in the course of the research and acknowledge both the fellowship and the collection in any subsequent publication $5,000 CDN
Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship NASIG To advance the profession by providing an aspiring library student who has prior experience with managing information resources the opportunity to enhance their  educational opportunities. $3,000 USD
Graduate Education Scholarships ARMA International Educational Foundation (AIEF) Funding for candidates intent on achieving a Masters or PhD degree with a focus on records and information management disciplines. $3,000 USD
Helen Ferris Award John M. Cuelenaere Public Library   $2,000 CDN
Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) Association of Research Libraries To attract students from traditionally underrepresented groups to careers in academic and research libraries, and archives.  $10,000 USD
Library & Information Studies Graduate Student Grant Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) To support librarians and current LIS students actively conducting research in academic librarianship with the intent to publish the results. To promote research in the field of academic librarianship by and/or about Canadians.  $1,000 CDN
Lucille M. Wert Student Scholarship American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Information (CINF) Designed to help persons with an interest in the fields of Chemistry and Information to pursue graduate study in Library, Information, or Computer Science. $1,500 USD
Margaret Williams Trust Fund Award Memorial University Library Established to promote the development of librarianship in Newfoundland and Labrador. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants seeking funding for library‐related projects or assistance in pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, archival studies, or teacher librarianship. $1,000 CDN (max)
Marion Sherman Bursary for Children's Librarians Wapiti Regional Library To encourage libary science students to study children's librarianship. $750 CDN
MLA Scholarship Medical Library Association Grants a scholarship to a student who is enrolled in or entering an American Library Association–accredited library school. $5,000 USD (max)
MLA Scholarship for Minority Students Medical Library Association Grants a scholarship to a minority student who is enrolled in or entering an American Library Association–accredited library school. $5,000 USD (max)
Roger K. Summit Scholarship ProQuest Supporting promising graduate students in library and information sciences. $5,000 USD
Sarah Rebecca Reed Scholarship Beta Phi Mu For beginning LIS studies at an ALA accredited school $2,250 USD
Student Scholarship Association of Jewish Libraries Awards an annual scholarship to a promising student with a history of participating in Judaic studies or libraries, accepted into or attending an accredited graduate school of library and information science. This scholarship is merit-based rather than needs-based. $1,000 USD
Student Stipend Award Special Libraries Association, Business & Finance Division To help cover expenses at the SLA Annual Conference. $1,000 USD
Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship American Indian Library Association (AILA) To provide tuition to an American Indian individual who lives and works in the American Indian community, and who is enrolled, or has been accepted and will enroll, in a master’s degree program at a university with a library and/or information sciences program accredited by the American Library Association. $4,000 USD
Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) To support a 150 hour internship in an art or architecture related setting such as a library, archive, or visual resources collection. $3,000 USD