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. The standard test is the TOEFL. The Faculty of Graduate Studies sets a minimum acceptable score of 580 for the written TOEFL and 92 for the internet-based test. Some programs within the Faculty of Graduate Studies set a higher minimum such as a written TOEFL of at least 600. It is also recommended that potential students taking the non-computer TOEFL test should also take the Test of Written English (TWE) component.

The following other tests will also be accepted with the following minimum scores:

  • MELAB (minimum score of 85)
  • IELTS (minimum score of 7)
  • CanTest (minimum 4.5 average, with no band score lower than 4.0)
  • CAEL (minimum 70 overall, with no band score lower than 60)
  • College of Continuing Education (minimum score of A-)

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. Test scores are valid for two (2) years from the date the test was written. Some programs have higher English language requirements for admission. Please contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

All application documents must be submitted in English. Documents in a language other than English must be officially translated including transcripts. Both language versions of the documents must be submitted.