Admissions

How to Apply

MPA or GDPA Program 

Deadline for application:

The deadline for Canadian applications is June 1 every year for September admission. Early application is encouraged, as admissions are limited. There are NO January or Spring/Summer admissions.

Required Documentation

The following must be submitted by the deadline:

  • Résumé
  • Statement of Intent (interest) In a 2–3 page double-spaced essay, discuss the following points:
    • Tell us about your MPA Program goals. How will the MPA help you achieve them?
    • What are the strengths you would bring to the MPA Program and to the profession?
    • Briefly discuss what it means to be an ethical Public Servant.
    • Explain any gaps or deficiencies in your academic record, or any other factors you wish to have taken into account.        
  • The online application
  • Two academic reference letters, either through the electronic reference system in the online application or by paper [DOC - 100KB]
    • If using the e-reference system, Dalhousie University will only accept university email addresses [i.e. not Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, business, or government addresses]. Please allow 5 business days for your referee(s) to be contacted by our system.
    • If you are submitting a paper reference letter, it must be in a sealed, stamped envelope endorsed across the back seal by the referee and mailed to the address indicated on the form. If a referee is reluctant to follow this procedure, please provide him/her with a stamped envelope, addressed to the department to which you are applying, and have him/her mail the letter directly. If the reference is given to the student directly, do not open the envelope.
  • One Official Transcript from all post-secondary institutions
  • International students – TOEFL (if English not primary language of instruction in primary and secondary school). International deadline is January 31, 2024.
    • *TOEFL (92) and IELTS (7.0) minimums set by Graduate Studies

When submitting an online application, résumés and statements of intent can be emailed to dalmpa@dal.ca

For more information see the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

Combined MPA/JD and MPA/MI Programs

Students must apply separately to each program. The School of Public Administration joins with the Schulich School of Law to approve students for the MPA/JD program and the Master of Information program to approve students for the MPA/MI program.

View admissions information for the Juris Doctor program and the Master of Information program.