How to apply

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

Many departments have their own deadlines, which can be much earlier than the above deadlines. See below for a list of programs with non-standard deadlines. 

MA Musicology Application Deadlines

The MA Musicology program only accepts new students once a year, at September admission.

Applicants who wish to be considered for funding must apply by December 1 of the year prior to their September admission. This deadline applies to Canadian and non-Canadian applicants.  

Applicants who miss the December 1 deadline may still apply. Late applications may still be eligible for funding, but this cannot be guaranteed. The final deadline for applications is April 1 for non-Canadian applicants and June 1 for Canadian applicants. 

Department-specific application deadlines

Department Application deadline
Architecture February 1 (CDN); December 1 (INTL)
Business (MSc in Business) February 1 (scholarship applicants); March 1 (all other CDN and INTL applicants)
Business Administration (Corporate Residency) May 1 (CDN); January 15 (INTL)
Clinical Vision Science March 1
Communication Sciences and Disorders January 15
Community Health and Epidemiology MSc in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research - January 31; PhD in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research - December 1
Computer Science CS Deadlines
Economics PhD - January 31, Masters - June 1 (CAN); April 1 (INTL)
English January 15
Environmental Management January 31
Environmental Studies January 31
Health Promotion January 15
Information Management (MLIS) April 1 (CDN); January 1 (INTL)
International Development Studies January 31
Journalism (MFA June entry) February 28 (CDN); December 31 (INTL)
Kinesiology January 15
Law January 15 and March 31
Leisure Studies January 15
Marine Management January 31
Mathematics December 15
Medical Physics January 31
Musicology December 1
Nursing February 1
Occupational Therapy (Entry Level / Post Professional) January 31
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery August 31 of previous year
Periodontics June 1 of the previous year
Philosophy January 31
Physiotherapy January 31
Planning December 15
Political Science January 31
Psychiatry December 1
Psychology & Neuroscience December 1
Social Anthropology January 15
Social Work November 15
Sociology January 15
Statistics December 15


Application process

1. Complete the graduate application form (Online application or print [PDF - 164kb]).

2. Pay the $115 application fee.

3. Submit supporting documents directly to the academic department to which you are applying. Please note, some departments may have different requirements for admission documents as part of your internal application. Please contact the department that you are applying to for their specific requirements. For Engineering applicants, except for Internetworking and Biomedical engineering, all supporting documents must be sent to the Faculty of Engineering Graduate Admissions Office.

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For application purposes, unofficial academic transcripts and degree certificates (if degree conferral not stated on transcripts) are required for each post-secondary institution attended. Please email the department you are applying to an unofficial copy of your transcripts. Transcripts should include your first and last name, degree and program type and name of degree issuing university. 

Should you be accepted for admission to your program of choice, all official and final transcripts will be required for each post-secondary institution attended. They will be required within 90 days of the start of your program. Ways to provide official transcripts for newly admitted students are described below. If you only completed a course(s) at a university or post-secondary institution, official transcripts are required as well.

Transcript submission from newly-accepted students:

For students that have been accepted to Dalhousie University for September 2021 and January 2022, you can send your final and official transcripts, stating degree completion, to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in any of the ways provided below:

  • 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. These emailed transcripts are to be sent to  
  • While official e-copies of your transcripts are preferred, as of August 30, 2021, official paper copies can be mailed to:

    Faculty of Graduate Studies
    Room 314, Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building
    6299 South Street
    PO Box 15000
    Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2

If you are unable to have your official transcripts sent from the issuing institution, you may email an unofficial copy of your transcripts to This email should be sent from your official Dalhousie email account. You may be required to provide proof of the inability for the issuing institution to send documents directly. Transcripts must include your first and last name, degree and program type, name of degree issuing university and date of degree completion. Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted.

Your final transcripts will be required within 90 days of the start of your program.

*Note that FGS reserves the right to verify the validity of all documents provided, as well as the inability of an issuing institution to issue documents.  

Important transcript details:

  • Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript.
  • Notarized copies of transcripts are not permitted.
  • Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted.
  • Transcripts submitted with applications become the property of Dalhousie University, are subject to verification, are not available for copying and will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Official transcripts are not required for any courses or degrees you have completed at Dalhousie University.

Reference letters

Two letters of reference are required for admission into a graduate degree. These letters are normally required to be from academics familiar with the applicant but may be replaced with relevant professional references for some course-based professional master's programs. If accepted, professional references can be submitted according to the following schedule:

  1. For applicants who completed their undergraduate (or related graduate) degree within the past 3 years: two academic references.
  2. For applicants who completed their undergraduate (or related graduate) degree 3 to 5 years ago: a) one academic reference and one relevant professional reference, or b) two academic references.
  3. For applicants who completed their undergraduate (or related graduate) degree more than 5 years ago: a) two relevant professional references or, b) one academic reference and one relevant professional reference, or c) two academic references.

If you are using a professional reference for your application and are unable to use the graduate online e-ref system, please contact the program you are applying to, as they may have a preferred method for reference delivery.

Reference letters provided in confidence to Dalhousie University for purposes of determining a candidate's suitability for admission to an academic program, receipt of an honour or award, or evaluating the applicant's research projects and materials will be kept confidential. This confidential reference may be used internally by Dalhousie University for the purposes of considering the applicant for institutional, provincial and federal awards or scholarships.

Reference letters can be submitted through the electronic reference system in the online application. You may also submit a paper reference letter in a sealed, stamped envelope which is endorsed across the back seal by the referee and mailed to the address indicated on the paper reference form [PDF - 160kb]. To assist your reference, you may consider providing a stamped envelope, addressed to the department to which you are applying, and have them mail the letter directly. If the reference is given to the student directly, do not open the envelope.

E-reference submission

If using the e-reference system, make sure to have the email addresses of your referees ready to list when completing 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. If you made an error in the submission of an email address, please contact

Additional Requirements for MA Musicology

The Additional Requirements for the MA Musicology can be found here.