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Admissions

The Faculty of Graduate Studies sets the minimum admission standards that are required for entry into graduate programs. Individual departments may require additional qualifications of their candidates, and enrolment limitations usually mean that successful applicants possess qualifications that considerably exceed the minimum requirements. For more information on additional qualifications please see the program you are applying to on the graduate program page.

Common admission criteria

Master's degree

  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of study
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing

Please note that programs with a thesis requirement normally require an undergraduate honours degree. There are some occasions where this requirement may be waived where evidence of independent research capacity is present. To read more about degree requirements for admission to Master’s programs, refer to section 3.2 of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar.

Doctor of Philosophy degree

  • First-class thesis Master’s degree or its equivalent
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of study
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing

To read more about degree requirements for admission to PhD programs, refer to section 3.3 of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar.


Department-specific admission criteria

Some departments have individualized admissions criteria--such as a GMAT, GRE, portfolio, or minimum GPA--which may be higher than the Dalhousie standard. See below for a list of departments with non-standard minimum GPAs.

Department-specific GPA requirements

Graduate department Minimum admission GPA
Biomedical Engineering 3.7
Community Health & Epidemiology 3.3
Economics 3.3
English 3.7
French 3.3
Health Administraiton 3.3
Health and Human Performance 3.5
Human Communication Disorders 3.3
Interdisciplinary PhD Program 3.7
International Development Studies 3.7
Microbiology and Immunology 3.3
Nursing 3.3 (MN), 3.7 (MSc & PhD)
Periodontics 3.7
Pharmaceutical Science 3.3
Pharmacology (intern. students) 3.7
Philosophy 3.7
Physiology and Biophysics 3.7
Political Science 3.7
Psychology 3.3
Sociology and Social Anthropology 3.7

 

English language proficiency

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). 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. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written.

Dalhousie accepts a number of different English proficiency test scores:

Test Name Minimum Acceptable Score
Internet-based TOEFL 92
Written TOEFL 580
MELAB 85
IELTS 7
CanTest 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0)
CAEL 70 with no band score lower than 60
Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE) A-

Please note there are a number of programs that require higher test scores. See below for a list of these programs.

Department-specific English language requirements

Department TOEFL iBT TOEFL PB IELTS CCE
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 100 600 7.5 A
Biomedical Engineering 100 600 7.5 A
Business Administration 105 600 8 A+
Community Health & Epidemiology 100 600 7.5 A
Electronic Commerce 100 600 7.5 A
Health Informatics 100 600 7.5 A
Information Management 105 600 8 A+
Interdisciplinary PhD Program 100 600 7.5 A
Law 100 600 7.5 A
Medical Neuroscience 100 600 7.5 A
Microbiology and Immunology 100 600 7.5 A
Periodontics 100 600 7.5 A
Pharmacology (intern. students) 100 600 7.5 A
Philosophy 100 600 7.5 A
Physiology and Biophysics 100 600 7.5 A
Political Science 100 600 7.5 A

Applying to graduate programs in Nursing

Learn more about the specific requirements for admission to our Master of Science in Nursing and PhD programs.