How to apply

Deadline for application

Each year, the School strongly encourages applications to be filed by January 31 - early applications will receive priority consideration. However, we warmly welcome applications through February and March, if space permits. Please contact for answers to your questions about eligibility. Admission is for September intake only.

International students should see the International students page for more information.  

Submission instructions

Dalhousie's Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) has introduced a temporary electronic-based process for 2021-2022 admissions in response to Covid19. Paper documents are NOT required. The School for Resource and Environmental Studies office is closed, and the majority of our staff and faculty are working from home. Therefore, we ask that you do not mail or courier documents at this time. If mail or courier is your only option, please contact before proceeding. 

We want to do everything we can to support you in these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to email if you have any questions of concerns surrounding the admission’s process.

1. Application

The Application for Admission form can be submitted online. If you require a paper copy please reach out to for instruction. 

2. Supporting documents

The supporting documents listed below can be sent directly to the School for Resource and Environmental Studies email at


Transcripts will be accepted by email the following ways:

  • Electronic file transfer from the issuing institution and from services such as Parchment, National Student Clearing House, eScript-Safe, or TranscriptNetwork. 
  • PDF's sent by email directly from the issuing institution.

If your University is unable to email us a copy of your official transcripts you may email an unofficial copy. Transcripts must include your first and last name, degree and program type and name of degree-issuing university. 

If the transcript you submit upon applying is not final, your final transcripts are due 90 days after the start of term. Your final transcripts must include your first and last name, your degree and program and your degree conferral date. If the date is not on the transcripts, a degree certificate from the university stating the date of conferral is required. 

Academic reference letters

  • Please submit two academic letters of reference through Dalhousie's electronic reference system. You will be asked to input your reference's contact information on your application. Once you have paid your application fee please allow 5 business days for your referee(s) to be contact by our system. 
  • If you have made an error in submission of an email address, please contact
  • If your referee does not have a valid University or government email address, they must fill out the Confidential Reference Letter [PDF - 526kb] and email it to They may include a separate letter, but this is not required. They should NOT include you on the email when submitting. 


  • A full curriculum vitae (résumé) highlighting personal academics and work history, publications, awards, fellowships, extra-curricular interests and interdisciplinary experience.

Statement of interest

  • Statement of career objectives, expected links between these objectives and the MREM program, and internship project interests (2 pages maximum).

Applicants with English as a second language

  • Proof of competence in English: Students must provide satisfactory results from a standard language test, such as TOEFL (minimum score of 100 for the internet-based test);  IELTS (7.5 minimum score) CCE (A). Waiver of this regulation in exceptional cases may be considered only after evaluation of the application is complete.

International students

  • International Students must clearly indicate their source of funding on their application. Applicants may be contacted to provide further documents to show available financial support.