Why choose Mathematics at Dal?

Studying mathematics provides a solid base for every scientific field. It's not just the numeracy you learn here that's applicable to so many intellectual pursuits. Our courses teach you how to think.

That's what mathematicians do. We learn to think by solving problems. Math majors practice problem solving constantly, says computer scientist Sageev Oore, one of our alumni. You learn how to make airtight arguments and look for every possible loophole in an argument.

Because our program is small, professors end up knowing most of their students, graduate students interact with honours students and this community atmosphere often leads to chances to work on special projects.

“I think we can pride ourselves on the fact that we have a number of very good teachers in the department,” says Alan Coley, a university research professor of mathematics.

Mathematics graduates are in demand in many professions, from banking and cryptography to management and teaching. We offer certificates in actuarial and financial mathematics as well as one in applied and computational mathematics – both useful if you want to apply your mathematical skills professionally after graduation.

Program Details

Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Options

  • (20 credit) Major/Double Major (4 years)
  • BSc (20-credit) Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Co-op option available for 20-credit programs
  • BSc (15 credit) with Minor in Mathematics (3 years)
  • Minor in Mathematics (3 credits)


High School courses:

  • English
  • Pre-Calculus or Calculus
  • 3 additional university preparatory courses 

See Admissions Requirements for more information

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • First year classes range from 100-200 students.
  • Fast track first-year calculus class averages 30 students.
  • Upper-level classes have between 10-30 students.

Tuition Fees

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Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.   

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing