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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. 

Department-specific application deadlines

Department Application deadline
Architecture February 1 (CDN); December 1 (INTL)
Business Administration (Corporate Residency) March 15 (CDN); January 15 (INTL)
Clinical Vision Science March 1
Community Health and Epidemiology January 31
English January 31
Environmental Management January 31
Environmental Studies January 31
Health Promotion January 15
Human Communication Disorders January 15
Information Management (MLIS) April 1 (CDN); January 1 (INTL)
Interdisciplinary PhD February 1 or October 1
International Development Studies January 31
Journalism February 15
Kinesiology January 15
Law January 1
Leisure Studies January 15
Mathematics January 15
Medical Physics January 31
Marine Management January 31
Nursing January 31
Occupational Therapy (Entry Level / Post Professional) January 31
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery August 31 of previous year
Periodontics June 30 of the previous year
Philosophy January 31
Physiotherapy January 31
Planning February 1
Political Science January 31
Psychology & Neuroscience December 1
Social Anthropology January 15
Social Work December 1
Sociology January 15


Application process

  1. Complete the graduate application form (online application  or print [PDF - 128kB])
  2. Pay $100 application fee
  3. Submit supporting documents directly to the academic department to which you are applying:
    1. An official academic transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, sent directly from the host university in a sealed envelope (a notarized translation is also required for each non-English transcript in addition to an original transcript sent directly from the host university in a sealed envelope). Notarized copies will not be accepted. In the event where applicants can only get one original transcript we will accept verified transcripts (attested copies) from the issuing university. Verified transcripts are photocopies of the original transcripts that the university has attested (stamped/embossed with university seal) to be true. All verified transcripts must arrive in “sealed envelopes” from the issuing university. We will not accept unofficial copies of transcripts (photocopies, notarized copies, nor official transcripts in envelopes that have been opened).
    2. Two academic reference letters, either through the electronic reference system in the online application or by paper [DOC - 100KB]
      1. If using the e-reference system, Dalhousie University will only accept university email addresses [ie not Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, business, or government addresses]. Please allow 5 business days for your referee(s) to be contacted by our system.
      2. If you are submitting a paper reference letter, it must be in a sealed, stamped envelope which is 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.
      3. Some programs may require additional references.
    3. Other supplementary documentation, such as English language proficiency scores, GMAT, GRE, CV, statement of intent, statement of research interests, portfolio, etc. as required by your department
      1. Please check with your department to determine if additional documents are required.
    4. If you plan to self-fund your studies, please include an original teller stamped or equivalent bank statement showing that you have sufficient funds for your full program fees (fee calculator) plus $1200 per month for the full term of your studies.

Process of admission

The initial application evaluation process is conducted by the department to which you apply. Once your application package is complete, you can expect to receive confirmation of receipt of your application and an indication of when it will be reviewed within one month. The department will do a formal review of your application, verify your reference letters, and make a recommendation to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Faculty of Graduate Studies performs a final review, verifies supporting documentation such as English language test scores and transcripts, and gives final approval to the application.

When the final decision is made, students will receive an unofficial email from the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies followed by an official offer of admission from the University Registrar and may be requested to pay an admission deposit to reserve a seat in their program.

If you apply online, you will be able to track the status of your application online. However, final decisions on an application can only be revealed via the official letter signed by the University Registrar.

Deferred start date

Students may defer their start date up to 12 months from their original start date, provided they receive permission from their department followed by approval from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. If you wish to defer your start date, please contact your department.