General Admission Requirements


You’ll need to meet the general admission requirements as well as the program specific admission requirements before you can apply. If you don’t currently meet these requirements, you may be eligible for one of our upgrading or pathway programs.

Minimum admission requirements

  1. Completion of secondary school (Grade 12)
  2. A minimum overall average of 70% in five academic Grade 12 courses
  3. A final grade of at least 70% in Grade 12 English and any other required subject (see list below)

Please note: Admission to many programs at Dalhousie is competitive; meeting the minimum average doesn’t guarantee admission. Typically, 70% or higher is necessary in all required subjects for early admission.

Admission requirements by program

Applied Computer Science

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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Arts

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: 1
  • Additional academic subjects: 4

If you're applying to the Fountain School of Performing Arts as a Theatre major, please fill out the supplemental application form.

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Commerce

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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Community Design

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Science: 1
  • Additional academic subjects: 2

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Computer Science

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1 Pre-calculus
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Science: Physics and Biology
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

Please note: Admission into the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound program requires completing supplementary documents

Priority consideration for admission to the BHSc program in the School of Health Sciences will be given to permanent residents of the Maritime provinces.

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Engineering

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1 Pre-calculus
  • Science: Chemistry and Physics
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

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Health Promotion

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: 1
  • Science: Biology or Chemistry
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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Kinesiology

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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Management

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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Medical Sciences

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 80%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1 Pre-calculus
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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Integrated Science Program

Students applying Medical Science may apply to complete their first year in the Integrated Science Program. On your application, select the Integrated Science option. To be eligible, students must also complete two of Chemistry, Biology or Physics and one additional university preparatory course.

Music

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: 1
  • Additional academic subjects: 4

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Demonstration requirements

  • Applicants must demonstrate proficiency as instrumental or vocal performers in an audition/ interview
  • Applicants must also demonstrate knowledge of the basic rudiments of music theory (equivalent to grade II theory, Royal Conservatory of Music) and aural dictation through written diagnostic tests

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Science: Physics and Chemistry
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

Please note: Admission into the Nuclear Medicine Technology program requires completing supplementary documents

Priority consideration for admission to the BHSc program in the School of Health Sciences will be given to permanent residents of the Maritime provinces.

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Nursing

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1 
  • Science: Biology and Chemistry
  • Additional academic subjects: 1
  • Completion of the CASPer test

Learn about direct entry, advanced standing entry requirements and get answers to frequently asked questions.

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Radiological Technology

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Science: Physics and one of Biology or Chemistry
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

Please note: Admission into the Radiological Technology program requires completing supplementary documents

Priority consideration for admission to the BHSc program in the School of Health Sciences will be given to permanent residents of the Maritime provinces.

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Recreation Management

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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Recreation (Therapeutic)

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: 1
  • Additional academic subjects: 4

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Respiratory Therapy

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Science: Chemistry and one of Biology or Physics
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

Please note: Admission into the Respiratory Therapy program requires completing supplementary documents

Priority consideration for admission to the BHSc program in the School of Health Sciences will be given to permanent residents of the Maritime provinces.

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Science

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1 Pre-calculus
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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Integrated Science Program

Students applying to Science may apply to complete their first year in the Integrated Science Program. On your application, select the Integrated Science option. To be eligible, students must also complete two of Chemistry, Biology or Physics and one additional university preparatory course.


Faculty of Agriculture admission requirements

Agriculture & Pre Vet Studies

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1 Pre-calculus*
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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*If you don't have the appropriate pre-calculus math class, but are otherwise qualified, you may be admitted with the stipulation that you take the relevant non-credit introductory studies class in first year prior to registering in the degree level class

Bioveterinary Science

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1 Pre-calculus*
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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*If you don't have the appropriate pre-calculus math class, but are otherwise qualified, you may be admitted with the stipulation that you take the relevant non-credit introductory studies class in first year prior to registering in the degree level class

Diploma in Business Management

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 60%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: academic Math 11
  • Science: academic Biology 11 or Chemistry 11, or Agriculture 11 and Science 10 
  • Additional academic subjects: 4

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Diploma in Engineering

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1 Pre-calculus*
  • Science: Chemistry and Physics
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

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*If you don't have the appropriate pre-calculus math class, but are otherwise qualified, you may be admitted with the stipulation that you take the relevant non-credit introductory studies class in first year prior to registering in the degree level class

Diploma in Managed Landscapes

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 60%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Science: Biology 12 and Chemistry 11
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

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Diploma in Plant Science Technology

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 60%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1 Math 11
  • Science: Chemistry 11 and Biology 10 or Science 10
  • Additional academic subjects: 4

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Diploma in Veterinary Technology

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 60%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Science: Biology and Chemistry
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

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International Food Business

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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Landscape Architecture

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: 1
  • Math: 1
  • Science: Biology 11
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

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