Future Study Options

Whether or not you know where you want to go, you can still make informed choices right now. Suppose you are interested in physiotherapy. Sketching out an academic plan can ensure that you take the courses during your undergraduate degree that you'll need to apply to the Physio program.

Professional degrees

Degrees that grant you accreditation so you can work in a particular field are called professional degrees. Eg., medicine, law, education. Admission to professional programs is competitive, so it's important to thoroughly research and understand the admission requirements so that you can plan your undergraduate degree accordingly.

Check the websites of the schools you're thinking about applying to for specific academic requirements and information about other admissions criteria (reference letters, interviews, volunteer work, community involvement, etc.) that may be considered in the selection process.

Graduate degrees

Advanced academic degrees (e.g., master's degrees and PhD degrees) are obtained through graduate studies programs following the completion of an undergraduate degree. Most graduate programs require undergraduate study at the honours level. Be sure to check the admission requirements for the graduate program you are considering.

For more information on graduate programs, see Dalhousie's Faculty of Graduate Studies website.


Many programs require a minimum grade on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). These are standardized tests that help schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study.

Planning your degree

An academic advisor can help you determine a strategy to identify and achieve your goals. You should also develop alternate plans in case you do not get into your first choice of program, change your mind or discover new career possibilities.