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How to apply

Your guide to the application process

Applying for graduate studies at Dalhousie is a detailed process. We’ve outlined the steps below, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you run into challenges along the way.

Before you start your application please ensure you review and meet your:


Check your application deadline

Your application deadline depends on your citizenship, the term you want to start and, in many cases, the specific program you are applying to. Non-Canadian applicants generally need to apply earlier than Canadian applicants to allow for the processing of study permits.

The table below provides the general application deadlines set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. But be sure to confirm the deadline for your program of choice by visiting the Programs page of our website. 

General application deadlines

For September admission:
 June 1 (Canadian applicants), April 1 (non-Canadian applicants)

For January admission: 
October 31 (Canadian applicants), August 31 (non-Canadian applicants)

For May admission: 
Feb. 28 (Canadian applicants), Dec. 31 (non-Canadian applicants)


Complete the online form and pay the application fee

To apply, complete the online application form and pay the $115 application fee. Payment must be received before your application is processed. Methods of payment are included on the online application.


Other steps to consider

In addition to submitting your application form you will need to provide supporting documents and may need to secure a faculty member to work with as a supervisor for your research. Review the list below to determine what else may be required and to learn what to do after submitting your application.


Update for students from Ukraine and surrounding countries

We understand and are deeply concerned with the devastation happening in Ukraine at this time.

In response to the turmoil our applicants are facing, Dalhousie is offering support in the form of:

1. Waiving the application fee
2. Providing expedited application review
3. Facilitating admissions without official transcripts in the event schools are unable to respond in a timely fashion to requests
4. Giving special consideration to students from Ukraine and surrounding countries in our Scholarship/financial aid pool.

If you are facing any barriers in completing your application to Dalhousie or providing official academic documentation, please let us know by contacting Vicki Sullivan (vicki.sullivan@dal.ca) so we can assist you.

Dalhousie shares our support and thoughts for those in Ukraine and within Ukrainian communities around the world. Please stay safe and reach out with any concerns.