Graduate Admissions Next Steps

CONGRATULATIONS on your acceptance and welcome to Dalhousie. You will be joining a vibrant community of scholars from across Canada and around the world.

If you have been admitted to the Master of Journalism (MJ) or Master of Fine Arts Creative Nonfiction (MFA) program, jointly offered by Dalhousie University and the University of King's College, please go to the University of King's College Next Steps to learn more.

To assist, you will find listed below the essential steps. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at .

1. Pay your admission deposit

Most programs require an admission deposit before you can register for classes.
Your acceptance letter will indicate if an admission deposit is required.

The admission deposit is your commitment to joining the Dalhousie student body; it guarantees your spot in your program and allows you to register. While non-refundable, your deposit will be credited towards your tuition fees when you register. Space is limited in some programs, so we encourage you to pay as early as possible.

How to pay

Payments should be made to Dalhousie Student Accounts. One of the easiest ways to pay your admission deposit is online. Payments generally require 1-2 days to be credited before you proceed to the next step. For more information on methods of payment or to pay your deposit online, visit Dalhousie's Money Matters page.

2. Get your Dal NetID

How to activate your Dal email account:

-Allow one or two days for your payment to be received and then have your Dal ID handy.
Your Dal ID begins with B00 and appears in the top right hand corner of your acceptance letter.

- Activate your Net ID
Your Net ID is a unique username that you will use to login to Dalhousie’s online services.
  To activate your Net ID:
  • Go to Click ‘New User?’ and follow the instructions.
  • Click ‘Activate or look up my Netid’ and follow the instructions.

- Register a password reset email:
  • This will help you recover your password if you forget it during your time at Dalhousie.
  • Click ‘New User?’ and follow the instructions.

How to activate your Dal Online:

- Your Net ID and password will also be used to login to Dal Online - a web portal where you
can apply for residence, register for classes, check your grades and much more.
Check out Dal Online.

3. Register for classes

Each graduate program at Dalhousie has a Graduate Coordinator and Graduate Secretary who are available to help you pick your classes, plan your program and navigate the registration process.
You can find your Graduate Coordinator at

Select your classes and register
 - To begin registration, go to and select ‘Web for Students’.
 - If you require assistance with course selection, contact your department.
Program fee students must register for Registration Course – Graduate (REGN 9999) in all three terms.

4. Visit the Graduate Student Information System

The Graduate Student Information System (GSIS) will provide you with convenient online access to your program requirements and progress reports.

During your first semester of study you will meet with your department to review your degree

5. Fund your studies

Killam Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Scholarships: worth more than $1 million

Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards for Master’s and PhD students: worth more than $3 million

Internal Dalhousie Scholarships for Master’s and PhD students: $150,000

- JRJ Entrance Scholarship for African Canadians
- NS Black & First Nations Graduate Entrance Scholarship
- Eliza Ritchie Doctoral Entrance Scholarship for Women
- Phi Kappa Pi Joe Ghiz Memorial Award
- A.S. Mowat Prize

President’s Award, combined with NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR or Killam doctoral awards: two years tuition fees

Nova Scotia Graduate Entrance Scholarship:
worth more than $3 million

National Scholarships: NSERC more than $3 million, SSHRC more than $1 million, CIHR more than $600,000

Walter C. Sumner Fellowship: worth more than $40,000

Other funding:

Travel and Research Grants and Emergency Bursaries

Research grant funding worth over $10 million

Most graduate programs offer Teaching Assistantships to qualified graduate students. The Centre for Learning and Teaching offers workshops in teaching for all graduate students.

6. Send Transcript

Send final transcripts
If you were accepted prior to finishing your previous degree, or you have received all your grades, but have not graduated, remember to have your final transcript sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) within 90 days of beginning your Dalhousie graduate program.

Electronic versions of transcripts will be accepted, and hard-copy versions are no longer required to support any application between January 2020 and May 2021. FGS will accept:

  • Electronic file-transfers from the issuing institution and from services such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eScript-Safe, or TranscriptsNetwork. Electronic transcripts are to be sent to
  • PDFs sent by email directly from the issuing institution. These emailed transcripts are to be sent to  
  • Attachments directly from you (the applicant), preferably from your Dal email account where possible. This is an exception only available when an issuing institution is unable to provide the documents. Proof of this inability may be required. 

7. Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism Online Course
It is recommend that you complete the Dalhousie Writing Centre’s Academic Integrity Module before starting Grad school.

The Writing Centre Academic Integrity Module is a scenario-based online learning module designed to support your understanding of the expectations of academic integrity at Dalhousie.

These concepts and expectations are explained using straightforward language based on actual cases here at Dalhousie. There is also a quiz that provides you with immediate feedback.

Click here to self register.


Additional Services and Resources

International Students

As an international student at Dalhousie, you are an integral part of the Dalhousie community. There are over 1200 international students from over 100 countries currently attending Dalhousie, and these individuals bring valuable insight and experience to our campus.

You'll benefit from our international student societies, on-campus advisors, and specialized programs and services. Staff and volunteers at International Centre host informative orientation programs and cultural events, as well as referral and counselling services related to immigration, health care, finances, travel and personal matters. Go to, for more details about the International Centre.


If you are interested in living in residence, the Residence and Housing Office will be pleased to assist you with any questions you may have. You can visit their website at If you would rather live off-campus, a searchable list of off-campus housing opportunities is also available at Students with families may wish to live in Peter Green Hall, a family housing cooperative. For more information, visit

Child Care

Dalhousie is a family-friendly university and operates two non-profit daycares on campus. For more information, visit

Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students (DAGS)

Has represented Dal’s grad students for over 25 years, and it is an advocate for grad students at the local, provincial, and national level. To learn more, visit their website at