How to Apply
|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
|Architecture||February 1 (CDN); December 1 (INTL)|
|Business (MSc in Business)||February 1 (scholarship applicants); March 1 (all other CDN and INTL applicants)|
|Business Administration (Corporate Residency)||May 1 (CDN); January 15 (INTL)|
|Clinical Vision Science||March 1|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders||January 15|
|Community Health and Epidemiology||MSc in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research - January 31; PhD in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research - December 1|
|Computer Science||CS Deadlines|
|Economics||PhD - January 31, Masters - June 1 (CAN); April 1 (INTL)|
|Environmental Management||January 31|
|Environmental Studies||January 31|
|Health Promotion||January 15|
|Information Management (MLIS)||April 1 (CDN); January 1 (INTL)|
|International Development Studies||January 31|
|Law||January 15 and March 31|
|Leisure Studies||January 15|
|Marine Management||January 31|
|Medical Physics||January 31|
|Occupational Therapy (Entry Level / Post Professional)||January 31|
|Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery||August 31 of previous year|
|Periodontics||June 1 of the previous year|
|Political Science||January 31|
|Psychology & Neuroscience||December 1|
|Social Anthropology||January 15|
|Social Work||November 15|
2. Pay the $115 application fee.
3. Submit supporting documents directly to the academic department to which you are applying. For Engineering applicants, except for Internetworking and Biomedical engineering, all supporting documents must be sent to the Faculty of Engineering Graduate Admissions Office.
Please expand the items below for more information.
Official academic transcripts and degree certificates (if degree conferral not stated on transcripts) are required for each post-secondary institution attended. FGS will not require paper-based documents to support any application between the terms starting January 2020, May 2021 and September 2021. Documents can instead be sent electronically. Please see below for more information.
Transcript submission from applicants:
For applicants applying for January 2021, May 2021 and September 2021, the Faculty of Graduate Studies will allow:
- 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 directly to the department you are applying to.
- PDFs sent by email directly from the issuing institution. These emailed transcripts are to be sent directly to the department you are applying to.
If you are unable to have your official transcripts sent from the issuing institution, Dalhousie will allow you to email the department you are applying to an unofficial copy of your transcripts. You may be required to provide proof of the inability for the issuing institution to send documents directly. Transcripts must include your first and last name, degree and program type and name of degree issuing university.
Transcript submission from newly-accepted students:
For students that have been accepted to Dalhousie University for January 2021, May 2021 and September 2021, you can send your final transcripts, stating degree completion, to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in any of the ways provided below:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- PDFs sent by email directly from the issuing institution. These emailed transcripts are to be sent to email@example.com.
If you are unable to have your official transcripts sent from the issuing institution, you may email an unofficial copy of your transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. This email should be sent from your official Dalhousie email account. You may be required to provide proof of the inability for the issuing institution to send documents directly. Transcripts must include your first and last name, degree and program type, name of degree issuing university and date of degree completion. Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted.
Your final transcripts will be required within 90 days of the start of your program.
*Note that FGS reserves the right to verify the validity of all documents provided, as well as the inability of an issuing institution to issue documents.
Important transcript details:
- Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript.
- Notarized copies of transcripts are not permitted.
- Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted.
- Transcripts submitted with applications become the property of Dalhousie University, are subject to verification, are not available for copying and will not be returned to the applicant.
- Official transcripts are not required for any courses or degrees you have completed at Dalhousie University.
Two letters of reference are required for admission into a graduate degree. These letters are normally required to be from academics familiar with the applicant but may be replaced with relevant professional references for some course-based professional master's programs. If accepted, professional references can be submitted according to the following schedule:
- For applicants who completed their undergraduate (or related graduate) degree within the past 3 years: two academic references.
- For applicants who completed their undergraduate (or related graduate) degree 3 to 5 years ago: a) one academic reference and one relevant professional reference, or b) two academic references.
- For applicants who completed their undergraduate (or related graduate) degree more than 5 years ago: a) two relevant professional references or, b) one academic reference and one relevant professional reference, or c) two academic references.
For professional reference letters contact your department. Contact the department you are applying to with the email addresses of your professional references, so the department can contact your referees. Please also let your referees know that they will be contacted by the department.
Reference letters provided in confidence to Dalhousie University for purposes of determining a candidate's suitability for admission to an academic program, receipt of an honour or award, or evaluating the applicant's research projects and materials will be kept confidential. This confidential reference may be used internally by Dalhousie University for the purposes of considering the applicant for institutional, provincial and federal awards or scholarships.
Reference letters can be submitted through the electronic reference system in the online application. You may also submit a paper reference letter in a sealed, stamped envelope which is endorsed across the back seal by the referee and mailed to the address indicated on the paper reference form [PDF - 160kb]. To assist your reference, you may consider providing a stamped envelope, addressed to the department to which you are applying, and have them mail the letter directly. If the reference is given to the student directly, do not open the envelope.
If using the e-reference system, make sure to have the email addresses of your referees ready to list when completing the online application. Dalhousie University will only accept university, teaching hospital, and government email addresses (i.e. not Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, or business addresses). Please allow 5 business days for your referee(s) to be contacted by our system. If you made an error in the submission of an email address, please contact email@example.com.
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.
Please check with your department to determine if additional documents are required.
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.
Deadlines for scholarship consideration
Funding opportunities for new graduate students in thesis-based programs must be applied for separately from admission, with many of the major awards being managed through the Faculty of Graduate Studies Harmonized Scholarship Process.
If you intend to apply for scholarship support, you must contact your department early to discuss the scholarship application process and deadlines. Departmental deadlines for major scholarship applications typically occur in November/December, before the application deadlines for admission. Late applications for major scholarship competitions are not accepted, and eligibility for many awards are limited to students who have not yet started their studies.
Finding a Supervisor
If you are planning to apply for a thesis or research based Master’s or PhD, you might need to find a supervisor before you begin the application process. To find out if securing a supervisor before applying is required or recommended, please check with the graduate program you applying to.
How to Find a Supervisor
Each program will list their faculty, and give information about each faculty member’s research and publications on their websites. Go to the list of Dalhousie programs, select the program you are interested in, then choose Faculty or Department Members to see prospective supervisors.
What to do when you Identify a Supervisor you want to work with
Once you’ve found one or two potential supervisors, read a few of their publications to make sure you are interested in their research and that they have the right expertise for the project or subject area you plan to do you thesis work on.
If your prospective supervisor looks like a good fit for your research interest, then the simplest way forward is to send a clear and concise email directly to the potential supervisor.
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.
Special Student Graduate Studies applicants
It is possible to take a graduate-level course without enrolling in a graduate program. In order to take a graduate-level course as a Special Student Graduate Studies applicant, you will need to meet the general eligibility requirements to apply to graduate studies. You will also need to have the approval of the department that offers the course.
- Complete and submit the application form (Online application or print [PDF - 164kb]). In the "Program Selection/Field of Study" section, select "Special Student Graduate Studies" as the program you're applying for and list the department which offers the course you'd like to take.
- Pay the $115 application fee.
- Arrange to have your post-secondary transcripts sent directly from the universities you attended to the department to which you're applying.
- Arrange to have your ESL test score, if required, sent to the department to which you're applying.
Reference letters and other supporting documents are not required unless they are requested by the department.