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All applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions must meet the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum admission requirements as outlined in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

The next application deadline is July 15, 2021 (for September 2021 program start). Questions? Contact

Due to COVID-19, we are not able to receive documents by mail or courier until further notice. Transcripts and references will be accepted by email ( for use in evaluating applications.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a four-year Bachelor’s degree, granted by university of recognized standing, and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study. Graduate level credits are not used in the admission average.

Applicants must have completed at a minimum an undergraduate degree program in one of the following fields or equivalent*:

  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Health Promotion
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medicine   

*Those with four-year Bachelor degrees in other programs (e.g. Education, Law) are also welcome to apply but are required to provide detail in their cover letter and resumé explaining how their education and work experience relate to the area of mental health and addictions, and how pursuing this certificate would support their work in this field.

English language proficiency

English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission (see chart). The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English in a country where English is one of the national languages. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written


Application Process


Step One - Complete the application

Complete the graduate application form (online application)

In the "Program Selection/Field of Study" choose the following options under "For which degree are you applying:"

  • Department - Faculty of Health
  • Subject - Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions

Step Two - Pay the application fee

Pay $115 application fee when you submit your application. (Applications will not be reviewed unless the fee is paid. Fee must be paid online.)

Step Three - Submit your supporting documents

Note: Due to COVID-19, we are not able to receive documents by mail or courier until further notice.

In addition to completing the application form as outlined above, prospective students must submit the following supporting documents:

a) Current CV/Resume

Please email to

b) Official Academic Transcript(s)

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 January 2020 and May 2021. Documents can instead be sent electronically. Please see below for more information.

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.

Electronic official transcripts

For applications between January 2020 and May 2021, the Faculty of Graduate Studies 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 the applicant to, preferably from their 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.

c) Two Academic Reference Letters

There are two options for submitting your references -- the online Electronic Reference system or paper (hard copy).

Electronic References

  1. Include the referee email addresses in the reference section of the online application. When your application is submitted and your application fee paid, a request will be sent to your referees. This process can take up to five business days.
  2. The E-Ref system will only accept University email addresses [Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, business, or government addresses are not acceptable]. Referees without a University email must submit a form reference (see below).
  3. Once you enter your referee information into the E-Ref system, the information CANNOT be changed or removed.

Form reference letters reference form [DOC - 100KB] The form must be filled out and emailed by your referee to

If you are unable to provide academic references due to the length of time since graduating from a university program (5 years or more), work references may be submitted in lieu. Please include an explanation of this with your application.  In this case, we recommend that you also submit a copy of your updated CV with your application.


More information on applying to this program can be found on the Graduate Studies website.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:
Graduate Certificate Mental Health and Addictions

Dalhousie University

1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 3201
PO Box 15000

Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2  CANADA

(902) 494-3760