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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 June 30, 2022 (for September 2022 program start).

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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 1 - 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 2 - 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 3 - Submit your supporting documents

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) Academic Transcript(s)

For application purposes, official or unofficial academic transcripts and degree certificates (if degree conferral not stated on transcripts) are required for each post-secondary institution attended.

Official transcripts: 

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

While official e-copies of your transcripts are preferred, official paper copies may be mailed to:   

Graduate Certificate Mental Health and Addictions

Dalhousie University

1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 3201
PO Box 15000

Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2  CANADA

Unofficial transcripts: If the issuing institution does not provide official transcripts by email, please email an unofficial copy of your transcripts to Transcripts should include your first and last name, degree and program type and name of degree issuing university. 

Your final official transcripts will be required within 90 days of the start of your program.

c) Two Academic Reference Letters

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

Electronic References

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.

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).

Once you enter your referee information into the E-Ref system, the information CANNOT be changed or removed.

Form reference letters The reference form [PDF] 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.  

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