Admission Procedures

The deadline to apply for our fall enrolment is January 15. If January 15 falls on a weekend, applications are due the next business day.

Please see below the procedures that must be followed to ensure your application is submitted properly. Incomplete applications and those that do not meet the requirements will not be reviewed.

PART 1: Dalhouse Graduate Application

This application must be completed online. A $115 application fee is required to process your application.

If you have questions related to the Dalhousie Graduate Application, including technical issues, please contact

PART 2: Confidential Reference Letters

IMPORTANT:  We strongly recommend applicants follow-up with referees to ensure the e-reference links were received and reference letters are submitted by the application deadline.  Unfortunately, given the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to notify applicants of missing letter(s).

You need to arrange for submission of a minimum of two academic reference letters. These must be from professors or instructors who have taught and graded you in a university setting. Supervisors of undergraduate honours or graduate theses are considered as academic referees. Academic references do not include references written by practicum supervisors, volunteer supervisors, or employers. You may have one additional letter from a non-academic referee (e.g., practicum, volunteer, or work supervisor) if you choose.

Applicants who have not been enrolled in an academic program for five years or more may obtain two letters of reference from employers/supervisors, rather than from academic referees. However, we encourage these applicants to still submit academic references if possible.

Academic reference letters must be sent using the e-reference submission within the online Dalhousie Graduate Application. Your referees will be contacted with a link to the e-reference site after your online application has been completed, submitted and your application fee has been paid.

You will need to have the email addresses of your referees to complete 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 five business days for your referee(s) to be contacted by the e-reference system after you have completed your application. If you have questions related to the e-reference system, including technical issues, please contact

If the email address(es) for the non-academic referee(s) are not accepted by the e-reference system, please arrange for the PDF reference form to be completed and emailed to directly by the referee(s).  We will not accept any reference letters emailed directly from the applicant.

PART 3: SCSD Submission

IMPORTANT: Please send only ONE email message with ONE PDF file attached.

You need to create ONE PDF file that includes the following documents in the order listed below. If you are scanning files, scan at 150 dpi. Label your PDF file as “Lastname.Firstname.SLP” (if applying to Speech-Language Pathology) or “Lastname.Firstname.AUD” (if applying to Audiology). Your PDF file must be submitted via email to  

1. SCSD Additional Information Form  

2. Resume. Please include your education, work experience, research experience (including publications and presentations), volunteer experience (including the organization, activities, duration and frequency), and special qualifications (including languages spoken, post-secondary training received outside of university, etc.).

3. Unofficial transcripts for each university that you have attended. Transcripts should be in chronological order (oldest to most recent). If you are currently attending university, please wait until January to email your PDF file and include a transcript with as many fall term grades as are available. Do not send us an updated transcript after the application deadline.

Applicants offered admission will be required to submit official transcripts in the spring. Any discrepancies between official transcripts and submitted unofficial transcripts may cause an admission offer to be revoked. 

4. Unofficial English language proficiency score, if applicable. Applicants offered admission will be required to submit official results.

After You Apply

Unfortunately, given the large number of applications we receive, we will be unable to acknowledge receipt of your application.

Applicants will be notified through email during the months of April and May about whether they have been offered admission, waitlisted or were unsuccessful in their applications. Admission decisions will not be provided via telephone under any circumstances. Waitlisted applicants will be contacted through email if a seat becomes available. This may happen at any time between May and the first week of September.

Applicants admitted into the program will be given instructions on how to forward official transcripts to SCSD.