Graduate Application Process

Department requirements for application to graduate studies

The graduate application form can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website ( The application form can be completed online or in print and submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

An application is considered complete and will be forwarded to the Biology Graduate Admissions Committee for assessment when:

1) The completed application form is received by the department from the Registrar’s Office.
2) Supporting documents listed below are received by the Department of Biology1.

Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended2.
At least two academic references3.
A statement of research interest; CV is optional.
English language proficiency scores (for international students only).

3) A supervisor has agreed to support your studies and funding4.

Once the application has been approved by the Biology Graduate Admissions Committee, it is forwarded to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for final approval and formal acceptance into the graduate studies program.

1Submit supporting documents directly to the Department of Biology:
Carolyn Young, Graduate Secretary
Department of Biology
Room 2078 LSC
Dalhousie University
1355 Oxford St.
P.O. Box 15000 
Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2

2Official academic transcript for each post-secondary institution attended must be sent directly to Department of Biology from the host institution in a sealed envelope. Transcripts submitted for scholarship funding consideration are NOT used for your application to graduate studies. You must arrange to have your application transcripts submitted separately.

3Academic reference letters can be submitted either through the electronic reference system in the online application or by paper. Paper reference letters in a sealed, stamped envelope and endorsed across the back seal by the referee may be mailed directly to the department.

4Applicants who apply without a supervisor in place may sometimes have their application accepted if a supervisor can be found, but more frequently their application is rejected for lack of a position.