Application Deadlines and Checklist

Department-specific Admission Requirements Checklist

Students are admitted under the General Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS). Candidates must satisfy the general requirements for admission to FGS, although the standards in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science are higher than the FGS minimum. Acceptance is also conditional on a faculty member agreeing to accept the student.

We highly recommend that students who wish to apply first complete a pre-application form, which assists in matching potential applicants with advisors before a formal application is submitted.

Below are the admission requirements for students wishing to complete their degree in either Physics or Atmospheric Science. Students applying to the Medical Physics program or Medical Physics Certificate program follow a different set of deadlines. Please refer to the Medical Physics Admissions Page for these programs.

Master of Science (MSc)

  • Four-year Honour’s degree in physics or equivalent.  Students with BSc or BEng in other disciplines may be eligible depending on their background.* 
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.7 in the last 60 credit hours of study*
  • Official TOEFL test score/ IELTS (unless medium of instruction has been in English for the past 2 years) Where required, English proficiency as evidenced by an internet-based TOEFL score of 92, written TOEFL score of 580 or IELTS score of 7.0.
  • Official Transcripts (BSc, Diplomas)
  • CV
  • Two academic reference letters (these are required for the formal application, but not required to submit a pre-application)
  • Research statement explaining your background, research interests, career goals and why you are applying to the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Master’s degree in physics or equivalent.  Exceptional students with an honour’s BSc with significant research experience, may request to be considered for admission directly into the PhD program without completing an MSc.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.7 in the last 60 credit hours of study*
  • Official TOEFL test score/ IELTS (unless medium of instruction has been in English for the past 2 years) Where required, English proficiency as evidenced by an internet-based TOEFL score of 92, written TOEFL score of 580 or IELTS score of 7.0.
  • Official Transcripts (all transcripts – BSc, MSc)
  • CV
  • Two academic reference letters (these are required for the formal application, but not required to submit a pre-application)
  • Research statement explaining your background, research interests career goals and why you are applying to the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science.

*Applications below the department minimum grade point average will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Application Deadlines:

Deadline Date

Description

Decision Notification

Sept. 3, 2020

Vanier Scholarship

April 2021

Sept. 17, 2020

NSERC PhD scholarship (Dept. deadline)

Late March

Nov. 13, 2020

Department pre-application deadline*,** to ensure that a potential supervisor is identified in time to apply for the Dalhousie Harmonized Scholarship Process.

December 1, 2020

Dec. 17, 2020

Departmental deadline for the Dalhousie Harmonized Scholarship Process. Scholarship applications should be completed in consultation with a potential advisor, identified through the pre-application process

Late March

Jan. 1, 2021

Departmental pre-application deadline*,**

March 1, 2021

May 1, 2021

Departmental pre-application deadline*,**

June 1, 2021

*Note: International students should apply at least 6 months ahead of their intended start date.  Although FGS will accept applications later than this date, visa applications can sometimes take more than 6 months.
** Canadian students should submit a full application at least 2 months before their intended start date.