Graduate Admissions & Application Process

IMPORTANT NOTE for M.Ed. Counselling Applicants

The application deadline has now passed. The next application deadline is December 15, 2015. Start date of the program remains July. Applications can begin to be received in October 2015. The application form and supporting documents MUST be received by December 15th for consideration. We will also accept documents that are clearly post-marked by December 15th. After that date, it is at the School's discretion if they will review a file once the file is deemed complete.

How to Apply

Applicants can fill out the application form ON-LINE at: 
Please note that there are supporting documents that are also required for an application. Please see further information in the below links.

Admissions Application Deadlines
  • Master's of Arts, Master's of Science and Masters of Recreation Management programs - February 1st is the deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for the first round of university funding. Other applications will be considered as received. ALL of these programs have a September start date. The MSc in GEOM, BIOL, CHEM, COMP, GEOL, and MATH also have a start date of January (at the discretion of the dept/school).
  • Master's of Education in Counselling - December 15th. NOTE: Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed. This program has an early July start each year.
  • Master's of Education in Curriculum Studies, Inclusive Education and Leadership - March 15th. NOTE: Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed. Applications received after the 15th will be reviewed if spaces are still available. These programs can begin in the Spring or Fall. With the approval of the School of Education, an applicant may be permitted to start in January.

NOTE: These deadlines refer to the submission of a complete application package. If documents are not received by the deadline/or post-marked, it will be at the discretion of the dept/school in question whether a file will be considered.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate programs is competitive and possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Some departments and schools have additional requirements. Please consult the individual discipline entries in the University Academic Calendar.

Candidates for admission to the graduate programs of Acadia University must possess an honours degree, or a four-year bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an approved university. Those candidates possessing a major in a field other than that of their graduate program will normally be required to take sufficient undergraduate courses to make up the equivalent of an Acadia undergraduate major. Special consideration may be given to those candidates wishing to change from one undergraduate field to a related graduate one.

Candidates must have at least a B- average (70%) in the courses taken in the major field in the last two undergraduate years.

The number of students admitted to our graduate programs is limited and possession of the minimum entrance requirements does not ensure admission. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Studies Officer by emailing

After Applying On-Line for Admissions

After your application has been received and processed, you will be emailed instructions on how to log into your Acadia Central account ( From your Central account, you will be able to see the list of required documents needed to complete your admission file. You will also be able to see when a decision has been made on your file.

NOTE: Decision times vary from dept-to-dept.

Pursuing Part-Time Graduate Studies

The only part-time program offered to graduate students at Acadia on a regular basis is the Master of Education. MEd students pay tuition on a per course basis.

If you are interested in pursuing an MA/MSc degree part-time, please consult with the department/school in question to see if they can accommodate your request.

Documents required for specific programs
  • Letter of Intent (only required for MEd applicants)
  • Statement of Intent (only for MSc Psychology applicants). For information on what to include in the statement of intent, please see the Psychology section of the University Academic Calendar.
  • Departmental Information form (only required for MSc Computer Science applicants) --- form is located under the "Downloadable forms" section of this page.
  • Statement of Research Interests (required for all applicants except MEd)
  • Resume (required for ALL applicants to graduate studies)
  • Copy of Passport (for ALL international applicants --- only page 1 and 2 are required)
  • Two reference letters OR three reference letters required for the MSc Psychology and MA Political Science programs. Letters should be sent to you in a sealed envelope that is signed across the flap
  • GRE results (required for ALL Psychology applicants). If you do not have the GREs at the time of application, please give the date to be written. Note: International Math and Stats applicants and Chemistry applicants MAY be required to submit GREs. If you are required to submit the GREs, the dept will notify you when your application is under review.
  • Writing sample (required of applicants to the MA in English, Political Science, Social and Political Thought, Sociology and the Masters in Recreation Management programs only). Minimum of 10 pages. A research essay completed for an upper level undergraduate course is appropriate, but the submitted copy should be free of instructors' marks and comments.
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS score if English has not been the language of instruction in your previous academic program. Please note that there are cases when the University will require a TOEFL/IELTS even though your language of instruction was English.
Documents to be emailed to Graduate Studies

Once you have submitted the on-line application form and it's been processed, you will receive an automated email with your Acadia ID and instructions on how to login to your Acadia Central account. When you log into Central, you'll see the email address attached to those supporting documents that can be can emailed. The ONLY documents that are accepted by email are:

  • Resume
  • Statement of research interests (required from all applicants EXCEPT M.Ed applicants)
  • Writing sample (required from applicants to our MA programs and MR programs)
  • For International Applicants only:  a copy of page 1 and 2 of your passport

We will also accept these documents by mail if that is more convenient for you. However, PLEASE only submit them once to cut down on the processing time required for each file.

DO NOT send transcripts or letters of reference by email. When you do, this takes time away that can be spent on processing other documents.

Documents to be mailed to Graduate Studies

Applicants are responsible for MAILING, OR arranging to have mailed directly from the Institution, 1 (one) official transcript from EACH post-secondary institution attended.

Applicants must also arrange for the required number of reference letters to be mailed.

Please mail transcripts and letters of reference to:
Acadia University, Graduate Studies, 18 University Avenue, 214 Horton Hall, Box 70, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

WE DO NOT ACCEPT transcripts or letters of reference by email.

Processing Time for Supporting Documents

Applicants are asked to submit their supporting documentation according to the instructions above. When the instructions are not followed, it takes additional time that can be spent on processing other applicant's documents.

Graduate Studies tries to process documents within 48 hours of their arrival; however, during the peak admission season (Dec-Feb) there may be a delay due to the high volume of mail, email, and phone calls. We would appreciate your patience during these times.

When documents have been processed, it will be reflected on Acadia Central.

It is an applicant's responsibility to ensure that ALL supporting documentation required to complete an application is submitted by the deadline (see deadline dates in an above section). A file is not asssessed nor a decision made until all documents have been received.

Downloadable Forms
  • Reference form (for MEd applicants ONLY) - 2 required; 1 from an academic; 1 from a professional.
    NOTES REGARDING ACADEMIC REFERENCE: Applicants whose undergraduate degree was conferred five (5) or more years ago, may substitute a professional reference for the academic reference. Applicants who have taken a university course in the past five (5) years MUST submit an academic reference. Applicants already holding a graduate degree, regardless of year of graduation, MUSTprovide an academic reference. 
  • Reference form (for MSc Chemistry applicants ONLY) - 2 required. Letters must come from the current/previous supervisor (either from industry or academic) or a course instructor or employer.

**NOTE: ONLY the programs listed above have a specific reference form. ALL other applicants should advise their referees that we require the letter on their official letterhead.

Additional Info for International Applicants

Depending upon your country of citizenship, it can take a very long time to get a student visa after you receive an offer of admission - up to six months in some cases. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible before the start date of your program to ensure enough time for visa processing.


All university transcripts need to be original official documents provided to you in sealed envelopes or sent directly to Acadia from the issuing institutions.

If it is not possible for the institution to produce another official transcript, they may make a copy of the original transcript and have them certify that the document is an accurate copy. The certified copy should then be provided to you in a sealed envelope or sent directly to Acadia from the issuing institution.

If your transcript must be translated into English and your institution does not provide translated documents, your transcript can be translated elsewhere and then brought back to your institution to be certified as an accurate copy. The certified translated copy should then be provided to you in a sealed envelope or sent directly to Acadia from the issuing institution.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We do not accept notarized documents. We do not accept transcripts by email.

To view a list of minimum GPA admission requirements for specific International countries (A-Z) click here.

West African Examination Council (WAEC) Requirement

Applicants from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia or Liberia need to provide their official WAEC results. Nigerian students who have done the National Examinations Council (NECO) exams instead of WAEC will also be sufficient. Students can obtain a scratch card and send Acadia their examination number, examination year, the type of examination (or month), the card serial number and PIN. Acadia will then access the official results. We require at least five results with a grade of 5 or better, including the grade for "English Language" or "English Literature". We do not accept grades of 6 or higher for admission.

We do not accept WAEC/NECO results directly from the applicant.

English Proficiency Requirement

Since English is the language of instruction at Acadia University, candidates must be able to communicate competently in English both orally and in writing, and students whose first language is not English may be required to present the result of the TOEFL, IELTS, or CAEL. Acadia's minimum graduate studies requirements are as follows: 

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall
  • TOEFL - 580 paper-based testing or 93 in Internet-based testing.
  • CAEL - 80 overall

Only TOEFL scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Acadia will be accepted. Acadia's number for submission is 0901.


  • We require a copy of page 1 and 2 of your passport at the time of application. These pages can be emailed to
  • As an international student contemplating graduate studies at Acadia University, you should be able to guarantee annual funding of $26,000 before you proceed with a student visa application.
  • The Halifax International Airport is 100 kilometres from the Acadia campus. This should be the final destination to which overseas flights are booked.
  • Once you have accepted your offer of admission, you should make contact with our. International Student Advisor in the Wong International Centre. Please email: An orientation program for new international students is held in late August or early September.