tl_files/sites/gradstudies/docs/ApplyNowButton.jpgApplication Deadline: 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. The only exception is the Master's of Education
in Curriculum Studies, Inclusive Education and Leadership that have an application deadline of March 15th.
The NEW deadline is December 15, 2014. Start date of the program remains July. Applications will begin to be received in early October.
After your application has been received and processed, you will be emailed instructions on how to log into your Acadia 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. You will be able to email your personal documents (resume, statement of research interests, writing sample etc) directly from your account. 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.
NOTE: Decision times vary from dept-to-dept. 
Paper applications are also available if you call or email.
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 these documents to:
Acadia University, Graduate Studies, Box 70, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6
General admission requirements can be found in the Graduate Admissions section of the Graduate Calendar. However, some departments/schools have additional requirements so please check your program of study for more information.
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
Downloadable forms:
  • Reference form (for MEd applicants ONLY) - 2 required; 1 from an academic; 1 from a professional. NOTE: Applicants who have not taken a course in more than five (5) years, or who have a Master's degree may substitute a professional reference for the academic reference. ALL other applicants must provide 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.
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 Graduate Calendar.
  • Departmental Information form (only required for MSc Computer Science applicants) --- link is listed above.
  • 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. We will consider waiving the English test score if you have studied at a University (approved by Acadia) for 3 years or more where English was the medium of instruction.

Pursuing an MA/MSc Degree Part-time
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.

Additional Information for International Students

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.

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.

English Proficiency Requirement

ALL applicants must possess adequate knowledge of written and spoken English as a prerequisite to admission. You will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by one of the following forms:
  1. Successful completion of the equivalent of three years of full-time instruction in an English language secondary institution as recognized by Acadia University including successful completion of at least two courses in English language and/or literature at the grade 12 (or equivalent) level. These courses must not be ESL (English as Second Language) courses.
  3. If a student's first language is not English, he or she must supply results of an English language proficiency test to be considered for admission. The minimum scores required are:
    • IELTS - 6.5
    • MELAB - 80
    • Cambridge First Certificate in English - aggregate grade of C or better
    • TOEFL - 580 paper-based testing or 237 in computer-based testing or 93 in Internet-based testing. Only TOEFL scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Acadia will be accepted. Acadia's number for submission is 0901. Information about TOEFL may be obtained by contacting:

Test of English as a Foreign Language

    , P0 Box 6154, Princeton, New Jersey USA 08541-6154

     3.  Submission of the official results of the Michigan Test of English Proficiency with a score of
          85% or higher.
Only in exceptional circumstances will the University consider applicants who do not meet one of the requirements listed above.

  • We require a copy of page 1 and 2 of your passport at the time of application.
  • 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.