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.
- 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.
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 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
- 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.
- 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
85% or higher.
- 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: email@example.com. An orientation program for new international students is held in late August or early September.