Graduate Admissions & Application Process

 

Programs requiring contact with proposed supervisor before applying

Masters of Science in:
BIOL;
CHEM;
COMP;
ENVS;
GEOL; and
GEOM

And the Master in Community Development

You MUST have the consent of a potential supervisor BEFORE you initiate your application to any of the above mentioned programs. Having a supervisor in place is a requirement that must be met before beginning the application process. Please consult the individual websites for a list of faculty members. If your program of interest is not listed here, it means that you are not required to secure a supervisor before applying.

Before applying to the MSc in Geomatics program (important info)

Applicants can only apply to this program:

1. AFTER having completed the Diploma program at the College of Geographic Sciences (CoGS) in GIS, Remote Sensing or Marine Geomatics and an advanced diploma at the Applied Geomatics Research Group (NSCC Middleton Campus);
2. When a supervisor at the NSCC Middleton campus has been confirmed;
3. When a project has been confirmed; and
4. When funding is in place

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ian Spooner, Graduate Coordinator for the MSc in Geomatics program.

Before applying to any of the M.Ed. programs (important info)

Applicants to the M,Ed. in Counselling program

The next available intake is Spring/Summer 2022 and the application form will be available on-line in early October 2021.

All components of the application package MUST be received and/or clearly postmarked no later than December 1st, 2021.

M.Ed. Counselling application files are assessed by School of Education faculty during the months of January and February. Short-listed applicants are normally interviewed in March and April. Generally applicants can expect to receive a decision through the Status Portal by the end of April.

The MEd Counselling program begins on the Acadia University campus the first week in July for both full-time and part-time cohorts. All courses for the full-time cohort are offered on campus.

Members of the part-time MEd Counselling cohort will complete courses on the Acadia University campus during the first four weeks in July over three consecutive summers. The remaining courses will be delivered off-site and are generally offered Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the fall, winter, and spring semesters. For the 2022 Part-time Counselling program, up to 5 spaces will be reserved for qualified AVRCE.

All students who are enrolled in the Master of Education in Counselling program at Acadia University must complete a full-semester, full-time practicum. Before being permitted to register in the practicum, each student must submit original records of the results of a Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Search, and Child Abuse Register Search. If any of these search results raise concern about potential risk to clients, the student will not be permitted to register in the practicum. Because the practicum is required for successful completion of the MEd Counselling program, non-eligibility to undertake a practicum means that the student would not be able to complete the program or graduate. Prospective applicants are advised to give serious consideration to this caveat before applying to Acadia's Master of Education in Counselling program.

Practicum is scheduled in the fall semester for part-time cohorts and in the winter semester for full-time cohorts. Students are at the practicum site Monday through Friday. Because of supervision requirements established by external regulation, all practicum experiences must be undertaken concurrent with registration in EDUC 5066, which is a practicum course offered in the form of group supervision. Classes are held on weekends (typically two classes per weekend over six weekends). During the four-month practicum period, students accrue professional experience at their practicum site and receive supervision both from the site supervisor and in their group supervision class. Students are required to be at the practicum site full-time for four months and to attend all classes for the practicum course in person. Given that Nova Scotia is a small, predominantly rural province, students may require a vehicle and should be prepared to commute to a practicum site. Practicum placement likely will not be in Wolfville given the limited availability of sites and appropriate supervisors, and so students must be prepared for placement outside of the Annapolis Valley and Kings County reach.

Due to stringent entry requirements, applicants are strongly advised to read the FAQ at https://med.acadiau.ca/faq.html

Applicants to any of the M.Ed. programs

The graduate application process is competitive. At the point of applying to the M.Ed. program, applicants must have already accumulated the equivalent of two years of full-time, paid, relevant experience following completion of their four-year undergraduate degree (or following the B.Ed. completion in the case for INCL EDUC-Equity and Social Justice, and Curriculum Studies applicants). The two full-time equivalent (FTE) years may be accumulated over a period longer than two years. Relevant work experience for those applying to the School Counselling stream includes teaching and/or other related work. Relevant work experience for those applying to the Agency stream is 'helping-focused' employment in social services areas (that calls for strong interpersonal and communication skills). Relevant volunteer work in addition to the two FTE years will be considered an asset. Please note that study cannot be counted as related experience. For the MEd in INCL (Equity and Social Justice) and Curriculum Studies --- Two years of successful teaching or related experience is required.

If your application does not meet the two-year full time employment requirement, or the B.Ed requirement (for the MEd in INCL EDUC-Equity and Social Justice, or Curriculum Studies programs), you are encouraged to reapply at a later date; further, unfortunately we can not supplement your application with additional information added later. It is your responsibility to carefully check your application to ensure that it is complete and contains all required information!

An applicant can take up to four (4) courses as an independent student (IND) before applying to the M.Ed. program or while waiting for a decision on their M.Ed. application. For further information, please visit: http://med.acadiau.ca/home.html

Selection process/guidelines when applying to the MSc PSYC program

The Psychology Department has created a document on their selection process to assist you as you apply to their program.

How to Apply

Applicants can fill out the application form ON-LINE at: https://connect.acadiau.ca/apply/
There is a non-refundable $50.00 (CDN) processing fee required to apply. 
Please note that there are supporting documents also required for an application.
Documents submitted in support of an application for admission are retained by the University and are not returned to the applicant.
Please see further information in the below links.

Those applications that are not complete, are not reviewed.

Therefore, it is an applicant's responsibility to ensure that ALL supporting documentation required to complete an application is submitted by the deadline (see application deadlines in a below section). A file is not assessed nor a decision made until all documents have been received.

Admission Application Deadlines
  • Master of Arts (except MA in Political Science and MA in Social and Political Thought), Master of Science (except MSc in Psychology) and Master in Community Development programs - February 1st is the deadline for applicants to apply and submit a complete application package to be AUTOMATICALLY considered for the first round of university funding. Late applications will be considered for admission as received and considered for funding if still available. These programs have a September start date. The MSc in BIOL, CHEM and GEOL also have a start date of May (at the discretion of the dept). 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 of Arts in Political Science/Master of Arts in Social and Political Thought - Application with automatic consideration for university funding: Deadline for all applicants is February 1st. Deadline for international applicants: Applicants must submit their completed application package (including all required documents and fees paid) by February 1st. Canadian citizens and permanent residents may continue to apply for admission after the February 1st deadline but will only be considered for admission until July 1st. These applications are not eligible for university funding. These programs have a September start date each year.
  • Master of Science in Psychology - December 15th is the deadline for applicants to apply and submit a complete application package to be considered for admission and automatically considered for university funding. This program has a September start date each year.
  • Master of Education in Counselling - December 1st is the deadline for applicants to apply and submit a complete application package to be considered for admission. NOTE: Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed. This program has an early July start each year.
  • Master of Education in Curriculum Studies - February 1st is the admission deadline for those intending to start their program in the Spring/Summer. Decisions will be available no later than March 31st. May 1st is the admission deadline for applications for those intending to start their program in the Fall. Decisions will be available no later than August 1st. Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed.
  • Master of Education in Inclusive Education (Equity and Social Justice) - February 1st is the admission deadline to start their program in the Summer 2022. Decisions will be available no later than March 1st. Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Due to visa processing times, applicants applying from International countries are encouraged to apply as early as possible and submit all supporting documentation promptly. If you are applying to an MSc program (other than Psychology); an MA program (other than Political Science or Social and Political Thought); or the MCD program, please refer to the 'Additional Info for International Applicants' link below for the list of final deadline dates to apply for admission, and submit a complete application package.

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, 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 (or 60 credit hours) of university study, including coursework in undergraduate degree(s) and any graduate work completed.

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 gradadmissions@acadiau.ca.

After Applying On-Line for Admissions

When an on-line application has been completed and submitted, the applicant will receive an automated email with a link to their Applicant Status Portal.  Through the Applicant Status Portal, applicants can:

  • view the list of required documents needed to complete their admission file;
  • upload their supporting documentation (EXCEPT for transcripts); and
  • view the official letter when a decision has been made on their application.

Please click on the links below to view the list of required supporting documents and how the documents must be submitted. Documents received in a manner other than what is described below WILL NOT be accepted!

NOTE: Admission decision times vary from dept-to-dept. When an admission decision has been made, applicants will be notified through the Applicant Status Portal.

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 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.

Funding for your Graduate Program

Applicants to an MSC/MA/MCD degree program (other than MSc in GEOM , MSc in ENVS, and MSc in PSYC), who apply and submit a complete admission application package by February 1st , with a GPA of at least 3.0 in each of the last 2 years of undergraduate study, will be automatically considered for an Acadia Graduate Scholarship (AGS). The same applicants who apply and submit a complete admission application package by February 1st will also be automatically considered for an Acadia Graduate Teaching Assistantship (AGTA). December 15th is the deadline for applicants to the MSc in Psychology program to be automatically considered for the same funding opportunities.

Applicants to an M.Ed. program must refer to the FAQ document on the SOE website for funding info: https://med.acadiau.ca/faq.html

All applicants are encouraged to seek out external funding opportunities. Graduate Studies lists a number of these opportunities at: https://gradstudies.acadiau.ca/fees_funding.html

Transcript Requirements
  • One (1) original, official transcript from EACH post-secondary institution attended is required for ALL applicants at the time of applying for graduate studies.

This includes universities/colleges where you:

  • took only one (1) or more courses (but a degree/certificate was not conferred);
  • where an exchange program took place; and

  • where you are currently enrolled (degree/certificate currently in progress).

  • Official is defined as being issued directly from the original institution. Transcripts can be provided to the applicant in a sealed university official envelope to be mailed to Acadia's Graduate Studies Office OR the transcripts can be mailed directly from the institution to Acadia's Graduate Studies Office.

  • If Acadia was a previous university attended, we do not require an official transcript to be sent -- we will obtain that transcript from our system.

  • If it is not possible for the institution to produce another official transcript, they may make a copy of the original transcript and 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.

  • The transcript must be submitted to Acadia in English. If your transcript is not in English, it's your responsibility to have it translated. If 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.

  • In rare cases where a University will not provide a certified copy of a transcript, the Ministry of Education / Office of the Judiciary in that Country can certify the authenticity of the transcript. It would need to be submitted to Acadia in their official, sealed, stamped, envelope to be accepted.

IMPORTANT NOTES regarding transcripts:

  • We do not accept notarized documents.
  • We do not accept transcripts by email.
  • We do not accept WES Evaluation Reports/Verification of Transcripts --- Acadia does their own assessment of the official application documents.
  • We do not require transcripts for your 10th or 12th year --- only the official transcripts after grade 12 and onward are required.

COURIER Address: Acadia University, Graduate Studies, 15 University Avenue, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

REGULAR MAILING Address: Acadia University, Graduate Studies, Box 70, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

Reference Letter Requirements

While completing the admission application form, the applicant will be required to provide referee information so that an automated email will be sent to the referee. We offer the ability for a referee to complete an on-line recommendation form, upload a letter, or both (if they prefer), through our secure website. The number of reference letters, and the type of reference we require, are listed below:

  • MA in English - Two (2) academic reference letters are required.
  • MA in Political Science - Two (2) reference letters are required. Preference from the Department is that the letters come from academic sources.
  • MA in Social & Political Thought - Two (2) reference letters are required, preferably at least one coming from an academic source.
  • MA in Sociology - Two (2) reference letters are required, preferably both from academic sources (if not both, at least one must be).
  • MSc in Biology, Environmental Science, Geology or Geomatics - Two (2) reference letters are required. Academic or professional in nature will suffice.
  • MSc in Chemistry - Two (2) reference letters are required. Letters must come from the current/previous supervisor (either from industry or academic) or a course instructor or employer.
  • MSc in Computer Science or Mathematics and Statistics - Two (2) reference letters are required. Academic letters are recommended.
  • MSc in Psychology - Three (3) reference letters are required. The letters should come from three academics OR two academics and one professional source. At least one referee must comment on how you are prepared to complete a Master’s thesis.
  • Master in Community Development - Two (2) reference letters are required, preferably from academic sources.
  • MEd programs - Two (2) reference letters are required. Specifically one academic and one professional letter is required --- The academic reference needs to be from a current or recent instructor/teacher/professor; the professional reference needs to be from someone other than an instructor/teacher/professor who would be familiar with your work yet not a family member. References from instructors in courses you are currently taking are admissible. If you have not taken a course (undergraduate or graduate) in the last five years, you may substitute the required academic reference with a professional reference. This is the only circumstance in which two professional references are acceptable.)
Documents required for specific programs
  • Transcripts --- One (1) original, official transcript from EACH post-secondary institution attended (required for ALL applicants). Please refer to the above link 'Transcript Requirements' for more detailed information.
  • Resume --- (required for ALL applicants to graduate studies). You will upload your Resume through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form.
  • Reference letters --- (required for ALL applicants to graduate studies). Please refer to the above link 'Reference Letter Requirements' for more detailed information.
  • Letter of Intent [LOI] --- (only for MEd applicants). For info on what to include in the LOI, please visit: https://med.acadiau.ca/faq.html. You will upload your LOI through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form.
  • Statement of Applied Interests --- (only for MSc Psychology applicants). Please describe your academic and clinical interests and how you intend to pursue them in the clinical psychology graduate program at Acadia University. Please state what you are interested in studying and why Acadia University is a good place for you. Please also include your career objectives, preparation, suitability for the program, and any other relevant information. If you've applied for a scholarship opportunity (ie. SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR), please include this info in your statement. Applicants are invited to describe any special circumstances that may affect their application and academic record such as the need for paid employment during undergraduate years, parental and medical leave(s), and possible socio-cultural disadvantages. If included, this information should be added with a subheading “Special Circumstances”. This last component is completely voluntary and not required; however, the Department of Psychology is committed to Equity/ Diversity/ Inclusiveness principles and actions and is willing to consider applicants’ special circumstances as part of the admission selection process. You will upload your Statement of Applied Interests through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form. The document has a 1-3 page limit.
  • Research statement --- (only for MSc Psychology applicants). You must outline how you are prepared to complete a Masters thesis. Please describe your research experience and completed coursework that is related to research such as research design and statistics. The statement must also include general areas of research interest and potential Acadia supervisors in those areas. You will upload your Research Statement through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form. The document has a 1-3 page page limit.
  • Departmental Information form --- (only required for MSc Computer Science applicants). You will have access to the Departmental Information Form through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form.
  • Statement of Research Interests --- (required for all applicants except MEd and MSc Psychology applicants). You will upload your Statement of Research Interests through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form. There is no specific format or page limit for this statement. A statement of research interest is a short document that provides a brief history of your past research experience and the future work you intend to complete. It is a common component of a potential candidate’s application for post-graduate study. The statement is the primary way that an admissions committee determines if a candidate’s interest and experience make them a good fit for their program/institution. A Statement should: (1) Articulate the broader field that you are working within, and the specific question that you are interested in answering (2) Provide a brief history of your past research/interest. How did this research propel you forward? (3) Describe your ongoing research. What questions are you actively trying to solve? What have you found so far? How are you connecting your research to the larger academic conversation? (do you have any publications under review, upcoming conferences, or other professional engagements?) What are the larger implications of your work?, and (4) Describe the future trajectory of your research. What is the big picture? What further questions do you have and how will you solve them? How can the institution to which you are applying help you in that process? Does the institutional have the necessary academic expertise and resources to help you complete the research? For Social and Political Thought applicants, there is more detailed info at: https://spt.acadiau.ca/applying.html
  • Writing sample --- (required of applicants to the MA in English, Political Science, Social and Political Thought, Sociology and the Master in Community Development programs only). Minimum of 10 pages. A research essay completed for an upper-level undergraduate course is appropriate. Please submit a copy free of instructor’s mark and comments. For Social and Political Thought applicants, there is more detailed info at: https://spt.acadiau.ca/applying.html
  • For an M.Ed. in Counselling applicant, GREs MAY be required. Please see Question #9 on their FAQ document for further details.
  • GRE scores for the MSc in PSYC program will be automatically waived for the 2022/23 admission season.
  • International Applicants - A TOEFL score of 580 paper-based test (237 computer-based test, 93 Internet-based test --- With no subtest score below 20) is required. We will also accept an overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or higher (with no subtest score below 6.0). Only applicants residing from specific countries are EXEMPT from providing an English Language Proficiency Test as part of a graduate admission application. For a list of those countries that are exempt, please refer to the "Additional Info for International Applicants" link below. Original hard copy scores are required from the Test Centre if you are accepted to the program. After submitting your application, you can upload your unofficial score through the Applicant Status Portal and we will use that for our assessment/review. NOTE: There are a few programs that will offer conditional admission if the applicant is academically admissible and there is a supervisor available, but the applicant doesn't meet the minimum IELTS/TOEFL score requirement (MSc in MATH, MSc in COMP, MSc in GEOL, or MSc in CHEM). For all other programs, the English language requirement MUST be met at the time of application.
Documents to be mailed to Graduate Studies

The only supporting documentation required to be sent by mail / courier in support of an admission application is:

  • Official Transcripts - - Please refer to the above link 'Transcript Requirements' for further information.

Applicants that are ACCEPTED to Acadia, who provided an unofficial copy of their GRE scores and/or English Language test score through the Applicant Status Portal at the time of admission application, will be required to submit the official hard copy document directly from the Educational Testing Centre.

Official Transcripts, English scores, and/or GRE scores are to be mailed to:

COURIER Address: Acadia University, Graduate Studies, 15 University Avenue, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

REGULAR MAILING Address: Acadia University, Graduate Studies, Box 70, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

Additional requirements and info for International Applicants

Final Deadline to Apply for Admission and submit a complete application package

International applicants are sometimes required to go through a lengthy student visa application process to arrive in Canada on time for their program start date. If you are applying to: an MSc program (other than Psychology); an MA program (other than Political Science or Social and Political Thought); or the MCD program, the final date that you can apply for admission, and submit a complete application package for consideration, is listed here. These dates are based on the appropriate visa processing times set by the Government per country. IMPORTANT NOTE: These deadlines refer to admission consideration, and not funding consideration!

GPA Requirements for Admission and Scholarship

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

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, CAEL or PTE.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only applicants residing from the following countries are EXEMPT from providing an English Language Proficiency Test as part of a graduate admissions application:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nigeria, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Acadia's minimum graduate studies English requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic ONLY!) - 6.5 overall with no subtest score below 6.0
  • TOEFL - 93 IBT with no subtest score below 20
  • TOEFL - 93 IBT Home Edition with no subtest score below 20
  • CAEL - 70 overall with no subtest score below 60
  • PTE Academic - 61 with no subtest score below 60

Original hard copy scores are required from the Test Centre if you are accepted to the program. After submitting your application, you can upload your unofficial score through the Applicant Status Portal and we will use that for our assessment/review.

Only if accepted to Acadia would you arrange for the English test scores to be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Acadia by mail or courier. Acadia's number for submission is 0901.

COURIER Address: Acadia University, Graduate Studies, 15 University Avenue, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

REGULAR MAILING Address: Acadia University, Graduate Studies, Box 70, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

Working on/off-campus while being a student

International students are permitted to work on/off-campus while registered as a student. For further details, please see: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp

Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

Regardless of the type of graduate program you are registered in, you are eligible for a PGWP. A post-graduation work permit may be issued based on the length of the study program for a minimum of 8 months up to a maximum of 3 years.

You must complete your studies first before you can start this application. If you would like more information of obtaining a PGWP, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/temporary-residents/study-permits/post-graduation-work-permit-program.html

OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • As an international student contemplating graduate studies at Acadia University, you should be able to guarantee annual funding of $37,000 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: international@acadiau.ca. An orientation program for new international students is held in late August or early September.