Graduate Admissions & Application Process

 

MSC PSYC APPLICANTS (additional info)

ADMISSIONS APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 15th. Applicants must apply and submit their supporting documentation by this date if they wish to be considered for admission for September. This is also the deadline to be considered for the first round of internal funding.

Please note: The GRE General and Subject Tests will not be required for the 2021/22 application year due to COVID-19. These will be waived upon submitting the application form.

Also, applicants are now required to submit both a research statement and an applied interests statement.

PROGRAMS REQUIRING A POTENTIAL SUPERVISOR BEFORE APPLYING!

You MUST have the consent of a potential supervisor BEFORE you initiate your application. Having a supervisor in place is a requirement that must be met before beginning the application process for these three graduate programs only. Please consult the GEOLOGY, BIOLOGY, or the MCD website for a list of faculty members.

MSC GEOM APPLICANTS (additional 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

M.ED. COUN APPLICANTS (additional info)

Applications for the 2021 intake of the MEd Counselling program are now being received. All components of the application package MUST be received and/or clearly postmarked no later than December 1st, 2020.

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 three weeks in July over three consecutive summers. The remaining courses will be delivered in Halifax and are generally offered Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the fall, winter, and spring semesters.

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

ALL M.ED. APPLICANTS (additional info)

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. 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 School 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, LEAD, 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, 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!

IND APPLICANTS (Education courses)

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Independent studies is only available to applicants interested in taking EDUC courses.

Funding for your Graduate Program

Applicants to an MSC/MA/MCD degree program (other than MSc in GEOM and MSc in PSYC), who apply by February 1st with a GPA of 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 by February 1st with a GPA of 2.67 in each of the last 2 years of undergraduate study, will 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

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 processed.

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.

Admissions Application Deadlines
  • Master of Arts, Master of Science (except MSc in Psychology) and Master in Community Development 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 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 Education in Counselling - December 1st. NOTE: Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed. This program has an early July start each year.
  • Master of Science in Psychology - December 15th. This program has only a September start date.
  • Master of Education in Curriculum Studies, Inclusive Education and Leadership - February 1st is the 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 deadline for applications for those intending to start their program in the Fall/Winter. Decisions will be available no later than August 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 may be subject to earlier deadlines than the ones listed above.

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 (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 received, the applicant will be sent an email with a link to their Applicant Status Portal. Applicants will be able to view the list of required documents needed to complete their admission file. Applicants can also click on the information below to find 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.

Documents required for specific programs
  • One (1) original, official transcript from EACH post-secondary institution attended (required for ALL applicants). This includes an official transcript from any exchange programs. Official is defined as being issued directly from the original institution. The transcripts can be provided to the applicant in a sealed university official envelope to be mailed 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 from Acadia -- we will obtain that transcript from our system. We will not accept scanned/emailed copies of transcripts for assessment purposes.

  • Letter of Intent (only required for MEd applicants). For info on what to include in the LOI, please visit: https://med.acadiau.ca/faq.html

  • 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.

  • 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.  
  • Departmental Information form (only required for MSc Computer Science applicants).

  • Statement of Research Interests (required for all applicants except MEd and MSc Psychology applicants).

  • Resume (required for ALL applicants to graduate studies).

  • Two (2) reference letters for all programs EXCEPT MSc in Psychology which requires three (3). While completing the application form, you will be required to provide the referees information so that they will be prompted to fill out the required form.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR MEd applicants regarding references: 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.)

  • Note: International Math and Stats applicants and Chemistry applicants MAY be required to submit GREs. If an applicant is required to submit the GREs, the dept will notify them when their application is under review.
  • For an M.Ed. in Counselling applicant, GREs MAY be required. Please see Question #9 on their FAQ document for further details.

  • 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, 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. Please refer to the "Additional Info for International Applicants" section below. Original hard copy scores are required from the Test Centre if you are accepted to the program. As part of your application, you can upload your unofficial scores and those will be used for assessment/review.

Documents to be mailed to Graduate Studies

Applicants are responsible for MAILING, OR arranging to have mailed directly from the Institution, 1 (one) original, official transcript from EACH post-secondary institution attended. This includes an official transcript from any exchange programs. Official is defined as being issued directly from the original institution. The transcript(s) can be provided to the applicant in a sealed envelope to be mailed OR the transcript(s) can be mailed directly from the institution to Acadia's Graduate Studies Office. If Acadia was a previous university attended, an official transcript is not required --- we will obtain it from our system. We will not accept scanned/emailed copies of transcripts for assessment purposes.

Those required to submit GRE scores as part of their application, must arrange for the official hard copy scores to be mailed from the Test Centre if accepted to the program. As part of the admissions application, you can upload your unofficial scores and those will be used for assessment/review.

Those required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS/CAEL score as part of their application, must arrange for the official hard copy score to be mailed from the Test Centre if accepted to the program. As part of the admissions application, you can upload your unofficial scores and those will be used for assessment/review.

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

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

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.

Transcripts

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.

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.

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, or CAEL.

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
  • CAEL - 70 overall with no subtest score below 60
  • PTE Academic - 61 with no subtest score below 60

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

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.