Application and Admission Requirements

Application forms are available from the Admissions Office of Dalhousie University. Applications should be submitted as early as January and not later than June 1 in the academic year in which studies are to commence.

Admission decisions are made on a continuing basis from January until the program quota is reached.

Note: MPA (Management) accepts applications for fall, winter and summer. Refer to MPA (Management) website for full admission criteria and deadlines.

General Admission Requirement for MPA

Enrolment in the School is limited. Normally, competitive applicants will have attained a good second class standing (B+ (3.3 GPA) average) in their last 60 credit hours of university work.

Admission is based on an assessment of:

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended; 
  • Two letters of reference;
  • English Language Competency  - English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. The standard test is the TOEFL. The Faculty of Graduate Studies sets a minimum acceptable score of 92 for the internet-based test. The following ESL tests will also be accepted with the stated minimum scores: IELTS, 7; PTE Academic, overall score of 65 and nothing below 54. 

In summary it is imperative that in addition to your application we receive:

  • A statement of career interest (one page should be sufficient);
  • A current résumé;
  • Official Transcripts;
  • Two academic letters of reference;
  • A TOEFL score.

For further information, email dalmpa@dal.ca.

General Admission Requirement for GDPA

Enrolment in the School is limited. Normally, competitive applicants will have attained a good second class standing (B+ (3.3 GPA) average) in their last 60 credit hours of university work.

Admission is based on an assessment of:

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended;
  • Two letters of reference;
  • English Language Competency - English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. The standard test is the TOEFL. The Faculty of Graduate Studies sets a minimum acceptable score of 92 for the internet-based test. The following ESL tests will also be accepted with the stated minimum scores: IELTS, 7; PTE Academic, overall score of 65 and nothing below 54.

In summary it is imperative that in addition to your application we receive:

  • A statement of career interest (one page should be sufficient);
  • A current résumé;
  • Official transcripts;
  • Two academic letters of reference;
  • A TOEFL/IELTS score.

For further information, email dalmpa@dal.ca.

General Admission Requirement for JD/MPA

Candidates for the JD/MPA program must satisfy the entrance requirements of both the MPA and JD programs, and may obtain further information about the combined program by writing to the School of Public Administration and the Schulich School of Law. For admission, students must apply to both the School of Public Administration and the Schulich School of Law individually.

General Admission Requirement for MPA/MI

Students should apply separately to both the School of Public Administration and the School of Information Management. Students must qualify for both programs independently. Students may be registered in the first year of one program and apply to the other program during their first year.

General Admission Requirement for MPAM and GDPA(M)

Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies govern admissions. Admission is approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the School of Public Administration.

To be eligible for admission to the MPA (M) or GDPA(M) program, an applicant must have a Four-year Undergraduate degree from a recognized university (or a master’s degree) with a B average (3.0 GPA on a 4.3 scale) or equivalent (as determined by Dalhousie University) in a recognized degree program, plus at least five years’ relevant professional experience in public or non-for-profit service sectors (combined private sector professional experience may be considered on a case by case basis).

*Applicants who do not meet the standard academic criteria may be required to submit a Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio/or a GMAT (results 550 or higher)

 

A complete application includes:

Faculty of Graduate Studies Application Form:
- Online version: https://dalonline.dal.ca

$115 Application Fee (non-refundable)

Letter of Intent

Resume/Job Description

Two reference letters - You must provide two references, preferably from supervisors (former or current) OR one supervisor and one academic.  The Faculty of Graduate Studies reserves the right to request additional references.  These must come directly from your referees. All references are considered confidential and as such cannot be returned to you. Your referees may use the forms provided below or write a letter of recommendation.  Their original ink signature must be included.

 

Option 1:

The Dalhousie E-Reference system is available when creating an online application. If applicants wish to use the e-reference system, they must enter the referees' email addresses on the online application. Dalhousie University will only accept university, teaching hospital, and government email addresses [i.e. not Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or business addresses]. Please allow 5 business days for your referee(s) to be contacted by our system. Please note that you cannot edit, add or omit references if using the e-reference system. If you made an error in the submission of an email address, a reference form/letter must be submitted (see below)

Option 2: 

Referees may email either the completed Reference Form or a letter as PDF attachment from their work email address. Incomplete reference forms will be rejected. Referees must send their form/letter directly to the university from their work email address. Documents submitted by third party will not be accepted. Instructions for completion are on the form.

Link to Reference Forms:

Professional:  Download Employment Reference Form (PDF)
                    Download Employment Reference Form (Word)

Academic:  Download Academic Reference Form (PDF)
                 Download Academic Reference Form (Word)       

Official Transcripts - Original and official transcripts are required from any/all post-secondary institutions attended. All transcripts (including English translations) must be received directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts that state “issued to student” are not acceptable.

Electronic official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended are required, even if a credential was not awarded (including institutions where transfer credits were earned). Transcripts from Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College are not required, but the dates attended must be included on your resume and online application. 

Transcripts must contain:

·         the name of the student/applicant

·         the name of the institution

·         the credential granted (BA, BSc, etc.) (if applicable)

·         the date upon on which the credential was granted  (if applicable)

·         the credit hours and grade for each course

·         number of transfer credits granted and from which institution (if applicable)

If you have completed a non-degree program or certificate at a post-secondary institution:
You will be required to have the granting institution e-mail cege@dal.ca and provide either a transcript, or a letter outlining courses taken with the grades earned (even if pass/fail).

Dalhousie’s Faculty of Graduate Studies oversees all admissions and has approved the following processes for transcript submission:

Option 1:

Electronic file-transfers from the issuing institution and from services such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eScript-Safe, or TranscriptsNetwork. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request that their institution(s) send electronic transcripts to: cege@dal.ca

Option 2:

PDFs sent by email directly from the issuing institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request that their institution(s) email PDF transcripts to: cege@dal.ca

Option 3:

Attachments directly from the applicant. This is an exception only available when an issuing institution is unable to provide the documents.  If you choose Option 3, you are required to provide proof that the institution is unable to issue electronic transcripts.  Proof of this inability can be provided in the following ways:

  1. An email from the issuing institution that confirms transcripts (either official or unofficial) are not being sent from the school electronically
  2. A direct link to the institution's website that notifies students that transcripts (either official or unofficial) are not being sent from the school electronically. CEGE Staff will not conduct this research on behalf of applicants, nor can we accept phone messages regarding this requirement.

International Transcripts and Translations

WES is the only organization from which Dalhousie will accept transcript copies and translations. Please note that Dalhousie completes its own evaluation of the credit hours and GPA calculation of the degree. https://www.wes.org/ca/

*Note that Faculty of Graduate Studies reserves the right to verify the validity of all documents provided, as well as the ability of an issuing institution to issue documents.

English language proficiency

The Faculty of Graduate Studies accepts a wide range of ESL tests for admissions up to two years after completion.

Please refer to the guidelines on FGS website: 

English language requirements | Faculty of Graduate Studies | Dalhousie University

 

All admitted applicants must confirm acceptance in writing and provide a non-refundable deposit to the Student Accounts Office. This deposit will be applied toward tuition, but will be forfeited if the student does not register in the academic year for which he or she was admitted. Please note that this deposit is separate from any application or pre-registration fees.

Part-time Study

The programs offered through the School are available to students on a part-time basis. A part-time student may enrol in up to 15 credit hours during the 12 month period, September to August.

In order to ensure that graduate students benefit from a reasonable concentration of their studies, part-time programs leading to the GDPA must be completed within four years, and part-time programs leading to the MPA must be completed within six years.