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:

  • All previous academic work;
  • Two letters of reference;
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), for English as a second language students only, a minimum score of 580 is required for acceptance in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The TOEFL score must be submitted at the time of application; In addition to the TOEFL score, English as a second language students must also submit one of the following tests; the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT); the GRE or the Law Standards Admissions Test (LSAT).

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;
  • At least two academic letters of reference;
  • A TOEFL score and GRE/GMAT (if applicable)

Although not required except for international students, all students may submit a score from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in support of their application.

The Dalhousie School of Public Administration GMAT Number is 0957.

Applicants for the test should use an order form obtainable from the Registrar's Office of the nearest University, Dalhousie University, or you may write to the address below to obtain an information bulletin and registration form for the GMAT. If the order form is lost or omitted from the materials you receive, you should write directly to:
                Graduate Management Admission Test
                Educational Testing Service
                Box 966
                Princeton, NJ, 08540 USA

For further information, contact the Administrative Secretary of the School.

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:

  • All previous academic work;
  • Two letters of reference;
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), for English as a second language students only, a minimum score of 580 is required for acceptance in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The TOEFL score must be submitted at the time of application; In addition to the TOEFL score, English as a second language students must also submit one of the following tests; the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT); the GRE or the Law Standards Admissions Test (LSAT).

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;
  • At least two academic letters of reference;
  • A TOEFL score and GRE/GMAT (if applicable)

Although not required except for international students, all students may submit a score from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in support of their application.

The Dalhousie School of Public Administration GMAT Number is 0957.

Applicants for the test should use an order form obtainable from the Registrar's Office of the nearest University, Dalhousie University, or you may write to the address below to obtain an information bulletin and registration form for the GMAT. If the order form is lost or omitted from the materials you receive, you should write directly to:
                Graduate Management Admission Test
                Educational Testing Service
                Box 966
                Princeton, NJ, 08540 USA

For further information, contact the Administrative Secretary of the School.

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. Students applying for the MPA program may submit LSAT results in lieu of GMAT results.

General Admission Requirement for MPA/MLIS

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)

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)

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.