II. Graduate Programs

Graduate programs are offered at Dalhousie University in a variety of research and professional fields at the Diploma, Master’s, and Doctoral level.

2.1 Degree Programs

Academic Units in the Faculty of Graduate Studies offer programs leading to the following degrees and diplomas:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Applied Computer Science (MACSc)
  • Master of Applied Health Services Research (MAHSR)
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc)
  • Master of Architecture (MArch)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Computer Science (MCSc)
  • Master of Development Economics (MDE)
  • Master of Electronic Commerce (MEC)
  • Master of Engineering (MEng)
  • Master of Environmental Design Studies (MEDS)
  • Master of Environmental Studies (MES)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Master of Health Informatics (MHI)
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA)
  • Master of Information Management (MIM)
  • Master of Journalism (MJ)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS)
  • Master of Marine Management (MMM)
  • Master of Nursing (MN)
  • Master of Periodontics (MPerio)
  • Master of Planning (MPlan)
  • Master of Planning Studies (MPS)
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM)
  • Master of Science (MSc)
  • Master of Science (Clinical Vision Science) with concurrent Graduate Diploma in Orthoptics and Ophthalmic Medical Technology
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (GDPA)
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Management (GDIM)

Combined Degrees:

  • Master of Business Administration/Master of Engineering (MBA/MEng)
  • Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor (MBA/JD)
  • Master of Health Administration/JD (MHA/JD)
  • Master of Health Administration/Master of Nursing (MHA/MN)
  • Master of Library and Information Studies/Juris Doctor (MLIS/JD)
  • Master of Library and Information Studies/Master of Public Administration (MLIS/MPA)
  • Master of Library and Information Studies/Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MLIS/MREM)
  • Master of Nursing/Master of Health Administration (MN/MHA)
  • Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor (MPA/JD)
  • Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) (MD/MSc)

2.2 Program Administration

Graduate programs at Dalhousie are administered at the Faculty, unit and program levels.

2.2.1 Unit/Program Level

At the unit level, all graduate programs are administered through a Graduate Coordinator.

2.3 Program Definitions and Fee Requirements

At Dalhousie, the academic year for graduate studies is divided into three terms: Fall (September-December), Winter (January-April), and Summer (May-August). Graduate degree programs are based either on a program fee structure (e.g., a one-year program) or a per-course fee structure (e.g., a 10 course program).

Program Fee Degrees

Most graduate programs at Dalhousie University have a minimum period for program fee payment and residency requirements. For example, a student admitted to a one-year, full-time Master’s program is required to pay three consecutive terms of full-time program fees. Some Master’s programs require students to pay their three terms of full-time program fees over two terms, rather than three terms. Students are expected to register at Dalhousie for three consecutive terms even when given permission to take courses or undertake research elsewhere. If admitted to a two-year, full-time program, students (either Master’s or Doctoral) are required to pay full-time program fees for six consecutive terms, even if degree requirements are met before the sixth term.

Students continuing beyond their initial program fee requirement period will be assessed continuing fees on a per-term basis. Students must maintain continuous registration until their program requirements are complete or granted a formal Leave of Absence. Students in Master’s thesis programs should normally expect to take six to 12 months beyond the program fee requirement period to complete their studies. Students in Doctoral programs should expect to take 12 to 24 months beyond the program fee requirement period to complete their studies.

Students entering or switching to a part-time Master’s program are required to pay the part-time equivalent of full-time program fees. In other words, part-time Master’s students will pay the same amount of fees as a full-time student at a rate of three part-time terms being equivalent to one full-time term. For example, a Master’s student entering a one-year, part-time Master’s program must pay nine consecutive terms of part-time fees. Master’s students entering a two-year, part-time Master’s program must pay 18 consecutive terms of part-time fees. If a Master’s student completes a part-time program earlier than the nine or 18 terms, they will be required to pay part-time program fees for any outstanding terms before they are approved for graduation. Part-time Master’s students who do not finish their degree requirements in the required number of part-time, program terms must register and pay fees on a part-time continuing basis.

There are no part-time PhD programs at Dalhousie.

It should be noted that under the program or continuing fee, students may take only the courses approved by their academic unit and recorded in the Graduate Student Information System (GSIS). If courses are not approved as part of degree requirements, additional fees will apply.

Program fee students include those in the following programs:

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Applied Computer Science
  • Master of Applied Science
  • Master of Architecture (Post-Professional)
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration (Corporate Residency)
  • Master of Computer Science
  • Master of Development Economics
  • Master of Electronic Commerce
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Environmental Design Studies
  • Master of Environmental Studies
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Health Informatics
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Marine Management
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Planning Studies
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor
  • Master of Engineering/Master of Planning
  • Master of Health Administration/Juris Doctor
  • Master of Health Administration/Master of Nursing
  • Master of Library and Information Studies/Juris Doctor
  • Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor
  • Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science
Per-Course Fee Degrees

Some graduate programs at Dalhousie University are based on a per-course fee, and students pay fees according to the number of courses they take in any given term. All such degrees have a minimum number of courses required to be completed for graduation. Per-course fee degrees apply to the following programs:

  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Business Administration (Financial Services Stream)
  • Master of Business Administration (Leadership Stream)
  • Master of Engineering - Only Internetworking
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Information Management
  • Master of Journalism
  • Master of Library and Information Studies
  • Master of Planning
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (Management)
  • Master of Resource and Environmental Management
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Library and Information Studies/Master of Resource and Environmental Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Administration
  • Qualifying, Visiting or Special Graduate Students

Fee schedule can be found on the Student Account’s website at dal.ca/moneymatters.

Master's/JD Combined Programs

Master’s students in programs combined with JD are required to submit a Combined Degree Form to each program administrator confirming their admission in a combined program. This will ensure the student’s academic record is accurate and combined program fees are charged throughout so early declaration is important.

JD/Master’s combined degrees, have a program fee (as opposed to a per-course fee) based on the typical duration of their program. For example, a four year combined program requires a student to pay four years of combined program fees, including auxiliary fees, where applicable. Upon approval of the Combined Degree Form, combined degree fees are retroactively charged for all appropriate terms. While some combined programs may have reduced degree requirements, the full combined program (and auxiliary) fees are required to be paid.

2.3.1 General Program Definitions - Master’s Level

Master’s programs are usually structured in one of three ways: 1. coursework plus a thesis; 2. coursework plus a graduate project; or 3. coursework only. Some programs also have a work or internship component in addition to coursework and thesis/project requirements, and this usually adds to the time necessary for completion.

A thesis-based Master's degree normally consists of a total of at least 30 credit hours of study, where most of the work is dedicated to independent research.

Fee Requirement Coursework plus Thesis Coursework plus Project Coursework Only
One-Year Program: one-year program fee, followed by continuing fees as required; or per course fees Course credits as specified by the program, (normally completed in one year) and a thesis Course credits as specified by the program, and a graduate project Course credits as specified by the program
Two-Year Program: two years of program fees, followed by continuing fees as required; or per course fees Course credits as specified by the program, (normally completed in two years) and a thesis As above As above

NOTE: Term courses are normally equal to three credit hours.

Master’s programs or combined Master’s/Diploma programs exceeding the requirements for a two-year program are considered as three-year programs and fees are applied accordingly.

2.3.2 General Program Definition - Doctoral Level

All Doctoral programs at Dalhousie require a full-time residency period and full-time program fees as defined below.

A Doctoral degree normally consists of a total of at least 60 credit hours of study, where most of the work is dedicated to independent research.  

Residency: Students are required, as part of their Graduate Student Program, to be on campus for at least four terms in the first two years of their program. Anomalies or deviations from the procedures or actions detailed above will be dealt with solely by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Two-Year Fee: Students who enter with a first-class thesis Master’s degree will pay two years of program fees, followed by continuing fees until degree completion.

Three-Year Fee: Students who enter directly with a first-class undergraduate degree with honours standing equivalent to a Dalhousie honours degree or students who transfer from a Master’s program will pay three years of program fees, followed by continuing fees until degree completion.

Registration: Continuous registration is required.