Mount Saint Vincent University

Founded 1873 | Halifax, NS

At a time when women could not vote, Mount Saint Vincent was the only institution in Canada dedicated to higher education for women. The Mount has been admitting men since the 1960s, but the commitment to the advancement of women lives on—as does a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through the Aboriginal Student Centre, the Black Student Support Office, accessibility services and 2SLGBTQIA+ resources. A tuition waiver program exists for former youth in care.

“We know that the world is a better place when a greater diversity of people have access to higher education,” says president Joël Dickinson. “That’s why we support all students to achieve their academic goals, and prioritize access and impact for students from underserved groups.”

The Mount offers six undergraduate and seven graduate degrees that can be completed entirely online. The Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research is home to programs in women’s studies, business and tourism. At the Centre for Applied Research in Human Health, students can work alongside faculty researching public health issues, such as nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease. Students have early opportunities to conduct research in fields such as quantum chemistry, neuroscience and tourism. Personalized schedules provide flexibility, and co-op options deliver hands-on experience. Although it’s less than eight kilometres to downtown Halifax, the heavily treed campus feels like a retreat. Deer sometimes graze in the community garden, which was built to provide access to sustainably managed food.

Campus Buzz

Students can visit the campus hens in the school’s community garden during the summer months. 

Standout Programs

• Public Relations: Students prepare for in-demand jobs, developing skills in content creation, audiovisual design, writing, project management, public speaking and more. The program features practical, work-integrated learning.

• Psychology: Students can take courses across four streams: developmental, experimental, social/personality and applied psychology. The program offers a minor in neuroscience, as well as numerous research opportunities.

• Family Studies and Gerontology: Students delve into both fields, exploring how they intersect with each other. Course work is enhanced through research and practical resources, including the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, located on campus.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)

$9,111 ($10,394 out-of-province students)

Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 66% | Science: 71.6% | Commerce: 73.8%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 2,147 | Part-time: 587

Graduates: Full-time: 187 | Part-time: 904

International Students: First-year: 11.4% | Graduate: 52.4%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 393 (first come, first served)

Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $11,055 to

$11,930 | Apartment-style: $7,365

Cool Courses

• A History of Pirates: Explore pirates in the context of anarchy while examining the myth and reality of piracy.

• Doing It for the Culture: The Politics of Black Culture in Canada: Topics include contemporary Black art, feminism and political movements.

Student Life on Campus

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