Nova Scotia Community College

Founded 1996 | Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is a leader in maritime programs. Its Sensing, Engineering and Analytics Technology Access Centre (SEATAC), located at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship in Dartmouth, complements the college’s ocean and marine industry programs, as well as its applied research efforts. NSCC’s Nautical Institute in Port Hawkesbury offers marine training and funding to support women and Indigenous learners considering sea careers. 

NSCC’s Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) hosts students from around the world. In 2021, a new 27,000-square-foot geospatial analytics innovation hub was unveiled to support research in agriculture, energy and aquaculture.

The college has a diverse roster of diploma and certificate programs, which are divided into five schools: Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services; Technology and Environment; and Trades and Transportation. NSCC promotes sustainability-focused learning outcomes in all of its 140-plus programs and intends to become net zero by 2050. NSCC has 13 campuses, three learning centres and an online campus. A new campus on the Sydney waterfront is under construction and scheduled to open in 2024. Suite-style residences are available at the Lawrencetown and Port Hawkesbury campuses, and new residences will open in Pictou and Dartmouth over the next two years.

Popular Programs

• Business Administration

• Practical Nursing

• Social Services

• Early Childhood Education

• Continuing Care

School Size



• Diploma $3,620-$4,687

• Certificate $3,620-$4,687

• Post-Grad $5,540-$6,607

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Marine Geomatics Graduate Certificate: Students expand their geomatics knowledge with the skills they need to explore, manage and monitor marine and coastal environments.

• Poqji-kina’masulti’kw tel-kina’mujik mijua’ji’jk (Diploma in Mi’kmaw Early Childhood Education): Students become leaders in early childhood education and learn to create lasting change within early learning spaces by co-creating a culturally responsive educational experience founded on Indigenous perspectives, theory and practice.

• Carpentry—Renovation and Restoration: Students build on existing carpentry skills with a focus on conserving and restoring heritage properties.