Saint Mary's University

Founded 1802 | Halifax, NS

Saint Mary’s University keeps classes small, with an average of 40 students in an introductory course. Saint Mary’s also has a strong international community; almost a third of its student body hails from more than 110 countries. “Saint Mary’s is a caring, close-knit community more typically associated with smaller universities, combined with the research and student engagement opportunities of the largest Canadian institutions,” says president Robert Summerby-Murray. “We offer a bright, ambitious vision for the future—a world without limits.”

This past fall, the Sobey School of Business launched a new curriculum with core courses in sustainability, entrepreneurship and operations management, in addition to the foundational courses in management, finance and accounting previously offered. Bachelor of commerce students get hands-on learning through case competitions, international experience, student-run investment programs and interaction with the business community. The Scott McCain & Leslie McLean Centre for Sport, Business and Health has expanded and is developing new programs for students. With a mission to deliver responsible approaches to sport, the centre focuses on research, community engagement and the student experience. The campus is small and intimate, occupying a leafy city block in Halifax’s South End. Downtown, with its restaurants and animated nightlife, is only minutes away. A network of overpasses and tunnels gets students to and from class without having to set foot outside in bad weather.

Campus Buzz

A new online hub, developed by members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, provides information about events and services, as well as community updates during Pride season. 

Standout Programs

• Accounting: This program covers the basics as well as emerging topics such as the impact of data analytics, sustainability reporting standards and international accounting practices.

• Public Humanities and Heritage: This program encompasses archaeology, archive and museum studies, tourism, digital humanities and more. Students gain historical and cultural knowledge and practical experience through field placements in museums, archives and heritage sites.

• Forensic Science: Designed to complement a bachelor of science degree, this certificate develops critical thinking and the methods for evaluating information and analyzing data as it applies to the law.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)

$9,230 ($10,513 out-of-province students)

Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 70% | Science: 70% | Commerce: 70.5%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 4,887 | Part-time: 600

Graduates: Full-time: 633 | Part-time: 136

International Students: First-year: 25.1% | Graduate: 63.5%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 1,136 (first come, first served)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $12,515 to $12,795 | Single room with meals: $14,180 to $14,460 | Apartment-style: $7,145 to $9,045

Cool Courses

• Economic Perspectives on Sustainable Development Goals: Students draw on real-life cases to explore how businesses and governments address sustainability issues.

• Deep Learning for Computer Vision: An introduction to fundamentals covering topics such as image classification, object detection, image synthesis and 3D reconstruction.

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