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Dalhousie University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Dalhousie University (DAL) in Canada has a strength of around 19000 students. About 20% of the total number of students enrolled in various courses is of international origin. The university offers more than 200 Degree programs as undergraduate and graduate study. It offers both online application mode and paper application.

  • Around 4000 foreign students are enrolled in Dalhousie University, representing more than 115 countries.
  • International students have to meet English Language criteria or conditionally register for ESL programs.
  • Applicants can apply online through Dalhousie University Online Application.


Application PortalDalhousie University Online Application
Admission Rate87.6%
Application Fee (non-refundable)UG: 70 CAD
PG: 115 CAD
Payment ModesVisa Mastercard/American Express/Cheque/Money Order/Bank Draft/Cash
Visa Processing Fee150 CAD
Minimum Secondary School Percentage70%
Intake sessionsSemester-wise
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Test Scores AcceptedGRE/GMAT
Financial AidsScholarships, Bursaries, Co-op, On-campus employment
Admissions ContactPhone – 1-(902)494-2450,
Email – admissions@dal.ca

Dalhousie University Admission Deadlines

Undergraduate applications to Dalhousie University are accepted for Early Admission and Regular Admission. Early Admission period is from October 15 to January 31. Regular Admission starts from February 1.

UG Programs
SeptemberApril 1
JanuarySeptember 15
PG Programs
SeptemberApril 1
JanuaryAugust 31
MayDecember 31

Some Graduate courses have department-specific deadlines which can differ from those mentioned above:

Master of Computer Science (MCS)Sep: Mar 1
Jan: Aug 31
May: Dec 31
MBA (Corporate Residency)January 15
MarchDecember 1
Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS)January 1

Visa Requirements for International Applicants

International students applying to Dalhousie University will require Study Permit and Temporary Resident Visas to be able to stay and study in Canada. Students will need to Designated Learning Institution Number on the application form to get the study permit. The DLI for Dalhousie University is given below.

  • Dalhousie University - O19209939282
  • Dalhousie University (ESL Program) - O19091594822

The following documents should be submitted to obtain a Canadian Study Permit and Temporary Resident Visa.

  • A valid passport.
  • Acceptance letter from Dalhousie University.
  • Proof of financial sufficiency to live and study in Canada.
  • Letter from sponsoring agency (if applicable).
  • A processing fee of 150 CAD.
  • Relevant documents demonstrating ties to the home country.

Students may need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), sit for a personal interview or undergo a medical examination.

English Language Proficiency

International students whose first language is not English are required to submit scores of tests like IELTS or TOEFL to meet the criteria of English Language Proficiency. Scores should be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of the Registrar. The code for TOEFL is 0915.

The minimum criteria for English Language Proficiency are tabulated below.

TestUG RequirementsPG Requirements
iBT- 90 least 20 in each band
pBT- 580;
iBT- 92
IELTS6.5 with 6.0 in each band7.0 
PTE61 with 50 in each skill65
Cambridge English (Advanced)180 with 170 in each bandNA

Note: Students can also get conditional admission by completing the ESL Program at the university. Applicants who have studied their secondary levels at an English language institution or completed at least one year of the post-secondary course at an English language institution may not need to submit the Language Test scores.

Dalhousie University Undergraduate Admissions

Dalhousie University offers both degree and diploma programs as undergraduate courses. Application to the University for Undergraduate Admission can be made online or through a paper application. All applicants should have completed secondary school. International students should meet all English Language Proficiency criteria and get their Study Permits and Temporary Resident Visas to be eligible for studying in Canada. Admission is reviewed on the basis of academic performance in secondary school/college.

Where to apply: Dalhousie Online Application or Application Form

Application Fee: 70 CAD

Admission Requirements

  • Academic performance of at least three years of secondary schooling.
  • Minimum 70% of average in five academic courses in Grade 12 or equivalent.
  • Minimum 70% in English and relevant subject of choice for the undergraduate program.
  • Official transcripts translated in English (certified with seal/stamp/signature) along with original copies.
  • English Proficiency Tests scores.

Dalhousie University Graduate Admission

Dalhousie University offers more than 90 Masters Programs. The basic admission criteria laid by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and application deadline is the same for most of the programs. Some courses may have department-specific deadlines and additional admission requirements.

Where to apply: Dalhousie Online Admission or Paper Application

Application Fee: 115 CAD

Admission Requirements

  • Four Years of Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized institution that is equivalent to four years of Bachelors Degree at DAL.
  • Degree certificate and official academic transcript submitted directly to the department from the host institution.
    • For each non-English transcript, a notarized translation will be needed along with original copies, sealed in envelopes.
  • Two academic reference letters – submitted online through application portal or offline in sealed and stamped envelopes.
  • Minimum English Language Proficiency Scores (may vary according to program requirements).
  • Proof of funding – bank statement.
  • GRE/GMAT scores, GPA (minimum 3.0 or higher), CV/Resume, statement of intent, portfolio, statement of research etc. (depending on the department).
CoursesApplication DeadlineAdmission Requirements (department-specific)English Language Proficiency Scores (minimum)
MBA (Corporate Residency)Jan 15GPA of 3.0; GMAT- 550 or GRE/LSAT/DAT/MCAT;
Resume; Personal Profile; Personal Essay
TOEFL-pBT: 600,
cBT: 237,
iBT: 100;
M.Eng in Chemical EngineeringApr 1
Aug 31
Dec 31
UG degree; Personal statement; CVTOEFL: 580;
IELTS: 7.0
M.Eng in Biomedical EngineeringApril 1
Aug 31
Dec 31
GRE score; Personal statement; CV; GPA- 3.7TOEFL-PBT: 600,
iBT: 100;
IELTS: 7.5
Master of Computer Science (MCS)March 1
August 31 
December 31
CS Background worksheet; Resume; Statement of intent;
online form of Faculty of CS
TOEFL: iBT 92;
IELTS: 7.0
M.Eng in Electrical and Computer EngineeringApril 1
August 31
December 31
UG degree; Personal statement; CVTOEFL-pBT: 580,
cBT: 237
LLMJanuary 15 (with funding) 
March 31 (without funding)
First degree in Law equivalent to JD at DAL;
GPA of at least 3.5; 2 LOR
TOEFL-pBT: 600,
CBT: 250,
iBT: 100;
IELTS: 7.5
MSc StatisticsJanuary 15 GRE score TOEFL-PBT: 580
iBT: 92
IELTS: 7.0

Students should confirm their admission as early as they can after receiving the acceptance letter. Post-admission, all students should pay a non-refundable fee of 200 CAD that guarantees their seats in the chosen programs. Admission Deposit should be paid by May 15 or by the date mentioned in the acceptance letter.

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