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    Mount Saint Vincent University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    The Mount Saint Vincent University is located in Nova Scotia, Canada. Established by the Sisters of Charity in 1873, it was one of the few higher education institutes providing education for women. By 1951, the university began offering degrees in Arts, Secretarial Science, Music, Home Economics, Library Science, Nursing, and Education. Today, it offers undergraduate, graduate as well as professional studies programs. These include gerontology, social studies, applied human nutrition, etc.

    It has also established an international education center providing useful information to its international applicants. At present, the institute has over 4,000 students educating themselves and enjoying the vibrant campus life of Mount Saint Vincent University. 16% of international students from 50 countries who wished to Study in Canada are now a part of this institute.

    The aspirants seeking admission at Mount Saint Vincent University have to submit a well-written application online on the official website. Also, one will have to pay an application fee of 40-50 CAD depending on the level of course. International students, further, have to pay 500 CAD confirmation fee when they receive an offer letter.


    According to Webometrics, the university is ranked:

    • #2630 in the world.
    • #58 in Canada.


    University Type Public
    On Campus Housing Available
    English Language Proficiency Test Scores IELTS, CanTest, CAEL, TOEFL (iBT), CLB
    Financial Aid Bursaries, Scholarships, Loans.
    Basic Tuition Fee Undergraduate International 17,266- 17,660 CAD
    Basic Tuition Fee Graduate International 11,853 CAD
    Official Website
    Payment Options Wire transfer, debit and credit cards, telephone/internet banking, cheque, cash, money order.

    Campus and Accommodation

    • The 38.5-acre campus of the university offers a number of facilities for its students along with a range free of cost services.
    • Financial aid, physical and mental well-being, and academic advising are free of cost services offered by the university on campus.
    • The campus is divided into centers, an annex, and a hall. The Seton Academic center houses the economics department, history department, Mount Print Shop, Dean’s offices, etc.
    • The EMF Communications Centre has IT Services and the library, whereas the Rosaria student center holds a bookstore, a corner store, a pub as well as a fitness center.
    • Seton Annex houses the International Education Centre and Child Study Centre.
    • Various student clubs. Volunteering activities and events are also a part of campus life.

    Housing Facilities/Residence

    • The university offers on-campus boarding in three different locations: The Birches, Westwood, and Assisi Hall.
    • Assisi Hall has double and single rooms that come fully equipped with dressers, closets, single bed, waste and recycling basket, sinks, vanity, desk, etc. It also has kitchenettes and lounges.
    • The Birches is a group of 5 townhouses with 21 single rooms that include a single bed, dressers, desk and chair, and a closet. There are common laundry rooms, lounge, kitchen, and storage.
    • Westwood comes mostly with four-bedroom apartments along with single dorm-style rooms. It has three lounges and a new games room.
    • Single rooms at Westwood come equipped with a storage closet, single bed, sink, local phone, cable TV, and high-speed internet. Four bedroom apartments have fully furnished rooms with a captain's bed, desk chair, lamp, two full bathrooms, high-speed internet and a flat-screen TV with four single bedrooms.
    • Students are required to pay a deposit of 300 CAD upon completing your residence application and once a room has been allotted another 200 CAD has to be deposited within 14 days to secure the residence.

    Residence costs have been tabulated below: (All prices in CAD)

    Room Description Half Term Full Term (Sept-April)
    Assisi Single Single Room 2,925.00 5,850.00
    Assisi Double Double Room 2,519.00 5 5,038.00
    Assisi Super Single Double Bed 3,341.50 6,683.00
    Birches 1-4 Single Room 2,925.00 5,850.00
    Birches 5 Single Room 3,047.50 6,095.00
    Westwood apartment 2 or 4 bedroom 3,504.00 7,008.00
    Westwood single Single Room 3,341.50 6,683.00 6,683.00


    • The institute has a variety of programs for undergraduate, graduate as well as professional studies aspirants. It offers more than 50 different programs overall in various fields.
    • The university is the only one offering a four-year bachelor’s degree in public relations in Canada.
    • Other than the above-mentioned study program, it also offers diplomas and certificate courses and courses in Education degrees like Masters of Education and Bachelor of Education.
    • It offers Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, psychology, applied human nutrition, etc. and BA degrees in gerontology, history, French, family studies, etc.
    • In graduate studies, programs offered include family studies and gerontology, women and gender studies, etc.
    • It offers diploma and certificate courses in accountancy, business administration, marketing, tourism, and hospitality.

    Mount Saint Vincent University Application Process

    How to apply?

    MSVU advises Indian students to apply through their agent in India while considering admission to the university. To get in touch, mail the agent at

    Application Portal: The students can apply through the Online Application portal.

    Application Fee: 40 CAD for undergraduate applicants and 50 CAD for graduates.

    Basic Admission Requirements:

    • Complete Application Form.
    • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (International Students)
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Statement of Intent
    • Resume
    • Reference Letters
    • Transcripts
    • Scores of Entrance Exams for Studying in Canada.

    Some programs require students to have at least one course in Math and Science. Indian students need Higher Secondary School Certificates (XI or XII) with grades of A, B, or C.

    Documents required can be mailed to the university at Mount Saint Vincent University Admissions Office 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 2J6, CANADA.

    Mount Saint Vincent University Cost Of Attendance

    The following table includes tuition fees, boarding, and other costs incurred while studying at MSVU. However, Cost of Living in Canada may vary according to individual needs.

    Type of Fee Undergraduate (CAD) Graduate (CAD)
    Tuition Fee Domestic: 7,932 – 8,326
    International: 17,266- 17,660
    Domestic: 5,963
    International: 11,853
    International Student Health Plan 618.00 ( single) 618.00 (single)
    Room and Board 7,024- 10,823 7,024- 10,823
    U-Pass (full time students) Transit 158 158
    Technology Fee 25 per course 25 per course
    Athletics Fee 5 per course 5 per course

    Scholarships/Financial Aid

    • The institute provides financial aid through internal funding like bursaries and scholarships in Canada for international students as well as student loans, and external financial aid.
    • International students qualify for most of this financial aid and are eligible for merit-based scholarships, awards, and prizes of merit, assistantships, and bursaries. Government student loans are not available to them.
    • Students can check if they are eligible for financial aid depending on the program they are applying for.
    • International applicants are also advised to get in touch with the International Education Centre who will provide information on the same.
    • Some scholarships offered by the university are
      • President’s Scholarships: To qualify the student must have a high scholarship average, as well as demonstrate a contribution to their school and/or community. The student must have a score of 80% or higher. The deadline for application is March 1.
      • Sister Frances Carmel Regan Memorial Scholarship: It is accessible to female students only. The scholarship is awarded annually to a female student entering Mount Saint Vincent University and enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program who is in financial need and who has displayed interest in the cause of humanity by her participation in the community.
      • Harvella Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded in September to a full-time student who is entering a Master of Arts or Master of Science degree program, and who has demonstrated academic excellence.
      • Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Graduate Scholarships: The scholarship is applicable to both domestic as well as international students. Full-time students entering a thesis-based program in September of each year are eligible to be considered. Entering GPA, letters of reference, and the statement of intent provided as part of a student’s application, along with program recommendation, will be used to select the recipients.

    Alumni Network

    The university has close to 34,000 alumni all over the world. Alumni can join the Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae Association to stay in touch with the university. Some alumni benefits include yoga classes at the Mount Fitness Center, business advice for women, discount with TD insurance, and PACRIM hotel properties. Some notable alumni are:

    • Barrie Dunn – Canadian Actor
    • Ursula Stolf – TV Actor
    • Erin Carmody – Canadian Curler
    • Brad Johns – Politician


    Students who enroll in the Masters of Education program are provided with a placement option by the university. The department also holds an annual Job Search Event. In the first year, students are placed at Halifax Regional Centre for Education and another placement opportunity in the next year. B.Ed. students have a community placement option. The university has tied up with Red Cross, Pathways, Clean Nova Scotia, ACT, etc. organizations. The university also has an MSVU Career Services plan that helps students get placed.

    $ 13,2451st YEAR

    1 year

    Course Duration

    Jun 19

    Application Deadline


    Master of Education [M.Ed]

    full time | Thesis Based
    $ 8,8901st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Feb 15

    Application Deadline


    Master of Science [M.Sc] Applied Human Nutrition

    full time | Course Based | Thesis Based
    $ 8,8901st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Jan 31

    Application Deadline


    Master of Arts [M.A] Education

    full time | Course Based | Thesis Based
    $ 8,8901st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Feb 15

    Application Deadline

    $ 13,2451st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Jun 19

    Application Deadline


    Mount Saint Vincent University Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    DLI Number
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $13,245 / Year

    Admission & dates

    Application Portal :

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    June 19

    Application deadline

    August 15

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    IELTS Check Detailed Score-6.59-
    TOEFL Check Detailed Score-92120-

    Mount Saint Vincent University Acceptance Rate

    91.0 %

    acceptance rate


    total applicants


    total enrolled






    Undergraduate Programs
    Total Applicants
    Total Enrolled
    Graduate Programs
    Total Applicants
    Total Enrolled

    Mount Saint Vincent University enrollment

    Mount Saint Vincent University Enrollment
    Undergraduate Enrollment
    Graduate Enrollment
    Graduation Rate
    Average Graduation Rate

    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $13,245 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $8,890 / Year
    On Campus
    Room and Board
    $8,117 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
    Program wise accreditation
    Chemistry Programs
    Canadian Society for Chemistry

    College Rating

    Based on 6 Students Rating

    7.8 out of 10
    6.8/10Social Life


    9.0 /10

    I got to know about Mount Saint Vincent University through a college fair that I attended. After going through the courses that this university had to offer and the diversity, I decided to apply here. Having scored 82% in my high school (Science stream) was an advantage. I paid $40 as an application fee while applying through the online portal.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course covers all the important topics required by us to understand the subject better and become a good psychologist. Topics covered in the course are the introduction to psychology as a natural science and social science, abnormal psychology, drugs and behaviour, etc.

    9 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    8.8 /10

    Small size, supportive environment, program choices, close to home, easy, quick commute, staying close to my job, staying close to friends, good reviews from current students, positive experiences on and off campus.

    Course Curriculum :

    It is well designed but too repetitive. Students who did well in high school find the intro courses much too easy, but they make awesome GPA boosters each year. There should be an entrance test though, as many people do not have the social/psych/child background needed to thrive.

    10 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    6.8 /10

    It is very small and intimate, being from a small town that is important. MSVU also has a well-known psychology program, which is what I wanted to take. I love the location, and everything about it there (except for the awful parking).

    Course Curriculum :

    Overall, I think the curriculum is okay. It depends on what you're looking at and what faculty you're looking into. Some classes try and jam way too much into such a small period of time, making me wish some were more focused - but overall, good.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    5 /10 placement
    6 /10 extracurricular
    7.8 /10

    I opted mainly for the public relations program as it is the only school in Canada that offers a public relations undergraduate. I also liked the small class sizes offered with my classes being typically around 20 students.

    Course Curriculum :

    I love my program curriculum and specific courses. I find that a lot of classes build on what is taught in others. It is very relevant information about my study and what I should expect if I get a job in that field.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    6 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    6.2 /10

    It's local and the only university in the Halifax regional minister polity that offered a nutrition program. Also, this campus has very small class sizes and the professors are great they are very personable and down to earth and they all maintain a good student and professor relationship.

    Course Curriculum :

    The curriculum is mostly relevant there's some stuff that we have to study that I don't understand how it will be related to what I want to do for a living. Which is why I think we should have more freedom with what we want to study.

    9 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    5 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    5 /10 placement
    1 /10 extracurricular
    166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS

    Nearby this campus

    • Bus Station
    • Book Store
    • Hospital
    • Pharmacy
    • Shopping Mall
    • Airport

    Bus Station

    Bedford Hwy After Seton Rd (6217)0.14 km
    Bedford Hwy At MSVU (6216)0.20 km
    Bedford Hwy Before Seton Rd (6286)0.36 km
    Flamingo Dr Before Skylark St (6704)0.39 km
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    Healthwave Fitness0.91 km
    Arthritis & Injury Care Centre1.31 km
    Quality Life Healing Centre1.75 km
    Signature Health2.09 km
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    Shopping Mall

    SmartCentres Halifax3.10 km
    Halifax Shopping Centre3.25 km
    Windmill Crossing4.57 km
    Atrium Home Furnishing Centre4.83 km
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    Book Store

    Capricorn Books0.52 km
    Coles - Halifax Shopping Centre3.21 km
    Chapters - Halifax3.35 km
    Fiddleheads4.62 km
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    The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy1.33 km
    Lacewood Pharmacy2.49 km
    Shoppers Drug Mart3.95 km
    Lawtons Drugs Gladstone4.30 km
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    Hospital Helipad5.46 km
    IWK Hospital Heliport6.16 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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