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    Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Halifax Admission, Criteria & Application Deadlines 2021

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    Mount Saint Vincent University or MSVU invites applications for Fall and Winter sessions. International applicants are invited to apply for all the three sessions. Also known as The Mount, Mount Saint Vincent University was first established as an academy in 1873 by the sisters of charity to train young sisters and novices. The University is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and is home to more than 4,000 students from 64 countries.

    It is one of the oldest institutions in Canada that admitted women at a time when they could not even vote. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate programs, graduate programs, online programs, certificate, and diploma programs. The University offers a PhD program through Nova Scotia Inter-University Doctoral Program in Educational Studies. Applicants seeking admission in this program can apply through the NS PhD. Education website.

    Apart from these full-time program sessions, the university also conducts short-term programs in Summer. Some of the popular programs include Business Administration, Child & Youth Study, Public Relations, and Women’s Studies. The University has an average class size of 23 that is nationally recognized as the lowest in Canada.

    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MSVU has temporarily shifted to virtual operations.
    • Students can choose some interesting online courses that will begin in July.
    • International students have to fill the application form provided on the university’s website.
    • Indian applicants applying for undergraduate programs must submit their applications at
    • Graduate applications also ask students to complete the Graduate Supplementary Information Package.


    Application portal Online
    Application fee UG: 40 CAD
    PG: 50 CAD
    Mode of Payment MasterCard or Visa, Credit Card, Certified Cheque, International Bank Transfer
    Intake Season Full time: Fall and Winter
    Short Sessions: Summer
    Academic Calendar Semester based
    Student to Faculty ratio 20:1
    Financial Aid Scholarships, loans, work-study, and grants
    International Admissions

    University of California Application Deadline

    Below are the deadlines for undergraduate programs.

    Term Deadline
    September 2020 June 19, 2020
    January 2021 December 4, 2020
    September 2021 June 18, 2021
    January 2022 December 3, 2021

    Graduate programs have specific admission deadlines. It is strongly suggested that international students check the program page to confirm important dates and requirements.

    Deadlines for some common graduate programs are:

    Term Program Deadline
    September 2020 Master of Applied Human Nutrition January 31, 2020
    September 2020 Master of Public Relations February 15, 2020
    January 2021 Master of Arts in Child and Youth Study November 2, 2020
    January 2021 Master of Arts in Family Studies and Gerontology November 2, 2020
    July 2021 Ph.D. in Educational Studies November 15, 2020
    September 2021 Master of Arts in School Psychology January 15, 2021

    University of California International Student Admission

    To get admitted to Mount Saint Vincent University, international students have to provide some additional requirements as stated by the university or department, as well as everything that is required for them to be able to study in Canada.

    Application Portal: Online

    Application Fee: 40 CAD for undergraduate programs, 50 CAD for graduate programs

    • Undergraduate applicants must have an average high school score of 70%
      • 5 best scoring academic subjects are considered
    • Some programs have specific academic requirements.
    • Transfer Applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.0
    • Each graduate program has a different academic requirement. Students can check the requirements of all programs at the Graduate programs page.
    • Indian applicants are required to show Higher Secondary School Certificates awarded at XI or XII – with grades of A, B or C, and English language scores.

    Country-specific Requirements

    Tabulated below are the country-specific requirements for international students seeking admission at Mount Vincent University.









    Indian Certificate of Secondary Education(CISCE)/All India Secondary School Certificate(CBSE) with Transcripts of 10th Standard


    Indian School Certificate(CISCE)/ All Indian School Certificate(CBSE) with Transcripts of 12th standard having average marks 70% of 5 subjects



    Higher Secondary Certificate(HSC) Transcripts


    Secondary School Certificate(SSC) Transcripts with a minimum of second division in required subjects.



    Proficiency Certificate by Tribhuvan University Kathmandu


    Higher Secondary Education Board Transcripts with a minimum academic score of 60% or above



    Higher Secondary School Certificate with Transcripts issued by the Board of Intermediate Education with a minimum score of 60%.


    1st year standing in a recognized university with a minimum grade of C.


    Sri Lankan


    Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education Advanced Level with a minimum score of C in 4 subjects

    English Language Requirements

    Below are the English language requirements for undergraduate and graduate international students:

    Test name Minimum score required (UG) Minimum score required (PG)
    IELTS 6.5 (no band below 6.0 7.0 (no band below 6.5)
    CAEL 60 70
    TOEFL (iBT) 86-92 93 and above
    TOEFL (CBT) 226-236 237 or higher
    MELAB 80-84 85 or higher
    CanTest 4.5 5.0
    Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) CLB 8 CLB 9

    Mount Saint Vincent University also offers ‘English for Academic Purposes’ (EAP) programs for students who have not met the English language requirements and have been conditionally accepted to the University.

    Visa Process

    After completing the application process and if all the documents are accepted and confirmed, the student will receive an acceptance letter from the undergraduate or graduate Admissions offices stating that they are admitted to the program.

    The students are then required to register themselves and pay a fee of 500 CAD. After this, students can apply for a visa to study in Canada at the closest Visa Application Center.

    To apply for a study permit, applicants need the following documents:

    • A valid passport
    • An original letter of acceptance from Mount Saint Vincent University
    • Financial proof of (at least 27,000 CAD) to cover tuition and living costs.
      • This could be a student’s bank statement, parents’ bank statement, scholarship letter or a sponsorship letter
    • Students are required to take a medical examination with a doctor designated by the Canadian government.
    • In some cases, students are required to submit biometrics (fingerprints and photograph)

    University of California Undergraduate Admissions

    Mount Saint Vincent University offers more than 13 undergraduate courses for Bachelor of Arts or Science Degrees. The duration of the full-time UG programs at MSVU is 4 years.

    Where to apply: Online Application Portal

    Application Fee: 40 CAD

    Application Requirements:

    • Official High school transcripts with an average score of 70%
      • 5 best scoring academic subjects considered
    • English Proficiency scores
    • Academic reference
    • Statement of purpose or personal essay

    Submission of Documents: MSVU asks applicants to mail the official documents to the following address:

    Mount Saint Vincent University

    Admissions Office

    166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    B3M 2J6, CANADA


    Note: The University considers applications on an individual basis and possession of the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission to MSVU. The University gives additional program requirements after basic entrance requirements are met.

    University of California Graduate Admissions

    Graduate programs at MSVU are available in a variety of subjects, most popular being Applied Human Nutrition, Public Relations and Communication Studies, Family Studies and Gerontology, and Women & Gender Studies.

    Where to apply: Online application form

    Application Fee: 50 CAD

    Application Requirements:

    Graduate programs ask for specific admission requirements. Common requirements are:

    • Academic transcripts
    • Relevant bachelor’s degree
    • Letters of recommendation
    • SOP
    • Essay

    Admission requirements for some popular programs at Mount Saint Vincent University are tabulated below:


    Deadline Admission requirements
    MA in School Psychology 15 January UG degree in psychology; Minimum GPA of 3.3 or B+ grade;
    volunteer experience; 3 LORs; Interview; SOP
    MA in Communications 5 February 4-year Bachelor degree in Communication with a GPA of 3.0,
    800-word essay; Transcripts;
    MSc. Applied Human Nutrition 31 January Minimum GPA of 3.0 in UG degree; Transcripts; SOP; 2 letters of reference

    Q.1 What
     is the tuition of Mount Saint Vincent University?
    A.1 The tuition Fees of undergraduate programs in MSVU is around $17,671 CAD per year and for Graduate programs the tuition fees is $12,169 CAD for International Students.

    Q.2 What is the Average acceptance rate of Mount Saint Vincent University ?
    A.2 The Average Acceptance rate in Mount Saint Vincent University is 60-70% as there is a minimum level of competition. The application in MSVU is selected on rolling basis which shows it is not very tough get admitted in MSVU

    Q.3 What is the total number of enrollment in Mount Saint Vincent University?
    A.3. Mount Saint Vincent University has a total of 4,418 students enrolled, as per the data of 2018. The enrollment includes both full-time and part-time students out of which 3,318 students were enrolled in undergraduate programs while the remaining 1048 students were enrolled in graduate programs.
    A total of 2,523 students were enrolled in full-time graduate/undergraduate programs and the remaining 1895 were enrolled in part-time graduate/undergraduate courses.

    Q.4 What are the Courses offered at Mount Saint Vincent  University?
    A.4 Mount Saint Vincent University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, certificates and diploma courses.
    The University offers 13 undergraduate courses with 15 majors and 14 minors, 15 combined minors and 19 concentrations. MSVU offers 2 Diplomas & 6 Certificate courses.
    Mount Vincent University offers 6 Graduate courses in Applied Human Nutrition, Child & Youth study, Public Relations and Communication Studies, Education, Family Studies and Gerontology and Women & Gender Studies.

    Q.5 Is Mount Saint Vincent University a recognized University ?
    A.5 The Mount Saint Vincent University is recognized by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education of Nova Scotia and by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). AUCC is the organisation which represents Canadian universities.

    Q.6 What is the admission criteria for Mount Saint Vincent University  ?
    A.6 For applying to graduate the students are required to have a score of 70% in high school in 5 academic subjects and for transfer, the applicants are required to have a minimum score of 2.0 in their current institute they are studying.
    For graduate courses the students are required to present their bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or more. Along with this, the students are required to present their English proficiency score for language requirement.

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