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Mount Saint Vincent University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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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 Ph.D. program through Nova Scotia Inter-University Doctoral Program in Educational Studies. Applicants seeking admission in this program can apply through the NS Ph.D. 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 portalOnline
Application feeUG: 40 CAD
PG: 50 CAD
Mode of PaymentMasterCard or Visa, Credit Card, Certified Cheque, International Bank Transfer
Intake SeasonFull time: Fall and Winter
Short Sessions: Summer
Academic CalendarSemester based
Student to Faculty ratio20:1
Financial AidScholarships, loans, work-study, and grants


Below are the deadlines for undergraduate programs.

September 2020June 19, 2020
January 2021December 4, 2020
September 2021June 18, 2021
January 2022December 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:

September 2020Master of Applied Human NutritionJanuary 31, 2020
September 2020Master of Public RelationsFebruary 15, 2020
January 2021Master of Arts in Child and Youth StudyNovember 2, 2020
January 2021Master of Arts in Family Studies and GerontologyNovember 2, 2020
July 2021Ph.D. in Educational StudiesNovember 15, 2020
September 2021Master of Arts in School PsychologyJanuary 15, 2021

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.

English Language Requirements

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

Test nameMinimum score required (UG)Minimum score required (PG)
IELTS6.5 (no band below 6.07.0 (no band below 6.5)
TOEFL (iBT)86-9293 and above
TOEFL (CBT)226-236237 or higher
MELAB80-8485 or higher
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)CLB 8CLB 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)

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



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.

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:

CourseDeadlineAdmission requirements
MA in School Psychology15 JanuaryUG degree in psychology; Minimum GPA of 3.3 or B+ grade;
volunteer experience; 3 LORs; Interview; SOP
MA in Communications5 February4-year Bachelor degree in Communication with a GPA of 3.0,
800-word essay; Transcripts;
MSc. Applied Human Nutrition31 JanuaryMinimum GPA of 3.0 in UG degree; Transcripts; SOP; 2 letters of reference
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