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Mount Saint Vincent University

  • Public University, Estd 1873
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
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University Highlights

  • 26 undergraduate degrees, six professionals, three minors, 34 graduate degrees, and eight certificate and diploma programs
  • 4,418 students from 64 countries
  • Over 350 full- and part-time faculty and 260 staff
  • 34,000+ alumni around the world
  • Distributes over $3 million in scholarships and bursaries
  • Average class size of 23A student satisfaction rate of 99%
  • 190 courses, ten complete programs, and four graduate programs offered online and through distance learning
  • Undergraduate and graduate students in research positions earned more than $2.08 million over the past three years
  • Four Canada Research Chairs
  • A student retention rate of 76%
  • An acceptance rate of 91%

University at a Glance

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Established in 1873, Mount Saint Vincent University is a public, primarily undergraduate Canadian university stationed in Nova Scotia. Founded by the Sisters of Charity, this university was among the few institutions that provided higher education to women in Canada at the time. After earning degree-granting power in 1925, Mount Saint Vincent College became the only independent women’s college in the British Commonwealth. Since receiving university status in 1966, the university has gone by Mount Saint Vincent University, the Mount, or MSVU.

The university is a pioneer among higher education providers, having distinguished itself with many firsts including:

  • Offering the only Master’s of Public Relations program in Canada
  • Being the only university in Canada to hold a Chair in Learning Disabilities
  • Launching the first joint interdisciplinary PhD in Educational Studies in Atlantic Canada
  • Being the only university in Atlantic Canada to offer Child and Youth Study at the undergraduate & graduate level
  • Establishing the first Women’s Studies department at a Canadian university
  • Being the first university in the Maritimes to offer cooperative education
  • Offering the first English-speaking Bachelor of Public Relations in Canada

A diverse mix of 4,418 students from 64 countries takes advantage of the Mount’s programs. The programs they can choose from include 26 undergraduate degrees, six professionals, three minors, 34 graduate degrees, and eight certificate and diploma programs. Aside from these, they can also take one of the 190 courses, ten complete programs, and four graduate programs offered online and through distance learning. These programs and courses fall under the following academic areas:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Professional Studies
  • Faculty of Education
  • Graduate Studies
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)

On its central campus in Halifax, MSVU provides many facilities including housing in three residence halls. Bookstores, an art gallery, and a library grace the university’s premises. Students can also access a childcare centre and conference services. Their success and wellbeing is a priority at this university. Aside from residence and campus services, students can also expect the following facilities:

  • Registrar's Office
  • Academic advising
  • Student success services
  • International services
  • Health and wellness services
  • Accessibility services
  • IT services
  • Career services
  • Financial aid

Mount Saint Vincent University’s Research Office supports faculty research and provides scholarships for the same purpose. The university affiliates itself with four Canada Chairs. Research services at this institute include:

  • Grant writing and development
  • Communication and storytelling
  • Guidance on satisfying ethics in research practice
  • Partnering to support successful research initiatives

Mount Saint Vincent University has over 34,000 successful alumni around the world. Some noteworthy alumni include Barry Dunn, Ryan Cochrane, Anne M Murray, Alanna Bray, Katherine McKinnon, and Joanne Bernard.

Fees & Admissions Requirements

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Admission Requirements

SOP: Not required
LOR: Needed for few courses
Essays: Needed for few courses
CV: Needed for few courses
Additional documents: Required
English language proficiency proof: Required


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On campus accommodation :

The university provides on-campus housing facilities to its students in three residence halls

  • Assisi Hall: 
    • For first-year students
    • Houses 142 students
    • Single rooms
    • Laundry facilities and lounge areas with kitchenettes
  • The Birches:
    • Five spacious townhouses
    • Each has 21 single rooms
    • A lounge, a laundry room, a kitchen, and storage
  • Westwood:
    • For senior or transfer students
    • Mostly four-bedroom fully furnished apartments with a living room, a kitchen, and two bathrooms
    • Some single dorm-style rooms with three lounges and a games room
  • Meal plans are included (Exceptions: the single Birch and the Westwood Apartments)
  • Close to classes, labs, library, gym, the cafeteria, and more

Link: https://www.msvu.ca/campus-life/residence-life-at-the-mount/


Campus & Contact

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Main Campus
  • Address:
    166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3M 2J6
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