Want to study at Dalhousie University? Know about the application procedure


Dalhousie University ranks #14 in Best Global Universities in Canada and is popular for its academic and research programmes. The University offers a total of 180 flexible degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, professional and doctoral levels.

Here we bring you detailed information about the admission process of Dalhousie University.

General Admission Requirements:

Application for admission can be either submitted online or downloaded from the official website and submitted in form of a hard copy. The admission requirements pertaining to undergraduate, graduate and research programmes are given below.

Undergraduate Degree

       Completion of Grade 12 with a minimum aggregate of 70% in 5 subjects from a recognized Board/University.

       At least 70% in English and any other required subject (differs program to program).

Please note that admission to several programs at Dalhousie is purely based on previous academic performance and merely meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee admission.

Graduate Degree

Master's degree

       4-year Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of study from a recognized university.

       Applicants need to have an undergraduate honours degree for programs involving dissertation. However, this may be later waived off if evidence of independent research is presented.

Ph.D. degree

       First-class thesis Master’s degree/equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of study from a recognized university.

       Some academic programmes may have additional admissions requirements, such as a GMAT, GRE, portfolio, or GPA value higher than the University standard.

       Applicants with excellent academic background may seek direct admission to some of the doctoral programmes.

Acceptable Qualifications of Indian graduate applicants are MA, M. Sc, M. Comm, B. Engg, B. Tech, B. Arch with a minimum academic standing of Upper Second Class Honours.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose 1st language is not English are required to submit proof of English Language Proficiency at the time of application. However, this requirement may be waived off for applicants who had English as the medium of instruction.

The following English Language Tests are acceptable at Dalhousie for undergraduate and graduate admission:


Minimum Acceptable Score




CBT - 237
iBT - 90 (no lower than 20 in each band)

PBT - 580
iBT - 92


6.5 overall (no lower than 6.0 in each band)

7.0 overall






70 (no band score lower than 60)

Can Test


4.5 (no band score lower than 4.0)


61 overall (no lower than 50 in each skill)

65 overall (no band score below 54)

Cambridge English: Advanced

180 overall (no lower than 170 in each band)


Dalhousie College of Continuing Education



Please note that some programs may require higher test scores.

Essential Requirements

       Application Fee: Undergraduate $70; Graduate $115

       Completed Application form

       All official transcripts (submitted in a sealed envelope or received directly from the issuing institution).

       Test Scores (received directly from the testing organization)

       In addition to the standard document requirement for admissions application to Dalhousie, some programs may require additional information or documentation.

Additional requirements for Graduate Application

       A notarized translation for each non-English transcript in addition to the original transcript is required to be sent directly from the host university in a sealed envelope.

       Two academic reference letters, either through the electronic reference system in the online application or in paper form in a sealed, stamped envelope. Some programs may require additional references.

       Other supplementary documentation, such as GMAT, GRE, CV, statement of intent, statement of research interests, portfolio, etc. as required by the specific department.

       Bank statement as proof of financials (if not applying for scholarships).

Application Fee Payment Modes

The application fee can be paid through:

       Visa, MasterCard or American Express

       Cheque/ Money Order/ Bank Draft (payable to Dalhousie University)

       Cash (payable in person at the Registrar's Office)

Application Deadline

Undergraduate programs

Application deadlines applicable to most undergraduate programs are tabulated below. 

September Entry


March 1 (For scholarship consideration)

April 1 (International applicants)

June 1 (Canadian and American applicants)

January Entry

(Bachelors of Arts, Science, Computer Science, and Engineering)

September 15  (International applicants)


November 15  (Canadian and American applicants)

In case seats are available, applications may be considered even after the deadline. Certain departments may have different application deadlines.

Graduate programs

Graduate Application deadlines are tabulated below. Please mark that deadlines for few departments may vary from the dates mentioned here.

Standard application deadlines

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

September Entry

June 1

April 1

January Entry

October 31

August 31

May Entry

February 28

December 31


Steps to follow after the Admission Application is submitted:

       Ensure that all required documents reach the University within the deadline.

       Apply for scholarships.

       Check your application status online or contact the Registrar’s Office at admissions@dal.ca or call +1 (902) 494-2450.

       Undergraduate admission decisions take about 4–6 weeks. Graduate applicants need to contact Graduate Studies or the concerned department.

       Apply for Visa and Study Permit as soon as you receive your acceptance letter from the University.

Monday, February 18, 2019