Admissions

Graduate Application

 

Before You Apply

Contact your  Supervisor

You must have the consent of a potential supervisor before you begin your application to your program. Please consult the department’s website for a list of faculty members and their areas of expertise, then contact them to ask if they would be willing to supervise your studies.

Only apply after a faculty member has agreed to be your supervisor.

Masters of Education

The graduate application process is competitive. At the time you apply to the MEd program, you must have accumulated the equivalent of two years of full-time, paid, relevant experience that follows the completion of your four-year undergraduate degree. If you are applying for Curriculum Studies stream, your work experience would follow the completion of your BEd instead.

  • The two full-time equivalent (FTE) years may be accumulated over a period longer than two years.
  • Relevant volunteer work in addition to the two FTE years will be considered an asset. Please note that study cannot be counted as related experience.
  • For the MEd in Inclusive Education (Equity and Social Justice) and Curriculum Studies, two years of successful teaching or related experience is required.

If your application does not meet the two-year full time employment requirement, or the BEd requirement (for the Curriculum Studies program), you are encouraged to reapply at a later date.  Unfortunately, we can not supplement your application with additional information added later. It is your responsibility to carefully check your application to ensure that it is complete and contains all required information.

Independent Studies

However,  you can choose take up to four (4) courses as an independent student (IND) before applying to the MEd program or while waiting for a decision on your application. For further information, please visit the Master of Education website.

Masters of Education (Counselling)

The next available intake is Summer 2023 and the application form will be available on-line in mid-September.

All components of the application package MUST be received and/or clearly postmarked no later than December 15, 2022.

The School of Education is pleased to partner with the EECD to respond to the shortage of school counsellors in our province. Our Part Time 2023 cohort will be exclusively open to applicants who are eligible and interested in pursuing school counselling positions in Nova Scotia. Spaces will be allocated proportionate to regional need. Applications will still undergo a rigorous review and interview process and candidates will be selected based on eligibility and fit for the program. Priority will be given to qualified applicants currently working in Nova Scotia educational contexts with active teaching licenses. Should additional spaces be available, consideration will be given to applicants coming with teaching licenses from other provinces. The M.Ed. in Counselling admissions committee reserve the right to make professional choices around the constitution of the cohort based on regional needs balanced with quality of applications.

M.Ed. Counselling application files are assessed by School of Education faculty during the months of January and February. Short-listed applicants are normally interviewed in March and April. Generally, youcan expect to receive a decision through the Status Portal by the end of April.

The MEd Counselling program begins on the Acadia University campus the first week in July for both full-time and part-time cohorts. All courses for the full-time cohort are offered on campus.

Members of the part-time MEd Counselling cohort will complete courses on the Acadia University campus during the first four weeks in July over three consecutive summers. The remaining courses will be delivered off-site and are generally offered Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the fall, winter, and spring semesters.

Important Requirements

The graduate application process is competitive. At the time you apply to the MEd program, you must have accumulated the equivalent of two years of full-time, paid, relevant experience that follows the completion of your four-year undergraduate degree.

The two full-time equivalent (FTE) years may be accumulated over a period longer than two years.

  • Relevant work experience for those applying to the School Counselling stream includes teaching and/or other related work.
  • Relevant work experience for those applying to the Agency stream is 'helping-focused' employment in social services areas (that calls for strong interpersonal and communication skills).
  • Relevant volunteer work in addition to the two FTE years will be considered an asset. Please note that study cannot be counted as related experience.

If your application does not meet the two-year full time employment requirement you are encouraged to reapply at a later date.  Unfortunately, we can not supplement your application with additional information added later. It is your responsibility to carefully check your application to ensure that it is complete and contains all required information.

Practicum

All students who are enrolled in the Master of Education in Counselling program at Acadia University must complete a full-semester, full-time practicum. Before being permitted to register in the practicum, youmust submit original records of the results of a:

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Vulnerable Sector Search
  • Child Abuse Register Search.

If any of these search results raise concern about potential risk to clients, you will not be permitted to register in the practicum. Because the practicum is required for successful completion of the MEd Counselling program, non-eligibility to undertake a practicum means that the student would not be able to complete the program or graduate. You are advised to give serious consideration to this caveat before applying to Acadia's Master of Education in Counselling program.

Students are required to be at the practicum site full-time for four months and to attend all classes for the practicum course in person.The practicum is scheduled in the fall semester for part-time cohorts and in the winter semester for full-time cohorts. Students are at the practicum site Monday through Friday. Because of supervision requirements established by external regulation, all practicum experiences must be undertaken concurrent with registration in EDUC 5066, which is a practicum course offered in the form of group supervision. Classes are held on weekends (typically two classes per weekend over six weekends). During the four-month practicum period, you will accrue professional experience at your practicum site and receive supervision both from the site supervisor and in your group supervision class.

Given that Nova Scotia is a small, predominantly rural province, students may require a vehicle and should be prepared to commute to a practicum site. Practicum placement likely will not be in Wolfville given the limited availability of sites and appropriate supervisors, and so students must be prepared for placement outside of the Annapolis Valley and Kings County reach.

Due to stringent entry requirements, applicants are strongly advised to read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Independent Studies

You can choose take up to four (4) courses as an independent student (IND) before applying to the MEd program or while waiting for a decision on your application. For further information, please visit the Master of Education website.

Masters of Science in Geomatics

Applicants can only apply to this program:

  1. AFTER having completed the Diploma program at the College of Geographic Sciences (CoGS) in GIS, Remote Sensing or Marine Geomatics and an advanced diploma at the Applied Geomatics Research Group (NSCC Middleton Campus);
    2. When a supervisor at the NSCC Middleton campus has been confirmed;
    3. When a project has been confirmed; and
    4. When funding is in place

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ian Spooner, Graduate Coordinator for the MSc in Geomatics program.

Psychology

The Department of Psychology has created a document on their selection process to assist you as you apply to their program. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with this information before beginning your application.

How to Apply

You can apply online by completing our application form. The application is a 9-step form that does not have to be completed in one sitting; simply make sure that you save any completed sections before exiting.

There is a non-refundable $50.00 (CDN) processing fee required to apply. It can be paid online by credit card after the application is submitted.

After completing the form

Your complete application will need to include supporting documents that may need to be mailed to Acadia. Please see our “What You’ll Need to Apply” information below. Documents submitted in support of an application for admission are retained by the University and are not returned to you.

Please ensure you complete the application form and provide all the required documents. Incomplete applications are not reviewed. We will not assess your file until we have received all your documents.

Applying for part-time studies

The only graduate programs offered part-time on a regular basis are the Master of Education and the Master of Applied Kinesiology (Coaching Professional Stream).

If interested in pursuing an MA/MSc degree part-time, please consult directly with the department/school in question.

START DATE

Applied Kinesiology: Fall (September) only
Community Development: Fall (September) only
English: Fall (September) only
Political Science: Fall (September) only
Social & Political Thought: Fall (September) only
Sociology: Fall (September) only
Environmental Science: Fall (September) only
Psychology: Fall (September) only

Curriculum Studies: Summer (May - August); Fall (September)

Curriculum Studies (Outdoor Education): Summer (May-August)

Inclusive Education (Equity and Social Justice): Summer (May-August)

Education (Counselling): July
Geomatics: Fall (September); Summer (May - August); Winter (January)
Biology: Fall (September); Summer (May - August); Winter (January)
Chemistry: Fall (September); Summer (May - August); Winter (January)
Computer Science: Fall (September); Summer (May - August); Winter (January)
Geology: Fall (September); Summer (May - August); Winter (January)
Math: Fall (September); Summer (May - August); Winter (January)

Application Deadline

You will need to apply and submit a complete application package by February 1st. This program is available to Canadian and US citizens as well as those who hold the official designation of Permanent Resident of Canada.

You will need to apply and submit a complete application package by February 1st.

You will need to apply and submit a complete application package by February 1st to be automatically considered for the first round of university funding. Late applications will be considered for admission, and will be considered for funding if still available.

You will need to apply and submit a complete application package by February 1st to be automatically considered for the first round of university funding. Consideration of applications begins after the February 1st deadline. Late applications will be considered for admission, and will be considered for funding if still available.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents
You will need to apply and submit a complete application package by February 1st to be automatically considered for the first round of university funding.

You may continue to apply for admission after the February 1st deadline but will only be considered for admission until July 1st. These applications are not eligible for university funding.

You will need to submit your completed application package by December 15th to be considered for admission.

Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed. This program has an early July start each year.

You will need to submit your completed application package by December 15th to be considered for admission and automatically considered for university funding.

Master of Education in Curriculum Studies
Apply by February 1st if you intend to start your program in the Spring/Summer. Decisions will be available no later than March 31st.

If you intend to start your program in the fall, apply by May 1st. Decisions will be available no later than August 1st. Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed.

Master of Education in Inclusive Education (Equity and Social Justice) and Master of Education in Curriculum Studies (Outdoor Education)
February 1st is the admission deadline to start your program in Summer 2023. Decisions will be available no later than March 1st. Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed.

Applicants with a Student Visa:
Submit your completed application package (including all required documents and fees paid) by February 1st.

Permanent Residents:
You will need to apply and submit a complete application package by February 1st to be automatically considered for the first round of university funding.

You may continue to apply for admission after the February 1st deadline but will only be considered for admission until July 1st. These applications are not eligible for university funding.

This program is only available to Canadian and US residents.

You will need to submit your completed application package by December 15th to be considered for admission and automatically considered for university funding.

You will need to submit your completed application package by December 15th to be considered for admission.

Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed. This program has an early July start each year.

Master of Education in Curriculum Studies
Apply by February 1st if you intend to start your program in the Spring/Summer. Decisions will be available no later than March 31st.

If you intend to start your program in the fall, apply by May 1st. Decisions will be available no later than August 1st. Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed.

Master of Education in Inclusive Education (Equity and Social Justice) and Master of Education in Curriculum Studies (Outdoor Education)
February 1st is the admission deadline to start your program in Summer 2023. Decisions will be available no later than March 1st. Applications will only be reviewed after the deadline has passed.

The admission deadline for programs starting in the fall term is February 27.
The admission deadline for programs starting in the fall term is March 15.
The admission deadline for programs starting in the fall term is April 30.
The admission deadline for programs starting in the fall term is May 15.
The admission deadline for programs starting in the fall term is June 15.
The admission deadline for programs starting in the fall term is July 15.
The admission deadline for programs starting in the winter term is June 15.
The admission deadline for programs starting in the winter term is July 15.
The admission deadline for programs starting in the winter term is August 15.
The admission deadline for programs starting in the winter term is September 15.
The admission deadline for programs starting in the winter term is October 15.

 

NOTE: Our application deadlines refer to the submission of a complete application package: your application form and any supporting documents that may be required, such as transcripts, resumes, etc. If documents are not received by the deadline or post-marked, it will be at the discretion of the department/school whether a file will be considered.

Funding Options

All applicants are encouraged to seek out external funding opportunities.

If you apply and submit a complete admission application package by February 1, with a GPA of at least 3.0 in each of your last 2 years of undergraduate study, you will be automatically considered for an Acadia Graduate Scholarship (AGS) and an Acadia Graduate Teaching Assistantship (AGTA).

If you apply and submit a complete admission application package by December 15, with a GPA of at least 3.0 in each of your last 2 years of undergraduate study, you will be automatically considered for an Acadia Graduate Scholarship (AGS) and an Acadia Graduate Teaching Assistantship (AGTA).

The English program offers a number of scholarships in addition to the AGS/AGTA funding. Applications received by February 1 will also be considered for these scholarships.

MED

Applicants to an M.Ed. program should refer to the FAQ document on the School of Education website.

Admission Requirements

Admission to our graduate programs is competitive, and possessing the minimum requirements does not guarantee your admission. Some departments and schools have additional requirements. Please read the requirements on this page, or consult the University Academic Calendar.

To be admitted to our graduate programs, you must possess an honours degree, or a four-year bachelor's degree, from an approved university. If you have a major in a field other than that of your graduate program, you will normally be required to take sufficient undergraduate courses to make up the equivalent of an Acadia undergraduate major. Special consideration may be given if you wish to change from one undergraduate field to a related graduate one.

Guidelines for Students from Canada

You must have at least a B- average (70%) in the courses taken in your major field in the last two undergraduate years (or 60 credit hours) of university study, including coursework in undergraduate degree(s) and any graduate work you have completed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Studies Officer by emailing gradadmissions@acadiau.ca.

GPA Admission Requirements for Specific International Countries

Acadia’s minimum admission requirement is 2.67/4.0 GPA OR a 70% in the courses taken in the major field in the last two undergraduate years. To be eligible for an Acadia Graduate Scholarship/Acadia Graduate Teaching Assistantship [Internal Scholarship], you must possess a GPA of 3.0/4.0 in each of the last two years of study. If you are applying for an external scholarship, in most cases a 1 st Class Average is required. Acadia defined 1 st Class as 3.67/4.0 GPA. Please note that some depts/schools may have additional admission requirements.

Guidelines for Students from Afghanistan

80% (B) for admission; 85% (B) for internal scholarship; 86% (A) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Australia

2nd Class, Lower Division (B- or 70%) for admission; 2nd Class Upper Division (A or 73%) for internal scholarship; 1 st Class (A+ or 83%) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Bangladesh

2nd Class, Lower Division (B-, 50%, or 2.7/4.0) for admission; 2nd Class, Upper Division (B+, 55%, or 3.3/4.0) for internal scholarship; 1st Class (A-, 60%, or 3.7/4.0) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Benin

11/20 (B-) for admission; 12/20 (B) for internal scholarship; 14/20 (A-) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Brazil

7/10 (70%) for admission; 8/10 (80%) for internal scholarship; 9/10 (90%) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Cameroon

2nd Class, Upper Division (B or 3.0/4) for admission and internal.

scholarship; 1st Class (A or 4.0/4) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Chile

4.5/7.0 (B-) for admission; 5/7.0 (B) for internal scholarship; 6/7.0 (A-) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from China

80% (B) for admission; 82% (B) for internal scholarship; 89% (A) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Columbia

3.5/5.0 for admission; 3.7/5 .0 for internal scholarship; 4.0/5.0 for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Croatia

3.0/5.0 (B, or Dobar [Good]) for admission and internal scholarship; 3.5/5.0 (A, or Vrlo Dobar [Very Good]) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Cuba

4.0/5.0 (B or 3.0/4) for admission and internal scholarship; 4.5/5.0 for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Cyprus

North (Turkish-Cypriot)
16/20 (B or 80%) for admission; 17/20 (B or 85%) for internal; scholarship; 19/20 (A or 95%) for external scholarship.

South (Greek-Cypriot)
7/10 (B) for admission; 8/10 for internal scholarship; 9/10 (A) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Egypt

68% for admission; 70% for internal scholarship; 80% for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Eritria

65% (B) for admission; 74% for internal scholarship; 75% (A) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Ethopia

80% (B or 3.0/4) for admission; 84% for internal scholarship; 89% for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from France

12/20 (B or 3.0/4) for admission; 13/20 (B+ or 3.3/4) for internal scholarship; 14/20 (A or 3.7/4) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Germany

2.6/5 (B or 3.0/4) for admission; 3.0/5 (3.0/4) for internal scholarship; 1.6/5 (A- or 3.7/4) external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Ghana

2nd Class Honours, Lower Division (B-, or 50%, or 2.7/4) for admission; 55% for internal scholarship; 1 st Class Honours (A, or 70%, or 4.0/4) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from India

2nd Division (B or 50%) for admission; 55% for internal scholarship; 1st Division, (A or 60%) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Iran

14/20 (B or 3.0/4.0) for admission; 15/20 for internal scholarship; 16/20 (A or 4.0/4) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Iraq

2.7/4.0 (B- or 60%) for admission; 3.0/4.0 (B or 70%) for internal scholarship; 3.7/4.0 (A- or 80%) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Israel

3.0/4.0 (B or 75%) for admission; 80% for internal scholarship; 4.0/4.0 (A or 85%) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Japan

70% (B or 3.0/4.0) for admission; 74% for internal scholarship; 80% (A or 4.0/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Jordan

80% (B or 3.0/4.0) for admission; 84% for internal scholarship; 90% (A- or 4.0/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Lebanon

12/20 (B or 3.0/4.0) for admission and internal scholarship; 16/20 (A- or 3.7/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Malaysia

2nd Class Honours, Lower Division (B- or 50%) for admission; 2nd Class Honours, Upper Division (B or 60%) for internal scholarship; 1 st Class Honours (A or 70%) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from New Zealand

B- (60% or Bare 2nd) for admission; B (65% or Clear 2nd) for internal scholarship; A (80% or Clear 1st) for external scholarships.f

Guidelines for Students from Nigeria

2nd Class Honours, Lower Division (50%) for admission; 2nd Class Honours, Upper Division (60%) for internal scholarship; 1st Class Honours (70%) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Pakistan

50% for admission; 55% for internal scholarship; 60% for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Philippines

Senior High School diploma with minimum 85% or 2.24/5.00

Guidelines for Students from Russian Federation

B (4.0/5.0, or Khorosho [Good], or 3.0/4.0) for admission and internal scholarship; A (5.0/5.0, or Otlichno [Excellent], or 4.0/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Saudi Arabia

80% (B, or 3.0/5.0, or 3.0/4.0) for admission; 84% for internal scholarship; 90% (A, or 4.0/5.0, or 4.0/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from South Africa

2nd Class, Division 2 (B-, or 60%, or 2.7/4.0) for admission; 65% for internal scholarship; 1st Class (A, or 75%, or 4.0/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Taiwan

70% (B) for admission; 75% for internal scholarship; 80% (A) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Tanzania

2nd Class Honours, Lower Division (B- or 2.7/4.0) for admission and internal scholarship; 1st Class Honours (A or 4.0/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Thailand

80% (B or 3.0/4.0) for admission; 85% for internal scholarship; A, or 4.0/4.0 for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Turkey

65% (B, or 7.0/10, or Iyi [Good], or 3.0/4.0) for admission; 75% for internal scholarship; 85% (A, or 9.0/10, or Pek Iyi [Very Good], or 4.0/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Uganda

2nd Class Honours, Lower Division (B) for admission and internal scholarship; 1st Class Honours (A) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Ukraine

70% (B, or 4.0/5.0, or 3.0/4.0) for admission; 80% for internal scholarship; 90% (A, or 5.0/5.0, or 4.0/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from United Arab Emirates

80% (B or 3.0/4.0) for admission; 85% for internal scholarship; 90% (A (UAE)  or 4.0/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from United Kingdom

2nd Class Honours, Lower (B-, or 53%, or 2.7/4.0) for admission; 56% for internal scholarship; 1 st Class (A, or 70%, or 4.0/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Venezuela

13/20 (B or 3.0/4) for admission; 14.0/20 for internal scholarship; 17/20 (A- or 3.7/4) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Viet Nam

6/10 (B) for admission; 7/10 for internal scholarship; 8.5/10 (A) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Zambia

8/11 (B, or 56%, or Very Satisfactory) for admission; 65% for internal scholarship; 10/11 (A, or 76%, or Distinction) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Zimbabwe

2nd Class, Lower Division (B, or 65%, or 2.7/4) for admission; 2 nd Class, Upper Division (B+, 70%, or 3.3/4) for internal scholarship; 1 st Class (A, or 80%, or 4.0/4) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Bahamas

2.75/4.0 (B- or 70%) for admission; 3.0/4.0 (B or 75%) for internal scholarship; 3.75/4.0 (A- or 85%) for external scholarship.

Guidelines for Students from Jamaica

2nd Class Honours, Lower Division (B- or 2.7/4.0) for admission and internal scholarship; 1 st Class Honours (A or 4.0/4.0) for external scholarships.

Guidelines for Students from Libya

65% (B or 3.0/4.0) for admission; 70% for internal scholarship; 75% (A- or 3.7/4.0) for external scholarships.

Program Requirements

Geomatics

Candidates for admission to this program must possess an Honours degree, or a four- year bachelor’s degree, from an approved university. Undergraduate degrees in Biology, Earth and Environmental Science and Physical Geography are most compatible with this degree. Candidates should have at least a B- average in relevant disciplines in the last two undergraduate years. Before applying for this MSc degree program students will have been enrolled in the NSCC Geomatics diploma program; acceptance is also subject to availability of positions, faculty advisors and adequate funding. Acceptance of a qualified candidate will also be contingent on letters of support from appropriate referees.

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Chemistry

Students not having an Honours degree (or 100 hours of lab or field-based research experience) must complete sufficient courses with satisfactory standing to give them the equivalent of an Honours degree in chemistry.

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Biology

This program does not have specific admission requirements.

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Program Requirements

Computer Science

In general, students required to make-up more than three undergraduate computer science courses will not be admitted. Individuals requiring more make up courses may be considered based on their special research interests and preparation.

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Community Development

This program does not have specific admission requirements.

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Program Requirements

Master of Education

All applicants must meet the minimum graduate admission criteria as outlined below and should carefully note the program-specific information under Additional Admission Requirement(s).

  • Applicants to all MEd programs must have at least a B average (73-76%) in the final two years of full-time equivalent (60 credit hours) university study, including coursework in undergraduate degree(s) and any graduate work completed.
  • Two years of paid, full-time equivalent, post-degree teaching or related experience is required.
  • Two current arm’s length references from persons conversant with the applicant’s academic and professional abilities are required. One is to be an academic reference from a recent instructor/teacher/professor. The other is to be a professional reference from an individual familiar with the applicant’s professional performance. If the applicant has not taken a course in the last five years, two professional references may be submitted. This is the only circumstance in which two professional references are acceptable.

MEd (Inclusive Education) Additional Admission Requirement

  • Applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the nature and focus of study within Inclusive Education they wish to pursue. This letter should include a discussion of relevant academic study and professional experience related to the applicant’s program interests.

MEd (Curriculum Studies) Additional Admission Requirement

  • Applicants to the Curriculum Studies (General) program must possess a Bachelor of Education degree or its equivalent (e.g., NS Teachers College plus an undergraduate degree).
  • All Curriculum Studies applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the nature and focus of study they wish to pursue. This letter should include a discussion of relevant academic study and professional experience related to the applicant’s program interests.

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Program Requirements

Masters of Education - Counselling

  • Applicants to the MEd Counselling must have the equivalent of two years of full-time, paid, relevant experience following completion of their four-year undergraduate degree. The two full-time equivalent (FTE) years may be accumulated over a period longer than two years. Relevant work experience for those applying to the School Counselling stream includes teaching and/or other related work. Relevant work experience for those applying to the Agency stream is 'helping-focused' employment in social services areas (that calls for strong interpersonal and communication skills). Relevant volunteer work in addition to the two FTE years will be considered an asset. Please note that study cannot be counted as related experience. NOTE: THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED TWO FTE YEARS OF PAID, RELEVANT, POST-UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE WORK EXPERIENCE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IN THE REVIEW PROCESS.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of intent outlining their motivations and aspirations in reference to the counselling program.
  • Applicants must participate in an interview as part of the application review process.

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Program Requirements

English

Applicants for admission should hold a BA Honours degree in English or equivalent.

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Environmental Science

Candidates for admission to this program must possess an Honours degree, or a four- year Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from an approved university. Applicants with undergraduate degrees not meeting these qualifications would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and can be approved by consensus among the supervisor, graduate coordinator, and department head. Undergraduate degrees in science, in particular Environmental Science, Environmental Geoscience, Environmental Engineering, are most compatible with this MSc degree. Candidates should have at least a B- average in relevant disciplines in the last two undergraduate years. Acceptance of a qualified candidate will also be contingent on letters of support from appropriate referees.

Initial inquiries should be addressed to the Graduate Coordinator, Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Acadia University or to a potential supervisor. Contact with and agreement from a potential supervisor are required prior to submission of your application.

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Program Requirements

Geology

This program does not have specific admission requirements.

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Applied Kinesiology

This program does not have specific admission requirements.

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Program Requirements

Mathematics & Statistics

In addition to other admissions requirements, applicants must submit a brief statement of possible research interests and indicate whether they will be seeking an internship.

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Program Requirements

Political Science

The current effective threshold for admission is a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Political Science, with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the last two years. We occasionally admit candidates with a major in Political Science or degrees in other disciplines or with lower GPAs, however, we may require coursework in Political Science prior to admission to the MA depending upon the actual qualifications of individual candidates (and their equivalence to Political Science). Your application must include: two (2) letters of reference, curriculum vitae, undergraduate university transcript, a sample of your recent written academic work, general statement of your proposed thesis research that includes information on your proposed research topic, and the application fee as required by Acadia University.

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Program Requirements

Psychology

To apply, you must have either an Honours degree in psychology or equivalent (i.e. an undergraduate degree majoring in psychology along with sufficient and relevant research experience). If you are interested in counselling, but do not hold those qualifications, you may be interested in either our Master of Education in Counselling, or in completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology. More information is available at the Graduate Psychology website.

Over the past five years, we have averaged 40 applications for 4 to 5 spaces per year. Of admitted students, the average GPA was 3.60 and generally GRE percentile scores (General Test) were above the 40th percentile. Previous research activity, work experience, and clinically-related public service are considered. Short-listed candidates shall receive a telephone or in-person interview by two or more faculty members in order to augment the selection process. Admission is restricted to those holding a bachelor’s degree with Honours in Psychology (with a thesis) or equivalent (please see chart and description below).

 
Under-graduate Transcripts
Letters of Reference (3)
*Written proof of coursework in specified domains
**Statement of research and statement of applied interests
***Evidence of independent research experience and core course research (research design and research statistics)
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***Applicants without a four-year Honours degree in Psychology

*Biological bases of behaviour (neuropsychology, biological psychology, physiological psychology) Cognitive bases of behaviour (learning, memory, cognition), Social bases of behaviour (social psychology, cultural, ethnic and group processes), Individual differences (abnormal psychology, developmental psychopathology)

**The research statement must outline how you are prepared to complete a Masters thesis. Please describe your research experience and completed coursework that is related to research such as research design and statistics. The statement must also include general areas of research interest and potential Acadia supervisors in those areas. The document has a 1-3 page limit. The statement of applied interests must describe your academic and clinical interests and how you intend to pursue them in the clinical psychology graduate program at Acadia University. Please state what you are interested in studying and why Acadia University is a good place for you. Please also include your career objectives, preparation, suitability for the program, and any other relevant information. If you've applied for a scholarship opportunity (ie. SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR), please include this info in your statement. Applicants are invited to describe any special circumstances that may affect their application and academic record such as the need for paid employment during undergraduate years, parental and medical leave(s), and possible socio-cultural disadvantages. If included, this information should be added with a subheading “Special Circumstances”. This last component is completely voluntary and not required; however, the Department of Psychology is committed to Equity/ Diversity/ Inclusiveness principles and actions and is willing to consider applicants’ special circumstances as part of the admission selection process. The document has a 1-3 page limit.

***The onus is on the applicant without a four-year Honours degree in Psychology (thesis based) to demonstrate how all requirements have been met. At least one referee must comment on how you are prepared to complete a Masters thesis.

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Program Requirements

Social & Political Thought

We are interested in admitting a diversity of students with a common motivation and ability to pursue interdisciplinary, graduate-level theoretical work on society and/or politics. We encourage applications from interested students graduating from relevant disciplinary (e.g. Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, English) and interdisciplinary (e.g. Communication and Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Women and Gender Studies) programs, as well as from those with relevant work or life experience beyond their undergraduate degree. All applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Your application must include: at least two letters of reference, curriculum vitae, undergraduate university transcript, sample of your recent written work, statement of research interest, and the application fee as required by Acadia University.

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Program Requirements

Sociology

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants must have an Honours degree in sociology and a grade-point average of at least 3.55 in the last two years of their program. Applicants are required to have completed 6h coursework in each of social theory and research methods. The application must include: a statement of research interests, a sample of written work (e.g. chapter from an Honours thesis or excerpt from a major research paper), a curriculum vitae, all undergraduate transcripts, and two letters of reference. The deadline is February 1 for applicants who wish to be considered for university funding. Other applications may be considered after this date, if space permits. Students will identify a supervisor, in consultation with the department, once they start the program.

Students without an Honours degree but who have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in sociology may be considered if they demonstrate equivalent academic and/or work experience. These students must submit a full-length major research paper for their writing sample.

Visit the website of this program to learn more and view available options for perspective thesis supervisors.

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English Proficiency Requirement

Since English is the language of instruction at Acadia University, you must be able to communicate competently in English both orally and in writing, and students whose first language is not English may be required to present the result of the TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL or PTE.

Acadia's minimum graduate studies English requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic only) - 6.5 overall with no subtest score below 6.0
  • TOEFL - 93 IBT with no subtest score below 20
  • TOEFL - 93 IBT Home Edition with no subtest score below 20
  • CAEL - 70 overall with no subtest score below 60
  • PTE Academic - 61 with no subtest score below 60

After submitting your application, you can upload your unofficial score through the Applicant Status Portal and we will use that for our assessment/review. If you are accepted to Acadia, we will require a hard copy of your English test scores to be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Acadia by mail or courier. Acadia's number for submission is 0901.

If you are accepted to Acadia, arrange for English test scores to

COURIER Address: Acadia University, Graduate Studies, 15 University Avenue, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

REGULAR MAILING Address: Acadia University, Graduate Studies, Box 70, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

Conditional Admission

There are a few programs that will offer conditional admission if you are academically admissible and there is a supervisor available, but the you doesn't meet the minimum IELTS/TOEFL score requirement (MSc in MATH, MSc in COMP, MSc in GEOL, or MSc in CHEM).

For all other programs, the English language requirement MUST be met at the time of application.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO APPLY

As part of your application, you will need to provide a resume. Depending on your program, you may be asked to provide supporting documents, such as reference letters, research statements, etc. These documents should be sent electronically through the Status Portal.

Only transcripts and English language test scores (if applicable) must be sent by mail.

Transcripts

You will need to provide one original, official transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended at the time that you apply.

This includes universities/colleges where:

  • you took only one (1) or more courses (but a degree/certificate was not conferred);
  • you participated in an exchange program;
  • you graduated from a program(s); or
  • you are currently enrolled (degree/certificate currently in progress).

Requirements:

“Official” is defined as being issued directly from the original institution. Transcripts can be provided to the applicant in a sealed university official envelope to be mailed to Acadia's Graduate Studies Office OR the transcripts can be mailed directly from the institution to Acadia's Graduate Studies Office.

  • If you previously attended Acadia, we do not require an official transcript to be sent -- we will obtain that transcript from our system.
  • If it is not possible for the institution to produce another official transcript, they may make a copy of the original transcript and certify that the document is an accurate copy. The certified copy should then be provided to you in a sealed envelope or sent directly to Acadia from the issuing institution.
  • The transcript must be submitted to Acadia in English. If your transcript is not in English, it's your responsibility to have it translated. If your institution does not provide translated documents, your transcript can be translated elsewhere and then brought back to your institution to be certified as an accurate copy. The certified translated copy should then be provided to you in a sealed envelope or sent directly to Acadia from the issuing institution.
  • In rare cases where a university will not provide a certified copy of a transcript, the Ministry of Education / Office of the Judiciary in that Country can certify the authenticity of the transcript. It would need to be submitted to Acadia in their official, sealed, stamped, envelope to be accepted.

Important notes regarding transcripts:

  • We do not accept transcripts by email.
  • We do not require transcripts for your 10th or 12th year --- only the official transcripts after grade 12 and onward are required.
  • We do not accept notarized documents.
  • We do not accept WES Evaluation Reports/Verification of Transcripts --- Acadia does their own assessment of the official application documents.

Send your transcript:

COURIER Address: Acadia University, Graduate Studies, 15 University Avenue, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

REGULAR MAILING Address: Acadia University, Graduate Studies, Box 70, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

Resume

Your application should include a current professional resume. We encourage you to highlight your academic history, work experience, and volunteering or community involvement related to your graduate program or research interests.

Letter of Intent

You will upload your LOI through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form. For info on what to include in the LOI, please visit the Master of Education FAQ.

Statement of Applied Interest

You will upload your Statement of Applied Interests through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form. The document has a 1-3 page limit.In your statement:

  • Please describe your academic and clinical interests and how you intend to pursue them in the clinical psychology graduate program at Acadia University.
  • Please state what you are interested in studying and why Acadia University is a good place for you.
  • Please also include your career objectives, preparation, suitability for the program, and any other relevant information.
  • If you've applied for a scholarship opportunity (ie. SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR), please include this info in your statement.
  • Applicants are invited to describe any special circumstances that may affect their application and academic record such as the need for paid employment during undergraduate years, parental and medical leave(s), and possible socio-cultural disadvantages. If included, this information should be added with a subheading “Special Circumstances”. This last component is completely voluntary and not required; however, the Department of Psychology is committed to Equity/ Diversity/ Inclusiveness principles and actions and is willing to consider applicants’ special circumstances as part of the admission selection process.

Research Statement

You must outline how you are prepared to complete a Masters thesis. Please describe your research experience and completed coursework that is related to research such as research design and statistics. The statement must also include general areas of research interest and potential Acadia supervisors in those areas.

You will upload your Research Statement through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form. The document has a 1-3 page limit.

Departmental Information Form

You will have access to the Departmental Information Form through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form.

Statement of Research Interests

You will upload your Statement of Research Interests through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form. There is no specific format or page limit for this statement.

A statement of research interest is a short document that provides a brief history of your past research experience and the future work you intend to complete. It is a common component of a potential candidate’s application for post-graduate study. The statement is the primary way that an admissions committee determines if a candidate’s interest and experience make them a good fit for their program/institution.

A Statement should:

  1. Articulate the broader field that you are working within, and the specific question that you are interested in answering
  2. Provide a brief history of your past research/interest. How did this research propel you forward?
  3. Describe your ongoing research. What questions are you actively trying to solve? What have you found so far? How are you connecting your research to the larger academic conversation? (do you have any publications under review, upcoming conferences, or other professional engagements?) What are the larger implications of your work?, and
  4. Describe the future trajectory of your research. What is the big picture? What further questions do you have and how will you solve them? How can the institution to which you are applying help you in that process? Does the institutional have the necessary academic expertise and resources to help you complete the research? Social & Political Thought applicants can find more information on their application page.

Statement of Research Interests

Applicants should also submit a detailed statement of research interests of about 500 words to indicate the type of research they intend to pursue at Acadia University. The purpose of the statement is to identify the intended focus of study, the media and/or genres involved, the authors of choice, and the approach.

Statement of Research Interests

A statement of research interest should tell the admissions committee what you are interested in pursuing in the Social and Political Thought graduate program. We want to know about your research interests: what areas of study makes you excited; what literatures really get you thinking; what are the social, political, economic, cultural, historical issues that you want to tackle…

We want to know about the path that led you to these research interests: what were the courses you took, what events were important to you; did you take a leave of absence from your studies; and what makes you tick? We do not want a formal thesis proposal – the coursework will change your ideas – send us your proposed research interests. The document is normally 1-2 pages long.

Statement of Academic and Professional Interests

A statement of interests provides a brief overview of both your academic interests and your professional interests. It should outline the area of study you wish to pursue in a graduate program and describe the academic and professional experiences that have lead you to become interested in this area. Please address the four bullet points below, but feel free to address them in any order.

    • Describe your academic &/or professional interests. What is the big picture? What area of study has captivated your curiosity?
    • Provide a brief history of your past academic and professional experiences outlining those experiences that have heightened your interest in the area of study you wish to explore.
    • Describe your career objectives, your suitability for the program, and any other relevant information.

If you have applied for a scholarship opportunity (e.g. SSHRC/ NSERC/ CIHR/ Research NS), please include this information in your statement.

Optional: This portion is completely voluntary and not required. The School of Kinesiology is committed to principles and actions of Equity, Diversity, Inclusiveness and is willing to consider an applicant’s special circumstances as part of the admission selection process. As such, applicants are invited to describe any special circumstances that may affect their application and academic record (e.g., the need for paid employment during undergraduate years, parental and medical leave(s), possible socio-cultural disadvantages). If included, this information should be added with a subheading “Special Circumstances”.

Upload your Statement of Academic and Professional Interests through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form. The document has a 2-page limit (single spaced).

Statement of Academic Intent

A statement of intent is a short document that provides a brief overview of the future work you intend to complete, and how your academic background will help you successfully complete it. It should address the nature and focus of study you may wish to pursue in the graduate program. The point of the statement of academic intent is to make a compelling argument that you are prepared for graduate study. The statement is the primary way that an admissions committee determines if a candidate’s interest and academic experience make them a good fit for graduate study in general, and the MAK graduate program in particular.

        • Describe, more specifically, the academic work you intend to pursue in the MAK. What questions do you have and how do you see yourself answering them? How can the MAK help you in that process?
        • Outline how you are prepared to successfully complete graduate work. Please describe your research experience and completed coursework that is related to research such as research design and statistics.
        • Please name potential Acadia supervisors in the area of study you wish to pursue and rank them in terms of your order of preference. Please provide a brief rationale for your ranking.

Upload your Statement of Academic Intent through the Applicant Status Portal once you submit your application form. The document has a 2-page limit (single spaced).

Writing Sample

Please include a writing sample using the applicant status portal.

  • It must be a minimum of 10 pages.
  • A research essay completed for an upper-level undergraduate course is appropriate.
  • Please submit a copy free of instructor’s mark and comments.

GRE SCORES

GREs may be required. Please see Question #9 on their FAQ document for further details.

Reference Letters

You will need to provide contact information for two references so that an automated email will be sent to the referees. In most cases, the referee can complete an online recommendation form, upload a letter, or both (if they prefer), through our secure website.

Both reference letters should come from academic sources.

You will need to provide contact information for two references so that an automated email will be sent to the referees. In most cases, the referee can complete an online recommendation form, upload a letter, or both (if they prefer), through our secure website.

At least one, and preferably both, of your references should be from academic sources.

You will need to provide contact information for two references so that an automated email will be sent to the referees. In most cases, the referee can complete an online recommendation form, upload a letter, or both (if they prefer), through our secure website.

Your references can be either academic or professional in nature.

You will need to provide contact information for two references so that an automated email will be sent to the referees. In most cases, the referee can complete an online recommendation form, upload a letter, or both (if they prefer), through our secure website.

Your two reference letters must come from your current/previous supervisor (either from industry or academic) or a course instructor or employer.

You will need to provide contact information for two references so that an automated email will be sent to the referees. In most cases, the referee can complete an online recommendation form, upload a letter, or both (if they prefer), through our secure website.

We recommend that your two references should be from academic sources.

You will need to provide contact information for three references so that an automated email will be sent to the referees. In most cases, the referee can complete an online recommendation form, upload a letter, or both (if they prefer), through our secure website.

The reference letters should come from three academics or two academics and one professional source. At least one referee must comment on how you are prepared to complete a Master’s thesis.

You will need to provide contact information for two references so that an automated email will be sent to the referees. In most cases, the referee can complete an online recommendation form, upload a letter, or both (if they prefer), through our secure website.

One reference must be an academic reference and the other should be a professional reference.

You will need to provide contact information for two references so that an automated email will be sent to the referees. In most cases, the referee can complete an online recommendation form, upload a letter, or both (if they prefer), through our secure website.

Preferably, your two references should be from academic sources.

Two references are required as part of your application.

  • If you have taken a course in the last five years, or are currently enrolled in a course, one academic and one professional reference is required.
  • If you have not taken a course in the last five years, two professional references are required.

An academic reference is from a current or recent instructor, teacher, or professor.

A professional reference is from someone other than an instructor/teacher/professor who would be familiar with your work. Your professional reference:

  • should not be a family member, colleague, or friend
  • should not be someone that you have an ongoing, non-professional relationship with: this should be a strictly professional relationship
  • should hold, or did hold, a senior or administrative position, higher than your rank now or in the past
  • should be someone who oversaw your role or someone that you reported to
  • should be able to evaluate your performance based on your job description or position at the time you worked with them

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After You've Applied

Once you complete and submit your application package, you will receive an automated email with a link to your Applicant Status Portal. Through the Applicant Status Portal, you can:

  • view the list of required documents needed to complete you admission file;
  • upload you supporting documentation (except for transcripts); and
  • view the official letter when a decision has been made on your application.

Please note that admission decision times vary by department. When an admission decision has been made, you will be notified through the Applicant Status Portal.

Apply Now

Applying online takes about 15 minutes. You can also save your progress and come back to the application later.

Apply to Acadia

After You've Applied

Once you complete and submit your application package, you will receive an automated email with a link to your Applicant Status Portal. Through the Applicant Status Portal, you can:

  • view the list of required documents needed to complete you admission file;
  • upload you supporting documentation (except for transcripts); and
  • view the official letter when a decision has been made on your application.

Please note that admission decision times vary by department. When an admission decision has been made, you will be notified through the Applicant Status Portal.

Working on/off-campus while being a student

International students are permitted to work on/off-campus while registered as a student.

Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

Regardless of the type of graduate program you are registered in, you are eligible for a PGWP. A post-graduation work permit may be issued based on the length of the study program for a minimum of 8 months up to a maximum of 3 years.

You must complete your studies first before you can start this application. If you would like more information of obtaining a PGWP, please the Government of Canada's PGWP page.

Other important notes:

  • As an international student considering graduate studies at Acadia University, you should be able to guarantee annual funding of $37,000 before you proceed with a student visa application.
  • Once you have accepted your offer of admission, you should make contact with our International Student Advisor in the Wong International Centre by emailing international@acadiau.ca. An orientation program for new international students is held in late August or early September.
  • The Halifax International Airport is 100 kilometres from the Acadia campus. This should be the final destination to which overseas flights are booked.