Mount Saint Vincent University

Mount Saint Vincent University | Halifax, N.S. | Founded 1873


Mount Saint Vincent University


At a time when women could not vote, Mount Saint Vincent was the only institution in Canada dedicated to higher education for women. Today, the commitment to the advancement of women lives on at the hilltop campus. After a $12-million fundraising campaign, the new environmentally friendly Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research opened in spring 2015. The centre is home to programs and initiatives in women’s studies, as well as in business, tourism and communications. “This is the first academic building in Canada devoted throughout to honouring and telling the stories of women,” says president Ramona Lumpkin. “The McCain Centre will be instrumental in celebrating the contributions of women for years to come.” Mount Saint Vincent takes a personalized approach to education and encourages socially responsible citizens. Class sizes are small (averaging 23 students) and profs really do know everyone by their first name. Students get meaningful references when applying for graduate studies or jobs. The university also personalizes schedules so, for example, a student who is a parent can complete classes and still be home when the kids return from school. Although it’s less than eight kilometres to downtown Halifax, students say the heavily treed campus feels like a retreat. Deer sometimes graze on the Mount’s community garden, which was built to provide access to sustainably managed food.

READ: The Mount Saint Vincent experience through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs
Science Communication: Designed to educate scientifically literate communicators—professionals who help bridge the gap between the general public and the work of scientists.
Public Relations: The Mount was the first Canadian university to offer a degree in this area in 1977. It has been recognized by the Canadian Public Relations Society for its excellence in public relations education.
• Public Policy Studies: Delve into real-world problems in such topics as health, the economy and foreign affairs; includes a 12-week internship with a government agency or non-governmental organization.

Cool Courses
Plagues and Peoples: A World History of Epidemics: Follow the history of disease and the medical responses in outbreaks throughout history, especially where cultures collide.
• Forensic Psychology: Learn the applications of psychology in the criminal justice system with an emphasis on criminal behaviour.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 70%
Science: 71%
Commerce: 75.4%
Arts: $6,092 ($7,375 out-of-province); Science: $6,442 ($7,725 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 28.7
3rd & 4th year: 20.2
Full-time: 1,889
Part-time: 1,000
399 (252 reserved for first years) Graduation: 66.2%
Retention: 79.6%

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