Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University | Halifax, N.S. | Founded 1802



Saint Mary's University Campus


In an environment of fresh sea air, green spaces and iconic buildings, Saint Mary’s has a student body that numbers more than 7,000, and 32 per cent of them are international students from over 100 countries. The school has forged partnerships with more than 40 institutions in 25 countries, offering students exchange programs and learning opportunities in countries such as China, Gambia and Ireland. Five years ago, a partnership with Xiamen University in southeastern China led to the inauguration of SMU’s Confucius Institute, which offers courses in conversational Chinese, Chinese medicine and more. Thanks to a new partnership with Beijing Normal University Zhuhai, the bachelor of commerce program from the Sobey School of Business is offered in China and taught by Saint Mary’s professors. “Saint Mary’s is proud to educate citizens of the world,” says president Robert Summerby-Murray. “Our global connections create an intellectual and cultural richness that few universities can equal.” The university has set up mobility awards that help fund exchanges. The campus is small and intimate, occupying a leafy city block in Halifax’s south end. Ten minutes is all it takes to reach downtown, with its restaurants and animated nightlife. A network of overpasses and tunnels gets students to and from class without having to set foot outside—handy in the winter months.

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Standout Programs

International Development Studies: This interdisciplinary program offers students integrated classroom and real-world experiential learning. Students earn academic credit on international exchanges and internships, putting knowledge into action with the goal of creating a more equitable world.

Astrophysics: Saint Mary’s is the only school east of Montreal to offer a bachelor of science in astrophysics. Faculty regularly work with international partners and students are given opportunities to assist with ongoing research.

Environmental Science: Combines core sciences with management, social sciences and humanities. Students develop an understanding of resource-oriented issues.

Cool Courses

Artificial Intelligence: This course introduces students to artificial intelligence and examines its philosophical and mathematical properties. Students receive both a theoretical education on artificial intelligence and the hands-on experience with tools used to develop it today.

Forensic Skeletal Identification: Learn how to identify the bones of a human skeleton, including age, sex and cause of death.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 70%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 70%
Arts: $6,412 ($7,695 out-of-province); Science: $6,612 ($7,895 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 48.3
3rd & 4th year: 25.3
Full-time: 5,530
Part-time: 911
1,139 (first come, first served) Graduation: 53.4%
Retention: 77.2%

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