Mount Saint Vincent University

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

Mount Saint Vincent university students in a lecture

(Photograph by Dean Casavechia)

At a time when women could not vote, Mount Saint Vincent was the only institution in Canada dedicated to higher education for women. The Mount has been admitting men since the 1960s, but the commitment to the advancement of women lives on. The Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research is home to programs and initiatives in women’s studies, business, tourism and communications. At the Centre for Applied Research in Human Health, students work alongside faculty researching public health issues, from nutrition to Alzheimer’s disease.

An MSVU education is an education that makes a difference—our students gain not only the knowledge they need to do their future work, but also the passion and skills required to be socially responsible global citizens,” says president Mary Bluechardt.

Mount Saint Vincent takes a personalized approach to education. Class sizes are small and profs really do know everyone by name. Students have early opportunities to conduct research in fields such as quantum chemistry, neuroscience, tourism and early childhood development; students have meaningful references when applying for graduate studies or jobs. Personalized schedules mean that a student who is a parent, for example, can complete classes and still be home in time when the kids return from school. The co-op program gives students in all programs opportunities for hands-on experience.

Although it’s less than eight kilometres to downtown Halifax, the heavily treed campus feels like a retreat. Deer sometimes graze on the community garden, which was built to provide access to sustainably managed food.

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Standout Programs
Applied Human Nutrition: Students train to work at home or abroad in areas such as product development, food security, community nutrition and health care.
Nonprofit Leadership: From staff and volunteer management to fundraising, marketing and strategic planning, students learn how to manage a non-profit organization.
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.

Cool Courses
Global Nutrition: Examine global health and the international cultural context of food, nutrition and health across borders, religions, cultures and societies.
Queer Literature and Culture: Explore themes in 2SLGBTQ+ literature across a range of historical periods, in combination with theory, art, film and television.

$7,906 ($9,189 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 63.8% · Science: 70.6% · Commerce: 69.2%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 2,129 ·
Part-time: 594
Graduates: Full-time: 83 · Part-time: 725
International Students: First-year: 14.3% · Graduate: 53.6%
Male-Female Ratio: 24 to 76
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 398 (278 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $9,178 · Single room with meals: $9,990 to $10,823 · Apartment-style: $7,008

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