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—as does a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through the Aboriginal Student Centre, the Black Student Support Office, accessibility services and 2SLGBTQIA+ resources. The Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research is home to programs and initiatives in women’s studies, business and tourism. At the Centre for Applied Research in Human Health, students can work alongside faculty researching public health issues, such as nutrition and 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. 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. 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.
• Family Studies & Gerontology: Students prepare for a variety of careers related to family dynamics, community support and timely challenges posed by an aging population.
• Psychology: Students take courses across four streams and examine both the biological and social reasons why humans act the way they do.
• Public Relations: This nationally recognized degree was established in 1977—the first of its kind in Canada.
• Plagues and Peoples: A World History of Epidemics: Explore the universality of health concerns, social and cultural upheaval, and the medical responses to epidemics.
• Intro to Queer Studies: Students examine efforts to control sexual and gender identities. The course highlights efforts to reform institutionalized heterosexuality.
Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$7,877 ($9,160 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 64.6% · Science: 69% · Commerce: 62.6%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 2,321 · Part-time: 553
Graduates: Full-time: 115 · Part-time: 692
International Students: First-year: 13.6% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 25 to 75
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 214 (398 last year with 278 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $10,550 to $11,383 · Apartment-style: $7,008