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 environmentally friendly Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research is home to programs and initiatives in women’s studies, business, tourism and communications. The new Centre for Applied Research in Human Health, a hub for interdisciplinary work on public health initiatives, opened in 2018.

“A Mount education imparts the knowledge students need to do their future work, and also the passion and tools to make sure that work is done in a way that is just,” says president Mary Bluechardt.

Mount Saint Vincent takes a personalized approach to education and encourages socially responsible citizens. Class sizes are small and profs really do know everyone by name. Students have early opportunities to conduct research, and they get 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 for when the kids return from school. A long-standing 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
• Psychology: From gambling to the socio-emotional development of children, students explore the many sub-fields of psychology, while working on real-world research.
• 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.
• Gerontology: This program looks at the rapidly changing demographics of Canada and the world, and examines the systems that must respond to them. Students explore issues and challenges related to aging.

Cool Courses
• Mass Media and Public Opinion: Students examine a range of media content and assess the implications of communication technologies.
• History of Rock and Roll: Examines rock music as a lens for cultural critique from the birth of youth culture in the 1950s to contemporary post-rock subcultures.

$7,436 ($8,719 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70.8% · Science: 73.8% · Commerce: 73%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,934 ·
Part-time: 994
Graduates: Full-time: 60 · Part-time: 750
International Students: First-year: 10% ·
Graduate: 20%
Male-Female Ratio: 24 to 76
Residence Spaces
405 (275 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $8,986 · Single room with meals: $9,782 to $10,599 · Apartment-style: $6,871

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