NSCC | Halifax, N.S. | Founded 1996

NSCC nautical students prepare for a career at sea. (Courtesy of NSCC)

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is a leader in maritime programs. Its Sensing, Engineering and Analytics Technology Access Centre (SEATAC), located at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship in Dartmouth, complements the college’s ocean and marine-industry-related programs, as well as its applied research efforts. NSCC’s Nautical Institute in Port Hawkesbury offers marine training and funding to support women and Indigenous learners considering a career at sea. NSCC’s Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) hosts students from around the world; a new 27,000-sq.-foot geospatial analytics innovation hub will open there in September 2021 to support research in agriculture, energy and aquaculture.

The college has a diverse roster of diploma and certificate programs, which are divided into five schools: Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services; Technology and Environment; Trades and Transportation. NSCC promotes sustainability-focused learning outcomes in all of its 130-plus programs and has set a goal to become net zero by 2050. There are 13 campuses and three learning centres across Nova Scotia; a new campus on the Sydney waterfront is under construction. Suite-style residences are available at the Truro campus, and new residences will open at COGS and the Nautical Institute in September 2021.

Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Large $3,830-$4,243 $3,830-$4,243 $5,750-$6,163 Yes

Cool Options

  • Cool Climate Wine and Viticulture Certificate: Students gain the skills and knowledge to work in Atlantic Canada’s grape, wine and wine-tourism industries.
  • Mi’kmaw Early Childhood Education (Poqji-kina’masulti’kw tel-kina’mujik mijua’ji’jk): The program focuses on Mi’kmaw culture and language, combining classroom and applied learning with infants, preschoolers and school-aged children.
  • Screen Arts: Students learn to write a script, design and construct a set, shoot and edit a film and manage production.

Popular Programs

  • Business Administration
  • Social Services
  • Office Administration
  • Practical Nursing
  • Early Childhood Education

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