Nestled in the heart of Halifax, Saint Mary’s University is marked by iconic buildings, green spaces and fresh ocean air. The university keeps classes small, with an average of 40 students in an introductory course. Saint Mary’s also has a strong international community; almost a third of its student body hails from more than 112 countries.
“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 entrepreneurial spirit is strong at the Sobey School of Business, which offers a solid slate of programs at the graduate and undergraduate level. Bachelor of commerce students get a rigorous grounding in business basics and lots of opportunities for hands-on learning through case competitions, international experience, student-run investment programs and interaction with the business community.
The campus is small and intimate, occupying a leafy city block in Halifax’s South End. Downtown, with its restaurants and animated nightlife, is only minutes away. A network of overpasses and tunnels gets students to and from class without having to set foot outside—handy in the winter months.
• Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial skills apply to a number of careers. This program combines the newest methods of practice and theory. Students build their skills while learning about venture investing and management techniques and can take part in workshops and case competitions.
• Intercultural Studies: In this flexible program, which can be combined with other studies, students learn languages and gain intercultural skills, in class and through international opportunities.
• Forensic Science: Designed to complement a bachelor of science degree, this certificate develops critical thinking and the methods for evaluating information and analyzing data as it applies to civil or criminal law.
• Forensic DNA Typing: This course delivers theory as well as hands-on training with forensic DNA typing, and covers all aspects of protocols and interpretation. Lab sessions involve actual DNA typing where students work with their own DNA.
• Human Sexual Behaviour: In this course, students examine empirical research and the theory of human sexuality. While the primary emphasis is on psychological issues pertaining to human sexual behaviour, cultural, biological and historical perspectives are also considered.
Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$8,242 ($9,525 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70.8% · Commerce: 70.4% · Engineering: 73%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 5,459 · Part-time: 537
Graduates: Full-time: 497 · Part-time: 154
International Students: First-year: 23% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 49 to 51
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 434 (1,140 last year; first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Apartment-style: $7,570 to $7,900