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Dalhousie University

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Studley Campus, Halifax Canada

Ranking

# =308QS World University Rankings

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108Undergraduate programs

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132Postgraduate programs

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About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University University is located in Nova Scotia, Canada, on Mi'kma'ki ancestral land. Dalhousie is comprised of four campuses in Halifax and Truro, with satellite locations in Yarmouth and Saint John, New Brunswick. Dalhousie’s broad range of academic programs attract a diverse mix of incredible students, scholars, researchers and staff.

Nova Scotia is at the far eastern end of Canada’s coastline. Rugged and atmospheric landscape, infused with the Celtic roots of the locals, often make this area of North America feel more like Ireland or Scotland. Halifax is a busy port settlement famous for its maritime history, with an iconic star-shaped citadel in the centre of the urban area. To the north, Truro is a charming town just downriver from the enchanting Cobequid Bay.

Dalhousie University was founded in 1818 and boasts 13 academic faculties, dedicated to building understanding through excellence in teaching. The university’s drive for discovery results in more than $190 million in research funding every year, and it is Atlantic Canada's primary research-intensive university. Dalhousie is also a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Universities, with world-leading research and innovation including lab, studios and field work.

Dalhousie is committed to supporting evidence-based solutions through our teaching, research, and service that are consistent with the important work of fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.

Find out more about life at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia on its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University University is located in Nova Scotia, Canada, on Mi'kma'ki ancestral land. Dalhousie is comprised of four campuses in Halifax and Truro, with satellite locations in Yarmouth and Saint John, New Brunswick. Dalhousie’s broad range of academic programs attract a diverse mix of incredible students, scholars, researchers and staff.

Nova Scotia is at the far eastern end of Canada’s coastline. Rugged and atmospheric landscape, infused with the Celtic roots of the locals, often make this area of North America feel more like Ireland or Scotland. Halifax is a busy port settlement famous for its maritime history, with an iconic star-shaped citadel in the centre of the urban area. To the north, Truro is a charming town just downriver from the enchanting Cobequid Bay.

Dalhousie University was founded in 1818 and boasts 13 academic faculties, dedicated to building understanding through excellence in teaching. The university’s drive for discovery results in more than $190 million in research funding every year, and it is Atlantic Canada's primary research-intensive university. Dalhousie is also a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Universities, with world-leading research and innovation including lab, studios and field work.

Dalhousie is committed to supporting evidence-based solutions through our teaching, research, and service that are consistent with the important work of fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.

Find out more about life at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia on its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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University information

Students hoping to apply to study at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, should consider their previous education and review the minimum requirements for the program of choice and which courses and certificates they will need to fulfill them. Potential applicants can reach out to the university for assistance with their application.
   
Applicants to Dalhousie University must make sure they meet any programme-specific requirements and language proficiency scores for international students before they apply to study. Once they've applied, postgraduate students should pay the application fee and submit supporting documentation. Full instructions on how to apply to study at Dalhousie can be found on the university’s admissions website.

Students wishing to apply to Dalhousie should check the admissions portal for their appropriate level of study. The university caters to students at undergraduate level and postgraduate level, as well as applicants with more specific circumstances like transfer applicants, upgrading and pathway programmes, professional programmes and continuing education.

Dalhousie offers and manages a range of funding opportunities for students. Each year, millions of dollars in scholarships, awards, bursaries and prizes is distributed through the Registrar's Office to promising Dalhousie students. Scholarships are money awarded for academic merit. For some scholarships, assessment is also based on other criteria such as community involvement, leadership and financial need.

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Dalhousie has three campuses within the Halifax Peninsula and a fourth, the Agricultural Campus, in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. Studley Campus in Halifax serves as the primary campus; it houses the majority of the university's academic buildings such as faculties, athletic facilities, and the university's Student Union Building. Applicants can take a virtual tour of Dalhousie University campuses on the Dalhousie website. The campus is largely surrounded by residential neighbourhoods.

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Dalhousie University has 20,970 total students, 23% of which are international. It offers over 200 programmes, has 93 Rhodes Scholars, over 150,000 alumni and annually funds millions in research. The university is ranked tenth in Canada according to the QS Full-time MBA Rankings: Canada 2022 and twelfth in Canada in the overall QS World University Rankings 2023. On top of this, Dalhousie University has been rated 5 QS Stars across teaching, employability, inclusiveness and more. 

Online study at Dalhousie University is offered, the extent to which is dependent on the programme of study, so potential applicants should check if their chosen programme is designed for online learning. The university offers a wealth of resources to students studying online, including student technological and mental wellbeing support.

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Student life

Dalhousie is focused on helping students learn in a hands-on, collaborative manner where everyone can have access to experiential learning opportunities. This focus on academic innovation means the university is committed to the continuous development of its programmes. 

The university has a variety of communities to help support students, including the Black Student Advising Centre, advisors for Indigenous students, LGBTQ2SIA+ and gender safe places such as DalOUT, South House and various health services, plus the Dalhousie Multifaith Services. On top of this there are advisors, workshops and cultural events for international students. As well as these supportive groups, there are recreational societies and clubs to add to the sense of community on campus. 

This is amplified for students who live on-campus who will be part of their residence community. Resident Assistant (Ras) organise floor events to help students meet and socialise. There is campus accommodation on the main Halifax Campus and the Agricultural Campus in Turo. The accommodation includes both single and shared rooms and is split between traditional halls and non-traditional residences with houses and apartments. There is a meal plan available which is mandatory for traditional residences. See the latest accommodation fees for the Halifax Campus on their website. 


Alumni from Dalhousie – the university is known colloquially as Dal – have gone on to great success in diverse fields. Dal alumni are often featured in local and national press coverage specific to the skills gained from their education. Stories of alumni and the career prospects of Dalhousie graduates are available on the featured section of the alumni website.

Tuition fee and scholarships

One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Rankings & ratings

Dalhousie University is one of the top public universities in Halifax, Canada. It is ranked #=308 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #243
  • 2014
    #=244
  • 2015
    #=235
  • 2016
    #=277
  • 2017
    #=283
  • 2018
    #=279
  • 2019
    #=279
  • 2020
    #280
  • 2021
    #291
  • 2022
    #=272
  • 2023
    #=308

Ranking criteria

34.3
Overall
18.5
Academic Reputation
21.2
Employer Reputation
14.2
Faculty Student Ratio
63.8
Citations per Faculty
100
International Faculty Ratio
80.5
International Students Ratio
81.7
International Research Network
18.4
Employment Outcomes
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Available programs

Dalhousie University offers undergraduate programmes covering a broad range of disciplines, sectors and industries. A selection of their undergraduate programmes includes:

- Accounting

- Acting

- Biology

- Business

- Canadian Studies

- Civil Engineering

- Early Modern Studies

- Electrical Engineering

- Finance/Commerce

- Gender and Women’s Studies

- Health Sciences

- Industrial Engineering

- International Business

- Kinesiology

- Landscape Architecture

- Law Justice and Society

- Management

- Marine Biology

- Neuroscience

- Political Science

- Recreation Management

- Sociology and Social Anthropology

- Statistics

- Theatre


Online study at Dalhousie University is offered, the extent to which is dependent on the programme of study, so potential applicants should check if their chosen programme is designed for online learning. The university offers a wealth of resources to students studying online, including student technological and mental wellbeing support.

Tuition fees and more information on financing programmes at Dalhousie University are available on the university website’s dedicated finance area.

Dalhousie offers and manages a range of funding opportunities for students. Each year, millions of dollars in scholarships, awards, bursaries and prizes is distributed through the Registrar's Office to promising Dalhousie students. Scholarships are money awarded for academic merit. For some scholarships, assessment is also based on other criteria such as community involvement, leadership and financial need.

Students wishing to apply to study an undergraduate programme at Dalhousie should check the undergraduate level admissions portal. Information is also available for undergraduate students with specific circumstances like transfer applicants, upgrading and pathway programmes, professional programmes and continuing education.

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Dalhousie University offers over 130 master’s and PhD programmes, covering a wide range of sectors, industries and disciplines. A selection of their courses include:

- Architecture

- Biological Engineering

- Business Administration (MBA ‑ Leadership)

- Civil and Resource Engineering

- Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

- Community Health & Epidemiology

- Digital Innovation

- Health Informatics

- History

- Interdisciplinary PhD

- Journalism

- Medical Neuroscience

- Mechanical Engineering

- Oceanography

- Political Science

- Resource & Environmental Management

- Statistics


Online study at Dalhousie University is offered, the extent to which is dependent on the programme of study, so potential applicants should check if their chosen programme is designed for online learning. The university offers a wealth of resources to students studying online, including student technological and mental wellbeing support.

Dalhousie offers and manages a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate study. Finance can be provided by the university, the federal and provincial governments, and external agencies. The amount available to students varies between degrees and programs, typically ranging from $16,500 to $24,000 or more per year in the early stages of a degree. Dalhousie offers four areas of scholarship: 

- Scholarship for master’s students

- Scholarship for PhD students

- Scholarship for international students

- Scholarship for diverse scholars


Applying for graduate studies at Dalhousie is a detailed process, but potential applicants can reach out to the university for assistance. Students hoping to begin a postgraduate programme at Dalhousie University must make sure they meet any programme-specific requirements, Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum admission requirements, and language proficiency scores for international students before they apply to study. Once applied, postgraduate students should pay the application fee and submit supporting documentation. Full instructions on how to apply to Dalhousie for postgraduate study can be found on the university’s online application portal.

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