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Application Information

Graduate Study Application Information and Deadlines

  • Canadian applications - subject to availability of positions. Please contact the department.
  • Non-Canadian Applicants - April 1, 2018. If visa processing is likely to be lengthy, please apply by March 1, 2018.

Applications and supporting documentation (official transcripts, IELTS/TOEFL scores, Reference Letters sent directly to the department) should be submitted well in advance of the appropriate deadlines to allow time for consideration by the department. The Department also requires a Research Statement (1-2 pages maximum) detailing past research experience and research interests for graduate study; a CV or resume is also requested for a full assessment of academic acceptability.

Acceptance into our graduate program is based on academic excellence and demonstrated research experienceóboth are essential. Undergraduate degree requirements usually come in the form of a B.Sc. Honours degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry or a related field such as biology, chemistry or relevant biomedical sciences. In the absence of an Honours degree with a formal research component, other research experiences may also be deemed acceptable (e.g., co-op work terms, summer lab jobs). In addition to an academic acceptance, enrolment in the program is subject to the identification of a research supervisor and stipend support. Scholarship support is available through the department, at minimum levels of $22,000/year (M.Sc.) or $23,000/year (Ph.D.); the actual value is often negotiable with the supervisor. However, the number of stipends each year is limited, so we strongly advise you to apply for scholarships from your own country and/or various granting agencies. Competitive scholarship awards may be supplemented to $29,000/year.


Applicants are encouraged to make early contact with potential research supervisors, and if possible to visit the department. A TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet), or an IELTS score of at least 7.5, is necessary for those whose native language is not English. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if completion of the degree is at an institution where the language of instruction is English.

The completed application form and application fee is sent to the Registrar's Office. Supporting documentation is sent directly to the department.

On Line Application Now Available

Potential graduate students have been asking for an online application form for a long time. In response to this request, we now have an online application available. Applicants can choose to submit their application the way it has always been done, or they can use the online version. The link to the online application form can be found on the admissions page.

PhD Tuition Waivers for Qualified New PhD Students

(Posted May 23 2007 by FGS)

In order to continue to attract top-flight doctoral candidates, Dalhousie will waive tuition fees, starting January 1, 2008, for the first two years for students starting PhD programs who hold national level doctoral scholarships (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, and Killam).

Information last updated on 2017-11-10

Graduate Students Sought

Enrolment in our graduate program depends on (1) meeting our standards for academic acceptability and (2) securing a research supervisor and financial support.

(1) Academic acceptability. Evaluation of academic acceptability is done by the department's Graduate Committee after receipt of a completed application by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. An applicant is informed promptly of the outcome of this academic evaluation.

(2) Research supervisor and financial support. Our department has a diverse range of research interests. Therefore, to find a suitable research supervisor, direct contact with faculty members whose research activities are of interest is strongly encouraged. NOTE: this early contact with faculty should be made before formally applying to our program.

Financial support is also important, because graduate study with us is a full-time endeavor. Therefore, all of our graduate students receive financial support. This support typically comes from competitive studentships (CGS, NSERC, CIHR, etc.) awarded to the student, or from graduate stipends derived from faculty research monies. Whether a potential research supervisor has a graduate stipend available can be learned through the early faculty contact noted above.

Suggestion: when contacting faculty about a graduate position it is helpful to send a copy of your academic transcripts.

Graduate Inquiries

Roisin McDevitt, Graduate Administrator
Dr. Jan Rainey, Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Barbara Karten, Associate Graduate Coordinator