Application Checklists

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

  • Application form
  • Application fee of $65
  • Official high school transcript (this should either be sent directly from the school or arrive in a sealed envelope from the high school within the student’s application).

Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)

  • Application form
  • Application fee of $65
  • Official high school transcript (this should either be sent directly from the school or arrive in a sealed envelope from the high school within the student’s application)
  • Autobiographical sketch: a 1000-word essay about yourself. We’re not looking for a list of names, dates and places. We want to know something about your academic strengths and weaknesses, your general interests, any journalism-related work you may have done, and anything else that would contribute to a well-rounded story about yourself.
  • A portfolio of any previous work in journalism (ie. high school paper, community radio) or any other evidence of a keen interest in journalism (optional)
  • Three letters of reference (optional)
  • Resume (optional)

Bachelor of Music

  • Application form
  • Application fee of $65 
  • Official high school transcript (this should either be sent directly from the school or arrive in a sealed envelope from the high school within the student’s application)
  • Supplemental application form. This form can be obtained in hard copy from the Music Department at Dalhousie University or online. Once completed, it should be returned directly to the Music Department.

One-year Bachelor of Journalism

  • Application form
  • Application fee of $70
  • An official transcript from all previous post-secondary institutions
  • A 1,000-word autobiographical sketch
  • A portfolio (recommended)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)
  • Résumé (optional)

Master of Journalism Program

  • Application Form. Please indicate your proposed field of study, selecting one of New Ventures, Investigative, or Juris Doctor. Please note the Dalhousie application does not include the option of a June start date. Students applying to the 10-month MJ may check the “Summer” start date.  Students applying to the 2-year MJ may check the “Fall” start date.
  • Application fee of $100.00
  • Two copies of official transcripts for all post secondary institutions attended. Official transcripts from Dalhousie/King’s (or the former TUNS) are not required for current or former Dalhousie/King’s students.
  • A letter outlining your educational/professional experience, your goals for the program and your reasons for wanting to attend the master of journalism program. Explain any gaps or deficiencies in your academic record or any other factors you wish to have taken into account.
  • A maximum of five selected samples (clippings, tapes, posts etc) of  your best related work.
  • Two confidential reference letters are required (the form can be found here). These letters are to have an ink signature, placed in an envelope, endorsed across the back seal, and returned to the applicant or sent directly to the King’s Registrar’s Office (please do not open the envelope). The letters should not be submitted to Dalhousie University. Referees can use the form linked above, provide a formal letter, or a combination of both. Please note that applicants who have been out of university for more than 5 years and are unable to obtain academic references may submit professional references in lieu.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of English language competency. Please refer to the Dalhousie University Graduate Studies English Language Requirements for more information on English language proficiency test scores.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction

  • A completed online application form or a Dalhousie University Faculty of Graduate Studies application form. Please note the Dalhousie application form was created for programs approved by September 2012. As a result, the form does not include the option for an August start date. You may check the “September” start box or leave this section blank.
  • Application fee of $100.00
  • Two copies of official transcripts for all post secondary institutions attended. Official transcripts from Dalhousie/King’s (or the former TUNS) are not required for current or former Dalhousie/King’s students.
  • A letter outlining your educational/professional experience, your goals for the program, and your reasons for wanting to attend the master of fine arts in creative nonfiction program. Explain any gaps or deficiencies in your academic record, and any other factors you wish to have taken into account.
  • While it is not a requirement for admission, prospective students are encouraged to include a description of the idea or ideas they want to pursue as their major creative nonfiction project.
  • A portfolio of a maximum of 25 double-spaced pages of your best nonfiction related work.
  • Two confidential reference letters are required (the form can be found here). These letters are to have an ink signature, placed in an envelope, endorsed across the back seal, and returned to the applicant or sent directly to the King’s Registrar’s Office (please do not open the envelope). The letters should not be submitted to Dalhousie University. Referees can use the form linked above, provide a formal letter, or a combination of both. Please note that applicants who have been out of university for more than 5 years and are unable to obtain academic references may submit professional references in lieu.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of English language competency. Please refer to the Dalhousie University Graduate Studies English Language Requirements for more information on English language proficiency test scores.

Depending on your status you may require additional parts in your application.

Transfer students from another post-secondary institution

All programs: 

  • Same requirements as above
  • Official university or college transcripts
  • Detailed course descriptions for courses taken at other post-secondary institutions
  • If you have not attended post-secondary school for at least one academic year, you must also submit a letter outlining your activities since leaving your studies.

Home-Schooled StudentsOME-SCHOOLED STUDENTS

All programs:

  • Application form
  • Application fee of $65 
  • A letter of intent
  • A writing sample
  • Some information from the educator about the curriculum or program followed
  • Lists of textbooks used and books read
  • Any transcripts that might be available
  • Results of any standardized tests, such as the SAT or ACT (a total score of 1650 on the new SAT)
  • For any program requiring pre-calculus math: successful completion of the Math Diagnostic Test

Mature students and non-degree students

  • Application form
  • Application fee of $65 
  • Official secondary or post-secondary transcripts
  • Letter/resume outlining life and work experience since last attending full time study
  • Letter of intent outlining educational goals and motivation to succeed at university (mature students)

Visiting NSCAD students (minor in journalism studies)

Visiting Students on a letter of permission from another University or College

  • Application form
  • Application fee of $65
  • Approved letter of permission from home institution