King's and Dalhousie

Undergraduate degrees typically take four years to complete. The Bachelor of Arts, Science, and Music are offered in partnership with our neighbour Dalhousie University through our shared College of Arts and ScienceThe Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) is awarded exclusively by King’s, with your electives and major/minor options offered in partnership with Dalhousie.

King’s and Dalhousie together deliver unmatched depth and variety. This academic inter-mingling of the two universities presents a unique opportunity for specialization and focus that will distinguish your undergraduate degree. Whatever you choose, the options are anything but limited.

Our Shared Academic Offerings


A Bachelor of Arts at King’s and Dalhousie offers an unparalleled opportunity to pursue your emerging interests, allowing custom options for majors and minors. For example, you can pair King’s honours degrees with Classics or International Development, or Environment, Sustainability & Society, or Social Anthropology…permutations abound. Because King’s is academically intertwined with Dalhousie, you’ll get an honours college experience within a research-intensive university. The ability to seamlessly take courses at both King’s and Dalhousie means you can graduate with a stronger, well-rounded degree unique across Canada.

Honours Programs

King’s offers three upper-year honours programs that allow you to engage more deeply with your faculty and the questions that arise from FYP. The programs are uniquely interdisciplinary, meaning they ignore arbitrary divisions between disciplines. You can combine one of these with a more traditional subject within the College of Arts and Science at Dalhousie, or with Journalism at King’s, and you develop a specialized thesis in your final year.


Combining the Foundation Year Program (FYP) at King’s with Science at Dalhousie will enable you to experience the lively and tightly-knit community of King’s, while benefiting from Dalhousie’s national reputation for teaching and research excellence. King’s Foundation Year immerses you in the works of the great minds that have shaped our intellectual history while you are concurrently studying science at Atlantic Canada’s most comprehensive science university.

After FYP–Science, you can go on to a dedicated science degree at Dalhousie. If you want to continue to study humanities alongside the sciences, in addition to the many offerings of Dalhousie’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, King’s Honours Programs are particularly suited to integrating your science studies with the humanities.


You can pursue a Bachelor of Music degree that incorporates the Foundation Year Program into the first-year curriculum. FYP counts for four of your five first year credits with a preparatory music credit rounding out your course load. After FYP, as you progress into 2nd year you will take classes at King’s and at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts.


Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism

You can take two degrees awarded exclusively by King’s:

  • The Bachelor of Journalism (Honours): This four-year program gives you journalism skills coupled with a broader undergraduate education. Beginning in second year, take electives, select a minor, or pursue a combined honours degree alongside Journalism by selecting from the programs offered through Dalhousie’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • The one-year Bachelor of Journalism: This intensive education in journalism practice is for students who already have an undergraduate degree. Students take courses solely at King’s.

Jointly offered master’s degrees

King’s offers these degrees in partnership with Dalhousie:

  • Master of Journalism – Begin this two-year program with an intensive introduction to reporting practices across platforms. Then take a deeper dive into long-form investigative reporting using skills to find stories in data.
  • Master of Journalism (with Advanced Standing) – This program expands your digital journalism skills further into the realms of social and mobile. It teaches you to do systematic research, crunch large data sets and put the results to work in evidence-driven stories.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative NonfictionCanada’s only Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction is a two-year limited-residency program that combines short, intense residencies in Halifax, Toronto and New York with ongoing one-to-one mentoring with professional nonfiction writers and teachers. At the end of two years, students graduate with a degree, a polished book proposal, and a substantial portion of a finished manuscript.

Whatever area of study you choose, there are nearly limitless options to make the degree your own. Any major, honours, or minor program in our shared faculties is available to King’s students. Pursue a unique and truly interdisciplinary course of study by exploring degree options in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and Faculty of Science.

Our Shared Student Services

Dalhousie is a mere 30 second walk from King’s campus. In addition to the amenities on our campus, as a King’s student you also have access to almost all of Dalhousie’s facilities, services and supports, from on-campus recreation options, to libraries, to academic support.

Our Shared History

Founded in 1789 and 1818 respectively, King’s and Dalhousie are among the oldest universities in Canada. King’s original campus was located in Windsor, Nova Scotia, where it remained for 131 years. Alexander Croke, an aristocrat whose estate “Studley” is the modern-day location of King’s and Dalhousie campuses, served on the original King’s Board of Governors.

In 1920, a fire ravaged King’s, burning its main building to the ground, raising the question of how or if the college was to survive.

King’s was determined to carry on, and so accepted the terms of a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to rebuild, not in Windsor but in Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia, entering into association with Dalhousie University. Under this agreement, King’s agreed to pay the salaries of a number of Dalhousie professors, who in turn would help in the management and academic life of King’s College. Students at King’s would also study at Dalhousie and have access to all of the amenities of the larger school, and the academic programs at King’s (except for Divinity) would fold into the College of Arts and Sciences at Dalhousie.

With financial support from the Carnegie Foundation, King’s relocated to Halifax, and since 1923 it has maintained a joint faculties with Dalhousie.