Building on your existing expertise, we’ll help you strengthen your ability to respond effectively to complex policy and management issues – and to think strategically in order to anticipate and plan for future challenges.
The program also offers valuable opportunities to develop lifelong relationships with other public and not-for-profit sector professionals.Program at a Glance
Officially accredited/recognized by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University is a large (enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Dalhousie University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
Most successful applicants possess at least five years of professional and relevant workplace experience and hold a four-year equivalent degree with at least a second class standing (B average, 3.0 GPA) from a university recognized by the Senate of Dalhousie University.With this in mind, we will need at least two copies of the official transcripts of your academic record from the university or universities you’ve attended.Advanced standing
The nationally renowned and respected School of Public Administration recognizes the value of the work experience students bring to our Master of Public Administration (Management) program. That is why students in the MPA (M) program need only 13 half-credits to obtain their degree, rather than the 18 half-credits required by our on-campus MPA.Working with the Canada School of Public Service, we offer further advanced standing to eligible graduates of the Canada School’s Direxion Program.In addition, graduates of the specific provincial (NS & ON) or territorial (NU) Leadership Development programs and the Joint Command and Staff Program from the Canadian Forces College of the Department of National Defence may also be eligible for advanced standing.Finally, candidates with an outstanding record at the graduate or senior undergraduate levels in the subject areas covered by our curriculum may also apply for advanced standing.Exceptions
We consider applications from people without a university degree on a case-by-case basis. If you choose to apply without a degree, you’ll need to create a portfolio of the learning you’ve achieved through formal education or training, workplace experience or other activities. When considering your application, we will pay particular attention to analytical skills and competencies relevant to advanced study in public administration.
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