Apply to Graduate Studies

Application Deadlines
Minimum acceptable IELTS and TOEFL scores

Students applying for Graduate Studies at Saint Mary’s University must submit:

  1. An online application form plus the $70 processing fee (non-refundable)
  2. A supplemental form (if required by program)
  3. Official proof of English language proficiency (if required)
  4. Recommendation Forms
  5. Official transcripts for all universities and colleges attended
  6. Additional documentation required by the program

Most supporting documents can be emailed to: with the following exceptions:

Recommendation forms, official test scores and transcripts must be sent directly to us in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or referee in order to be considered official.  Once submitted, these documents become the property of Saint Mary's University and will not be returned. 

Official documents should be mailed to:

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Saint Mary’s University
923 Robie Street
Atrium Building, Suite 210
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3H 3C3

Recommendation Forms and Transcripts should be submitted as follows:


It is in the applicant’s best interest to have referees submit the Saint Mary's University Recommendation Form.  This form should be mailed directly to us from your referee.  Referees may also include a separate letter with the form.  The form must arrive in a sealed envelope and be signed by your referee across the seal.  Envelopes that appear to have been tampered with, or any unsealed documents that are sent by the student will not be considered. 

Alternatively, referees can email their Recommendation Form to Please note, for an emailed Recommendation Form to be considered official it must be sent from the referees professional email address. 


Official documents pertaining to your undergraduate degree and any other degrees or courses taken at a university/college are to be submitted in the following manner:

Official transcript from the issuing university/college, printed on official university/college paper, enclosed in official university/college envelopes and mailed directly to Saint Mary’s University.  If your official transcript is printed in a language other than English, you will need to have a second, official transcript translated by a professional translator.  The translator should submit both the original transcript and the translation directly to Saint Mary’s University.  Please note, any unsealed documents that are sent by the student will not be considered. 

 There are only two exceptions to this:

First, if the original documents are enclosed in an official envelope from the issuing institution and the envelope is signed by an official of the institution across the seal.  If the envelope appears to have been tampered with, it will not be considered.

Second, if documentation is issued only once to a student the institution should provide verification that only one copy is issued and the student must make a photocopy and have it attested by a notary public to be a true and accurate copy of the original document. This should arrive in a sealed envelope by the notary and signed across the seal.

PLEASE NOTE: Transcripts and reference letters received by email will not be considered as official documents.

Contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research with any questions.