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Saint Mary’s University Admission requirements For International Students

The 2021 Maclean’s rankings, placed Saint Mary’s fourth amongst other “primarily undergraduate” universities in Canada.

Admissions to Saint Mary’s University is both varied depending on choice of study program and the university preparation academic program of your country and whether you belong to an English speaking as a first language country or not and other criteria.

However, admissions into Saint Mary’s University is as easy and straight forward as it comes.

Saint Mary’s University also popular known as “SMU” is a Catholic, public-liberal university sited in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The institution is best known for its nationally leading programs in business and chemistry, it also boasts one of the best Canadian women’s basketball programs. 

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY FOUNDING

SMU is the second oldest English-speaking and first Roman Catholic higher institution in Canada. The Roman Catholic church established Saint Mary’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1802.

This was in Glebe House, its purpose was to extend educational opportunities to Catholic youths and to train its candidates for the clergy.

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY RANKINGS

Maclean’s annual rankings evaluate universities on 13 performance measures. 49 universities are evaluated in three categories, thus, under the “primarily undergraduate” institutions SMU is being ranked amongst other universities the in publication .

The 2021 Maclean’s rankings, placed Saint Mary’s fourth amongst other “primarily undergraduate” universities in Canada..

The report of the Canadian University stated that the student satisfaction was a grade of B+ in 2013, same as in 2012, and A- in quality of teaching, A- in class size, A- in buildings and facilities and improvement shown in six key categories.

SMU ranks eighth in this category boasting the highest number of professors who have won national awards amongst all primarily undergraduate universities in Atlantic Canada.

SAINT MARY’S FACULTIES

SMU has four faculties:

SMU PROGRAMS

Arts Programs

  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • Atlantic Canada Studies
  • Classics
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Intercultural Studies
  • International Development Studies
  • Irish Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Justice and Community Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies

Business Programs

  • Accounting
  • Computing and Information Systems
  • Computing Science and Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Business Studies
  • Global Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

Science Programs

  • Astrophysics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS

Admission requirements at Saint Mary’s University is based on the kind of academic offerings of university preparation program at your home country, and the course specific admission requirements you opt for. Nevertheless, below are some country based admission requirements.

American High School

As a student attending high school in the United States of America or one being taught in an American patterned curriculum in an international school, the following Grade 12 subjects with grades of ‘C’ (70%) and above for admission to undergraduate programs are considered.

  • Arts: English (College Prep); four other college prep courses
  • Environmental Studies: English (College Prep); four other college prep courses
  • Commerce: English (College Prep); Mathematics (College Prep); three other college prep courses
  • Science: English (College Prep); Pre-Calculus Mathematics; one college prep science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics); two other college prep courses
  • Diploma in Engineering: English (College Prep); Pre-Calculus Mathematics; Chemistry; Physics; one other college prep course.

British-Patterned Curriculum

Upon the completion of GCSE/IGCSE O levels or a combination of O levels and predicted or completed A levels, you are eligible to apply for admission at SMU.

An offer of advanced standing may be credited to your degree with final Advanced level results of A, B or C (4 and higher). Below are basic subject requirements.

Bachelor of Arts

  • English (GCSE/O level or higher)
  • Four other academic subjects at O level or higher

Bachelor of Commerce

  • English (GCSE/O level or higher)
  • Mathematics (GCSE/O level or higher)
  • Three other academic subjects at O level or higher

Bachelor of Science

  • English (GCSE/O level or higher)
  • AS/A level Mathematics
  • One science of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (GCSE/O level or higher)
  • Two other academic subjects at GCSE/O level or higher

Diploma in Engineering

  • English (GCSE/O level or higher)
  • AS/A level Mathematics
  • Chemistry (GCSE/O level or higher)
  • Physics (GCSE/O level or higher)
  • One other academic subject at GCSE/O level or higher

Test of English: Not required, (if O level First Language English is completed with a final grade of C or 4). Nevertheless, If O level Second Language English is completed, then a test of English proficiency will be required.

West African Examinations Council (WAEC)/West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

You can apply for admission with completed WAEC/WASSCE results. However, grades of C6 or higher will only be considered for admission.

Bachelor of Arts

  • English
  • Four other academic subjects

Bachelor of Commerce

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Three other academic subjects

Bachelor of Science

  • English
  • Further Mathematics
  • One science of Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • Two other academic subjects

Diploma in Engineering

  • English
  • Further Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • One other academic subject

Test of English: not required

Baccalauréat/Baccalauréat Genéral

As an aspiring student, you can apply for admission upon completion of your final year of baccalauréat program.

Bachelor of Arts

  • Anglais
  • Four other academic subjects

Bachelor of Commerce

  • Anglais
  • Mathematics
  • Three other academic subjects

Bachelor of Science

  • Anglais
  • Specialité Mathematics
  • One science of Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • Two other academic subjects

Diploma in Engineering

  • Anglais
  • Specialité Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • One other academic subject

Test of English: Required.

Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)/Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE)

You are eligible to apply for admission with a completed CSEC certificate, CAPE Unit 1 and predicted CAPE Unit 2 results, or final CAPE Unit 2 certificates.

SMU will consider CSEC and CAPE results during assessments for admission. Also, grades of 1, 2, or 3 in CSEC subjects and grades of 1-5 in CAPE subjects will be considered. An advanced standing assessment for CAPE Unit 2 subjects with final results of 1, 2, or 3, may also be in consideration.

Bachelor of Arts

  • English (CSEC level or higher)
  • Four other academic subjects (CSEC level or higher)

Bachelor of Commerce

  • English (CSEC level or higher)
  • Mathematics (CSEC level or higher)
  • Three other academic subjects (CSEC level or higher)

Bachelor of Science

  • English (CSEC level or higher)
  • CSEC Additional Maths or CAPE Mathematics*
  • One science of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (CSEC level or higher)
  • Two other academic subjects (CSEC level or higher)
  • *BSc Access available for students with CSEC Mathematics

Diploma in Engineering

  • English (CSEC level or higher)
  • CSEC Additional Maths or CAPE Mathematics
  • Chemistry (CSEC level or higher)
  • Physics (CSEC level or higher)
  • One other academic subject (CSEC level or higher)

Test of English: not required.

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)/State Board Curriculum

With this curriculum you can apply for admission with a second division result and higher in Class X and XI mark sheets and predicted Class XII results upon availability.

Bachelor of Arts

  • English XII
  • Four other academic XII subjects

Bachelor of Commerce

  • English XII
  • Mathematics X
  • Three other academic XII subjects

Bachelor of Science

  • English XII
  • Mathematics XII*
  • One science of XII Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • Two other academic XII subjects
  • *BSc Access available for non-math medical stream

Diploma in Engineering

  • English XII
  • Mathematics XII
  • Chemistry XII
  • Physics XII
  • One other academic XII subject

Test of English: May be required.

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY TUITION AND FEES (2021-2022 Undergraduate Tuition)

SMU Tuition and Fees (includes all per-course mandatory fees)

Course Type Arts Commerce Science & Engineering Co-op
Nova Scotia *
Canadian/Permanent Resident
$792.70 $909.70 $875.70 $500.00
Out of Province
Canadian/Permanent Resident
$921.00 $1,038.00 $1,004.00 $500.00
International ** $1,966.00 $2,181.00 $2,118.00 $500.00

2021-2022 Medical & Dental Plans

Saint Mary’s University Student’s Association (SMUSA) administers the Medical and Dental plans. Medical Plan for Full-time Canadian, Permanent Residents & International students

Canadian Full-time only
12 Month (Sept – Aug) $177.00
8 Month (Jan – Aug) $118.00
International Full-time/Part time only
12 Month (Sept – Aug) $1,072.00
8 Month (Jan – Aug) $711.00

Application Fees, Deposits & Other Charges

Fee

Cost

Undergraduate Applications

$40.00

Residence Applications

$25.00

Residence Deposits

$500.00

Academic Appeal

$30.00
Replacement Student ID Card

$15.00

Reinstatement

$50.00

Returned Cheque (NSF Charge)

$20.00

Interest on Overdue Accounts

12.67% per annum

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY GRADUATE TUITION AND FEES

Seat Deposits

Non-refundable Deposits
MBA $500.00
EMBA $1000.00
MAE, MTEI, MBA-CPA $500.00
Master of Finance $5000.00
IMTE $2000.00
MSc CDA $5,000.00
Residence Deposit $500.00

Student Fees

Full-time candidate Fees: Applicable to all per-course graduate students taking nine (9) credit hours or more in a term and all full-time graduate program fee students.

SMUSA Full-time student fee $165.00 ($82.50 per term)
U-Pass (Bus pass) $164.50.00 (charged only in the Fall term)

Medical Plan

Medical Plan: Full time Canadian, Permanent Residents & International students. These are administered by SMU Student’s Association (SMUSA).

Canadian full time only Single Student Family (1 dependent) (2 family dependents)   (3 family (dependents) 
12 Month (Sept – Aug) $177.00 $369.00 $409.00 $449.00
8 Month (Jan – Aug) $118.00 $246.00 $273.00 $300.00
International Full-time/Part-time only Single  (1 family dependent)  (2 more dependents)  (3 more dependents)
 12 Month (Sept – Aug) $1020.00 $2053.00 $2935.00 $3817.00
 8 Month (Jan – Aug) $680.00 $1370.00 $1957.00 $2545.00

Miscellaneous Fees

Application Fee $110.00
Academic Appeal $30.00
Lost or stolen access cards $10.00
Replacement Student ID Card $15.00
Late Registration/Reinstatement Fee $50.00
Returned Cheques (NSF Charges) $20.00
Interest on overdue accounts 12.67% per annum
Graduate Program Fees
Leave of Absence $30.00
MMCCU Book Fee $250.00
MBA Society fee, Full-time $30.00
MBA Society fee, Part-time $15.00

For further information regarding graduate program tuition fees at SMU, please visit the link: Graduate Tuition and Fees | Academics | Saint Mary’s University (smu.ca)

HOW TO APPLY TO SMU

All SMU application process is online.

Application Details

Undergraduate Graduate
Application Fee:  $40 (CAD) credit card only Application Fee: $110 (CAD) credit card only;

Visiting/upgrading $40 (CAD)

Application processing time: 2-3 weeks Application processing time: Varies by program
Program start dates: September, January, May, or July Program start dates: September, January, or May; Depending upon Program
Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected]
Phone: 902-420-5415 Phone: 902-420-5089

SCHOLARSHIPS AT SAINT MARYS UNIVERSITY

The Presidential/Presidential International Baccalaureate/Santamarian Scholarships

This is available to both domestic and international high school students who have an admission average of 95% or higher, or an IB result of 36+.

  • Valued: $9,000 (CAD) per year and renewable over four years for a total of $36,000 (CAD).
  • The Santamarian scholarship is valued at $5,000 (CAD) per annum and renewable over four years for a total of $20,000 (CAD).

Application

  • Ensure to complete parts 1 & 3 of the Named Entrance Awards Application.
  • Submit a 750 word essay regarding your community involvement, contribution to school life and future plans
  • Upload a resume with information on your community service, participation in student government, athletic achievement, extracurricular activities, and volunteer and /or paid work.
  • Include a letter of recommendation from your high school Principal, Guidance Counsellor or Teacher

for more information on Saint Mary’s University scholarship, please visit the link: Saint Mary’s University Scholarships For International Students – WorkStudyVisa