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How Do I Qualify  for a Graduate Entrance Scholarship?

The following entrance scholarships are available to students entering a thesis-based Master’s program. Students entering in the winter, summer and fall semesters are automatically considered. The Graduate Studies Scholarships, Assistantships and Awards Committee (GSSAAC) will select the recipients and no application is required unless noted otherwise.

BMO Financial Group Endowed Graduate Scholarship
Established by BMO Financial Group in support of the University’s capital campaign, Building Tomorrow Together.  This scholarship recognizes the Bank’s commitment to academic excellence and to its passion for learning. Awarded annually to full-time students entering a Masters of Arts or Science program who have demonstrated academic achievement and qualities of leadership. This scholarship is awarded based on the recommendation of the GSSAAC. This scholarship is awarded in September.  Students entering at any of the three semesters are considered and an application is required.


The Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, CM and Dr. William H. Blackburn Graduate Scholarship in Women and Gender Studies
Established to honour the contributions of Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, CM and Dr. William H. Blackburn to the Mount and the broader community and in recognition of Dr. Lumpkin’s leadership as President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University (2010-2017), in guiding the institution towards greater equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as her lifelong commitment to the advancement of women. Two renewable scholarships will be awarded, one to a full-time student pursuing a Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies (MA WGS) enrolled at Mount Saint Vincent University and one to a part-time student pursuing a Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies (MA WGS) enrolled at Mount Saint Vincent University. Students entering at any of the three semesters are considered and no application is required.

Graduate Entrance Scholarships
Four graduate entrance scholarships will be awarded to students who are beginning their first Master’s program (must be thesis-based) with the highest entering undergraduate GPA. This scholarship is awarded in September. Students entering at any of the three semesters are considered and no application is required.


Harvella Endowed Graduate Scholarship
Established to recognize Mount Saint Vincent University's commitment to academic excellence. Awarded annually, on the recommendation of the GSSAAC, to a full-time student entering a thesis-based Master’s degree program who has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence. This scholarship is awarded in September. Students entering at any of the three semesters are considered and no application is required.


International Graduate Student Scholarship
The International Graduate Student Scholarship, established by Mount Saint Vincent University, is intended to support international students who are attending MSVU. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time student in any master’s level program of study. Students entering at any of the three semesters are considered and an application is required.


Nova Scotia Research & Innovation Scholarship
Students entering a thesis-based program beginning in September of each year are eligible to be considered.  Entering GPA, letters of reference and the statement of intent provided as part of an individual’s application along with a program recommendation will be used to select the recipients. This scholarship is awarded in September. Students entering at any of the three semesters are considered and no application is required.


Women and Gender Studies Graduate Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a student accepted to the Master of Arts in Women & Gender Studies program. The award is made on the recommendation of the Graduate Women and Gender Studies Faculty. This scholarship is awarded in September. Students entering at any of the three semesters are considered and no application is required.