Mount Saint Vincent University (the Mount) is committed to being a model of creative teaching and research that nurtures socially responsible global citizens. With a unique blend of passion and individuality, the Mount is a university with unparalleled social impact at home, across the country and around the world.

Vision, Missions, and Values

The vision of the Mount will be a model of creative teaching and research that nurtures socially responsible global citizens.

Our mission:

MSVU is dedicated to:

The advancement of women and girls, inspired by our strong tradition of social responsibility.

The delivery of academic excellence through a rich and rewarding university experience.

The pursuit of knowledge: scholarship, teaching and intellectual endeavours of the highest quality.

The promotion of accessibility through flexible learning opportunities and services.

Our values:

  • Academic Freedom
  • Accountability
  • Creativity
  • Engagement
  • Professionalism
  • Respect

What Sets us Apart

Our Academic Plan

We aspire to be a university where faculty, staff, and students feel supported, valued, challenged, enlightened, and inspired to learn and experiment in their work. We have maintained our commitment to providing students with an environment where they can engage with, and learn from, their professors and each other, which is outlined in Mount Saint Vincent University’s Academic Plan (PDF).

Co-operative and Experiential Learning

The Mount is home to the longest-standing and second-largest accredited co-operative education program in Atlantic Canada; in fact, students across all Mount programs have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience as part of their studies. Since 1979, the Mount has offered opportunities for students to take classroom education into the workplace. More than 35 years later, over 7,000 students have successfully completed work terms.

A Leader in Research

The Mount’s research centres provide unique learning opportunities for our students while facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, Alzheimer’s disease, literacy, childhood development and more. Our faculty and departments offer early access to hands-on research opportunities enabling both graduate and undergraduate students to enhance their education by working alongside many forward-thinking researchers.

The Mount’s Research Chairs include Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal (NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Atlantic); Dr. Jamie Metsala (Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Learning Disabilities); Dr. Maya Eichler (Canada Research Chair, Social Innovation and Community Engagement); Dr. Janice Keefe (Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology); and Dr. Zachary Zimmer (Canada Research Chair, Global Aging and Community).