Innovative Mix of Academic Programs

  • Undergraduate programs in Arts, Science, Education, and a number of professional programs including Applied Human Nutrition, Business Administration, Child and Youth Study, Public Relations, and Tourism and Hospitality Management.
  • 34 graduate degrees in areas including Applied Human Nutrition, Child and Youth Study, Communication, Education, Family Studies and Gerontology, Public Relations and Women’s Studies.
  • 8 certificate and diploma programs

Our Campus Community

  • Founded in 1873
  • 4,418 students from 64 countries
  • More than 350 full and part-time faculty
  • More than 260 staff
  • More than 34,000 alumnae around the world
  • 40 acres of lush green space with modern and classical buildings

What Sets us Apart

  • Each year, hundreds of students benefit from more than $3 million in MSVU scholarships and bursaries.
  • Average class size of 23 – nationally recognized as being amongst the lowest in Canada
  • Faculty-to-Student Ratio of 1:20
  • Graduating students stated Professors as the top reason for recommending MSVU (2018 Survey of Graduating Students) · 99% satisfaction with class size (2018 Survey of Graduating Students)
  • Only Masters of Public Relations program in Canada
  • Launched first joint interdisciplinary PhD in Educational Studies in Atlantic Canada in conjunction with Acadia University and St. Francis Xavier University
  • Only Atlantic Canadian University to offer Child and Youth Study at the undergraduate & graduate level
  • Only University in Canada to hold a Chair in Learning Disabilities
  • Home to a nationally recognized art gallery
  • First Women’s Studies department to be established at a Canadian University

A Leader Among Universities

  • First university in the Maritimes to offer co-operative education
  • First English-speaking Bachelor of Public Relations in Canada
  • A leader in distance education, with 190 courses (undergraduate and graduate), 10 complete programs and four graduate programs offered online and at a distance.

A Leader in Research

  • In 2019, we opened the state-of-the-art Sheila A. Brown Centre for Applied Research in Human Health, focusing on Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, early childhood health, and more.
  • Over $2.08 million earned by undergraduate and graduate students in research positions over the past three years
  • Only Atlantic Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (NSERC) – Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal

Canada Research Chairs

  • Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac (Early Childhood: Diversity and Transitions)
  • Dr. Maya Eichler, (Social Innovation and Community Engagement)
  • Dr. Zachary Zimmer (Global Aging and Community)
  • Dr. Jennifer Khoury (Neuroscience)

Other Named Chairs (In addition to Dr. Franz-Odendaal):

  • Dr. Janice Keefe, Professor in the department of Family Studies and Gerontology – Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology (Janice is also director of the NS Centre on Aging at MSVU)
  • Dr. Jamie Metsala, Professor in the Faculty of Education – Jarislowsky Chair in Learning Disabilities

Unique Research Facilities on Campus

  • Alzheimer’s Research Group Atlantic Root Symbiosis Laboratory
  • Bone Development Laboratory
  • Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs
  • Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre
  • Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC)
  • Functional Foods and Nutritional Physiology Lab
  • Global Aging and Community Initiative
  • Milk and Micronutrient Assessment (MAMA) Lab
  • The Nova Scotia Centre on Aging