Admission Requirements
Note: An average of 14 students will be admitted each year: 6 at the Mount, 4 at St. F.X. and 4 at Acadia. Normally, the IDAC will use a competitive admissions policy, but it will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis and waive the fixed application date, if deemed warranted and if space is available in the program for that year.

  • A Master degree from a recognized university in education or in a related field of study (a cognate discipline);
  • Normally, a graduate thesis in a field related to their doctoral studies. Those applicants who have not completed a thesis are required to submit evidence of their ability to undertake research in education through the completion of a qualifying research paper of sufficient depth and scope to reflect their research competence (details at the PhD website);
  • Evidence of scholarly preparation to conduct research, normally including graduate level courses in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and design;
  • Three letters of reference, normally including two academic and one professional;
  • A recent curriculum vitae indicating current initiatives in education and any academic, scholarly work to date;
  • A letter of intent indicating a proposed area of study from among the six interrelated themes of educational studies;
  • A minimum of A- or 80 percent average in his or her highest degree; and,
  • An interview with a selection committee that is a subcommittee of the IDAC (if deemed necessary).

Note: Qualified applicants will only be admitted if a suitable supervisor and program can be provided.

Note: English Language Proficiency – to achieve success in this doctoral program, applicants must demonstrate strong reading, writing and comprehension skills in the English language.

Application Process and Deadlines

Note: The Doctoral Program Application Package is available from the Doctoral Program Office in the Faculty of Education and online at the inter-university PhD website at

  • Applicants apply for their institution of choice (the Mount, Acadia or St. F. X.) through the Doctoral Program Office by November 15th for July 1st entry;
  • The IDAC will review all applications and, by majority agreement, recommend acceptance of applicants to the participating institutions;
  • For any applicants recommended to the Mount, the Doctoral Program Coordinator will assign an appropriate pro tem (research) advisor;
  • The Mount Admissions Office will inform the applicant, in writing after March 1, regarding the decision of the IDAC. The Mount becomes the Institution of Record for all doctoral students formally admitted to the Mount;
  • In addition to specific doctoral program requirements and regulations set out at the PhD website, Mount students are bound by the regulations and procedures pertaining to graduate studies at the Mount (review section 2.2 Regulations);
  • Each pro tem advisor (dissertation supervisor) will arrange for an entry meeting for his/her student(s) to develop a preliminary plan of study and an initial outline of the proposed research area. This preliminary research plan will be submitted in writing to the IDAC for approval (within a time frame specified by the IDAC), through the Doctoral Program Coordinator. Normally, this research plan is completed before the July 1st start date.


Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2022-2023 academic year which runs from September 01, 2022 to August 31, 2023.

For information on previous years, please consult the University Academic Calendars web page.

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