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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 300 full and part-time faculty 
  • More than 240 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 $2.5 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 a new state-of-the-art Centre for Applied Research in Human Health, focusing on Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, early childhood health, and more. 
  • Over $1.3 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) 

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

Updated August, 2019