Two Halifax universities are teaming up to boost research activity in the city.

Saint Mary’s University and Mount Saint Vincent University have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the delivery of a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Science program.

“Cooperation between the two universities in the delivery of the Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Science program will benefit faculty and students,” said Dr. J. Colin Dodds, President of Saint Mary’s University. “It will provide opportunities for enhanced research activity at both institutions.”

The agreement means professors from the Mount will be able to work with graduate students from Saint Mary’s, and thereby give Saint Mary’s graduate students access to more research expertise and funding.

The Mount’s faculty members who agree to supervise Saint Mary’s students will become Adjunct Professors at Saint Mary’s and be able to apply for funding for graduate research assistantships available from the Mount Saint Vincent Graduate Studies Scholarships and Awards Committee.

Likewise, Saint Mary’s students with supervisors from the Mount will be able to apply for funding available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at Saint Mary’s.

“This memorandum of understanding promotes the development of scientific expertise in Atlantic Canada and strengthens the research connections between our universities,” said Dr. Alexa McDonough, Interim President and Vice Chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University. “Our researchers look forward to working with Saint Mary’s students.”

The Master of Science in Applied Science program at Saint Mary’s provides graduate students with the opportunity to conduct research in a single or a multidisciplinary field of study with practical application. A key feature of the program is the guidance and supervision graduate students receive from research experts in the Science faculty at Saint Mary’s as well as from experts at other institutions.

Saint Mary’s and the Mount often collaborate informally on research projects, but in such cases, the professors and the students involved can’t always access internal funding available at their universities. The new memorandum of understanding resolves this issue.

The two-year Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Science program is open to students studying Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics and Computing Science, and Finance, Information Systems and Management Science.

About Mount Saint Vincent University
Recognized as a leader in flexible education, applied research, and a personalized approach to education, Mount Saint Vincent University is nationally recognized among undergraduate universities in Canada for our success in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grants and for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios. The Mount is committed to providing the best university experience for all members of our community and to developing thoughtful, engaged citizens who make a positive impact on their world. For additional information about the University, visit

About Saint Mary’s University
Saint Mary’s University is known for its community outreach projects, both in Canada and around the world. Saint Mary’s, founded in 1802, is home to one of Canada’s leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. For more information visit


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