The University has active graduate degree programs in the following areas:
Master of Arts in English, Political Science, Sociology
Master of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Psychology
Master of Education
For information on the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theology), Master of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry offered by the Acadia Divinity College, see the Acadia Divinity College calendar.
Admission Requirements to the Master of Arts, Master of Science Programs
Candidates for admission must possess an honours degree, or a four-year bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an approved university. Those candidates possessing a major in some other field than that of their graduate program normally will be required to take sufficient undergraduate courses to make up the equivalent of an Acadia undergraduate major in the field of graduate work, but special consideration may be given to those candidates wishing to change from one undergraduate field to a related graduate one. Candidates must have at least a 70% average in the courses taken in the major field in the last two undergraduate years. These are the minimum university requirements. Some departments may ask for qualifications above this minimum.
Admission to the Master of Education or Graduate Diploma in Education program
Detailed requirements are available in the listing of the School of Education in the graduate calendar.
Students may be admitted as full-time or part-time students, if suitable arrangements are made with the School of Education.
Candidates whose native language is not English will be required to present proof of competence in the English language, such as TOEFL results. Successful candidates for admission may be required to take additional undergraduate courses on the advice of the head of the department or director of the school in which they are studying, in order to obtain the required undergraduate preparation.
Length of program: Students registered as full-time students can expect to complete the program within one or two calendar years of first admission depending on the program. See the graduate calendar for details.
Degree requirements: 12h of an advanced nature must be completed with a grade of at least 70% to satisfy the minimum university requirements. Most departments/schools require more than 12h. Every candidate for a master's degree must prepare a thesis under the direction of a supervisor, who must be a faculty member or honorary research associate, or a supervisory committee, appointed by the department/school. The Graduate Diploma in Education does not require a thesis. All candidates for a master's degree will be required to defend their thesis orally, the examination being held at Acadia.
Prospective graduate students are strongly urged to apply for any non-university awards for which they may be eligible since university awards are limited in number. Students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants particularly are urged to apply for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Awards. Citizens of Commonwealth countries should make application in their own countries for Commonwealth Scholarships for tenure at Acadia University.
Acadia University offers financial support to a limited number of full-time graduate students during the academic year.
This section is only a brief summary of the graduate programs. Complete details are available on the world wide web (http://www.acadiau.ca) or from individual departments/schools.