Saint Mary's University

Saint Mary's University

Halifax , Canada
  • 60-70
    Acceptance Rate
  • 6373
  • 96
    Employment Rate
  • Permit


Saint Mary's is the second oldest English-speaking and first Roman Catholic initiated university in Canada. The  Roman Catholic church founded Saint Mary's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1802. It was established in Glebe House, on the corner of Spring Garden Road and Barrington Street, with the aim of extending educational opportunities for Catholic youth and training candidates for the clergy.

Since then the university has continued expansion of its academic programs with the most notable being the offerings of doctoral level studies in astronomy and business and the accreditation of the business school with the AACSB . At the same time the university has expanded its campus facilities with noted additions of the Burke-Gaffney Observatory in the 1970s and the Sobey Building in 1998. In 1992, the Faculty of Commerce was renamed the Sobey School of Business. In 2001, SMU's Huskies were the first Atlantic Canadian university team to advance to the world finals in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals.

Saint Mary's comprises four faculties: 1)Arts 2)Sobey School of Business 3)Science 4)Graduate Studies and Research.

Entry requirements

Specific program requirements.

English language requirements:

If you have not attended an English language secondary school, one of the following is required:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 550 (paper-based test)
  • iBT TOEFL: minimum score of 80 overall with no band score below 20
  • IELTS Academic (including those taken for UKVI): minimum score of 6.5 with no score below 6.0
  • CanTEST: minimum of 4.5 with no individual score below 4.0
  • CAEL: minimum of 60 with no individual band below 50
  • Cambridge ESOL Exams CAE: grade of A, B, or C
  • Pearson PTE: score of 58 or better
  • Successful completion of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Level 6 at the Language Centre, Saint Mary’s University
  • Completion of university preparatory English at a Languages Canada accredited school recognized by Saint Mary’s
  • Completion of 3 years in a Canadian secondary school where the language of instruction and examination is English

Admission requirements vary from one country to another.

Scholarship & funding

Saint Mary's University committed to ensuring your success by providing over 260 scholarships, bursaries, and awards totaling $5 million in each year to students. For more information, please, visit.


Student life

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