Biology, M.Sc. | Acadia University | Halifax, Canada
24 months
13347 CAD/year
5320 CAD/year
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Deepen your knowledge and experience in a rigorous biology graduate program customized to you and your research interests. At Acadia University, you will be part of one of the most vibrant and community-focused departments in the region with this Biology program.


In Acadia University's Master of Science in Biology you will enhance your expertise in modern research methods in biology and deepen your knowledge in your chosen area of study. Although we have a wide variety of research areas to suit your interest, you will benefit from a small school experience, working closely with your supervisor and others in the same research group, and developing a close relationship with your fellow graduate students.

Learning outcomes

Within our graduate program emphasis is placed on research rather than coursework. You will work with your supervisor and advisory committee to determine an individualized program of study suited to your research interests. Through many of our research programs you will also gain experience working with individuals and organizations in the local community.

Be Inspired

Acadia is located near the tidal mud flats of the Bay of Fundy (named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World) and within the Annapolis Valley, so our location provides you with access to a variety of ecosystems including, aquatic, wetland, farm, and forest. These habitats are used in field-based research work to give you a balance of outdoor and indoor learning experiences throughout the program.

We have also taken leadership roles in some of the largest projects in the Atlantic region. Acadia, through the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute, is actively involved in tidal power initiatives in the Bay of Fundy. Acadia is a partner with Ducks Unlimited Canada in waterfowl and wetlands conservation projects. Watershed management and estuarine systems are studied through the Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research, the only centre of its kind in Canada.

Programme Structure

Research interests include:

  • Animal movement and its relationship to population dynamics and conservation
  • Cancer immunology
  • Coevolution of parasites and hosts
  • Conservation biology
  • Developmental biology, and its relation to evolutionary change
  • Ecology and health of coastal habitats

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates for admission to the graduate programs of Acadia University must possess an honours degree or a four-year bachelor's degree. 
  • Those candidates possessing a major in a field other than that of their graduate program will normally be required to take sufficient undergraduate courses to make up the equivalent of an Acadia undergraduate major. 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 B- average (70%) in the courses taken in the major field in the last two undergraduate years (or 60 credit hours) of university study, including coursework in undergraduate degree(s) and any graduate work completed.
  • Applicants are advised to contact their prospective supervisor directly at the time of application. Acceptance of a qualified candidate is made primarily on the recommendation of the prospective supervisor.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13347 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13347 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    5320 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5320 CAD per year during 24 months.

Canadian Non-Nova Scotia Students: $6,603.00/year

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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