Acadia University - Division of Research and Graduate Studies

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Join us at Acadia University to pursue a graduate degree in an environment built on research, community, and close cooperation between faculty and students. As a small university, we can provide you with an experience that you won't find in a large institution or research university. The small size of our programs means you'll form real bonds with your professors and your fellow students. Your thesis supervisors will be accessible and attentive to your needs.

We encourage our graduate students to explore research, field work, and opportunities in our local communities.

Areas of Expertise

English, Political Science, Sociology, Social and Political Thought, Counselling, Curriculum Studies, Education, Kinesiology, Community Development, Applied Geomatics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics & Statistics, and Psychology.

On Campus Housing

Most of our students choose to live on campus. With 11 residences to choose from – high-rise to heritage, double rooms to deluxe single suites – you’ll find the perfect fit for your personality. Plus, you’ll have over 1,500 potential friends from around the world within a few minutes walk. You’ll be in the centre of everything, including Acadia’s state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, Athletic Complex, and 50 acres of woodland trails. Acadia is a close-knit community. On campus and in the town, everyone’s connected. You’ll rub shoulders with your profs in the dining hall and local shopkeepers will know you by name. Wolfville is the most diverse community in Nova Scotia, with great cafes and boutiques, pubs and bistros. If you choose to live off-campus , the town will welcome you. Wolfville respects and embraces Acadia students – the Homestay program is just one example. Acadia’s that kind of place. Inspirational and down-to-earth. You’re welcome at the table and your contributions are encouraged and respected. With all that attention, you can’t help but flourish. Create your future at Acadia. You’ll grow into it.

Career Planning

There is no such thing as a straight career path anymore. Career services is here for support throughout your career journey, wherever it leads you! Career Services supports alumni and students? career journey by connecting you with employers, facilitating skill building workshops, and sharing opportunities through our job board. We work with employers to host information sessions, career fairs and other on-campus events.


Acadia offers student-athletes an opportunity to grow as a person by combining academics, athletics, and community engagement like no other university in Canada. With 11 varsity status programs including men's hockey, football, men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer, women's rugby, women's cross country and men's and women's swimming, the support by the student body, alumni, faculty and staff and community is second to none.


A lot of what you learn at Acadia will take place outside the classroom. We encourage you to participate in clubs and societies to meet people, play your favourite sports, explore new hobbies, and help serve the community. We offer over 80 clubs and societies grouped into three categories. You can also apply to create your own club or society, which provides benefits in funding, booking space, and more.

Special Services

The Counselling Centre offers a confidential, safe, and caring place for students to access support. We offer evidence-based mental health services, proactive mental health care, and mental health education to enhance and support students' living and learning. We provide individual and group counselling, and we can also connect you with other campus and community resources.

Campus Tour

Our Student Ambassadors are excited to show you what Acadia University has to offer! Located just one hour from Halifax and the International Airport, Acadia is an integral part of the quintessential town of Wolfville, overlooking the Annapolis Valley and the Bay of Fundy, and surrounded by more than 200 kilometers of trails. When you step onto campus, you will find yourself in a place like nowhere else. Included in your tour: Beverage Arts Centre, Library, Student Union Building, Residences, K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, Huggins Science Hall, Huestis Innovation Science Pavilion, and Acadia Athletics Complex. Please see the Campus Tours website for more information.

Modified on January 22, 2023