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Saint Mary's University
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"Saint Mary’s University is proud to be located in Halifax where our students contribute to the local economy by spending $35 million off-campus each year. From one city block, Saint Mary’s is an international hub for education opportunities, as our students can see the world and learn from a multicultural experience. Whether from China or Chezzetcook, Halifax is a place where all members of the University community are happy to call home."  

-Dr. J. Colin Dodds, President and Vice-Chancellor


Saint Mary's University helps students explore big ideas with its small class sizes and accessible teaching staff. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Arts, Business, Science and Environmental Studies with social and career outreach opportunities in the local community and through partnerships around the globe. We are proud of the high standard of our academic programs, our innovative research, and our commitment to be a living laboratory where we create a more sustainable future. 

Saint Mary's has more than 7,500 full and part-time students. It is student focused, with average introductory class sizes of just 40 students. In the annual Maclean’s Magazine’s university ranking, Saint Mary’s ranks consistently in the top five categories of student support, the number of faculty with Ph.D.s and the number of professors who earn teaching awards. Each year Saint Mary's attracts close to $8 million in research grants and is one of the few universities that employs second and third year students to carry out hands-on laboratory research. Much of that research is focused on the environment and includes challenges ranging from the development of more environmentally-friendly chemicals, to finding alternative fuels and improving the performance of green roofs. 

The University is home to the Sobey School of Business, the largest business school in Atlantic Canada. Providing students with a competitive edge in a world that demands smart, flexible and effective business leaders, programs focus on management education, student-centered teaching, scholarship and community outreach. Specific program offerings range from accounting, finance and economics to marketing, management and human resources. The school offers MBA and Executive MBA programs, a Master of Finance program, as well as a Ph.D. program in Management. A unique on-line Master’s program in Co-ops and Credit Unions attracts participants from around the globe. New in 2013, the Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers students the opportunity to become leaders in technology-driven opportunities like analytics and emerging cloud software services, and in innovating solutions across all sectors including healthcare, defense, natural resources and the environment. Sobey School of Business students put their knowledge to the test by participating in national and international competitions in accounting, case management and stock market investing.

Saint Mary’s offers various programs designed to encourage a broad-based approach to tackling environmental solutions, including a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES), a unique interdisciplinary program that draws upon social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences to help students develop creative solutions to complex environmental challenges. The University also offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Entrepreneurship, which is designed for students who intend to start their own businesses. In addition, Saint Mary's is known for unique programs in areas such as Forensic Science, Atlantic Canada Studies, Irish Studies, International Development Studies, and Asian Studies. It is the only university in Atlantic Canada to offer study at the honours, graduate diploma, and Masters levels in Criminology, and it has recently launched a Masters of Arts in Geography and a Ph.D. in International Development Studies.

Saint Mary's celebrates a culture of academic excellence supported by over $5 million in scholarships available to students each year. Its economic impact on the HRM is unquestionable as an employer of almost 1,000 faculty and staff, and students spending estimated at $87 million annually. The University spends another $127 million on salaries, services and supplies. 

Saint Mary’s University recently completed an $8 million expansion of its health and wellness facility and $26 million worth of renovations to the McNally Building, an iconic landmark for the campus and the city. A $15 million renewal of the North East section of campus will be complete in Fall of 2013. It includes a modern three-storey building for its Teaching English as a Second Language program and Business Development Centre.

Saint Mary's is recognized as one of the most international universities in Canada, with international students from more than 90 countries. The University is home to a Confucius Institute, a centre for the study of Chinese language and culture. The University has a long tradition of international outreach, with student and staff taking part in exchange programs in China, Japan, Vietnam, Mongolia, Italy, Ireland and The Gambia, among others. 

The Huskies varsity sports teams enjoy an unparalleled history of excellence in university athletic competition, winning more than 40 AUAA and a number of CIAU Championships, a record unmatched in Atlantic Canada.


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