Saint Mary's University

Saint Mary’s University

Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University (SMU) is one of Canada’s oldest and leading institutions of higher learning. From its inception as a Catholic, undergraduate liberal arts institution for young men, it has evolved into a vibrant, multi-faceted post-secondary institution with more than 8,500 full and part-time students from over 90 countries around the world.

The University offers a broad range of both undergraduate and graduate programs, including forensic science, applied science, applied psychology, astronomy, environmental studies, Irish studies, Atlantic Canada studies, business administration, criminology, history, international development studies, philosophy, Asian studies and women’s studies. A number of programs provide a co-operative education option, allowing students to mix classroom experience with real world skills. The Sobey School of Business, one of Canada’s leading business schools, offers a PhD program in Management, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), a Bachelor of Commerce, and a wide range of professional programs.

Arts & Science

Saint Mary’s is also home to the largest Faculty of Arts in Atlantic Canada in addition to a Science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research in areas such as green chemistry. The University’s top-tier research equipment includes a computerized chemistry laboratory, the only observatory in the region, and the region’s only Environmental Science and Ecosystem Remediation Centre. Our flagship science program, the PhD in Computational Astrophysics, is also the only one of its kind in Canada.

One of Canada’s most international campuses, Saint Mary’s boasts more than 1,000 international students and has forged more than 40 international partnership agreements.

Global Focus

One of Saint Mary’s most distinguishing characteristics, however, is its global focus. In keeping with its vision – to be the University of Choice for aspiring citizens of the world – Saint Mary’s is expanding its global reach at an unprecedented rate. One of Canada’s most international campuses, Saint Mary’s boasts more than 1,000 international students and has forged more than 40 international partnership agreements. In the past two years alone, agreements have been signed with 15 international partners in the Netherlands, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, South Korea and Sweden. At the same time, the University continues to support global learning opportunities for students vis a vis international field trips. Recent examples (2007) include field trips to the Czech Republic and Germany, a biology field course in Belize, and the Northern Ireland Conflict Resolution Project.

The University is home to the CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Public Affairs (CCEPA), the Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network, the Centre for the Study of Sport and Community Health, and the Centre for Leadership Excellence. In June 2005, it also launched Canada’s first academic-based centre for work and spirituality, the Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace.


Saint Mary’s is an undisputed global pioneer in making education accessible to all students. Special programs are available through the Atlantic Centre of Research, Access, and Support for Students with Disabilities, including the Liberated Learning Project, a $1.2-million project that utilizes voice-activated computer technology to deliver classroom lectures.


The $18-million Sobey Building is a state-of-the-art facility that rivals the best instructional facilities in North America. The University is also now nearing completion of a three-year $25.5 million Science Building renovation and renewal project which includes the modernization of 71,500 square feet of research space in addition to the construction of 22,500 square feet of premium teaching space.


A $25-million residence renovations project has provided students with high quality, community-centred residence life with all of the 21st century conveniences. Every student living in residence can now access the Internet and connect to Saint Mary’s online courses and the extensive Patrick Power Library resources. More than 1,000 Internet access ports and wireless hot spots are located throughout the Sobey Building, Loyola Academic Complex, labs, offices, classrooms and student lounges throughout the campus.


The Huskies’ varsity sports teams have a history of excellence in university athletic competition, winning more than 50 Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and six Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships, including the coveted Vanier Cup in 2001 and 2002. The football Huskies are currently poised for another Vanier Cup win as they make their way to the national championship in Toronto on November 23, 2007.

Outside of class and studies, students remain active in a number of organizations on campus, such as the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA), The Journal Newspaper and the International Student Group.


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