Thinking about a university education?

Nova Scotia has some of the best universities in Canada. Universities offer a wide range of disciplines in which to study. Getting university degree will provide you with greater opportunities for employment. In Nova Scotia, 76 percent of university graduates are employed and the average annual income for those with a Bachelor Degree is $50,889.

Classes are typically lecture-style format, but some programs have labs for hands-on learning.  Co-op programs are also available in some fields of study to provide work experience prior to graduation.

Even though many jobs require a degree, as a rule university undergraduate programs do not focus on training for specific occupations.  They aim to develop your intellectual skills and provide a broad understanding of a particular subject.

University helps refine many of the essential skills that are defined in the Looking for Work section of this website.  It can provide an opportunity to explore a number of different ideas and disciplines and develop an adaptable skill set that is desirable for many employers.

What kind of programs are offered by universities?

  • Undergraduate programs leading to a bachelor’s degree – normally three to four years to complete.
  • Graduate programs leading to masters and doctorate degrees – typically one to two years for a masters and four to eight for a doctorate.
  • Continuing education programs and certificates, including distance and part-time programs.

You can find out about university programs and admission requirements by visiting the university websites listed below.  You can learn about specific course content in the academic calendars produced by each university.


Visit to learn more about specific Nova Scotia post-secondary schools.