Saint Mary's University (SMU) is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The school is best known for having nationally leading programs in Business, Astronomy and International Development Studies as well, one of the best football and Men's hockey programs in Canada. The campus is situated in Halifax's South End and covers approximately 80 acres (32 ha).
Saint Mary's is the second oldest English-speaking and first Roman Catholic initiated university in Canada. The Roman Catholic Church founded Saint Mary's University at Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1839.
In 1840 the Nova Scotia Legislature bestowed the degree granting charter to Saint Mary’s and eleven years later granted the University formal legal status. Degrees were resumed 1918. With this change of leadership the University's reputation thrived as a Liberal Arts Institution and expanded its undergraduate programs, with the most notable being the Faculty of Commerce in 1934 (now known as the Sobey School of Business), which was the first of its kind in Canada.
The University completed construction of the Atrium and Global Commons project in late 2009. The three-storey $17.5 million complex links the Science Centre, the Burke Building and the Patrick Power Library. The space features a common area, theatre style classrooms, offices and study spaces. The project also features advanced green environmental technologies, has fully integrated hard and Wi-Fi systems, a food outlet and a three storey "living wall".
Saint Mary's comprises four faculties:
- Sobey School of Business
- Graduate Studies and Research
- Asian Studies
- Atlantic Canada Studies
- Chinese Studies
- Computing and Information Systems
- Computing Science
- Computing Science and Business Administration
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Film Studies
- Forensic Science
- General Business Studies
- Global Business Management
- Human Resource Management
- International Development Studies
- Irish Studies
- Japanese Studies
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Spanish & Latin American Studies
Graduate Arts Programs
- M.A in Atlantic Canada Studies
- M.A in Criminology
- M.A in Geography
- M.A in History
- M.A in International Development Studies
- M.A in Philosophy
- M.A in Theology and Religious Studies
- M.A in Women and Gender Studies
- Ph.D in International Development Studies
Graduate Business Programs
- Masters of Business Administration
- Executive Master of Business Administration
- Master of Finance
- Master of Applied Economics
- Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Master of Management-Co-operatives and Credit Unions
- Ph.D in Management
Graduate Science Programs
- M.Sc. in Applied Science
- M.Sc. in Astronomy
- M.Sc. in Applied Psychology
- M.Sc. in Computing and Data Analytics
- Ph.D in Astronomy
- Ph.D Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Saint Mary’s University was recently evaluated by two different national reports on post-secondary institutions in Canada. The Canadian University Report is conducted annually by the Globe and Mail, and reflects the opinions of more than 33,000 undergraduate students across the country as gathered in a student satisfaction survey. Saint Mary’s University is in the “small” category of along with 15 other universities with enrolment between 4,000 - 12,000 students.
The annual Maclean’s rankings measure universities on 13 performance measures. Maclean’s evaluates 49 universities in three categories; Saint Mary’s is in the Primarily Undergraduate category along with 18 other institutions.
In both cases, results are based on 2011-2012 data and not the most recent intake of students this fall.
The Saint Mary's University Students' Association (SMUSA) is the official representation of the students of Saint Mary's University. The association was incorporated in 1966, however, unofficially has represented students for many years previous. The Association main offices are located on the top floor of the student centre at the heart of campus.
SMUSA provides such services as a safe drive program, tutor database, online book exchange, health and dental plans and the Gorse brook Lounge. SMUSA also operates many departments that help in the mission of serving students and making their lives at Saint Mary's the best possible. These departments include the volunteer department, events and programming, marketing and communications, the yearbook, the information desk and husky patrol.