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Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development

Cape Breton University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Community Economic Development (CED) is an advanced program with community at its core; it resonates with people who wish to make a difference in their organizations and their communities. The MBA in CED curriculum, in addition to business subjects found in traditional MBA programs, focuses on economic development, leadership, strategy, governance, managing change and international management.

This program is designed for learners who aspire to play leadership roles in the public sector, in third sector organizations and in community-minded businesses. The MBA in CED aims to develop a new generation of leaders who have strong business management capabilities, well developed collaborative and interpersonal skills and deep knowledge of accountability, social responsibility and development issues and practices. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in leading organizations in an increasingly global community and economy.

CBU’s size and governance structure allows for the adaption of curriculum in a timely fashion to meet the evolving requirements of learners and organizations. The special appeal of the MBA in CED is evidenced by the demand for this program in different parts of Canada.

Admission Requirements

To meet standard admission requirements for the MBA in CED, a Bachelor’s Degree with a B average from a recognized university is required. The application will be processed when all of the following documents and fees have been received:

  • a completed application form, with the non-refundable application fee
  • official transcripts for all previous post-secondary study
  • a resume detailing employment experience, skills, community involvement and interests
  • a 500-800 word statement on desire to enter the program SHANNON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Cape Breton University Academic Calendar 77
  • three reference letters, preferably including one professional and one academic reference, each accompanied by a completed reference form
  • satisfactory scores on the GMAT or GRE
  • satisfactory scores on the TOEFL / IELTS (for students whose native language is not English)
  • satisfactory performance in an interview Candidates who do not have an undergraduate degree, and show potential for success in graduate level study, may be admitted to the MBA in CED as non-traditional students. Extensive career and /or volunteer experience are expected.

Semester Format Delivery

The semester format delivery follows the September - April academic year on campus in Sydney. Deadline for application is May 31, for a September start.

Modular Format Delivery

The modular format appeals to working adults. It includes short, on-site residencies followed by deliverables paced over a 12 week period. This residential program enables learners to take four to five classes each July in Sydney and thus complete all program coursework over three July residencies (26 months). Deadline for application is March 31, for a July start.

Note: Students can combine the semester format and modular format delivery to complete the program in 12 months.

Schedules, Tuition and Fees

Program schedules, tuition and fees for off-campus delivery will differ from the program offered on-site at Cape Breton University’s Sydney campus. For more information about the Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development program at different locations, please contact

Courses Required To Complete The Degree

Students must complete the required courses and earn 48 credits. The pass mark for MBA courses is 70%. Students will be required to maintain a 70% average to remain in the program.

The MBA in CED program consists of 16 courses, including the Applied Research Project.

    Term 1

  • MBAC5101 Business and Community Development I
  • MBAC5103 Fundamentals of Accounting
  • MBAC5104 Fundamentals of Marketing
  • MBAC5105 Organizational Behaviour
  • MBAC5107 Economic Geography

    Term 2

  • MBAC6101 Business and Community Development II
  • MBAC6103 Fundamentals of Finance
  • MBAC6107 Comparative Development
  • MBAC6124 International Business
  • MBAC Elective

    Term 3

  • MBAC6121 Applied Research Methods
  • MBAC6106 Leadership
  • MBAC6118 Venture Analysis
  • MBAC6125 Strategic Management
  • MBAC Elective

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