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A Proud History

Founded in 1802, Saint Mary's is one of Canada's oldest universities. Its business school has an equally long heritage.

The Faculty of Commerce - as it was first called - was created in 1934, and was one of the first business programs in Canada. In August 1992, Saint Mary's paid tribute to one of Canada's premier business leaders by naming its Faculty of Commerce in honour of the late Frank H. Sobey, founder of Empire Company Limited, Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Ground for a new state-of-the-art home of the Business School named after the Sobey family was broken in October 1996, and the Sobey Building was officially opened two years later.

Today, the Sobey School of Business is the largest and most respected business school in Atlantic Canada, a region that encompasses New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. It is the only comprehensive business school in the region, offering Ph.D., MBA, and EMBA programs, in addition to a large undergraduate B.Comm. program.

Programs like the Master of Finance, the graduate diploma and Master of Management in Cooperatives and Credit Unions and the MBA-CMA option make the Sobey School of Business unique and special. 

In all, some 3,000 full- and part-time students attend the School. While many of our students are from Atlantic Canada, the Sobey School also draws students from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, giving the campus a strong international flavour.

On campus, the Sobey School of Business is seen as integral to Saint Mary's University. The B.Comm. program accounts for roughly 35% of the University's undergraduate enrolments, and the regular MBA for 75% of the University's graduate enrolments. And, the Sobey School of Business School offered the University's first Ph.D. program.

Consistent with the University's image, the Sobey School is approachable and student-centred, committed to the success of our students throughout their studies, and to our alumni throughout their careers.