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Program Overview

Saint Mary’s University offers two on-line, part time‌ programs that provide exceptional management skills to current and future co-operative leaders. Designed for working professionals seeking a program geared to co-operatives, the programs draw students, faculty, and researchers from around the globe and from a diversity of co-operatives and credit unions. Graduates and students come from various countries and faculty hail from Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and England.

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Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions

| Complete in < 3 Years | 10 Day International Study Tour |


Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management

Complete in 20 Months


Throughout the curriculum, management functions are explored within the context of the co-operative business model while being driven by the purpose, values and principles of co-operation. Beyond the development of a deep understanding of the history and evolution of the co-operative movement, learning encompasses governance, strategy, leadership, and people management skills through to accounting, finance, marketing, and information technology.

The program is predominantly online with students and faculty in various countries interacting as part of a co-operative learning community. To facilitate this online learning experience, strong relationships are forged during a five day face-to-face orientation at the start of the program and during the international study tour in year 2 (for Master’s program students).


Bilingual Certificate in Co-operative Management
Level 1 and Level 2

The Co-operative Management Education programs at Saint Mary's University and IRECUS (a co-operative education and research institute) at Université de Sherbrooke are working in partnership to offer a on-line, part time Bilingual Certificate in Co-operative Management (Level 1 and Level 2). These English/French programs run between September 2014 and June 2015. The Level 1 certificate includes courses on history and philosophy, marketing, governance and member participation, and innovation. The Level 2 certificate includes all courses in Level 1 as well as courses on global economy and society, finance, and information technology. If you are interested in taking this package of courses, contact Karen Miner ( at Saint Mary's University or Claude-André Guillottte ( at Université de Sherbrooke.

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Modules de cours bilingues en gestion de coopératives

Les programmes académiques en gestion coopérative de l'Université Saint Mary’s et l’Institut de recherche et d’éducation coopérative de l’Université de Sherbrooke (IRECUS) travaillent en partenariat pour offrir un certificat bilingue en gestion coopérative (niveau 1 et niveau 2). Ces programmes offerts en français et en anglais s’étendent de septembre 2014 à juin 2015. Le certificat de niveau 1 comprend des cours sur l'histoire et la philosophie, le marketing, la gouvernance, la participation des membres et, l'innovation. Le certificat de niveau 2 comprend tous les cours de niveau 1 ainsi que des cours sur l'économie mondiale et la société, la finance et les technologies de l'information. Si vous êtes intéressé à prendre cet ensemble de cours, communiquez avec Karen Miner ( à l'Université Saint Mary’s ou avec Claude-André Guillotte ( à l'Université de Sherbrooke.

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