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The Master of Management, Co-operative and Credit Unions program is a 42 credit-hour program designed to be completed in less than 3 years. It consists of a mand‌atory face-to-face orientation week, online courses, a study tour, and 6 credit-hour research project.

The Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management is available starting in 2013. It is a 21 credit-hour program designed to be completed in 20 months and consists of a mandatory face-to-face orientation, online courses, and a 3 credit-hour research project.

Course requirements for both programs are outlined below. Students in the Master’s and Graduate Diploma complete courses as a combined cohort between the start of each program and December of the second year (exceptions are noted in September to December of the second year). In the January to April term of the second year, Master’s students continue and Graduate Diploma students are complete or in the process of completing their final course (Research Project).

The Master's and Graduate Diploma programs of the Sobey School of Business are accredited by AACSB International, the leading international accreditation body for business schools.  All courses are subject to accreditation reviews to ensure they meet a consistent set of program goals and objectives based on AACSB standards.


Pre-2012:
For students, who started the program pre-2012, follow this link for details on your course requirements and timing.

Old Course Outline

Course Descriptions:

First Year

August
One week face-to-face orientation (Halifax, NS) – non-credit requirement

September – December (12 weeks of class)

January – April (12 weeks of class)

May-June (6 weeks of class)

 

Second Year

September – December (12 weeks of class)

  • MMCC 5200: Strategic Analysis I
  • MMCC 5201: Leading and Managing People I
  • MMCC 5205: Diploma Research Project (not applicable to Master’s students)
  • MMCC 5210: Global Economy and Society II (Master's students only)


Note: During this term, Graduate Diploma students complete 5200 and 5201 during the first 6 weeks, followed by the Research Project (5205) which must be completed by April for a May graduation.  Graduate Diploma students do not take 5210 or any other courses beyond this point.

January – April (12 weeks of class)

May-June (6 weeks of class)

 

Third Year

September – December (12 weeks of class)


January - September


Orientation

Both the Graduate Diploma and Master’s programs begin with a one week face to face orientation followed by online courses completed over 20 months or 3 years respectively.

A one week orientation is designed to establish strong bonds within a cohort. Highlights of this intense orientation experience includes: meeting some faculty and graduates; introductory lectures and discussion of co-operative history; presentations from Executive leaders in the co-op sector; primers on research methods; and training on the Blackboard learning technology.

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MMCC 5100: Philosophy and History (3 credit hours)

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lecturers, seminars and papers to communicate the nature and development of co-operative values over the last 180 years and to indicate their current relevance in our society.

Prerequisite: Admission to the program

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MMCC 5110: Global Economy and Society I (3 credit hours)

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars, and papers to develop an understanding of the nature of the global economy. Among the topics covered will be monetary and fiscal theory, international trade and finance theory and policy, and the nature and impact of globalization trends.

Prerequisite: Admission to the program

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MMCC 5120: Comparative Practice I (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore the range of businesses that are organized as co-operatives and to understand the connection between co-operative forms and the human needs that they serve.

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MMCC 5130: Financial Management I (3 credit hours)

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore the strengths and limitations of financial statements so as to understand how performance measurement systems appropriate to management of co-operatives and credit unions can be developed.

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MMCC 5140: Marketing the Advantage I (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore Co-operative duration, Member Relations and Marketing.

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MMCC 5150: Management Innovations I (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to review of successful and not-so successful co-operative business practices.

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MMCC 5160: IT and Communications (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore communications technology, the Web, the Internet and impact and barriers to e-business including privacy, security and payment systems.

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MMCC 5200: Strategic Analysis I (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore strategic analysis: identity crisis, co-op equilibrium and new co-operative paradigm.

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MMCC 5201: Leading and Managing People I (1.5 credit hours)

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore the foundations of personnel management and leadership in co-operatives.

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MMCC 5205: Diploma Research Project (3 credit hours) - not applicable to Master’s students

Course Description: This course requires the student to apply the learning from all previous courses in the program to the situation of their home co-operative or credit union by proposing changes to any or all aspects of the organization so as to improve its operations and enhance its value to its members, governance issues, planning processes, and approaches.

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MMCC 5210: Global Economy and Society II (3 credit hours) - Master's students only

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore the impact of globalization on the generation of goods and services, the ecology of the planet, the distribution of wealth and the role of governments and the location and nature of decision making in the global economy and the potential of co-operatives to play a constructive role.

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MMCC 5220: Comparative Practice II (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore participation within Co-operatives; co-operatives and the state; governance and stakeholders.

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MMCC 5230: Financial Management II (3 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore the essentials of a strong capacity for financial analysis and financial management in a co-operative, a particular focus on the nature of Co-operative capital, and a balanced scorecard approach required in accounting for co-operative business purpose.

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MMCC 5240: Marketing the Advantage II (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore managing the co-operative brand, its potential, challenges, opportunities, risks and benefits.

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MMCC 5270: Field Research and Study Tour (3 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: This course consists of a study tour, preceded by appropriate readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers, to a co-operative or credit union network that is perceived to be an exemplar of excellence in management and performance.

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MMCC 5350: Management Innovations II (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: This course builds on 5550 and involves small group work to prepare a paper on an innovative co-operative based on detailed research carried out by the group.

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MMCC 5370: Community and Environment (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: This course uses readings, case studies, and discussion to explore how the co-operative model is ideally suited for community and environment leadership coupled with economic strength.

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MMCC 5300: Strategic Analysis II (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore business strategy, diagnostic, formulation and implementation.

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MMCC 5301: Leading and Managing People II (1.5 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: This course uses readings, discussion groups, lectures, seminars and papers to explore participation within Co-operatives; co-operatives and the state; governance and stakeholders

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MMCC 6000: Master's Research Project (6 credit hours) Master's students only

Course Description: This course requires the student to apply the learning from all previous courses in the program to the situation of their home co-operative or credit union by proposing changes to any or all aspects of the organization so as to improve its operations and enhance its value to its members, governance issues, planning processes, and approaches.

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