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Admission Requirements

May 31st is the standard application deadline, but applications submitted after this date will be accepted if space is available. We encourage you to apply early as we review and make acceptance decisions on applications throughout the year.

To be admitted to our programs, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Application processing fee 
  • Two official transcripts from each university or college credit program you fully or partially completed
  • Three confidential written recommendations. At least one recommendation should be from a current or former professor. Follow this link to the recommendations form
    Note: If your last education experience was some years ago, you may find it difficult to find an academic recommendation. In that case, three professional recommendations will be accepted.
  • English is your first language or you can demonstrate competence in English.

In addition, to comply with program specific requirements, please submit the following to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research:

  • A letter from the co-operative sector organization (typically your employer) that you will use as a case study, indicating their willingness to have you study various aspects of the organization
  • A two page personal description outlining how the program will benefit you and your organization
  • An up-to-date resume

Please note, we require that:

  • You be actively engaged in the co-operative sector (e.g. employed by a co-operative, credit union, mutual, or sector association; serving governance roles; consulting), preferably in a supervisory or management position
  • You have completed an undergraduate degree or have an equivalent combination of training and experience


Graduates from Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies (CCLCS), BA program in Co-operative Studies

Through our partnership with Cipriani College, Saint Mary’s University will grant advanced standing in the following courses to graduates of the CCLCS BA in Co-operative Studies who achieved an overall GPA of 3.0, with no grade lower than C:

Master’s Degree Applicants:

  • MMCC 5100: Philosophy and History (3-credit)
  • MMCC 5120: Comparative Practice I (1.5-credit)
  • MMCC 5210: Global Economy and Society II (3-credit)

Graduate Diploma Applicants:

  • MMCC 5100: Philosophy and History (3-credit)
  • MMCC 5120: Comparative Practice I (1.5-credit)

CCLCS students achieving advanced standing in the above courses will not pay tuition for these courses and will be exempted from enrolling in them, thus reducing the total amount of coursework and the total cost of the Saint Mary’s programs. However, due to the cohort nature of our programs, the program duration is not shortened, but the total amount of course time is reduced.