Admissions

Many of our shorter programs such as our study tours, executive education courses and conferences simply require registration by contacting Erin Hancock at cme@smu.ca. For our credit courses including the Master's, Diploma, and Certificate programs, there is an application process involved, detailed below for the respective programs. To jump to the details on application for the Certificate program, click here.

Application Process for the Master's and Diploma Programs

Applications for the Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management and Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions are processed through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) at Saint Mary's University. To apply, please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Ensure you are eligible

  • Students are required to 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) and preferably in a supervisory or management position. 
  • Students must have completed an undergraduate degree (3.0/4.0 GPA scale or justification is the standard) or have an equivalent combination of training and experience. 
  • English is your first language or you can demonstrate competence in English. For more information on language requirements, please visit the FGSR website.

Step 2: Begin your application

Step 3: Submit all supplementary documents

  • An official transcript from each university or college credit program you fully or partially completed. This includes transfer credits. 

    Where to request your former college(s)/university(ies) to send your transcript(s):

    Graduate Studies Officer
    Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
    Saint Mary’s University
    923 Robie St, Atrium 210
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3C3
    Email: fgsr@smu.ca or Fax: 902-496-8772

  • Three confidential written recommendations. At least one recommendation should be from a current or former professor, where possible. If your last education experience was some years ago, applicants are welcome to submit a third professional recommendation. All recommendations must be provided using the form, although they can submit an additional letter in addition. To access a blank version of the recommendation form, please click here.
  • A letter from the co-operative business (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 or CV.

Step 4: Complete your application and contact us

  • Contact Erin Hancock from the CME programs to let her know that you have completed your application. This will allow us to track your application and ensure all documents arrive to the university. 

Use our Application Walkthrough 2017 to help you complete your application.

*For early consideration for bursaries, please have your application in by April 1.

Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies (CCLCS)

Graduates from the CCLCS BA Program in Co-operative Studies are granted advanced standing in the courses listed below. Students must have achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher with no single grade lower than a C:

Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management:

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

Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions:

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

CCLCS students achieving advanced standing in the above courses will not pay tuition for these courses and will be exempt from enrolling in them. 

Application Process for the Certificate in Co-operative Management

The application form that you need to complete is called the “Graduate Application for Visiting, Upgrading and Reactivation Students”. Click here for the form

Complete this form and submit it directly to Saint Mary’s University by clicking on “Submit your application” at the end of the PDF document. 

  • On page two, the “Start Date” is September of the current year, and then check “part-time studies”.
  • Further down on page two, the “Admission Category” to check is “upgrading.”
  • Further down on page two, where it says “Please provide a list of courses you wish to take,” fill in “Certificate in Co-operative Management”.

In addition to completing the application form, the following additional documents are required:

  • Official transcripts from post-secondary programs that you have completed (e.g. undergraduate degree or college diploma).  The educational institution must send transcripts directly to Saint Mary’s University.

Where to request your former college(s)/university(ies) to send your transcript(s):

Graduate Studies Officer
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Saint Mary’s University
923 Robie St, Atrium 210
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3C3
Email: fgsr@smu.ca or Fax: 902-496-8772

Please send the below items to cme@smu.ca from a business email account:

  • A summary of why you are interested in taking these courses (about 250-words).
  • A letter of support from someone in your co-operative organization, indicating that they allow you to study various aspects of that organization as part of your coursework and that they are aware of your participation in these courses. We expect students to use their own co-ops as a “living laboratory” during the courses. Everything shared within courses is subject to strict confidentiality. You can email cme@smu.ca in order to obtain a sample letter.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Karen Miner (Karen.miner@smu.ca), Managing Director, Co-operative Management Education, Saint Mary’s University.