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 leadership, 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 professional experience. 
  • English is your first language or you can demonstrate competence in English. For more information on language requirements, please visit the FGSR website. During the Covid global situation, our university is offering some flexibility on language testing so see those updates here regarding duolingo testing and the like.

Step 2: Begin your application

  • Create an account then complete the online application and pay the $110 CAD application processing fee. We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser when completing the form, which tends to run smoother.

Step 3: Submit all supplementary documents in the online system

  • A transcript from each university or college credit program you fully or partially completed. This includes transfer credits. Our university will accept unofficial transcripts for the purposes of admission and the official ones must be received after being admitted.

    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: or Fax: 902-496-8772

  • Two 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 only professional recommendations. All recommendations must be provided using the form available through the online application system, although they can submit an additional letter in addition. You will see the option to add references and send them a link to complete the form directly in the online system.
  • 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. You can contact for a sample letter.
  • A two-page personal description outlining how the program will benefit you and your organization. 
  • An up-to-date resume or CV.

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. 

Admissions for Certifcate Program and Short Courses

The Certificate in Co-operative Management involves an application process. Many of our shorter programs such as our study tours, executive education courses and conferences simply require registration, so if the link or form is not easily found on our website, email

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