Course Descriptions

The Master of Management, Co-operative and Credit Unions program is a 42 credit-hour program designed to be completed in 3 years (with courses in session typically 35 of the 52 weeks/calendar year). The Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management is a 21 credit-hour program designed to be completed in 16 months. 

Our students appreciate the flexibility of our programs. In terms of workload, the Master's and Diploma program students can expect to dedicate 15 to 20 hours per week to their studies when courses are active (34 weeks out of the year). Over the school year, there are breaks mid-term, between semesters, and during the summer months. 

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Course Calendar

First Year


Orientation (August 9-13, 2021). Offered virtually. Timing to be confirmed once cohort time zones are known.

September – December 
January – April 

Second Year

September – December 
(From here, the Graduate Diploma courses are finished as 21 credit hours are now completed. Students have the option to trade either one of the previous fall courses for any second-year courses (3 credit hours) including the Study Tour (additional fees apply).
January – April 

Third Year 

September – December 
January – late July
Orientation: August 9-13, 2021

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

Take part in an orientation at the start of your program and build relationships with your fellow students and faculty. The 2021 orientation will be offered virtually, consisting of 2.5 hours/day plus a small activity each day. The timing will be confirmed once all cohort timezones are accounted for. This is a non-credit requirement of your program.

The 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 and writing; and training for the online learning technology.

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Course Desciptions

MMCC 5101: History of the Movement (1.5 credit hours)

Students consider the historical evolution of co-operative thought since the mid-19th century, with particular emphasis on the diversity of co-operative action and the continuing relevance of the co-operative principles and values (contrasting these with non-co-operative enterprises). The ICA Guidance notes on co-operative principles are also used.

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

Neoliberal political economy and the subsequent structural problems and multiple crises are discussed. New economic paradigms are introduced, including the circular economy, sustainable development within the planetary boundaries, socio-economic transformation, and economy for the common good. The role for co-operatives within new economic paradigms is elaborated.

MMCC 5130: Accounting and Reporting (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge base to interpret financial statements, understand the importance of nonfinancial performance reporting, determine the financial health of a co-operative and be aware of good governance and risk management practices (controls). Integrated reporting and sustainability reporting are also examined.

MMCC 5150: Innovations (1.5 credit hours)

Explore innovative management practices in the context of co-operative principles and profitable business opportunities. While all businesses strive to be innovative, what does this mean for a co-operative? How do we approach innovation to create a co-operative advantage in the areas where we are strongest? This course distills innovation into its component parts in order to develop a foundational understanding of innovation, challenge students to critique their pre-conceptions, and explore models for and examples of innovation.

MMCC 5161: Digital Transformation (1.5 credit hours)

Students examine how digital technologies are requiring significant transformation of today’s co-operatives and credit unions, from their service offerings and to their business models.

MMCC 5170: The Enterprise Model (1.5 credit hours)

Students examine the co-operative model of enterprise based on the Statement on the Co-operative Identity of the International Co-operative Alliance. Students analyze a values-based business model that is people-centered, democratically governed, and jointly owned and controlled by its members, in various contexts.

MMCC 5180: Strategic Advantage (1.5 credit hours)

Students discuss the co-operative advantage as a values-based, member owned business. Besides member loyalty built on shared surplus and values alignment, the course explores business models and operational practices fit for leadership in the new economy, and rooted in co-operative identity and culture.

MMCC 5206 Organizational Behaviour and Leadership (3 credit hours)

Students are instructed in concepts of Organizational Behavior (OB), organizational culture and change in the co-operative context. Different leadership theories are analyzed, and current issues in leadership are discussed.

MMCC 5210: Current Issues (3 credit hours)

In a seminar-style course students explore pressing global issues from the co-operative business and movement perspective.  Topic may include co-operative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic; data ownership in co-operatives; gender issues in co-operatives; diversity, equity and inclusion. 

MMCC 5121: Governance and Participation (1.5 credit hours)

Students examine the nature and potential of democracy in action and engagement in co-operatives. Various models of board-management relations, and theories of member participation within co-operatives are evaluated. Unique features of the co-operative business model require participatory co-operative governance. 

MMCC 5230: Financial Management (3 credit hours) 

Operating in the current international capital driven market economy, this course explores the origins and use of finance in a co-operative. How can co-operatives ensure that they are viable businesses while remaining true to their co-operative values? This is the capital conundrum for co-operatives. This course examines the co-operative paradigm (co-operative values and co-operative capital) compared to the dominant paradigm (financial capital) and explores the possible options for the development of the co-operative approach to financial management and capital structures. The aim is also to understand the ways in which finance and more diverse types of capital can be used to uphold and develop co-operative values and networks.

MMCC 5280: Marketing the Advantage (3 credit hours)

Students explore a range of marketing principles and theories, and apply them in the context of co-operatives, debating the benefits and challenges of implementing Marketing the Co-operative Advantage (MOCA) approach. This strategic approach emphasizes the internal communication challenges of developing, and benchmarking, MOCA competencies and culture based on co-operative values.

MMCC 5270: Field Research and Study Tour (3 credit hours) - Master's students required, optional for Graduate Diploma students

This course includes an intensive study tour to an integrated co-operative system in regions with vast co-op networks and deep co-operative history. Demonstrated excellence in management and performance exposes students to possible strategies for enlarging the market share of co-operatives and their ability to move toward an economy dominated by co-operation. Students either visit the Mondragon region of Spain or the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

MMCC 5350: Co-operative Lifecycle (1.5 credit hours) - Master's students only

Students explore specific organizational issues at different stages of the co-operative lifecycle – from inception through growth and maturity, to reinvention. Different models of growth are explored that better fit the co-operative economy. Risk and factors leading to demutualization are analysed through case studies.

MMCC 5390: Research Methods for Co-operatives (1.5 credit hours) - Master's students only

The course exposes students to multiple methodologies and approaches to research that can best fit various lines of inquiry. Students explore the research process and how to develop a research question, ultimately preparing students for their final research paper.

MMCC 5380: Directed Studies (3 credit hours)- Master's students only

A directed studies course is a personalized course designed by you and a supervisor to expand your knowledge in a field of special interest. Please contact the Centre team with your request and we will aim to match you with an appropriate researcher/expert.

MMCC 6000: Master's Research Project (6 credit hours) Master's students only
Prerequisite: Completion of all other required Master’s program courses.

Based on courses to date, students undertake a significant independent research project (the project could seek to propose changes to their organization to improve its operations and enhance its value, or be of a personal interest related to a co-operative topic).

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