Master of Management - Co-operatives and Credit Unions
Saint Mary’s University offers two international management programs that provide exceptional management skills to current and future co-operative leaders. Designed for working professionals seeking a part-time program geared to co-operatives, the programs draw students, faculty, and researchers from around the globe and from a diversity of co-operatives and credit unions. Graduates and students come from various countries and faculty hail from Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and England.
Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions
Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management
Throughout the curriculum, management functions are explored within the context of the co-operative business model while being driven by the purpose, values and principles of co-operation. Beyond the development of a deep understanding of the history and evolution of the co-operative movement, learning encompasses governance, strategy, leadership, and people management skills through to accounting, finance, marketing, and information technology.
The program is predominantly online with students and faculty in various countries interacting as part of a co-operative learning community. To facilitate this online learning experience, strong relationships are forged during a one-week face-to-face orientation at the start of the program and during the international study tour in year 2 (for Master’s program students).
May 31stis the standard application deadline, but applications made later than this date will be accepted if space is available.
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 letters of reference / recommendation. At least one reference should be from a current or former professor.
Note: If your last education experience was some years ago, you may find it difficult to find an academic reference. In that case, three professional references 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-operativesector organization(typically your employer) that you will use as a case study, indicating their willingness to have you study various aspects ofthe 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 beactively engaged inthe 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
Weencourage you to apply early as we review and make acceptance decisions onapplications throughout the year.