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MBA in Community Development


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Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


Cape Breton University's MBA in Community Economic Development (CED) is the only MBA program in the Americas that aims to deliver advanced business knowledge and skills in the context of both the community and the world. The MBA in CED offers you a leading edge curriculum that includes all business subjects found in traditional MBA programs; it covers economic development, leadership, governance and change management.

This program is designed for learners who aspire to play leadership roles in the public sector, in Third Sector organizations, and in community-minded businesses. The MBA in CED aims to develop a new generation of leaders who have strong business management capabilities, well developed collaborative and interpersonal skills, and deep knowledge of accountability, social responsibility, and development issues and practices. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in leading organizations in an increasingly global community and economy.

Entrance Requirements

Standard Admission Requirements

To meet MBA in CED requirements, a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university is required. The application cannot be processed until all of the following documents and fee have been received.

  • A complete application form, with a non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts for all previous university study
  • A resume detailing employment experience, skills, community involvement, and interests
  • A 500-800 word statement on desire to enter the program
  • Three references, preferably including one professional and one academic
  • Satisfactory scores on the GMAT*
  • Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL (for students whose native language is not English)
  • Satisfactory performance in an interview

Non-Traditional Student Requirements

Candidates who do not have an undergraduate degree, and show potential for success in graduate level study, may be admitted to the MBA in CED as a non-traditional student. Outstanding career and/or volunteer experience are expected. The candidates will be assessed individually in such areas as experience and performance in a number of education/training courses. Applicants must provide:

  • A completed application form, with a non-refundable application fee
  • Proof of a minimum of three years experience in managerial/decision-making positions
  • Official copy of a high school diploma or equivalent academic credential
  • Official transcripts of completed undergraduate work
  • A resume detailing employment experience, skills, community involvement, and interests
  • Three references, preferably including one professional and one academic
  • A four to six page essay outlining desire to enter the program, community involvement, and what can be offered to other students in the classroom
  • Satisfactory scores on the GMAT*
  • Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL (for students whose native language is not English)
  • Satisfactory performance in an interview

Reference letters must be originals, sent directly by the referees. Only official transcripts sent by the Registrar of the issue institution will be accepted. The Educational Testing Service must forward GMAT and TOEFL score reports. Photocopies of any of these documents will not be accepted.

*Satisfactory scores on the GMAT or evidence of analytical skills normally shown by extensive managerial experience or successful completion of a university course in calculus or statistics with a grade of B.

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For program information and intake dates please contact:
Anne Chiasson, Program Coordinator
Shannon School of Business
Cape Breton University
Phone: 902-563-1664
E-mail: Anne_Chiasson@cbu.ca 

Program Details

Program Model / Completion Requirements

The MBA in CED offers a leading edge business curriculum designed to foster capacities of analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication. It embraces concepts of diversity and inter-dependency and equips students with the knowledge base and skills to function effectively and productively in an increasingly global community.

Students must complete the required 15 three-credit courses plus a major research essay/case study, and thus earn 48 credits.

Students will be required to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale to remain in the program. Enrolment is limited to 20 students per cohort.

Delivery Options

Courses are delivered in a weekend format. The semester-based format follows the September-June year. The modular-based format includes short, self-directed learning.

Weekend Format:

  • Friday
    5:30 PM to 9 PM
  • Saturday
    9 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday
    9 AM to 12:30 PM

Independent/directed study continues for approximately two months post contact time.