Saint Mary's University

Program Description
AACSB Accredited


Saint Mary's University

A challenging business education that fits

The Sobey Master of Business Administration (MBA) welcomes students of varied backgrounds, whether from traditional fields like engineering or healthcare, or emerging fields like culinary arts or digital marketing. Our Sobey MBA program offers a full or part-time comprehensive, advanced business education embedded in a reputable business school with a dynamic, culturally diverse environment.

The benefits:

  • An opportunity to create change in the world. The Sobey School has signed the UN's Principles of Responsible Management Education, and placed 13th in the world in the 2015 Corporate Knights Better World MBA rankings (view PDF).
  • A global experience: the Sobey School attracts students from over 80 countries, giving us a unique blend of East Coast culture and diverse international perspectives.
  • Undertake a major consulting or research project tackling a real-world business challenge, with real clients.
  • Connect with top employers from here and around the world and access meaningful opportunities to build your career.
  • Real ROI: according to our graduate surveys, within three months of graduation, 93%* of our graduates are employed and experience a 35% increase in salary.(*The remaining 7% were either pursuing further education or had chosen to not pursue employment due to personal reasons.)

The Sobey School of Business is accredited by the AACSB. We help our students accelerate their success through active learning and our strong connections with the business community. We are committed to creating and mobilizing knowledge through research and collaboration.

Program Overview

Overview of Sobey MBA

The Sobey MBA is flexible and dynamic. We emphasize active learning, with small classes that make it easy to interact with our exceptional faculty. You’ll have opportunities to consult with local business and organizations on real-life business problems and give back to the community. Working in groups within a multi-cultural and inclusive environment, you’ll develop your leadership and communications skills.

The Sobey MBA prepares you for a variety of career choices — from management positions in multinational corporations to directors of not-for-profit organizations; from business analysts to entrepreneurs. We offer extensive career services to students, and our graduates have an excellent track record of employment success, here and around the globe. Within six months of graduation, 95% have secured positions with the remaining 5% pursuing more education.

You may choose to focus on a particular area, such as:

  • Management Consulting
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Information Systems

A globalized outlook

At the Sobey School of Business, we welcome diverse educational, cultural and professional perspectives. Our university is enriched by international students from over 90 countries who make up over a quarter of our student body. In the MBA program, international students comprise 35% of our full time student body. International and Canadian students learning and working side-by-side help to create a unique global educational experience.

MBA Learning Goals

At the Sobey School of Business, we have developed learning goals to prepare you for strong and innovative business leadership.

Through our MBA program, you will gain:

A comprehensive knowledge of key business theories,

  • demonstrating competency in quantitative analytical practices,
  • gaining a solid knowledge of business theories and principles, and
  • understanding the role that ethical and socially-sustainable factors play in business decisions.

Strong evaluation and ethical decision-making skills,

  • identifying and applying analytical frameworks in addressing business problems,
  • finding solutions using qualitative and quantitative techniques, and
  • making ethical and socially sustainable decisions.

The ability to lead and work effectively as part of a larger group,

  • understanding the true meaning of leadership, and positively influencing others to achieve performance, and
  • planning, organizing and delegating within group environments.

Exceptional communications skills,

  • supporting and promoting managerial effectiveness.

The ability to integrate business knowledge in dynamic global environments to effect change

  • developing practical, strategic and operational plans for organizations and confidently applying your knowledge to problems.

Full-Time MBA

In your first year of the Sobey MBA program, you’ll take foundational courses that will sharpen your leadership skills, develop creative thinking and analytical abilities, and provide teamwork opportunities. Your second year involves advanced study—you’ll apply what you’ve learned and you can also choose to focus on a specialized area.

Throughout the program, you’ll establish strong and valuable links to the business community through our professional development and extra-curricular opportunities. The full-time program can be completed in 16 months, or 20 months with an internship or international exchange.

Year 1

  • Managerial Economics and Decision Analysis
  • Statistics for Managers
  • Managing Information and Technology
  • Financial Accounting
  • Leadership and Behavioural Processes
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business Finance
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Professional Skills

Year 2

  • Strategic Management
  • Ethical Issues in the World of Business
  • Economics and Policy in Global Context
  • Management Consulting Project (MCP) or Management Research Project (MRP)

Special offerings

Additional courses available to meet your unique interests:

  • Management Consulting
  • Data Analytics
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • Environmental and Sustainability Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Brand Management

Deepen and enrich your learning

Complement your solid academic foundation with many exciting hands-on learning opportunities:

  • Solve real business challenges for a client company with our consulting option.
  • Apply for the chance to manage an investment fund of $400,000 with our IMPACT program and compete nationally.
  • Get a deeper appreciation of business through regional case competitions and student-to-business networking events.
  • Hone critical leadership skills with retreats, courses, and the opportunity to develop a new business as part of the curriculum.
  • Engage with community leaders through class projects, the Executive Speaker Series, networking and other events.
  • Develop research skills by working one-on-one with a faculty member on a self-directed research project of your choice.

Part-Time MBA

Our part-time MBA is a great option for professionals looking to enhance their current career, or move into a different one.

Our part-time MBA consists of the same 20 courses completed in the full-time program. Courses are offered work days, evenings or weekends, giving you flexibility to schedule your studies around work and family commitments.

Foundational courses:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Statistics for Managers
  • Managing Information and Technology
  • Managerial Economics and Decision Analysis
  • Leadership and Behavioural Processes
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Business Finance

Advanced courses:

  • Ethical Issues in the World of Business
  • Strategic Management
  • Economics of Global Policy
  • Masters Research Paper (1.0 credit) or Consulting Project (0.5 credit)

Special offerings

Additional courses available to meet your unique interests:

  • Management Consulting
  • Data Analytics
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • Environmental and Sustainability Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Brand Management

Your classroom education is rounded out by hands-on experience as you complete either an applied MBA consulting project or a research-based project.

If you have a previous business degree from a recognized university, you may be eligible for advanced standings in some of the core courses.

Accelerated MBA

The Sobey Accelerated MBA is designed for students who have graduated from a comprehensive four-year undergraduate degree in Business Administration or Commerce with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. This is a 13 course program, which can be completed in 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

In this program, you will take advanced-level courses and specialize in one area. You’ll also apply your knowledge in practical settings through a consulting project or master’s research project.

Required courses

  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Economics
  • Strategy
  • MRP with 7 electives or MCP with 8 electives

MBA Program Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree (any discipline) from a recognized university with at least a B average or equivalent.
  • GMAT of 550 with minimums in qualitative or quantitative sections (50%) and 5.0 in the essays. We will also accept a GRE.
  • 2 years of work experience strongly preferred, 3 years for those with a 3 year undergraduate degree.
  • For non-English language candidates minimum TOEFL IBT is 100 (no band below 22); IELTS of 7.0 (no band below 6.5).
  • We look for demonstrated leadership qualities.

Apply to the MBA Program

Step 1

Before you fill out our online application, you can complete, gather and email the following required supplemental material to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at:

  • The MBA Supplementary Form‌, which includes two essays (250-300 words each) and short answer questions
  • Your official GMAT Score
  • An up-to-date resume
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)

Step 2

Have official transcripts for all universities and colleges that you attended sent directly to Saint Mary’s University in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. Official documents should be mailed to:

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Saint Mary’s University

923 Robie Street

Atrium Building, Suite 210

Halifax, NS, Canada

B3H 3C3

Step 3

Provide three (3) letters of reference. Please have your referees use the provided Recommendation Form‌ and have them send it directly to the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the address included on the form.

Step 4

Once this supplemental material has been sent, complete the online application form and provide the $70 processing fee.

Please note: For MBA applicants in India (New Delhi only*), Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Peru and the Republic of Mauritius, please contact the Canadian University Application Centre for assistance with the application process.

*Applicants from other areas of India may apply as outlined above.

Application Dates and Deadlines


February 1 (Chinese applicants)

April 1 (all other International applicants)

Canadian and Permanent Residents:

June 15 (for September)

November 15 (for January)

Program Start Date: September or January (part-time Canadian/permanent residents)

Minimum time to completion: 16 months (full-time), 4 years (part-time)

GMAT Preparation

Students often have many questions about the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) exam and may even find the idea of writing the exam intimidating. That’s why we provide support to help you prepare for the exam and reduce any anxiety you may have in anticipation of writing the GMAT.

This six-week GMAT preparation course provides an in-depth look at what to expect on the test. The course offers an overview of the Math and English components of the GMAT and helpful tips on how to prepare, analyze test questions and cope with exam anxiety.

MBA Faculty

With 75 full-time professors (97% with a PhD) and many experienced part-time and adjunct faculty, we have one of the largest business school faculties in Canada. Our professors are internationally recognized experts strongly connected to the regional and national business community.

Exceptional research

The Sobey School of Business is home to leading Canadian scholars in human resource management, finance, organization theory, leadership, and industrial relations. Faculty conduct exceptional research — regionally, nationally and internationally. Students benefit from this wealth of expertise, and the latest in business theory and practices.

Fostering student success

Our professors are committed to supporting student success, and taking knowledge outside our walls to benefit the community. They create a dynamic, friendly and intercultural learning environment that prepares students to lead innovative, sustainable businesses.

In a recent survey, 95% of our recent graduates reported they would recommend the Sobey MBA program to others, citing faculty as the school's most important asset. The students also praised the program's quality, flexibility and accessibility.

Developing Your Career

In a recent survey of our 2013 MBA class, 100% of respondents replied they were employed within a year of graduation. They experienced an average salary increase of 55% from the salary they earned on entry into the program.

Get expert advice on how to refine interview skills, network with potential employers and develop your career at Sobey Career Services. We offer professional development workshops, one-on-one career counselling, coaching sessions with expert consultants and mentorship programs.

Services for Students

We offer a wide range of tools and resources to help you:

  • Define your career goals
  • Build a strong network
  • Develop effective job search skills
  • Take part in valuable internships and networking events
  • Benefit from personalized career coaching.

International Opportunities for Students

Sobey students can take advantage of student exchanges through the Saint Mary's International Activities Office. Study in France, Brazil, Korea or Denmark and add a deeper international perspective to your educational experience.

Our Student Profile

Our MBA program comprises 35% international students, who bring varied cultural backgrounds and diverse education and experiences together in an energized, collaborative campus.

Academic Background of Students

  • BSc/Eng: 40%
  • BA: 25%
  • BBA/BComm: 20%
  • Masters Degree: 10%
  • Other: 5%

Student Profile

  • Male/Female: 60% / 40%
  • Average work experience: full-time 5 years; part-time 8 years
  • Average GMAT: 590
  • Average GPA: 3.3
  • International Students: 35%

Sobey MBA Society

All Sobey MBA students are members of the Society and are welcome to participate. The Sobey MBA Society provides a voice to student issues by having a representative on the MBA Council. Members of the Society also organize social and professional development events throughout the academic year, including fundraisers and group activities, and coordinate community-supportive volunteering.

Our Alumni Profile

Saint Mary’s University’s alumni community is 42,000 strong, and found in over 100 countries around the world. The Saint Mary’s University Alumni Association connects you to this rich network, keeping you in touch with fellow graduates and the university.

Sobey Alumni Career Connections

The Career Connections program is an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and expertise with a current MBA student. Consider reaching out to our future Sobey MBA alumni and helping them get a solid start on their career path. Contact Shawn Swallow at 902-491-6238 or email: for more information.

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