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Choosing Cape Breton University (CBU) for your education is the first step on your journey toward an exciting future. We offer many different course options, from undergraduate or graduate programs, to online education and pre-professional courses, you’ll have no trouble pursuing your passions the way that’s right for you.

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Arts, Social Sciences & Culture

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Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Study diverse perspectives, ideas and traditions. Plot a course from here that can take you anywhere you want to go. With a BA from CBU, you’ll have an exciting, contemporary and challenging opportunity to learn about the world around you. By gaining the knowledge, leadership skills and critical thinking required to succeed in the real world, students adapt a cross-cultural perspective that’s truly unique to Cape Breton University.

Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment

Create a sustainable future. Help contribute to a future we can all be proud of with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment (BASE). This is CBU’s first fully interdisciplinary degree, taking advantage of the natural resources available among the breathtaking scenery on Cape Breton Island. The BASE program reflects a university-wide commitment to teaching and research in environment and sustainability, and is enriched by Indigenous perspectives.

Bachelor of Arts Community Studies

Get to the core of community. Students from around the world come to CBU to partake in a participatory and experiential curriculum. This enables students to engage with their communities and familiarize themselves with a workplace environment.

Diploma in Public Administration and Management

Help organizations move forward. The special skills you learn at CBU in the Diploma in Public Administration and Management program can take you in any direction. The knowledge you gain here will help you excel in managing people, processes and policies in various industries to help you build the solid foundation you need for the real world.

Anthropology

Immerse yourself in humanity. If you’re looking for a place to study the most interesting aspects of life, you have certainly found it. Cape Breton is teeming with as much opportunity to learn about how humans live as anywhere in the world. At CBU, the study of anthropology is a natural fit in a natural wonderland.

Applied Theatre

Play to A universal audience. Throughout Cape Breton culture, you’ll find music, dance, theatre and the arts all around you. At CBU, we collaborate and take the stage together to engage with our community through a positive, creative medium.

Celtic Culture

Give new life to an ancient culture. Off the shores of Scotland, Ireland and England, Celtic culture thrives in Nova Scotia. And Cape Breton Island represents everything this province has to offer. Situated on an incredible landscape and coastline, Cape Breton is home to warm, friendly people with a tradition of hard work, respect and commitment to community.

Communication

Make communication the key to your success. Clear and creative communication is critically important for safe, stable communities and workplaces. That’s why we’re proud to say Cape Breton University offers the only communication major in the Maritimes. The theories and skills learned in our program are essential for successful careers, healthy relationships and the development of a deep understanding of communication and its functions in society.

Become an expert on the impact of english. The English language is central to the way billions of people work, play, think and relate to one another. The English program at CBU teaches you to become an expert user of the language, understanding the history and applications in all its linguistically splendid detail and nuance.

Folklore

Explore cultures and traditions. Learn practical skills in interviewing, fieldwork, and ethnographic research while also gaining an awareness of international heritage policy. Folklore’s interdisciplinary nature promotes sharing concerns, methods and insights with others. Through this group learning dynamic, folklore students acquire skills and knowledge that are applicable in a wide range of careers.

Dive deeper into the french language. French is spoken on every continent by millions of people, and is a major asset in business, institutional, professional and day-to-day communications. That’s why our French minor or concentration offers language courses from basic to advanced levels, as well as courses in French literature, culture and linguistics.

Gaelic

Guide Gaelic culture into the future. There is no better place to study Gaelic culture in North America than on Cape Breton Island. With so much proud Gaelic history rooted deep in our lands and imprinted along our shores, students come to CBU from around the world for this unique program.

Gender and Women’s Studies

Explore identity and experience. Our minor in Gender and Women’s Studies gives students the opportunity to study a full range of human experiences and arrangements of social organization. We offer a comprehensive curriculum to help process the issues we face as a society, which can provide lessons needed for life in a modern, multicultural and diversified culture.

Take history into the future. Home to faculty who are award-winning teachers and cutting-edge researchers, the history program at CBU offers a unique perspective on this intriguing field of study. Our approachable and experienced faculty facilitate the study of history by teaching students to think about the past and the present in equal parts.

Mathematics

Calculate a future for success. As a language of logic used by scientists and philosophers alike, the valuable skills developed in a math degree at CBU can take you anywhere. You just have to follow the numbers. From graphic design, to environmental engineering, astrophysics and business, you’ll learn sophisticated mathematical models for use in the real world.

Mi’kmaq Studies

Immerse yourself in mi’kmaq tradition. The rich culture and long history of the Mi’kmaq thrives today on Cape Breton Island and at CBU. From the ancient Mi’kmaw language to modern Mi’kmaw current events, you’ll become immersed in a program that focuses on teaching the true ways of Canada’s First Nations people.

Sounding your success. Build your skills for a solid foundation in music and carve your own path, wherever the tempo takes you. Our BACS music major is the only undergraduate program in Canada to focus on traditional and tradition-based popular music, with particular emphasis on Cape Breton’s rich music traditions.

Philosophy

Navigate the complexities of thought. Philosophy at CBU helps you create a customized compass for navigating the intellectual, ethical and emotional complexities of life. Engaging philosophically with the world around you can provide a sense of overall direction which is essential for personal, social and professional growth.

Political Science

See the world in a new way. Students from across the global and political spectrum come to Cape Breton University for a chance to make a real impact in the world around them. When you study political science at CBU, you learn from more than books. You’re learning from a rich environment shaped by local, national and global politics.

Psychology

Understand thought and behaviour. Psychology courses at CBU emphasize the genetic, physiological, sensory, cognitive, personality-based and social structures that mediate behaviour and mental processes.

Religious Studies

Study the impact of religion today. With a wide range of students coming to study at CBU from around the world, we pride ourselves on being an open and accepting learning environment. You already know religion can be found everywhere. In film, music, television, politics and more, religion is often at the centre of identity exploration, global issues and cultural conflict. But there is still so much more to discover here at CBU.

Sociology

Explore society and culture. Special collaborations happen here at Cape Breton University between students and faculty from completely different backgrounds, cultures and societies through courses that are reflective of the diverse world in which we live. Students who graduate from CBU do so with the confidence and flexibility they need to have an edge in the job market or find success in continued graduate studies.

Sport and Physical Activity Leadership

Become a leader in sport. With the winds of inspiration blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean, you naturally get the energy you need to excel at anything you put your mind to. Our inspiring environment and relaxed atmosphere attracts students from more than 40 countries to live, work and play on the island we’re proud to call home.

Business

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Bachelor of Business Administration

Take any business to the next level. With a degree in Business Administration from Cape Breton University, you can truly go anywhere. This program is specifically designed to prepare students with core universal skills to succeed in any business.

Bachelor of Emergency Management

Every day, emergency management professionals around the world are working hard to safeguard people from natural, technological or human-caused incidents. The demand for knowledgeable and competent emergency managers, planners and responders contributing to safer, more resilient and sustainable communities is on the rise in Canada and globally, and CBU is the Atlantic Canadian university that focuses on the applied aspects of Emergency Management

Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Make the world your special guest. Hospitality is an important part of our Cape Breton culture. At CBU, our Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management (BHTM) degree is a three-year program that combines tourism and hospitality, business education and the opportunity to augment a specialty area with elective courses. This blended approach to the program, in conjunction with two paid internships, prepares students for a position in this multifaceted industry.

MBA in Community Economic Development

Develop stronger economic ties. This MBA offers a leading edge curriculum that includes all business subjects found in traditional MBA programs, with an emphasis on economic development, leadership, governance and management of change.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Analytics

Drive results for any business. Today’s economy requires leaders who know how to interpret the data that drives our world forward. That’s why a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Analytics from Cape Breton University is so valuable in the real world. Our approachable, experienced faculty provides hands-on learning needed to build your skills, and our warm, welcoming community provides a safe learning environment.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Management

Develop business skills for success. At Cape Breton University, we know what it takes to be a leader in business. It takes determination, skill, and a solid education foundation to ensure your lifelong success. That’s why the Business Management Diploma (BMD) offered at CBU explores important business aspects required to embrace change within any organization.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Supply Chain Management

Help the world operate with precision. In Canada, the supply chain is one of the most essential sectors of the economy involving more than 767,000 workers from a range of occupations and industries. Cape Breton University’s newly designed courses introduce all facets of supply chain management from a theoretical and practical perspective.

Accounting

Learn the language of business. On a world-famous island such as Cape Breton, our economy works when smart financial decisions are made that impact lives every day. That’s why we take extra care to dedicate ourselves to excellence in accounting that meets the IFRS global standard in accounting business.

Economics

Leverage the global economy. As a social science concerned with the efficient use of resources in production, exchange and consumption, students from dozens of countries arrive here to gain a better understanding of how local and global economies thrive.

Finance

Thrive in the financial world. When it comes to the prosperity of a business, nothing is more important than a solid financial foundation. Finance is a body of concepts, principles and theories dealing with making strategic investment acquisitions, and identifying where the firm will get the long-term capital to finance the strategic investments.

Human Resources

Impact the success of any organization. The study of human resources (HR) helps us understand why people are so important to the success of business operations. A strong HR department is critical to an organization’s effectiveness and success. This means getting to know the functions of the people within an organization where everyone benefits.

Marketing

Give any business the marketing edge. Every business depends on key marketing decisions, from branding to advertising, to help drive revenue and increase market share. At Cape Breton University, we provide a comprehensive approach using modern facilities and approachable faculty who have real experience in the marketing world.

Supply Chain Management

Help the world operate with precision. When you consider the means for an entire island to operate, you quickly get a sense of the importance of a reliable and efficient supply chain.

Education

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Bachelor of Education

Take on a class of your own. If your dream is having the opportunity to positively impact young lives and influence growing minds through education, the Bachelor of Education program at CBU will help you fulfil your true calling. In only 16 months, beginning each May, the 60-credit Bachelor of Education (BEd) program equips aspiring teachers with the critical skills, knowledge and experiences they need to become professional educators.

Diploma in Education (Counseling)*

Guide students to success. This 30-credit hour, online graduate-level diploma program is intended to enhance counseling skills for all educators, preparing you for the complex and vastly unique issues today’s students face.

Diploma in Education (Curriculum)

Shape students for the future. From determining how technology fits into our classrooms, to shaping how Canadian culture is woven into our education system, the Diploma in Education (Curriculum) from CBU is an excellent opportunity for every aspiring educator.

Diploma in Educational Technology

Integrate tech. Impact lives. Today’s world is a tech world. That’s why CBU offers a Diploma in Educational Technology that truly reflects the realities of world-class educators. With an ever-growing list of technologies that can help impact student learning, your time studying at CBU is an investment in the future of education.

Master of Education (Educational Technology)

Evolve the way tech helps us teach. Technology is changing the way we learn. From our education system, to our businesses and industries, our world is increasingly relying on technology to solve problems and create efficiencies. That’s why the Master of Education in Educational Technology at CBU, offered in partnership with Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), is designed to help you understand and promote the educational use of technology.

Master of Education in Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation

Foster creativity. Enable sustainability. The world needs people with sustainable answers to serious problems. The world needs people like you. That’s why the Master of Education in Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation (MEd SCI) provides you with the knowledge and skills to create transformative learning opportunities anywhere in the world.

Engineering & Technology

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Bachelor of Engineering (Transfer)

Create solutions for the real world. One look at island life and it becomes clear: Cape Breton is a special place that is focused and determined to make the world a better place. The passion for innovation and collaboration runs deep in our history and fuels our future.

Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Meet the demand in today’s world. Get the skills you need to meet the demand in today’s world, while fulfilling your dream of living in a world-class destination like Cape Breton Island. From our incredible landscapes to our open ocean shores, it’s more than our well-earned reputation for excellence that drives students here from across the globe.

Chemical

With great relevance to other fields of study such as engineering and nanotechnology, medicine and dentistry, food sciences and environmental sciences, the Chemical Engineering Technology programs provide a gateway into many interesting and opportunity-filled careers.

Electronics & Controls

Gain technical expertise for life. An overlooked factor behind most of the world’s major projects and industries is the ability to time and control how technology is applied in a dynamic setting. At CBU, you can study a technologically advanced approach to electronics and controls. Electronics and controls at CBU focuses on electrical engineering, analog and digital design, microelectronics and industrial systems.

Environmental Studies

Contribute to a future we can all count on. Environmental studies at CBU provides you with the skills you need to thrive in the same real world you observe and assess. While every student gains an understanding of the fundamental sciences, including biology, chemistry, and geology, as well as engineering principles with a focus on the environment, it’s the individual experience that is most important.

Manufacturing

Manufacture success your own way. At CBU, students from around the world learn critical skills and gain exposure to competitive and critical fields like manufacturing. From advances in technology, to employee training, the manufacturing industry has rapidly evolved, with our students playing a major role in this fast-paced, ever-changing business sector.

Petroleum

Refine your path to success. When it comes to global innovation and change, petroleum has been at the heart of some of the most important scientific advances in human history. That’s because hydrocarbons are at the foundation of our modern, energy intensive societies.

Health & Well-Being

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Bachelor of Emergency Management

Every day, emergency management professionals around the world are working hard to safeguard people from natural, technological or human-caused incidents. The demand for knowledgeable and competent emergency managers, planners and responders contributing to safer, more resilient and sustainable communities is on the rise in Canada and globally, and CBU is the Atlantic Canadian university that focuses on the applied aspects of Emergency Management

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health)

Impact quality of life. Studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) at CBU offers a unique opportunity to impact quality of life for everyone around you. With the knowledge and skills learned here, you gain the ability to make a difference in a real community using modern facilities, working alongside experienced faculty.

Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Bring global nursing skills anywhere you go. Nurses are at the forefront of our health care system. The Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BScN) is an incredible opportunity. It’s a program that prepares students to practice as registered nurses in a variety of health care settings. At Cape Breton University, you arrive inspired and leave prepared with the skills you need to thrive in a global market, with lifelong nursing skills guiding you along the way.

Bachelor of Science, Nutrition (Transfer)

Learn the difference nutrition makes. Nothing is more important to our overall health than the food we put inside our bodies. With an incredible amount of access to instructors, and a global community on campus, you gain a unique perspective on how proper nutrition can make a difference anywhere in the world. Our modern facilities and inclusive culture give you the space and freedom to chart your own course in nutrition.

Sport and Physical Activity Leadership

Become a leader in sport. With the winds of inspiration blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean, you naturally get the energy you need to excel at anything you put your mind to. Our inspiring environment and relaxed atmosphere attracts students from more than 40 countries to live, work and play on the island we’re proud to call home.

Sciences

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Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health)

Impact quality of life. Studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) at CBU offers a unique opportunity to impact quality of life for everyone around you. With the knowledge and skills learned here, you gain the ability to make a difference in a real community using modern facilities, working alongside experienced faculty.

Bachelor of Science

Make a discovery for life. Cape Breton University is a place where students with a passion for science come from around the world to study. They come to learn in our modern facilities, draw knowledge from our experienced faculty, and embrace our unique island lifestyle that offers a new perspective on life.

Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Bring global nursing skills anywhere you go. Nurses are at the forefront of our health care system. The Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BScN) is an incredible opportunity. It’s a program that prepares students to practice as registered nurses in a variety of health care settings. At Cape Breton University, you arrive inspired and leave prepared with the skills you need to thrive in a global market, with lifelong nursing skills guiding you along the way.

Bachelor of Science, Nutrition (Transfer)

Learn the difference nutrition makes. Nothing is more important to our overall health than the food we put inside our bodies. With an incredible amount of access to instructors, and a global community on campus, you gain a unique perspective on how proper nutrition can make a difference anywhere in the world. Our modern facilities and inclusive culture give you the space and freedom to chart your own course in nutrition.

Bachelor of Technology (Nautical Science)

Take on the open seas of success. Studying on the shores of Cape Breton Island, surrounded by the rugged coastline and open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, you get the feeling there’s no other place you should be. This is especially true for those studying the opportunity-rich sector of nautical science. It’s a natural fit.

Biology

Explore the diversity of life. There’s an instant connection that’s made between the study of biology and living on Cape Breton Island. In this incredibly bio-diverse region on the coast of Atlantic Canada, we’re constantly reminded that we’re all part of nature.

Chemistry

Gain a new perspective. Chemistry is the study of matter — anything that has mass and occupies space. Everything you touch, hold, smell or taste involves chemistry and chemicals. So, when you step onto Cape Breton Island and look into our waters, across our landscapes and throughout our communities, you’ll discover a natural sense of opportunity and wonder that opens your path to success.

Mathematics

Calculate a future for success. As a language of logic used by scientists and philosophers alike, the valuable skills developed in a math degree at CBU can take you anywhere. You just have to follow the numbers. From graphic design, to environmental engineering, astrophysics and business, you’ll learn sophisticated mathematical models for use in the real world.

Psychology

Understand thought and behaviour. Psychology courses at CBU emphasize the genetic, physiological, sensory, cognitive, personality-based and social structures that mediate behaviour and mental processes.

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