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General Requirements for High School Graduates

  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.
  • English 12 (academic or advanced)
  • Math 12 (academic or advanced)
  • 3 additional grade 12 academic or advanced level courses

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Transfer Student Requirements

  • In order to transfer to CBU you must be in good academic standing at your current/previous institution.
  • You must meet the general admissions requirements (or the post-secondary equivalent) for the program, found under the Canadian or International tabs of this tool.
  • To see if your institution is an articulation partner, please view our articulation agreements page.
  • Please email us if you have specific questions about admission requirements and transferring to CBU:

Leverage The Global Economy

We are all global citizens with a stake in the economic issues that have become an integral part of our daily lives. From the local economies that drive our national industries, to the complex nature of free trade between countries, Cape Breton Island offers a unique glimpse into the fluid world of economics.

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. They end up graduating with the confidence and knowledge they need to enter the professional world of economics.

Economics professors at CBU are dedicated and engaged professionals who stay on top of developments in the global economy. This gives students an up-to-date flow of knowledge regarding the creation and distribution of wealth, labour disputes, unemployment, inflation, taxes, oil prices and international trade. And that’s just to start. Our modern facilities and comprehensive curriculum ensure you have what you need to achieve true economic success in the real world.

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Why study at CBU?

At CBU, students have access to various experiential learning opportunities and are encouraged to actively participate in class. Our exchange program provides students with the chance to travel to other countries to gain global experience relating to the study of economics.

Another great aspect, among many here in Cape Breton, is the sense of community, and the friendly, approachable people. People who, even if they aren’t from here, have adopted our warm, welcoming island lifestyle as their own. Because of that, it’s a place where CBU students and faculty get to know each other on a professional and personal basis.

The Shannon School of Business also maintains close ties with the local business community, bridging the gap between students and professionals, owners and managers in the field of economics.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Obtain a basic understanding of the organization and structure of economies – domestically as well as globally.
  • Understand the basic tools of micro and macro-economic analysis and apply them to contemporary economic settings.
  • Appreciate that socioeconomic and political landscapes are driven by economic considerations domestically and globally.
  • Engage in informed discussions regarding economic policy.
  • Recognize that, as citizens of the world, we need to function efficiently and effectively.

Possible Career Paths

  • Urban or Regional Planner
  • Securities Broker
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Budget, Financial or Insurance Analyst
  • Business Forecaster


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