MBA in Community Economic Development

Program Snapshot

Develop Stronger Economic Ties

Our communities are the threads that tie our country together. From helping to build a strong economic engine, to facilitating the cultivation of our healthy food, each community plays an important role in the development of our society. The Cape Breton community, although small in size, is big in opportunity. Here, you’re free to explore a welcoming island with warm people who see the same potential in you as you do in them.

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. The program resonates with people who aspire to play leadership roles in the private, public and community sectors.

There are many MBA programs around the globe. However, the program found here at Cape Breton University is the only one in Canada that includes community economic development at its core. It’s for people who want to make a difference where they live and work. Here, we teach the lessons that inspire students to make a positive change wherever they go. The MBA in Community Economic Development has been offered by the Shannon School of Business at CBU since 1997.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Understanding of community economic development and business

Why study at CBU?

As one of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious post-secondary institutions, Cape Breton University is focused on creating some of the most relevant, progressive and innovative programs in the world.

Our MBA in Community Economic Development is the only program of its kind in North America. This degree delivers advanced business knowledge and skills to make a difference in the local and global community.

In addition to being offered in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the program is delivered on weekends in six locations in face-to-face classes with acclaimed faculty from across Canada. Off-site venues include: Kingston; Toronto; Brandon; Saskatoon; Edmonton and Calgary.

Sample Courses

  • MBAC 6125: Strategic Management
  • MBAC 6118: Principles of Venture Analysis
  • MBAC 5107: Economic Geography
  • MBAC 6107: Comparative Development

Possible Career Paths

  • General Management
  • Executive Director
  • Policy Analyst
  • Consulting

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Applied research project
    • This project is the capstone deliverable of the program. Under the supervision of a research advisor, this project provides the opportunity to engage in experiential learning through direct involvement with a community, company, government agency or non-profit organization.
  • Local field trip courses
  • International travel assignments


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