Canada’s Best MBAs 2017: Saint Mary’s University

Canada‘s Best MBA Programs 2017

The Saint Mary’s University MBA

Sobey School of Business

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saint Mary's University MBA Program

Sobey recently redesigned its MBA, with the first cohort entering in September 2016. The new program spends the first half on foundation courses, then focuses on what Sobey calls “immersive” experiences in three areas: community-based service-learning, often working with local companies and non-profits; international and intercultural immersion, which includes a trip abroad to understand the dynamics of global business; and entrepreneurship and innovation, a series of workshops designed to foster an entrepreneurial mindset. Last year Sobey introduced its own venture capital fund in collaboration with Nova Scotia VC firm Innovacorp. This year was the 40th anniversary of Sobey’s first class of MBAs, so an extensive network of alumni await new grads. All students, whether completing the full-time 16-month program or the 36-month part-time program, begin in September.

Classroom experience
New full-time students enrolled, July 2015–July 2016: 30
New part-time students enrolled, July 2015–July 2016: 20
Students’ average GMAT score: 600
Work experience required: 2 years
Gender ratio: 60% male, 40% female
Percentage of international students: 38%
Program duration & cost
Full-time program length: 16 months
Full-time tuition: $26,200
$28,500 (out-of-province residents)
Part-time program length: 36 months
Part-time tuition: $25,700
Specializations and joint degrees offered:
  • Combined MBA/CPA