Co-operative Management Education at Saint Mary’s University offers rigorous and dynamic programs for co-operative management professionals. The programs cultivate a deep understanding of co-operatives, credit unions and mutuals, within a globalized curriculum (with on-line and in-person options). If you’re looking for a different type of targeted and advanced business education that recognizes the unique social value co-operative models bring to business, the Co-operative Management Education programs may be for you.

We offer options for co-op and credit union leaders from 3-days to 3-years to meet the needs of everyone along their learning path.

Online, Part-time, Master’s-level Credit Course Options


Master of Management, Co-ops and Credit Unions over 3 years

Graduate Diploma over 20 months

Certificate in Co-operative Management over 10 months

All of these programs are designed executive style, for people to work and study at the same time (more details here). Our deadline for the online programs is May 31 or until our courses are full. For Atlantic Canadian credit union employees, don’t forget about the ACLSM scholarship for the Master’s and Diploma programs.

International CU Training In Halifax in June


The Credit Union Development Education Program (CanadaDE) is coming up June 4-10 in Halifax. This will be a truly inspired, international CU event. A FEW SPOTS LEFT!


It’s an intense, deep dive into addressing pressing issues that credit unions are facing. Managers, board members and keen staff are all welcome. This is a great opportunity for problem-solving, networking, innovating, shaking up thinking, recommitting to the principles and values, and so much more. Although this program has been offered around the world for decades, this is the first time it is being offered in Canada (in partnership with CaribDE – established Caribbean program).


Details and registration link:

3-day Course – Enhancing Business Performance through Co-operative Management Practices: How to Strengthen Identity, Loyalty and Participation.

  • More information
  • May 17-19, 2017: Manchester, UK, in partnership with the Co-operative College and Sheffield Hallam University and hosted by the Co-operative Group
  • November 1-3, 2017: Vancouver, hosted by Vancity


Co-op Study Tour to Croatia in July


Learn about co-operatives in Croatia while enjoying Istria – the ‘Tuscany’ of Croatia – with Roman and Venetian architecture, medieval towns and beaches, famous for truffles, olive oils and award-winning wines! This tour is organized by the Co-operative Management Education (CME) programs in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University (Canada) under the expert guidance of Dr. Sonja Novkovic, co-operative economist and Academic Director for CME. Sonja will lead this tour, which is based in her home city. Participants will have the opportunity to meet co-operators and discuss current issues while visiting agricultural co-operatives, an ethical bank co-op, social co-operatives, and others.


Cost: 1,495 Euro (includes accommodations based on single occupancy, meals, tour transportation in Croatia, co-operative sector speakers and co-operative site tours)


*This tour is a perfect opportunity for those travelling to the World Credit Union Conference in Vienna or WYCUP youth event, scheduled to happen just before (and travel to Vienna after is easy).


Click here for more information or contact Sonja Novkovic for tour content – or to or Erin Hancock to register –




To discuss any of these options, please contact Erin Hancock, Manager of Promotion and Partnership, Co-op Management Education at Saint Mary’s University: or 902 802 7897