Program Information

School: Saint Mary’s University
Faculty: Sobey School of Business
Degree: Bachelor; Co-op
Field of Study: Business/Commerce, General
Description: General Business Studies allows you to customize your degree to fit your unique interests, while maintaining a focus on the world of business. With a major in General Business Studies you will learn areas such as accounting, marketing, economics, and finance to help you gain a wide range of basic business skills. The skills and attributes you will develop through General Business Studies include communication, information literacy, critical thinking, teamwork, ethics, and social responsibility.

Co-op allows students to gain practical experience, apply their academic studies to real-world situations, and explore potential career paths. Increasingly, employers are using co-op placements as recruiting techniques and many students find employment as a result of their co-op placement. An official co-op designation on the transcript requires satisfactory completion of three 13- to 16-week work terms, only one of which will be in the summer. However, by attending summer school, students can complete the Bachelor of Commerce requirements and the co-op requirements with only four additional months of study.

URL: General Business Studies at Saint Mary’s University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*

There is an additional fee for Co-operative Education ($489.70 per work term for Nova Scotia residents and $618.00 per work term for out-of-province Canadians).

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Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 70 to 100

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 Mathematics  or  Grade12 Advanced Math/Intro to Calculus  or  Grade12 Calculus  or  Grade12 Precalculus 
  •  Grade12 English 

Three additional academic 12 courses are also required.

Test Scores:

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or CanTEST [min. 4.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80]

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate that you have the English language skills necessary to be successful in Saint Mary’s University degree programs.