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Master of Business Administration (Financial Services)

Course Description

Dalhousie University is a leader in specialized graduate programs. We offer one of the few “distance” programs available in the international marketplace that boasts an academic rigour comparable to an on-campus program. Our MBA (FS) program is delivered via the Internet, uses cutting-edge virtual classroom tools, and includes an on-site element which provides each learner with the benefits of face-to-face interaction with educational experts and networking with fellow students.

Our program is designed with the working professional in mind, and has the flexibility required for students to continue their regular employment while achieving their degree. You can choose to take as little as one course per term and are in complete control of how you move through the program as you have time available to devote to educational pursuits.

You will be taught by award-winning professors who are supported by a professional team who have been managing online programs for more than 10 years. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to produce a superior learning experience, and a customer-service focus that is characterized by our alumni as “support and caring [that] makes ALL the difference to a distance student.”

We use a software package called the Blackboard Learning System (BLS) to deliver the online portion of the MBA (FS) program. It has multiple delivery methods including chat rooms, discussion boards, voice tools and “live classroom” which create a rich and interactive learning environment. These tools are the latest in educational technology and used extensively throughout the university for both distance programs and as a supplement for on-campus classes. We have dedicated staff exclusively working with this software to provide students with a fully comprehensive learning experience.

For information on the technology requirements (i.e. software, equipment, connection speed, etc.) for our program, please visit our FAQ section or this linked website.

The Dalhousie MBA (Financial Services) degree is designed to provide enhanced management skills to managers in the financial services industry by furthering their abilities to exercise leadership and make sound business decisions, honing their analytical skills, and sharpening their judgment in managerial and client service roles. This program will broaden the horizons of financial managers by exposing them to business concepts with applications inside and outside the industry, thereby enhancing performance in their present positions and increasing their scope of career opportunities. Successful applicants will be able to integrate their new knowledge into everyday job responsibilities, on a course-by-course basis, in their existing positions, and as their careers progress within the financial services industry.


Applicants must hold a degree recognized by Dalhousie University equivalent to a 4 year bachelor degree, with an equivalent of a minimum B average (GPA 3.0 on a 4.3 scale ). Applicants must also have at least five years experience in the financial services industry at the appropriate level. Applicants who do not meet the standard admission criteria listed above may still be given consideration contact our office for details.

Entry Requirements

To be admitted to the MBA (Financial Services) Program, applicants must have completed the CFP program from the Financial Planners Standards Council(CFP designation - Certified Financial Planner Professional Designation). Students who have acheived the CFP designation will be granted 2 advanced standing credits in the Dalhousie MBA (Financial Services) program which will require students to complete a total of 12 courses.

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