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General Business Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
General Business Studies allows you to customize your degree to fit your unique interests, while maintaining a focus on the world of business. The skills and attributes you will develop through General Business Studies include communication, information literacy, critical thinking, teamwork, ethics and social responsibility.


Although Sobey School of Business offers a broad range of majors, you may prefer to design a program custom-fit to all your interests. General Business Studies is a flexible program, allowing you to select a variety of business courses once you have fulfilled the core requirements of the program. Whether you’re interested in Marketing, Accounting or any other area of business, you can develop your own individualized program that will meet your needs in various specialized areas of study without being constrained by structures of a particular major.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • Application Fee:  $40 (CAD) credit card only 
  • Applicants should ask their high school to submit official transcripts of final grades. Applicants who have completed courses at another post-secondary educational institution must request an official transcript be sent to Saint Mary’s University
  • Students may be admitted if they have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a total score of 24 points and a minimum grade of 3 in required courses 
  • Scores from an English language proficiency test.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1917 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1917 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    815 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 815 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Halifax

  • 1235 - 1960 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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