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General Business Studies, Bachelor

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Halifax, Canada
General Business Studies from Saint Mary's University 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.
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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 from Saint Mary's University, 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.

Hands-on learning

General Business Studies students participated in numerous co-op positions, including placements in Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Nova Scotia Business Inc (NSBI), Blue Water CBDC, Kraft Canada, Bell Aliant, Templeton Properties, and Labatt Breweries. Internship positions included business analyst, communications assistant, fundraising and PR coordinator, research assistant, and junior development officer.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

For more informations please visit the program's webpage.

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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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    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.

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

    1781 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1781 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    863 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 863 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    734 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 734 CAD per year and a duration of 36 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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