Elevating the performance of co-operative enterprises through customized business education and research
Education for Values-Based Business:
The Co-operative Advantage

SPECIAL EDITION -
A view window into our Master's, Diploma & Certificate Programs
Master's, Graduate Diploma and Certificate 
in  Co-operative Management 

STILL TIME TO APPLY BY JUNE 30  
The International Centre for Co-operative Management (ICCM) at the Sobey School of Business (Saint Mary's University) offers international management programs designed to provide the skills needed for exceptional co-operative management. Designed for professionals currently or aspiring to be in a leadership position in a co-operative business, mutual or credit union, the programs are offered online and part-time. Students, faculty and researchers are drawn from around the globe, and from a diverse range of co-operatives, enriching the learning community with their experience.

EDUCATION FOR WORKING PROFESSIONALS ( ONLINE, PART-TIME):  
Master of Management, Co-ops and Credit Union (3 years)
 
 

Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management (20 months)
 
 
Certificate in Co-operative Management (10 months)  

EDUCATION THAT FITS YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY
Our programs are designed as building blocks. If you enroll in either the Certificate or Graduate Program, you may choose to continue your studies and roll your courses into the longer, more extensive program. 

 


Rebecca Fisher-McGinty, Master's student, and the communications wizard at Round Sky Solutions;  a "meta" co-operative that helps other co-ops and teams work more efficiently and inclusively together.
 
KEY BENEFITS OF OUR PROGRAMS
 
* Become a more effective co-operative executive, manager or employee 
* Access a global network of students, graduates, faculty and researchers
* Gain a broader perspective through international and cross-sector exposure
* Bring value back to your organization by using your co-operative as a case study

EUROPEAN STUDY TOUR

The Field Research Course is an integral part of the Master's program and includes an international study tour. This is an excellent opportunity for hands-on learning focused on models of co-operative excellence. Students embark on a 10-day study tour to Mondragón, Spain or Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Italy for those enrolling in 2019, Spain for those enrolling in 2020). A limited number of non-student study tour spots are also available.

Co-operative study tour to Emilia-Romagna, Italy. 

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT

For the Master's and Graduate Diploma, this final course gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned throughout the program to their co-operative or credit union, or to the co-operative sector more broadly. Students design a project that matches their interests and leverages the knowledge they have gained throughout the program.

CURRICULUM CUSTOMIZED TO THE CO-OPERATIVE MODEL

MASTERS AND DIPLOMA
Leadership and governance
Accounting and financial management
Marketing the co-operative advantage
Co-operative Innovation
Philosophical origins and evolution
Global economy and society
Strategic analysis (co-operative business strategy)
Technology, communication and co-operation
Leading and managing people
(advanced courses in related topics for Master's students; foundational courses for Diploma students)

CERTIFICATE
Co-operative values and principles primer
Strategic analysis 
Co-operative finance
Co-operative management innovation 

I NTERNATIONAL FACULTY  

Faculty meeting in Montreal, Quebec this spring.

Students draw on the support and guidance of world class researchers and practitioners. Our 2019-2020 faculty include:
Adam Trott, USA
Daniel Côté, PhD, Canada
Daphne Rixon, PhD, Canada
Fiona Duguid, PhD, Canada
Gregory J. Fleet, PhD, Canada
Georgina Whyatt, PhD, UK
Karen Miner, Canada
Maureen Mccolloch, UK
Marcelo Vieta, PHD, Canada
Peter Davis, PhD, UK
Stephen Dutcher, PhD, Canada
Sonja Novkovic, PhD, Canada
Wendy Holm, Canada

Listen  here to learn about the instructors' perspectives on our programs.

We are tapped in to the co-operative community internationally. Students receive a unique education experience, combined with access to people, ideas, and networks   - Karen Miner, Managing Director, ICCM
 
CO-OPERATIVES PARTNER WITH ICCM TO BUILD EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The Co-operative Management Education Co-operative (CMEC) was established in 2001 to support the advancement of co-operative management education in partnership with Saint Mary's University. More than sixty co-operatives and credit union organizations from seven countries contribute expertise, advice, and funding that support the delivery of unique co-operative management education programs through the International Centre for Co-operative Management (ICCM). 

The board of directors represents co-operatives, education, alumni, and individual co-operators. Membership is open to co-operative organizations, educational institutions, and individuals. As the founders and original funders of co-operative programming at Saint Mary's, they play a vital role in informing the direction and priorities of the ICCM.

Pictured : Paul Hanna

In a world dominated by news stories of stock companies and quarterly earnings reports,  co-operative management education provides you, your staff, and your organization with the tools and knowledge to effectively communicate your differentiated value proposition as a co-op or credit union: what it is and why it matters to your members and future members.
 -  Paul Hanna, CMEC Board Member; Executive Vice-President Member Relations, Governance and Corporate Services, The Co-operators

ICCM STUDENT ENGAGEMENT 
 
MASTERS, DIPLOMA AND CERTIFICATE 
Students and graduates
185 representing 98 organizations in 11 countries 
 
STUDY TOURS SINCE 2005
14 tours to Italy and Spain;
Cuba tours;  Croatia tour
200+ participants (Masters students and industry participants)

Masters and Diploma students at an August Orientation (It seems like they just started but these folks have already graduated! 3 years may sound long, but it flies by)

WHAT OUR STUDENTS AND GRADUATES ARE SAYING 
 
In this economy, people are hungry for alternatives. The co-operative business model offers a different approach to business - one based in community, democracy and sustainability. ICCM's programs gives co-op managers the tools they need to innovate and succeed. I can't speak highly enough of this program. 
- Erbin Crowell, Master's Graduate, Neighboring Food Co-op Association, USA
 
My passion for the co-operative commonwealth was fuelled by the broad and deep education the program has provided. I consider the program not only to be an education but an entry point, thrusting my cohort and those past towards the forefront of international co-operative growth and innovation
-Me'Lea Connolly, Master's student, Village Financial Cooperative, USA 

I didn't want a standard MBA program, and most co-op courses seemed to be an MBA with a co-op module attached [but this program was uniquely integrated]. The CME program increased my overall effectiveness and the influence of the Scottish Agricultural Organization Society, UK (SAOS) within the Scottish farm and rural co-operative sector, which has grown turnover by 25% in the last year alone.
- Bob Yuill, Master's Graduate Scottish Agricultural Organization Society, UK

Our impact is in people's stories. It's what students do with our education that matters  - Dr. Sonja Novkovic, Academic Director, ICCM

STUDENT SATISFACTION
 
98% of respondents to our graduate survey say the program provided knowledge and tools to improve the social, economic, and environmental performance of their co-operative organizations. 

Masters students wear superhero socks to their graduation ceremony

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR CO-OPERATIVE MANAGEMENT
 
The mandate of the ICCM is to be a global leader in co-operative management education and knowledge dissemination through increased research activities, and engagement with students, alumni, faculty, and practitioners through projects and within our Community of Practice.

OUR FULL SUITE OF PROGRAMS
* Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions (MMCCU)
* Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Management
* Certificate in Co-operative Management
* Executive Education - in person, short courses.
* CanadaDE (Development Education)
Co-op study tours to Italy and Spain
START YOUR APPLICATION TODAY

The deadline to apply for the above programs is June 30, 2019 (sooner is better to get started).

 Contact us today so we can support you th rough the process - Erin Hancock at cme@smu.ca or 902 802 7897.   More details on the programs  here

ATTEND A WEBINAR TO LEARN MORE

Join us for a online informational webinar to learn more about our programs and opportunities from the comfort of your office, anywhere in the world.
The next session will take place on June 25 at 12pm EDT (register here).
View the latest webinar recording here.

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Click here to view ICCM's Impact Report (2018).