MBA (Financial Services/Leadership)

MBA (Financial Services)

The MBA Financial Services helps managers in the financial services industry enhance their skills by furthering their abilities to exercise management and make sound business decisions, honing their analytical skills, and sharpening their judgment in managerial and client service roles. The stream broadens the horizons of financial managers by exposing them to business concepts necessary inside and outside the industry, thereby enhancing performance in their present positions and increasing their scope of career opportunities. Successful applicants integrate their new knowledge into their everyday job responsibilities. Each completed course builds students business knowledge and helps their careers progress within the financial services industry.

MBA Financial Services stream is specifically tailored to the financial services sector of the business world. There are several paths designed specifically for various banking, wealth management, financial planning, benefits planning, pension benefits, and insurance institutions. The MBA Financial Services stream has well-established affiliations with leading financial educational institutions which will provide you with excellent learning potential and advanced placement opportunities. 

MBA (Leadership)

The MBA Leadership is designed to enable mid-career professionals to enhance their management capabilities and to become exceptional leaders and managers in a broad range of organizations. Our faculty specialize in leadership theory and practice and will help you develop advanced competencies, skills and behaviours required to lead people and organizations through complex issues. This stream enables students to respond strategically to management challenges and work towards your career goals, without leaving the workforce.

Upon completion of the MBA Leadership, students will have a comprehensive knowledge of fundamental and contemporary leadership theories, enhanced by the ability to integrate leadership around current issues of global change, strategic innovation, and the capacity to handle complex situations in today’s organization.

Program Overview

The MBA Financial Services and MBA Leadership are part-time programs designed for working professionals.

The streams consists of 42 credit hours; it comprises a core of 10 (30 credit hours) mandatory courses and 4 (12 credit hours) specialized courses.

MBA Financial Services or Leadership offers three academic terms: fall, winter and summer, and traditionally students in the  program will take one or two courses per term, given that they are working professionals, undertaking their degree while continuing their careers. As such, students take an average of three - four  courses per year, usually completing their degrees in four years. As with other part-time graduate programs at Dalhousie, students must complete the program requirement in seven years from the date first admitted.

Program Delivery:  Online/Blended

The part-time MBA Financial Services and the MBA Leadership streams are delivered using a blended learning model, combining online and classroom instruction. The flexible course schedule allows students the opportunity to continue their academic studies while working on their professional career goals.  The 3.5 to 4.5 day face-to-face intensive sessions are offered in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Halifax.

Each course is organized around a 14 week term, which involves synchronous and asynchronous online learning. Asynchronous resources include readings, videos, discussion posts, blogs, and audio files. The synchronous elements include live Classroom, tutorials, collaborate, Adobe Connect, and Skype sessions. At the end of each term, students gather in person, in major cities across the country (based on critical mass of students), for their intensive; sessions are led in person by the course instructor. These sessions are designed to apply and consolidate the learning which has taken place online in the course of the term. Intensives consist of activities such as simulations, presentations, panels and guest speakers, designed to enhance students’ application of what they have learned. The final intensive takes place on the Dalhousie campus.  

Admission Requirements

Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies govern admissions. Admission is approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the School of Business. Applicants must hold a degree recognized by Dalhousie University as the equivalent of a four-year Bachelor's Degree in one of its own faculties or an institution recognized by Dalhousie University. The minimum requirement is a B average (GPA 3.0 on a 4.3 scale). Applicants must also have a least five years relevant professional experience.

Applicants who do not meet the standard academic criteria may be invited to submit a Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio and/or a GMAT (results of 550 or higher).

A complete application includes:

Faculty of Graduate Studies Application Form
Online version:
$115 Application Fee (non-refundable)
Letter of Intent
Resume/Job Description

Two reference letters - You must provide two references, preferably from supervisors (former or current) OR one supervisor and one academic. The Faculty of Graduate Studies reserves the right to request additional references. These must come directly from your referees. All references are considered confidential and as such cannot be returned to you. Your referees may use the forms provided below or write a letter of recommendation. Their original ink signature must be included.


Option 1:
The Dalhousie E-Reference system is available when creating an online application. If applicants wish to use the e-reference system, they must enter the referees' email addresses on the online application. Dalhousie University will only accept university, teaching hospital, and government email addresses [i.e. not Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or business addresses]. Please allow 5 business days for your referee(s) to be contacted by our system. Please note that you cannot edit, add or omit references if using the e-reference system. If you made an error in the submission of an email address, a reference form/letter must be submitted (see below).

Option 2:
Referees may email either the completed Reference Form or a letter as PDF attachment from their work email address. Incomplete reference forms will be rejected. Referees must send their form/letter directly to the university from their work email address. Documents submitted by third party will not be accepted. Instructions for completion are on the form.

Link to Reference Forms:

Professional:  Download Employment Reference Form (PDF)
                    Download Employment Reference Form (Word)

Academic:  Download Academic Reference Form (PDF)
                 Download Academic Reference Form (Word)     

Official Transcripts - Original and official transcripts are required from any/all post-secondary institutions attended. All transcripts (including English translations) must be received directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts that state “issued to student” are not acceptable.

Electronic official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended are required, even if a credential was not awarded (including institutions where transfer credits were earned). Transcripts from Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College are not required, but the dates attended must be included on your resume and online application.

Transcripts must contain:

·         the name of the student/applicant

·         the name of the institution

·         the credential granted (BA, BSc, etc.) (if applicable)

·         the date upon on which the credential was granted (if applicable)

·         the credit hours and grade for each course

·         number of transfer credits granted and from which institution (if applicable)

If you have completed a non-degree program or certificate at a post-secondary institution:

You will be required to have the granting institution e-mail and provide either a transcript, or a letter outlining courses taken with the grades earned (even if pass/fail).

Dalhousie’s Faculty of Graduate Studies oversees all admissions and has approved the following processes for transcript submission:

Option 1:
Electronic file-transfers from the issuing institution and from services such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eScript-Safe, or TranscriptsNetwork. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request that their institution(s) send electronic transcripts to

Option 2:
PDFs sent by email directly from the issuing institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request that their institution(s) email PDF transcripts to

Option 3:
Attachments directly from the applicant. This is an exception only available when an issuing institution is unable to provide the documents. If you choose Option 3, you are required to provide proof that the institution is unable to issue electronic transcripts. Proof of this inability can be provided in the following ways:

  1. An email from the issuing institution that confirms transcripts (either official or unofficial) are not being sent from the school electronically
  2. A direct link to the institution's website that notifies students that transcripts (either official or unofficial) are not being sent from the school electronically. CEGE Staff will not conduct this research on behalf of applicants, nor can we accept phone messages regarding this requirement.

International Transcripts and Translations

WES is the only organization from which Dalhousie will accept transcript copies and translations. Please note that Dalhousie completes its own evaluation of the credit hours and GPA calculation of the degree.

*Note that Faculty of Graduate Studies reserves the right to verify the validity of all documents provided, as well as the ability of an issuing institution to issue documents.

English language proficiency

The Faculty of Graduate Studies accepts a wide range of ESL tests for admissions up to two years after completion. Please refer to the guidelines on FGS website.

It is the policy of Dalhousie University to confirm the authenticity of transcripts and letters of reference of all recommended applicants.

All admitted applicants must confirm acceptance in writing and provide a non-refundable deposit to the Student Accounts Office. This deposit will be applied toward tuition, but will be forfeited if the student does not register in the academic year for which he or she was admitted. Please note that this deposit is separate from any application or pre-registration fees.

MBA (Financial Services/Leadership) Program

Core Courses:

(Financial Services)
Specialized Courses:

  • BUSI 6230.03: Investment and Money Management
  • BUSI 6255.03: Global Markets and Institutions
  • BUSI 6300.03: Risk Management for Financial Institutions
  • BUSI 6601.03: Legal Aspects of Risk Management

Specialized Courses:

Advanced Standing/Advanced Placement

Consult Department

Program Continuance

Students of the Centre for Executive and Graduate Education (CEGE) who wish to refrain from taking courses during a fall, winter or summer term may pay a $50 fee and submit a Program Continuance form to maintain their registration status. In cases where no appropriate courses are offered for that term, the fee will be waived but the Program Continuance form must be submitted. The form must be originated and signed by the student and the Program Manager, and approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students are permitted unlimited program continuances over their seven year completion period; however, the period a student is on Program Continuance is counted toward the seven year completion limit. Program Continuance applies to students in the MBA (FS)/(L), and MPA (M), and MIM programs only.


Students seeking further information should contact the Centre for Executive and Graduate Education (CEGE):

Telephone: (902) 494-6391
Toll free: 1 (800) 205-7510
Fax: (902) 494-5164