MBA (Financial Services/Leadership)

MBA (Financial Services) Stream

The MBA Financial Services stream 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 standing opportunities. (see Advanced Standing section).

MBA (Leadership) Stream

The MBA Leadership stream is designed to enable mid-career managers 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 stream, 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 streams 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.

CFAME offers three academic terms: fall, winter and summer, and traditionally students in the MBA Financial Services or Leadership streams 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 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

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 Administration. 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 are required 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:
- Paper version:
$100 Application Fee
Letter of Intent
Resume/Job Description
Two reference letters (One academic unless it has been more than five years from attending an educational institution. Reference letters must be originals and sent directly by the referees or delivered sealed and signed.)
Confirmation of Employment
Official Transcripts - Original and official transcripts are required from any/all post-secondary institutions attended. All transcripts (including English translations) must bear the official stamp/seal of the issuing institution and must be forwarded directly to Dalhousie University. Transcripts that state “issued to student” are not acceptable.
TOEFL results, where applicable

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:

  • BUSI XXXX: Leading for Success *
  • BUSI XXXX: Leading in Complexity *
  • BUSI XXXX: Leading in Context *
  • BUSI XXXX: Leading Professionally *

* Pending approval by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Advanced Standing Evaluation (Financial Services)

Dalhousie University's MBA (Financial Services) stream recognizes the professional educational achievements of applicants who have completed specific designations, certificates, or programs in professional banking, financial planning, investments, insurance and group benefit management with leading industry educators and industry affiliations. 

Stream Core Courses # of Electives Required
Full Program All 4
CSI * All 0-3
CEBS (IFEBP) + All 0-2
CFP (FPSC) All 1-2

*  refer to department or program website for additional details
+  see notes on IFEBP below

Canadian Securities Institute (CSI)

Successful applicants to the MBA (Financial Services) stream who have completed one of the approved programs may be eligible for up to four course advanced standing credits in the Dalhousie MBA (Financial Services) stream which will reduce the total number of required Dalhousie courses.

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)

Successful applicants to the MBA (Financial Services) stream who have earned the Certified Employees Benefits Specialist Designation or part of the CEBS designations issued by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans may be eligible to receive up to four advanced standing course credits; reducing the number of Dalhousie MBA (Financial Services) course requirements from 14 to 10 (two course credits may be granted for the completion of the GBA, RPA, and/or the CMS designations and three course credits may be granted for the completion of two of the listed designations).

LOMA - Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) Program

Successful applicants to the MBA (Financial Services) stream who have earned the Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) Program Designation issued by the LOMA institute with an average overall grade of 80 per cent, will be granted two advanced standing credits in the Dalhousie MBA (Financial Services) stream which will require students to complete a total of 12 courses, 10 core and two electives.

Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC)

Certified Financial Planners Professional Designation issued by the Financial Planning Standards Council (proof of current licence is required). Successful application to the program who have achieved the CFP designation may be eligible for up to three advanced standing credits in the Dalhousie MBA (Financial Services) stream which will require students to complete a total of 11-12 courses, 10 core and one or two electives.

ADVOCIS - Chartered Life Underwriter Designate (CLU)

Successful applicants to the MBA (Financial Services) stream who have achieved the CLU designation will be granted three advanced standing credits (proof of current licence is required).

Note: Advanced standing may be granted for programs/designations completed outside of the above noted, please refer to the department for assessment.

Program Continuance

Students of the Centre for Advanced Management Education (CFAME) 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 Advanced Management Education (CFAME):

Telephone: (902) 494-6361
Toll free: 1 (800) 205-7510
Fax: (902) 494-5164