Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University is a higher education institution from Nova Scotia, Canada that offers 10 bachelor's degree and 2 master's degree programs in areas of arts & social sciences, business, professional studies, science & technology, and graduate studies. It has one of the lowest tuition and fees among universities in Nova Scotia.

  • Average Tuition CAD 13,693
  • Acceptance Rate 75%
  • Students 3,200
  • International Students 30%
  • Total Annual Cost CAD 34,750
  • Campus Setting City

School Description

Cape Breton University's very first embodiment was established in the year 1951 as the Xavier Junior College, which opened in downtown Sydney. The institution expanded throughout the 1950s and in 1974 merged with the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology to form Canada's first university college in Cape Breton Island.

Today, its campus on the Cape Breton Island is home to its 4 colleges, namely: School of Arts & Social Sciences, the Shannon School of Business, School of Professional Studies, and School of Science & Technology as well as 4 residence halls. Its student population of approximately 3,000 is comprised of nearly 1,000 students coming from 40 countries across the world.

  • 01One of the highest percentages of international students in Canada
  • 02Small class sizes. Intimate learning environment.
  • 03Home to Canada’s only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, CBU is also known as Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education.

Master Programs

  • 1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS B1P 6L2, Canada

    Community Economic Development

    CAD 22,810 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Community Economic Development. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the social dynamics, change management, emergency management, public policy, and sustainability.

    Upon completion, students will receive an MBA degree in the aforementioned field.

  • 1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS B1P 6L2, Canada

    Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation

    CAD 17,570 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts of Education in Sustainability, Creativity, and Innovation. The program offers courses that focus on the study of research, and administrative and support services related to learning and teaching with an emphasis on sustainable happiness, positive mental health, and green economy.

    Upon completion, students will receive a MEd degree in the aforementioned field.


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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 80
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50


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    Established in 2005


    Cape Breton University grants about $1.8 million worth of scholarships to its best students every year.


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        1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS B1P 6L2, Canada

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          • Testimony
            2012-2014, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)

            Whole-hearted People in this Beautiful University

            Just completed my B.B.A. degree in Cape Brenton University this fall, I am truly grateful for past few years that I can spend my time in CBU. It was a valuable and unforgettable experience. I've changed, evolved to become a useful person for this society. I benefited a lot for the dedicated professors and small sized class. It is not only a place for me to study, but also a place that I can experience multicultural life, and learn about sympathy. People in CBU are fabulous! They act with their whole-heart. I highly recommend this university to anyone who want to make a change of their life and heading towards a brighter future.

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            2011-2013, Engineer's degree

            Best Place for your Studies

            Best thing I found at CBU is the friendly atmosphere and the unconditional service for International Students.

          • Testimony
            1990-1994, BBA

            Excellent learning environment!

            CBU really does makes things Happen! The learning and support is second to none and the team atmosphere among students provides for the ideal environment when challenging yourself to reach your goals. The small class sizes and the dedicated faculty are two key advantages that CBU offers. I highly recommend CBU to anyone interested in superior learning and a student experience found no where else!