CBU Established: 1974

Cape Breton University

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

CBU is one of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities with a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science and professional programs, and a unique commitment to community, economic development, Aboriginal learning, research, environment and culture.

  • 3,000+
    Total Students
  • CAD 10,430
    Total Cost of Living(average per year*)
  • CAD 5,698
    Living On-campus(average per year*)
  • Yes
    Financial Aid


At CBU, you’ll discover the effect you’re going to have in the world. With one-of-a-kind programs, small class sizes and an energetic campus life, CBU will quickly become more than your university—it will become your home away from home!

CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final-year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction and employability.

Cape Breton University delivers an authentic multicultural experience to all who become part of its academic community. The faculty bring passion to their teaching and research, and they are known for their smaller class sizes as well as their friendly and inclusive culture. Strong community involvement and a spirit of entrepreneurship enhance CBU’s position in postsecondary education.

As a CBU student, you’ll benefit from incredible value with some of the most affordable tuition rates in Nova Scotia from a university that’s earned the highest senior year “excellent” student satisfaction ranking.

CBU is excited to teach the best and brightest—that’s why we offer $1.8 million in scholarships each year, and entering students with an 85+% average are considered for entrance scholarships.

Cape Breton University is an Atlantic Canadian education leader with a growing national and international focus. Located near Sydney on Canada’s stunning east coast, CBU attracts students from the local area, across Canada and internationally from more than 40 countries.

With its strong Celtic roots, record of excellence and Cape Breton’s breathtaking scenery, CBU provides students with an extraordinary, multi-faceted learning experience

General Information

  • Bachelors degree
  • CAD 6,087 - 7,370 Domestic tuition fee (average per year*)
  • CAD 14,740 International student tuition fee (average per year*)
  • Masters degree
  • CAD 13,287 - 14,570 Domestic student tuition fee (average per year*)
  • CAD 21,940 International student tuition fee (average per year*)

Programs / Degrees at Cape Breton University

Arts, Social Sciences & Culture

Degrees, Certificates & Diplomas

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts Community Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment

Areas of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Theatre
  • Celtic Culture
  • Communication
  • Dramatic Literature
  • English
  • Folklore
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Mi’kmaq Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sport and Physical Activity Leadership


Degrees, Certificates & Diplomas

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Diploma in Business Management
  • Diploma in Supply Chain Management
  • Emergency Management
  • MBA in Community Economic Development

Areas of Study

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Legal Studies
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Tourism Marketing and Management


Degrees, Certificates & Diplomas

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Certificate in Science Education
  • Diploma in Education (Counseling)
  • Diploma in Education (Curriculum)
  • Diploma in Educational Technology
  • Graduate Teacher Education Programs
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education in Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation

Engineering & Technology

Degrees, Certificates & Diplomas

  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering Transfer Program (Engineering Diploma)

Areas of Study

  • Electronics and Controls
  • Environmental Studies
  • Manufacturing
  • Petroleum

Health & Well-Being

Degrees, Certificates & Diplomas

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health)
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science Human Nutrition (Transfer)
  • Emergency Management

Areas of Study

  • Sport and Physical Activity Leadership


Degrees, Certificates & Diplomas

  • Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Technology Nautical Science

Areas of Study

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics

Selection criteria

Language test
  • IELTS (Bachelors) 6.5
  • IELTS (Masters) 6.5
  • TOEFL (Bachelors) 80
  • TOEFL (Masters) 80

Academic Life

  • Semesters
    Academic calendar

Student Life

  • 201-500
  • Suburban
    Campus setting
  • Public
    Control type
  • Non-Profit
  • Religious affiliation

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