Program details

The Master of Science in Business at Dalhousie's Rowe School of Business is a research-oriented graduate thesis program. It is a rigorous 16-month full-time program that provides you with enhanced opportunities to enter a PhD program in business administration or boost your career in industry with skills in academic research. Students develop their skills through courses in their area of specialization and by writing a thesis.


Upon admission, you will be matched with a supervisor who will work with you throughout the program. The first two terms comprise coursework including mandatory and elective courses. If necessary, your supervisor may add one or two specific elective courses into your degree requirement. In the third term, with the help of your supervisor, you will have chosen a research topic for your thesis and work on a field study for your research topic to meet the thesis requirement. In the final term, you must complete and successfully defend a publishable thesis to be considered for graduation with the degree of Master of Science in Business. Please view the regulations for a master's thesis.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Sep–Dec, Year 1 Jan–Apr, Year 2 May–Aug, Year 2 Sep–Dec, Year 2
Full-time coursework 1

Full-time coursework 2

Thesis research 1 Thesis research 2
Thesis supervisor secured Thesis committee formed Ongoing thesis research Completion of thesis research and defence

Why pursue an MSc Business at Dal?

  • The Rowe School of Business is accredited by AACSB International.
  • The Rowe School is well integrated with regional, national and international businesses, providing unique research opportunities.
  • Our program is competitive. We admit only a select number of applicants per year. This gives ample time for you to have one-on-one mentoring with your thesis supervisor and other faculty, provides a small cohort of graduate students for you to interact with and learn from, and ensures an environment in which you can focus on your research skills and goals.
  • You apply to a specialized area of our program, allowing you to take focused course offerings which directly relate to your thesis and scholarly interests. Choose from: Finance, Management, Information Systems or Marketing. For more information on specialties of Faculty accepting students, see the list of our faculty members.
  • You will have access to scholars who are experts in a wide range of theories and research methodologies, and who are committed to helping you gain in-depth research experience.
  • You will be mentored throughout the research process, from conceptualization, to data collection, analysis and writing of results for scholarly publication.
  • The MSc curriculum provides a strong academic foundation in your area of specialization (see our concentrations below for a sample course plan)



Required courses (one half-credit hour each):

The Finance specialization provides students with a solid understanding of financial theory and research methodology. Students are prepared to build successful careers in research or analysis in the financial sector. This is excellent preparation for further studies at the doctorate level. All accepted students with GMAT or GRE are eligible for scholarships.


Required courses (one-half credit hour each)

The Management faculty members research topics such as organizational safety, learning from information systems in healthcare, diversity and inclusion in organizations, leadership and business ethics. A specialization in Management will provide students with expertise and research training on individual- and systems-level factors influencing employee, team and organizational success.


Required courses (one-half credit hour each):

The Marketing specialization rigorously trains and coaches students to become researchers in their focused area of marketing such as marketing management, advertising, consumer studies, digital marketing, services marketing, or marketing strategy and globalization. This specialization is designed for students who seek a career as a marketing analyst, researcher in industry and government, or who plan to pursue a PhD in business.

Management Information Systems

Required courses (one half-credit hour each):

The Management Information Systems (MIS) specialization is offered by faculty with diversified research foci, including business analytics, smart technologies, human-AI interaction, social media, IT & organizations, design-type research, healthcare IT management, IT-enabled decision-making and support, and e-business. A specialization in MIS provides students with the expertise and research training for a focused understanding of the interaction between technologies and individuals, organizations and communities.


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