MMCCU Deadline Nears

I will post more this week, but for today I want people to be aware that there are only two weeks left to apply to St. Mary’s University’s Masters of Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions program for the coming cohort.

Applications are due May 31. Orientation is the first week of August in Halifax.

The MMCCU is a fully accredited master’s level program offered through the Sobey School of Business. Students learn key management skills and theory in the context of the co-operative economic model. Courses cover the effects of the globalized economy, financial management (including accounting), equity development, marketing, human resources, best practices, history and development of co-operative management, co-operative models, and strategic planning. It also involves a field trip to study large scale co-operative communities with either 40 hours of study at Mondragon’s Otalara Management training center or the Emile Romagna region of Italy. The final project involves the independent work of the student to apply the lessons to their own experience.

This is an incredible program. It is designed to use one’s co-operative as a learning laboratory. The benefit from the MMCCU goes to the student and the student’s co-operative. I know that I have grown tenfold over the last four years as a co-operator, a manager, and a person. I know that my co-operative has benefited along the way as we have improved our systems and processes and have created a management culture that is distinct from the “for profit” models of our competitors.

On Friday of this week, I will join my five class mates as the fourth cohort to graduate. We will become part of a small group (still under 50) of co-operators to have earned the Masters in Management.

I would love to see more USians in the program. They would love to see more worker co-operators in the program.

While traditional student loans and US Dept. of Education administered grants are not available, this program may qualify for tax credits. Also, there is a new scholarship program from the Ralph K. Morris Foundation and the Cooperative Fund of New England has created a unique loan program. Finally, the Sidney Prohibuschy Memorial Fund also has some funds available.

If you’ve been thinking about it, now is the time to act. This is about the same amount of time that I had between learning about this program and applying! So, Get to it!

About John McNamara

John spent 26 years with Union Cab of Madison Cooperative and currently helps develop co-ops in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Masters in Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions from Saint Mary's University.
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