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Cape Breton University

At Cape Breton University, we push the boundaries of innovation and thought leadership to create a global academic experience and build a sustainable future for our island.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Business & Management (1)
Social Sciences (1)



CBU traces its roots to 1951 when the “St. Francis Xavier University Sydney Campus”, also referred to as “Xavier Junior College” (XJC), was opened in downtown Sydney as a satellite campus of St. Francis Xavier University. Growth during the 1950s saw several buildings opened on this site.


At Cape Breton University, we push the boundaries of innovation and thought leadership to create a global academic experience and build a sustainable future for our island.


Cape Breton University researchers are addressing important issues in scholarly discourses and debate, as well as problems that concern the general public. The research undertaken at CBU is making a difference—to academics, students, and to the community. The projects CBU researchers participate in are original, world-class and respected among other scholars and the public.


The Career Services team at CBU is here to work with you before, during and after your time as a Cape Breton University student. Our staff members consist of Student Development Officers and Student Placement Officers who will work with you on a number of subjects.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

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Student services

As a CBU student, we think your experience should be personally and educationally rewarding. That’s why the services we provide address more than your academic challenges—they also tackle the physical, emotional, spiritual and social challenges that can make a difference to the level of success you achieve.

Housing services

Living in residence is a big part of the university experience, and will provide the foundation for so many of the memories you make at CBU. In our residences, students from all over the world come together to discover what it really means to be a Cape Bretoner. From the moment you arrive in your residence, you’re going to feel like you’ve found your home away from home.

We believe that your residence experience should be as enriching and fun as possible. Our residence buildings are always buzzing with activity, and with tons of on-campus societies, there is always something to do! 

ICT services

At Cape Breton University, the IT Services Department delivers technology services and support to faculty, staff and students. From networking through educational support, academic and administrative computing, IT Services endeavours to provide the best possible support to its clients. All classrooms have been equipped with smart classroom technologies. 

Medical services

Cape Breton University recognizes the important relationship between mental and physical health, over-all well being and academic success. As such, CBU is committed to supporting students as they develop the skills to enhance well being and cope with challenges. CBU is also committed to providing access to Health Services to support both on and off campus.

Student Life

Campus life

Cape Breton University offers three unique residence living options so you can choose the best arrangement for you. From the traditional single dorm room, to an apartment style set-up with roommates, we think you’re really going to love life on campus!

Sports facilities

At CBU we know that physical fitness is important to your well being. Cape Breton University is dedicated to providing students with a variety of physically active choices. 

Student clubs

The Cape Breton University Students’ Union advocates for high quality, fully accessible education system which recognizes students as the priority. We are the collective voice of the students of Cape Breton University. We create change through advocacy. We inspire growth through engagement.

Student Reviews

Hail there to Mighty CBU
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Cape Breton University to me is the best University in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada . It environment is international friendly and very conducive for further studies .I will recommend such prestigious university for all international students who would like to study in Canada.

Very good
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The experience at the university was good and I achieved what I was expecting.

I have many dreams and always strive to achieve the best, and the best way to achieve any dream is to know the best way to achieve the dream. How does that come? Through the increase in learning from the university
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Years were full of learning . I enjoyed a lot at my university and I hope to have a greater opportunity to complete my studies and obtain a master's degree

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