Online Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management

Online Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management (GDLM) courses provide graduate level professional development opportunities designed for managers and professionals with significant work experience who are poised for advancement.

In today’s increasingly complex and global workplace, leaders have a more challenging role than ever before. They guide, transform, and inspire to engage and achieve great things through their employees. Leaders are found at all levels within an organization. Leadership can be cultivated, nurtured, and expressed by mastering a set of practices that enhance leadership and management skills, and competencies. Athabasca University’s (AU) online GDLM targets leadership and management skill development.

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Leading or managing without learning, is neither leading or managing.

~ Richard Dixon
Program Director, Leadership and Management Development

Program Information

Online GDLM courses provide graduate level professional development opportunities designed for managers and professionals with significant work experience who are poised for advancement.

Schedule and Requirements

The online GDLM is made up of 15 online four-week courses worth one graduate credit each and one 12 week capstone course worth three graduate credits. All 16 courses with 18 credits total must be completed in order to earn the Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Students should be prepared to spend eight to twelve hours per week on their studies.

The program must be completed in a maximum of five years. However, you must be enrolled in a minimum of three courses per year. Online courses can be taken in any order to meet the needs of your career advancement. The capstone course should be taken as the last course in the program.

Course Schedule

Note: Online LMD courses can be taken in any order. Students are not required to complete all three core courses before starting electives. The capstone course should be taken as the last course in the program.

2021

Course Start Date End Date Registration Deadline
Core Courses
551-LMOC: Leading People Through Organizational Change August 2, 2021 August 29, 2021 July 5, 2021
598-LLCP: Capstone (3 credits) TBD TBD TBD
Elective Courses
510-LCIW: Creating the Inclusive Workplace June 21, 2021 July 18, 2021 May 24, 2021
559-LOSL: Outsourcing and Logistics June 21, 2021 July 18, 2021 May 24, 2021
572-LSCI: Strategic Communications June 21, 2021 July 18, 2021 May 24, 2021
594-LCIM: Continuous Improvement & Quality Management June 21, 2021 July 18, 2021 May 24, 2021
554-LCHP: Coaching for High Performance September 13, 2021 October 10, 2021 August 16, 2021
576-LTIN: Technology and Innovation September 13, 2021 October 10, 2021 August 16, 2021
595-LDMF: Decision Making Using Financial Information September 13, 2021 October 10, 2021 August 16, 2021
569-LCCL: Cross Cultural Leadership for Global Advantage October 25, 2021 November 21, 2021 September 27, 2021
577-LBSC: Operations Balanced Scorecards October 25, 2021 November 21, 2021 September 27, 2021
596-LSAM: Safety Management October 25, 2021 November 21, 2021 September 27, 2021

2022

Course Start Date End Date Registration Deadline
Core Courses
570-LTDV: Team Development April 4, 2022 May 1, 2022 March 1, 2022
551-LMOC: Leading People Through Organizational Change August 8, 2022 August 24, 2022 July 11, 2022
598-LLCP: Capstone (3 credits) TBD TBD TBD
Elective Courses
550-LSCM: Strategic Supply Chain Management January 10, 2022 February 6, 2022 December 13, 2021
553-LTLC: The Leadership Challenge – Exploring the Leader Within January 10, 2022 February 6, 2022 December 13, 2021
558-LGSC: Green Supply Chain February 21, 2022 March 20, 2022 January 24, 2022
565-LNCR: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution February 21, 2022 March 20, 2022 January 24, 2022
575-LRKM: Risk Management April 4, 2022 May 1, 2022 March 7, 2022
597-LMPM: Manufacturing Project Management April 4, 2022 May 1, 2022 March 7, 2022
511-LLCR: Leading Creativity April 4, 2022 May 1, 2022 March 7, 2022
571-LSMI: Strategic Management I May 16, 2022 June 12, 2022 April 18, 2022
510-LCIW: Creating the Inclusive Workplace June 27, 2022 July 24, 2022 May 30, 2022
559-LOSL: Outsourcing and Logistics June 27, 2022 July 24, 2022 May 30, 2022
572-LSCI: Strategic Communications June 27, 2022 July 24, 2022 May 30, 2022
594-LCIM: Continuous Improvement & Quality Management June 27, 2022 July 24, 2022 May 30, 2022
554-LCHP: Coaching for High Performance September 19, 2022 October 16, 2022 August 22, 2022
576-LTIN: Technology and Innovation September 19, 2022 October 16, 2022 August 22, 2022
595-LDMF: Decision Making Using Financial Information September 19, 2022 October 16, 2022 August 22, 2022
569-LCCL: Cross Cultural Leadership for Global Advantage October 31, 2022 November 27, 2022 October 3, 2022
577-LBSC: Operations Balanced Scorecards October 31, 2022 November 27, 2022 October 3, 2022
596-LSAM: Safety Management October 31, 2022 November 27, 2022 October 3, 2022

*Course dates subject to change

Fees

Note: All Fees are payable in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.

The following fees are effective for courses starting September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022. All fees are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Academic-related fees are exempt from the Federal Goods and Services Tax (G.S.T.). G.S.T. is added to all other goods and services, for example, workshops, some publications, self-help seminars, and Athabasca University promotional sales items.

Program application fee (non-refundable), required each time a person applies: $207

Program tuition fees

Application fee $207
15 – 1 credit courses at $1,183 $17,745
1 – 3 credit course $3,545
Total $21,497

Estimated program tuition cost (2021-2022)

The total tuition cost for a student who takes all courses from Athabasca University, would be $21,497. (Application fees are included in this calculation.)

Note: Fees are subject to change. Athabasca University Graduate Student Association (AUGSA) fees (18 credits x $13/credit = $234) are not included in the above calculation.

Other fees

Course withdrawal processing fee1: $391
AU Graduate Student Association Fee (per credit), included in the above fee calculation: $13
Transfer credit evaluation fee (one time): $301
Program Continuation Fee $604

1 The course withdrawal processing fee is a mandatory administrative fee charged when a student withdraws from a course. Refer to Withdrawals.

Note: The University reserves the right to suspend students if their program fees are overdue.

What will you learn?

You will:

  • Develop a greater awareness of different leadership styles and preferences;
  • Participate in diagnostic tools for self-evaluation that help to identify leadership blind spots and developmental opportunities;
  • Explore and understand one’s own current leadership strengths and areas of challenge;
  • Challenge their own leadership assumptions and develop new leadership skills and insights;
  • Develop a greater awareness of why organizations change and the roles of leaders and managers within the process;
  • Practice essential elements of coaching skills and coaching process with colleagues;
  • Use a best practices model to plan for a change; and
  • Demonstrate increased awareness in and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues in negotiations.

Transfer credit available

Not sure where to start? All of our online Leadership and Management Development courses are transferable into the GDLM so you can start in any of our concentration areas; Leadership, Manufacturing Management, or Supply Chain Management. If you have taken the same course from another accredited university, you may request a transfer of the course into the Athabasca University online GDLM*.

*A transfer evaluation fee of $295.00 will be charged.

Admissions

You can apply to the online Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management (GDLM) through one of the following pathways:

  • You have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university plus professional experience,
    or
  • You have professional experience and a letter of support from your employer identifying readiness to complete the program,
    or
  • You have permission from the dean or program director of Athabasca University Faculty of Business (AUFB).

Grant Money Available

Students can take advantage of the provincial Canada Job Grant when your employer is helping you fund your education.

  • Receive 2/3 tuition reimbursement
  • Up to $10,000 per employee available
  • Up to $300,000 per year, per company

Grant Information

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