Angela Workman-Stark

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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Successful leaders inspire and influence change by unleashing the potential of people and empowering them to exceed beyond expectations!

~ Angela Workman-Stark, PhD
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

2020 Course Schedule

Course Start Date End Date Registration Deadline
Core Courses
553-LTLC: The Leadership Challenge – Exploring the Leader Within January 6, 2020 February 2, 2020 December 8, 2019
570-LTDV: Team Development April 6, 2020 May 3, 2020 March 8, 2020
551-LMOC: Leading People Through Organizational Change August 10, 2020 September 6, 2020 July 12, 2020
598-LLCP: Capstone (3 credits) TBD TBD TBD
Elective Courses
550-LSCM: Strategic Supply Chain Management January 6, 2020 February 2, 2020 December 8, 2019
558-LGSC: Green Supply Chain February 17, 2020 March 15, 2020 January 19, 2020
565-LNCR: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution February 17, 2020 March 15, 2020 January 19, 2020
569-LCCL: Cross Cultural Leadership for Global Advantage February 17, 2020 March 15, 2020 January 19, 2020
575-LRKM: Risk Management April 6, 2020 May 3, 2020 March 8, 2020
511-LLCR: Leading Creativity April 6, 2020 May 3, 2020 March 8, 2020
597-LMPM: Manufacturing Project Management April 6, 2020 May 3, 2020 March 8, 2020
571-LSMI: Strategic Management I May 18, 2020 June 14, 2020 April 19, 2020
559-LOSL: Outsourcing and Logistics June 29, 2020 July 26, 2020 May 31, 2020
572-LSCI: Strategic Communications June 29, 2020 July 26, 2020 May 31, 2020
594-LCIM: Continuous Improvement & Quality Management June 29, 2020 July 26, 2020 May 31, 2020
510-LCIW: Creating the Inclusive Workplace June 29, 2020 July 26, 2020 May 31, 2020
554-LCHP: Coaching for High Performance September 21, 2020 October 18, 2020 August 23, 2020
576-LTIN: Technology and Innovation September 21, 2020 October 18, 2020 August 23, 2020
595-LDMF: Decision Making Using Financial Information September 21, 2020 October 18, 2020 August 23, 2020
569-LCCL: Cross Cultural Leadership for Global Advantage November 2, 2020 November 29, 2020 October 4, 2020
577-LBSC: Operations Balanced Scorecards November 2, 2020 November 29, 2020 October 4, 2020
596-LSAM: Safety Management November 2, 2020 November 29, 2020 October 4, 2020

*Course dates subject to change

Fees

A $200 fee will be processed when you apply to the GDLM. Courses are $1108 each which includes all materials and Graduate Student Association fees of $13 per credit. The twelve week, three-credit capstone course is $3324.

AU alumni (degree holders only) will receive a 20% reduction.

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 $276.00 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

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