360.00 Hours Required
At a glance 
  • Location:  Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 
  • Duration: 16 months
  • Course hours range between 360 and 396 based upon field of study selected
  • Program start dates: September, January, and April 
  • Application deadline: refer to table 
  • Format: More than 50% of coursework in-person (select courses online, blended) 
  • Program cost: $27,400.00 

Important Dates - Diploma Program -  2024/25

Event January 2025 April 2025 September 2025
Open for application April 1, 2024 July 1, 2024 November 1, 2024
Application Deadline July 19, 2024 October 18, 2024 March 14, 2025
Admissions issues LOO and invoices August 2, 2024 November 1, 2024 March 28, 2025
Deadline for the first tuition deposit payment ($6850) - 25% August 16, 2024 November 15, 2024 April 11, 2025
Admissions issues LOA and supporting documents August 30, 2024 November 30, 2024 April 25, 2025
Deadline for the second tuition deposit payment ($6850) - 25% December 6, 2024 March 7, 2025 August 8, 2025
Visa confirmation deadline December 20, 2024 March 21, 2025

August 22, 2025

Orientation: 8:30AM to 3:30PM January 3, 2025 April 4, 2025 September 5, 2025
Start date January 6, 2025 April 7, 2025 September 8, 2025

About the Program 

The Non-Credit Diploma in Professional and Leadership Studies is a 16-month, non-credit program designed to give you high-demand leadership skills and hands-on experience. The Canadian and Nova Scotian governments have programs that allow eligible students to stay and work after program completion. You can find information about opportunities like Canada’s Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) and permanent residence pathways. You will complete foundational courses in leadership and human resources management, and then choose to specialize in Project Management, Human Resource Management, Business Analysis, Adult Education, or Business Management. In partnership with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), our Diploma offers a supportive experience that includes Canadian workplace training, one-on-one career counselling, and job search support led by the ISANS team, culminating in a 4-month work term in your field of study. For more information, visit the program page.

What You Will Learn 

The Non-Credit Diploma in Professional and Leadership Studies provides a comprehensive grounding in key skills that will allow you to make effective and successful short, medium, and long-term decisions as a leader in your organization. The focus of the Diploma is to help you develop as a leader, pursue specialized knowledge, and gain hands-on experience in your field. Graduates of the program will develop a personal leadership style and learn to: 

  • Flexibly adapt your leadership choices to different complex dynamic contexts and situations; 
  • Combine your understanding of leadership, ethics and strategy to lead with excellence; 
  • Approach challenges and problems analytically and systematically; 
  • Use data effectively in your problem-solving and decision-making; 
  • Critically evaluate communications, ideas, perspectives, information and data; 
  • Select solutions to current problems through an objective solution evaluation process appropriate to the context; 
  • Manage ambiguity and uncertainty in your decision-making and problem-solving; 
  • Leverage specialized skills in Project Management, Human Resource Management, Business Analysis, Adult Education, or Business Management. 

Why Choose This Diploma? 

You should take this Diploma if: 

  • You have full-time work experience, aspire to a leadership role and want to build a solid foundation of knowledge and practice around leadership; 
  • You have some leadership experience and would like to tailor your knowledge to the Canadian work context; 
  • You want to gain high-demand skills and hands-on experience to launch your career in Canada; 
  • You would benefit from Canadian work culture training, 1-on-1 career counselling, and job search support; 
  • You want to live and study in Halifax, one of Canada’s safest and friendliest cities. 

How Will You Benefit? 

Graduates of the program will: 

  • Be employment-ready for professional, leadership and management positions in the Canadian labour market; 
  • Be able to communicate and interact effectively in the Canadian workplace; 
  • Possess tangible skills in chosen specialties (Project Management, Business Management, Business Analysis, Human Resource Management, or Adult Education and Training); 
  • Understand their strengths and challenges as professionals, leaders, or managers, and how to address the challenges. 

Diploma Requirements 

The following courses are mandatory for completion of the Diploma: 

Certificate in Leadership Excellence: 

Certificate in Human Resource Leadership:

You will also choose one of five specializations and complete all relevant coursework in that specialization: 

Project Management 

Business Analysis 

Human Resource Management 

Business Management 

Adult Education & Training 

At the end of the program, you will complete a 4-month work term during which you will apply your learning to real-life situations, make industry connections, and experience Canadian work culture. You must successfully complete your work term to satisfy program requirements and graduate. 

Admissions Requirements 

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in any discipline 
  • A minimum overall average of 70% (around a B- or 2.7 GPA) as calculated in your undergraduate degree OR most recent degree. 
  • Meet the English language requirement of IELTS 6.5, with no band below 6.0 
  • Receive two (2) positive academic or professional references  
  • Demonstrate three years of full-time work experience (strongly recommended) 

Do you meet all the admission requirements but need to upgrade your English? We offer in-person or fully remote courses to help you achieve your goals. See Dalhousie’s department of English Language Studies to explore your options. Before applying, please read though our Frequently Asked Questions to make sure you understand all application requirements. 

Schedule and Fees 

There are three start dates per year: in September, January, and April. Apply at any time; applications are competitive and evaluated on a rolling basis, so applying early is encouraged. This is a full-time program, and you should expect to spend a minimum of 30 hours per week engaged in courses, study, and experiential learning. 

For more information, please visit the program page or contact openlearning@dal.ca.

*Fees outlined in this section are an estimate for the full 16-month program. Total program fees may vary depending on specialization, delivery format, student service fees, textbooks and taxes. Tuition and fees are subject to review. Note: The program cost does not include the processing of the relevant visa or living expenses.

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