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Athabasca University

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Leadership and Management Course and Program Requirements

Courses are paced, with specific start and completion dates.

Athabasca University may modify the list of courses at any time.

Course Registration

Students register and pay for each course at the time of registration and prior to the registration cutoff date.

Successful Course Completion

A minimum grade of 60 per cent is required for both the assignments and participation components in each course. The capstone course requires an overall grade of 70 per cent.

It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that any course participation and any assignment requirements are maintained and submitted on time. There will be no leniency or considerations given to students who choose a double course workload.

Course Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the course in which they are registered, without academic penalty, subject to the following:

  • Withdrawal must take place on or before the seventh day of the course.
  • The course withdrawal fee must be paid in full.
  • A refund of tuition fees (minus the withdrawal fee) is only payable if withdrawal occurs within seven days from the course start date.
  • Students must maintain "active status" in the program as defined in Timelines.

A withdrawal:

  • prior to and up to 7 days after the course contract start date will not appear on the student's transcript,
  • after 7 days and on or before the course contract end date will be recorded as a "W" (Withdrawal) on the student's transcript and credit will not be awarded for the course.

A student may not withdraw after the course contract date. If no course work has been completed, a grade of "F" (Failure) will be assigned and recorded on the transcript.

Students who do not maintain "active status" will be deemed withdrawn from their program of study.

Re-admission to a program can occur with payment of all applicable fees in current regulations. Credit for courses previously completed will be re-evaluated and applied to the program requirements, where appropriate.

Appeals to the University concerning these re-admission procedures will be governed by the University's Appeal Process.

Re-registrations and Repeats

Students who fail a course in the PBDLM program may repeat that course only once. Full tuition will be required for each course repeated.

Students who fail the same course twice will be withdrawn from the program with no chance for appeal or re-enrolment.

Active Status and Continuation

To maintain active status, students must successfully complete at least one course or comprehensive examination in their program of study within any given 12-month period.

Students who do not maintain active status will be deemed to have withdrawn from the program.

Student Progress Reports and Transcripts

Upon completion of all of the requirements for the PBDLM program, the graduate student will receive his or her diploma from Athabasca University.

Grading System

Each assignment and participation component that is to be counted towards the final grade for a course shall be given a percentage grade from the academic coach. Please review the Graduate Grading Policy and Academic Records FAQ for more information on grading scales.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Leadership and Management (PBDLM), a graduate student must:

  • successfully complete the program course structure set out at the time of admission into the program,
  • complete and submit an Application for Graduation Form, and
  • meet all other regulations.

In addition, students must have paid any fees owed to the University and have returned all library resources. All applications for graduate must be approved by General Faculties Council.

Regulations and Appeals

AU policies and regulations governing academic conduct and appeals apply to all students. Refer to the Student Code of Conduct and Right to Appeal Regulations website.


Information effective September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

Updated July 11 2016 by laurab

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