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Athabasca University

Graduate Diploma in Management*
Admission Requirements

* This program was previously called the Graduate Diploma in Management (GDM).

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Management (GDM) occurs three times each year. Application deadlines are May 31 for fall, October 15 for winter, and February 15 for spring.

Applicants to the GDM must have:

  • an undergraduate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution, and at least three years of acceptable managerial experience that may include supervisory or professional experience with management-level responsibilities;

    OR

  • an acceptable professional designation as approved by the Admissions Committee and at least five years of acceptable managerial experience that may include supervisory and professional experience with management-level responsibilities;

    OR

  • a minimum of eight to 10 years of substantial managerial experience.

Other

Applicants must be proficient in the English language and confirm access to a computer system that meets the program's requirements. A GMAT score is not normally required, but the Admissions Committee may request one should they deem it necessary. Detailed instructions for assembling an application package can be found on the program's website at MBA and GDM Admissions.

Upon acceptance to the program, students must pay the required non-refundable admission fee.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit means that students may apply to transfer graduate course credits earned elsewhere at recognized academic institutions into the GDM program.

Only graduate level course credits that have never been applied toward any degree program, are eligible for consideration.

Courses being considered for transfer credit must be from a fully accredited institution (i.e. members of Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Canadian Association for Distance Education, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, etc.). Applicants will be required to complete a transfer credit form, pay a transfer credit evaluation fee, and provide official transcripts and detailed course outlines for each course (outline requirements will be provided by the MBA Program Director).

The MBA Program Director and/or Faculty of Business faculty will determine whether transfer credits will be permitted into the GDM program. If transfer credit is awarded, a study plan will be provided outlining how students will integrate previous coursework with the program. 

English Language Proficiency

There are minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements allowed for admission to a graduate program at Athabasca University. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.

 

Information effective September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

Updated June 12 2019 by laurab

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