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Athabasca University

Graduate Diploma in Management*
Program Regulations

* This program was previously called the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Management (PBDM).

Program Requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Management (GDM) is Phase One of the MBA program. It is an 18 credit program consisting of six core courses and one comprehensive examination. It provides a solid grounding in general management fundamentals.

Program Structure  
Total Credits in the program 18 credits
Required Courses  
MBAO 599 MBA Orientation (0)
MBAO 598 MBA Orientation  
STMS 500 Strategic Management (3)
HRMT 502 Human Resources Management (3)
FMAC 503 Financial and Managerial Accounting (3)
MKMT 504 Marketing Management (3)
MEQA 501 Managerial Economics and Quantitative Analysis (3)
OPMT 505 Operations Management (3)
CPEX 506 Comprehensive Exam for Phase One (0)

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination must be written upon completion of the six core GDM courses. The comprehensive examination is scheduled on at least two occasions per year as determined by the Admissions Committee.

The comprehensive examination is graded on a pass/fail basis, and a grade of 70 per cent is required to pass. Review Re-registrations and Repeats, for examination re-write information.

Time Commitment

Average GDM program completion time is 1.5 years, but students may have up to a maximum of 2.5 years to complete all requirements. Most students spend about 20 to 25 hours per week on their studies while in the program.

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Students who do not maintain active status will be deemed to have withdrawn from the program. Those students will be required to pay the tuition portion for courses completed and in which they are currently registered.

Program Deferrals

Students who have started the program can defer their studies should they find themselves experiencing changed circumstances in either their business or personal lives, but must request the deferral at least 21 days before the start date of their next course.

Withdrawal from the Program

Students may withdraw from the GDM program by completing the Program Withdrawal Form. Students who wish to withdraw from the GDM, without record of registration, must do so within 30 calendar days of the commencement of the program. A withdrawal occurring during this time will not be recorded on the student’s transcript. Students who withdraw from a program after the 30 calendar-day period from the start of program will have the withdrawal recorded on their transcript and must pay the tuition portion for courses completed and in which they are currently registered.

Re-Enrolment in the Program

Re-enrolment in a program can occur, but is subject to re-application, review and approval by the MBA Program Director, and payment of all applicable fees. Students will be required to pay any fee increases that occur between the time of their last enrolment and re-enrolment. Credit for courses previously completed will be re-evaluated and applied to the program requirements, where appropriate.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Management (GDM), a graduate student must:

  • successfully complete the program course structure set out at the time of admission into the program,
  • successfully complete the comprehensive examination,
  • 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.


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

Updated July 18 2019 by laurab

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