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Athabasca University

Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management
Course Regulations and Procedures

Course Delivery

Courses in the Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management (GDLM) are offered on a paced basis with specified start and completion dates. The University reserves the right to change the list of available 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Students who do not maintain "active status" will be deemed withdrawn from their program of study.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 GDLM 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.

Course Refunds

Students will receive a refund of the full course fees if they withdraw from their course more than 7 days before the course start date. Students will receive a refund of the full course fees minus the course withdrawal processing fee if they withdraw from the course 7 days prior to the course start date and up to 7 days after the course start date. After then, no refund will be given.

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. The official recorded grade will be the Alpha/4.0 grading scale. Please review the Graduate Grading Policy and Academic Records FAQ for more information on grading scales.


Information effective September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

Updated March 23 2021 by laurab

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