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Athabasca University

Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management
Program Regulations

Program Structure

Credits for the Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management (GDLM) program are comprised of fifteen 1-credit courses and a 3-credit Capstone course for a total of 18 credits.

Program Requirements

To meet the residency requirements, students must complete a minimum of 9 credits through Athabasca University.

Total credits in program 18 credits
Core Required Courses 6 credits
553-LTLC The Leadership Challenge (1)
551-LMOC Leading People Through Organizational Change (1)
570-LTDV Team Development (1)
598-LLCP Capstone Course (3)
Elective Courses
Students choose 12 credits from the following list. Please note that not all of these electives are always available for registration. View schedule.
569-LCCL Cross Cultural Leadership for Global Advantage (1)
553-LTLC The Leadership Challenge – Exploring the Leader Within (1)
550-LSCM Strategic Supply Chain Management (1)
597-LMPM Manufacturing Project Management (1)
558-LGSC Green Supply Chain (1)
565-LNCR Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (1)
575-LRKM Risk Management (1)
570-LTDC Team Development (1)
593-LIMM The Future of Canadian Manufacturing (1)
571-LSMI Strategic Management I (1)
594-LCIM Continuous Movement & Quality Management (1)
559-LOSL Outsourcing and Logistics (1)
572-LSCI Strategic Communications (1)
551-LMOC Leading People Through Organizational Change (1)
595-LDMF Decision Making Using Financial Information (1)
576-LTIN Technology and Innovation (1)
554-JCHP Coaching for High Performance (1)
596-LSAM Safety Management (1)
577-LBSC Operations Balanced Scorecards (1)
569-LCCL Cross Cultural Leadership for Global Advantage (1)

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management (GDLM), the graduate student must successfully complete core and elective courses required in the program. A minimum grade of 60 per cent is required for both the assignment and participation components in each course, unless otherwise specified in the course Study Guide. The Capstone course requires an overall grade of 70 per cent.

Upon successful completion of the GDLM, student may be eligible for transfer credit into other AU graduate programs.


GDLM students will be expected to complete their program studies within five years.

A student may repeat any course only once. Full tuition fees for each failed course will be required when repeated. Permission is required by the Dean, or designate, to take a course more than twice.

To maintain active status, a student must successfully complete at least three courses in their program of study within a twelve (12)-month period.

Student Progress Reports and Transcripts

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

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management, a graduate student must:

  1. successfully complete the courses set out above;
  2. complete an application for graduation form;
  3. satisfy all other regulations.

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

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

Updated April 13 2021 by laurab

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