Courses and Programs

Sharpen Your Competitive Edge

Dalhousie’s Executive Education courses and programs immediately enhance performance by providing high-value skills, capabilities and knowledge to manage complex challenges, meet operational and strategic needs, and enhance competitive advantage. 

Certificate Programs

Academic Leadership Certificate

Creativity and Innovation Certificate

  • New Program! May 3 - June 12, 2021. Fully Online Creativity and Innovation Certificate developed in partnership with NSCAD University. Unlock your creativity, drive innovation in your organization, and build an entrepreneurial mindset. 

Executive Certificate in Leadership

Public Policy and Management Certificate

  • Certificate in Public Policy and Management (Online). Build the knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to excel in your professional role and advance your career in public administration, the not-for-profit sector, government relations, and more.

Upcoming Courses

April 2021

Leadership: Self-Awareness & Self-Management, April 5-17, 2021

Self-awareness and self-management are the foundation of successful leaders. This course focuses on four core elements of self-management – emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, thinking strategies and reflective practices. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of their skill levels in each of these areas; practical skills to use when they return to the workplace, and a self-management plan to take forward.

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Core objectives of this course include:

  • Develop and refine the practice of mindfulness, feedback and reflection
  • Understand one's preferred style of conflict management
  • Identify ways to apply conflict resolution skills creatively and effectively
  • Apply an Emotional Intelligence framework that will make one a more successful leader
  • Identify key strategic thinking styles and develop the capacity to use multiple thinking strategies
  • Assess individual ability to lead responsibly
  • Create a self-management profile

This course may be applied to the Executive Certificate in Leadership Program, a six-course fully online program.

Teams and Relationship Management, April 19 - May 1, 2021

This course explores the role of teams within the systems model and emphasizes the key role teams can play in problem-solving and innovative thinking. Team management is a key competency of managers, and requires new models of leadership, with supporting motivational and performance management components such as recognition, reward, and support. Participants will discuss how to build and lead successful teams to achieve optimal performance in organizations. They will explore and develop a set of tools that when combined with planning and collaboration will result in enhanced performance of teams and improved retention of talent within their organizations.

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Core objectives of this course include:

  • Critically explore the roles of individuals as members of teams
  • Examine the roles teams can play in problem solving and innovation within organizations
  • Acquire the skills and competencies to lead teams to achieve optimal performance within organizations

This course may be applied to the Executive Certificate in Leadership Program, a six-course fully online program.

Public Sector Leadership & Ethics, Apr. 19 - Jun. 5, 2021

The purpose of this course is to examine theories and leadership frameworks within the public sector, as well as the components for highly effective leadership. Participants will learn how to foster high integrity organizations through ethical leadership.

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Core objectives of this course include:

  • Understanding the link between leadership and public sector innovation;
  • Developing strategic thinking, visioning capabilities; fostering managerial excellence, mobilizing people and teams, and driving performance management;
  • Developing an understanding of ethical issues and dilemmas including how to deal with them;
  • Developing an understanding of the relationship between leadership and ethics.

This course may be applied to the Certificate in Public Policy and Management, a five-course fully online program. 

May 2021

Collaboration and Complexity, May 3-15, 2021

Collaboration allows organizations to use the collective wisdom of multiple individuals or groups to accomplish tasks or projects. As the complexity of issues, projects and networks increases, so does the need for powerful collaboration.

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Core objectives of this course include:

  • Examine the role of ‘complexity’ as an increasingly important driver of collaborative efforts.
  • Understand the skills and competencies that enable individuals to be skilled collaborators
  • Understand organizational pre-conditions that foster successful collaboration
  • Explore the relationship between collaboration and innovation through a preliminary introduction to design thinking
  • Examine course themes within the context of organizational and professional priorities

This course may be applied to the Executive Certificate in Leadership Program, a six-course fully online program.

Digital Governance, May 17-June 20, 2021

The purpose of this course is to gain a deeper understanding of how digital technologies and the internet are transforming government and governance, both administratively and democratically.

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Core objectives of this course include:

  • Develop an understanding of globalization, digital transformation and e-governance; 
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of digital technologies in modernizing government, both in terms of policy and services.

This course may be applied to the Certificate in Public Policy and Management, a five-course fully online program. 

Decision-Making and Creative Problem-Solving, May 17-29, 2021

Decision-making is a fundamental skill for individuals at all levels of an organization. The importance of being able to make well informed, timely, and strategic decisions is essential to organizational success and high performance. This course examines decision-making and creative problem-solving skills and techniques and moves the participants through practical applications to enhance their skills.

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Core objectives of this course include:

  • Have a better understanding of a rational problem-solving process and one's current skill level and preferred style.
  • Understand various conflict resolution strategies and one's preferred method of dealing with interpersonal conflict.
  • Understand the relationship between problem-solving frameworks and resolving conflict in the workplace in an optimal manner.
  • Develop an ability to recognize and remove perceptual blocks in order to effectively resolve issues in the workplace.

This course may be applied to the Executive Certificate in Leadership Program, a six-course fully online program.

Harnessing Innovation, May 31 to June 12, 2021

In today's competitive marketplace, businesses and organizations need to innovate not only in terms of new products and services, but also in the ways they design processes, practices and business models to compete in increasingly global markets. This course first debunks the myth of innovation by establishing what innovation “is” and “is not”.  From this definition, leading innovation systems are examined and best practices established. Various innovations are then examined and benchmarked against these best practices in an effort to identify, shape and develop breakthrough products, services, processes and practices.

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Core objectives of this course include:

  • Recognize various types of innovation: product, process, service and business model innovation
  • Appreciate the innovation spectrum: sustaining innovation versus radical innovation
  • Know when and where to use innovation systems, tools and methods
  • Understand and sponsor innovation culture in their business
  • Know how to lead organizational innovation

This course may be applied to the Executive Certificate in Leadership Program, a six-course fully online program.

September 2021

Government Structures and Intergovernmental Relations, Sep. 6 to Oct. 24, 2021

The purpose of this course is to examine and understand the organizational dimensions of governance and public management as they pertain to the Canadian parliamentary system within the framework and context of federalism.

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Core objectives of this course include:

  • Develop an understanding of the determinants of government structure, including constitutional principles and conventions;
  • Develop an understanding of policy objectives, policy interdependencies, and political interests that require organizational response;
  • Develop an understanding of intergovernmental relations and fiscal federalism in defining organizational design;
  • Understand the rise of multilevel governance and the role of First Nations, the private sector and the municipalities in the governance architecture.

This course may be applied to the Certificate in Public Policy and Management, a five-course fully online program. 

Human Resource Management & Diversity, Sept. 6 - Oct. 23, 2021

The purpose of this course is to examine human resource management within the public sector, and understand concepts of diversity, inclusion and equity within the context of human resources. 

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Core objectives of this course include:

  • Develop an understanding of human resource management and functions within the public sector;
  • Develop an understanding of the concepts of diversity and inclusion; 
  • Develop an understanding of the role of including a diversity lens into both policymaking and human resources. 

This course may be applied to the Certificate in Public Policy and Management, a five-course fully online program. 

October 2021

Public Policy & Financial Management, Oct. 25 - Dec. 12, 2021

The purpose of this course is to understand the policymaking process and the role of financial accounting and accountability within the context of the policy process.

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Core objectives of this course include:

  • Develop an understanding of the policy process, the interplay between policy and operations, and the evolving policy context
  • Develop an understanding of policy formulation, including instruments and rationales for their selection;
  • Gain an understanding of management of vertical, horizontal and networked relationships in policy design;
  • Develop an understanding of fiscal management, including accounting, accountability for public funds and the linkages between planning, programming, budgeting and accountability.

This course may be applied to the Certificate in Public Policy and Management, a five-course fully online program. 

Public Sector Leadership & Ethics, Oct. 25 - Dec. 11, 2021

The purpose of this course is to examine theories and leadership frameworks within the public sector, as well as the components for highly effective leadership. Participants will learn how to foster high integrity organizations through ethical leadership.

Register for this Course

Core objectives of this course include:

  • Understanding the link between leadership and public sector innovation;
  • Developing strategic thinking, visioning capabilities; fostering managerial excellence, mobilizing people and teams, and driving performance management;
  • Developing an understanding of ethical issues and dilemmas including how to deal with them;
  • Developing an understanding of the relationship between leadership and ethics.

This course may be applied to the Certificate in Public Policy and Management, a five-course fully online program. 

November 2021

January 2022

Introduction to Leadership - TBD

An introduction to leadership as a lifelong practice, focusing on practical and applied approaches to self-leadership, continuous improvement of leadership skills, change management and behaviours that are beneficial to foster and those it is best to avoid.

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Core objectives of this course include:

  • Understand what leadership is in practice, along with the main behaviours to focus upon, and those to avoid
  • Learn an approach to continuous improvement and enhancement of one’s practice of management and leadership
  • Gain a practical approach to using strategy and its implementation as ways to assess and improve organizational performance
  • Understand the two main psychological roots of resistance to change

This course may be applied to the Executive Certificate in Leadership Program, a six-course fully online program

February 2022

March 2022

Customized Corporate Training Options

Do you have a team with seven or more individuals in need of training? Consider a custom program with courses and programs custom crafted specifically for your requirements with competitive pricing. We offer flexible program delivery options that balance the learning needs of participants with their personal and professional responsibilities.