Non‑Credit Diploma in Professional & Leadership Studies

Develop as a leader. Earn professional certifications. Gain valuable work experience in Canada.

Work in Canada

About the Program

The Non-Credit Diploma in Professional and Leadership Studies is a 16-month, non-credit program designed to give you high-demand leadership skills and hands-on experience. The Canadian and Nova Scotian governments have programs that allow eligible students to stay and work after program completion. You can find information about opportunities like Canada’s Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) and permanent residence pathways.

You'll complete foundational courses in leadership and human resource management. Then, you will start one of the specialization courses of your choice in Project Management, Human Resource Management, Business Analysis, Adult Education & Training, or Business Management.   

Important Program Dates - 2024/25

Event January 2025 April 2025 September 2025
Open for application April 1st, 2024 July 1st, 2024 November 1, 2024
Application Deadline July 19, 2024 October 18, 2024 March 14, 2024
Admissions issues LOO and invoices August 2, 2024 November 1, 2024 March 28, 2025
Deadline for the first tuition deposit payment ($6850) - 25% August 16, 2024 November 15, 2024 April 11, 2025
Admissions issues LOA and supporting documents August 30, 2024 November 30, 2024 April 25, 2025
Deadline for the second tuition deposit payment ($6850) - 25% December 6, 2024 March 7, 2025 August 8, 2025
Visa confirmation deadline December 20, 2024 March 21, 2025 August 22, 2025
Orientation: 8:30AM to 3:30PM January 3, 2025 April 4, 2025 September 5, 2025
Start date January 6, 2025 April 7, 2025 September 8, 2025

In partnership with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), our Diploma offers a supportive experience that includes:

  • Canadian workplace training
  • One-on-one career counselling
  • Job search support led by the ISANS team
  • A four-month work term in your field of study

Details at a Glance

  • Location:  Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 
  • Duration: 16 months 
  • Program start dates: September, January, and April
  • Format:  More than 50% of coursework will be completed in-person (select courses online, blended)  
  • Program cost: $27,400

Please click here to download a helpful brochure.

After the Program

A Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) allows students to remain in Canada to work after completion of their program of study. Please refer to the IRCC website for the latest and most accurate information about eligibility requirements and the length of PGWPs. Visit our FAQs page for more details. 

Career Options
Throughout the program, the ISANS team will get to know you and your goals so they can offer you personalized advice. Leading up to graduation, the ISANS team will support you with your Canadian job search and give you personalized feedback on your CV and cover letters.

Graduates of this Diploma can pursue positions such as: 

  • Operations Manager 
  • Human Resource Manager/Coordinator 
  • Business Analyst 
  • Project Manager/Coordinator 
  • Business Administrator 
  • Consultant 
  • Small Business Owner/Manager 

Why choose Dalhousie’s Non-Credit Diploma in Professional and Leadership Studies?

Work with a Career Advisor at Nova Scotia’s premier immigrant-serving organization.

  • Receive workplace training tailored to new arrivals in Canada.
  • Be supported in defining your career goals so you can reach your full potential. 
  • Benefit from the ISANS network, and work 1-on-1 with a Career Advisor.

Choose a course of study that works for you.

  • Choose a specialization that will help you advance your career.
  • Benefit from a program designed for international students’ academic and professional goals and needs.

Study at one of Canada’s leading research universities.

  • Dalhousie is a member of the U15 - the top 15 Canadian research-intensive universities.
  • Live in one of Canada’s safest and friendliest cities.