Admission Process


  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in any discipline 
  • The equivalent of a Canadian GPA of 2.7 (around a B-) as calculated in your undergraduate degree OR most recent degree.
  • Meet the English language requirement of IELTS 6.5, with no band below 6.0
  • Receive two (2) positive academic or professional references 
  • Demonstrate three years of full-time work experience (strongly recommended)

Do you meet all the admission requirements but need to upgrade your English? We offer in-person or fully remote courses to help you achieve your goals. See Dalhousie’s department of English Language Studies to explore your options. Before applying, please read though our Frequently Asked Questions to make sure you understand all application requirements. 

Application Information

There are three program start dates per year: in September, January, and April. Apply at any time; applications are competitive and evaluated on a rolling basis, so applying early is encouraged. 

Admission Requirements

  • Unofficial university transcripts from your undergraduate degree translated into English. Successful applicants will be required to submit official transcripts.
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Personal statement 
  • Résumé/CV
  • Digital copy of your passport photo page 
  • Application fee of $200

Tuition Fees

The total cost for the Diploma is $27,400. This includes:

  • All non-credit course fees 
  • Student service fees, including health insurance
  • Access to a 1-on-1 Career Counsellor
  • Canadian cultural training
  • Support selecting housing

Program Cost

Post-Graduate Diploma Tuition & Fees January 2025 April 2025 September 2025
Application fee (non-refundable) $200.00 Due upon application
Program Deposit (non-refundable) $6,850.00 Due within 21 days of acceptance
First Tuition Payment $6,850.00 Due 30 days before the start date
Second Tuition Payment $4,500.00 April 2025 July 2025 January 2026
Third Tuition Payment $4,500.00 August 2025 December 2025 March 2026
Fourth Tuition Payment $4,500.00 December 2025 March 2026 August 2026
Total $27,400.00  

* The estimated cost may vary according to the specialization of choice. Fees outlined in this section are an estimate for the full 16-month program. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, student service fees, textbooks and taxes. Tuition and fees are subject to review. Note: The program cost does not include the the processing of the relevant visa or living expenses.

For more information on the program fees, please visit the Non-Credit Diploma in Professional and Leadership Studies page.