Program Structure

Before the program begins, you will choose a specialization:

Choose a specialization
Human Resource Management (HRM)
Project Management (PM)
Business Analysis (BA)
Business Management (BM)
Adult Education & Training (AET)

All of the courses in the Post-Graduate Diploma Program are non-credit. During the first month of each term, you will be exposed to the Certificate in Leadership Excellence & Human Resource Leadership (mandatory certificates) foundational courses. This will allow you to build the necessary knowledge to progress into the program. For the mandatory certificates, you will have classes twice a week in the morning or afternoon, respectively to the course schedule. This will give you sufficient time to work on your assignments. As for the specialization courses (PM, BA, BM, HRM and AET), you will have morning or evening online classes. This will give you flexibility to reserve some time for your personal life. During the first 12 months of the program, you will work 1-on-1 with an ISANS career counselor to prepare for your work term. The career counselor will help you by:

  • reviewing your resume/CV
  • advising on job search methods/strategies
  • preparing you for interviews
  • keeping you informed on the Canadian work environment

In the final term, you will participate in a 4-month work term with a Canadian employer.

Please visit the Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional and Leadership Studies page for more information about the courses in the program. 

PGDip - Program Outline

Delivery Schedule Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5
In-person 9:00AM to 2:00PM (twice per week) Certificate in Leadership Excellence & Human Resource Leadership Specialization courses: PM, HRM, BA, BM and AET Work
Online and Onsite Bi-weekly meetings duiring business hours ISANS: Workplace training, career counselling, and job search support
Online 7:00PM to 8:30PM (frequency according to specialization)  Specialization Courses: PM, HRM, BA, BM and AET

*This is an approximate outline of the program – specific term lengths, courses, or course order may vary.

Experiential Learning

During the program, you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with Canadian work culture by completing workplace training, hands-on activities and 1-on-1 career counselling and job search support with ISANS. This prepares you for your work term, during which you will apply your learning to real-life situations, make industry connections, and experience Canadian work culture. You must successfully complete your work term to satisfy program requirements and receive the post-graduate diploma.

Course Schedule

The program delivery will be hybrid, with more than 50% of courses offered in person on Dalhousie’s Halifax campus. The program is structured to allow students to balance experiential learning, work, and study.

Please visit our Post-Graduate Diploma Program page for more details.