Program Structure

Before the program begins, you will choose a specialization:

Choose a specialization
Human Resource Management
Project Management
Business Analysis
Business Management
Adult Education & Training

The first term of the program is dedicated to the Certificate in Leadership Excellence, which will allow you to hone your leadership style and develop the fundamentals of business strategy. In the second term, you will begin your specialization by taking courses in Project Management, Human Resource Management, Business Analysis, Adult Education, or Business Management. In the third term, you will work 1-on-1 with an ISANS career counselor to prepare for your work term and complete the Certificate in Human Resource Leadership, which will help you develop the communication, negotiation, and coaching skills that are crucial for leadership positions. In the fourth term, you will complete any remaining coursework for your specialization and work with the ISANS team to apply for your work-term job. 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. 

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5
ISANS: Workplace Training, Career Counselling, Job Search Support Work Term
Certificate in Leadership Excellence Specialization Courses, Part 1 Certificate in Human Resource Leadership Specialization Courses, Part 2

*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.