Continuing & Professional Education

Management Development

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The instruc­tors are very knowl­edge­able and bring real-world expe­ri­ences to the classes.”

Man­age­ment at all lev­els has a dra­mat­ic impact on the per­for­mance of an orga­ni­za­tion, influ­enc­ing areas from pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and growth to prof­itabil­i­ty and employ­ee reten­tion. Orga­ni­za­tions count on peo­ple to excel at deci­sion-mak­ing, prob­lem-solv­ing, moti­va­tion meth­ods, and strate­gic planning.

The Man­age­ment Devel­op­ment Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram from Online and Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion, Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta pro­vides a sol­id ground­ing in man­age­r­i­al tech­niques and process­es, while also equip­ping learn­ers with the spe­cif­ic skills need­ed in man­age­ment and super­vi­so­ry posi­tions. Cours­es with­in this pro­gram cov­er top­ics like human resource man­age­ment, finan­cial man­age­ment, mar­ket­ing, strate­gic man­age­ment, and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tion, among others.

Designed for indi­vid­u­als in super­vi­so­ry or man­age­ment posi­tions who wish to upgrade or sharp­en their man­age­r­i­al abil­i­ties, this pro­gram will also ben­e­fit prospec­tive or aspir­ing man­agers ready to take the next step in their careers. Stu­dents from all sec­tors (gov­ern­ment, indus­try, not-for-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, or small to large enter­prise) have com­plet­ed this career-enhanc­ing pro­gram to build rel­e­vant skills.


I’ve gained a great deal of knowl­edge from the program.

Management Development Certificate student

The instruc­tors are first rate.

Man­age­ment Devel­op­ment Certificate student

The teach­ers are knowl­edge­able and approach­able, always will­ing to assist you.

Management Development Certificate student

Understand ways in which organizations function in a complex, changing environment.

Explore concepts of managerial finance and develop financial decision-making skills.

Learn and practice techniques for finding optimal solutions to key business problems faced by organizations.

Build knowledge and skills in critical areas such as group dynamics, interpersonal communication, information gathering and analysis, and many others.

Network with like-minded professionals in an innovative post-secondary program that provides development with fellow business professionals.

Courses may qualify for recognition toward CIM and AAP

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  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 2 years
  • Pay as you go
  • Currently open for enrolment

Only interested in taking a course? You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program – browse our Management Development courses. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Certificate as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to obtain the cer­tifi­cate. You may apply for admis­sion as you start your stud­ies or, if you pre­fer, after you have tak­en one or more courses.

We are open to stu­dents with a vari­ety of edu­ca­tion­al and pro­fes­sion­al back­grounds. Our expec­ta­tion is that you have a com­mit­ment to learn and achieve your con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion goals.

This part-time program is comprised of three core courses and 156 hours of electives. Typical course load is one to two courses per term, and we offer courses in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall terms. When following this structure, students can fulfill the certificate requirements within two to three years.

Courses do not have to be completed in any specific order, allowing students to choose the courses that best fit their schedule in any given term. Please note that it is recommended for students to complete Strategic Management closer to the end of their program.

Evening, weekday, and weekend learning opportunities are available to accommodate a variety of schedules. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate.

Your program requirements

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

Apply for Your Credential

To qualify for program completion you are required to submit a request to obtain your credential. For a breakdown of details and how to qualify, visit the program completion page.

Many of the elec­tives are also part of oth­er pro­grams, such as pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment series in Project Man­age­ment, Change Man­age­ment, Busi­ness Analy­sis and Busi­ness Strat­e­gy. Some of the elec­tives are also part of the Advanced Cer­tifi­cate in Lead­er­ship.

Accred­i­ta­tion Oppor­tu­ni­ty: CIMCCAP

Cours­es from the Man­age­ment Devel­op­ment Cer­tifi­cate may qual­i­fy for recog­ni­tion toward the fol­low­ing pro­fes­sion­al designations:

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact our pro­gram office at 7804923027.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
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Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep

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