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Certificate in Leadership

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The Certificate in Leadership is administered by the Undergraduate Programs Office in the Faculty of Business. This program aims at producing a transformative experience for undergraduate students that provides them with access to and mentorship by individuals with proven leadership qualities in the local, national and international communities. Academic coursework is provided by Faculty members trained in leadership, and additional learning experiences are provided by leaders from across Alberta, Canada, and internationally in many different disciplines. A small cohort of twenty students per year ensures that each student is given individual attention. Students will be senior undergraduate Business students in their third and fourth years.

Students in the Bachelor of Commerce program may apply to pursue the Certificate in Leadership by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Students must apply to the Undergraduate Office by March 1st;
  2. Applications must be accompanied by a resume, at least one letter of reference, and a letter of intent outlining why the student should be admitted to the program;
  3. Students must have completed or be in the process of completing all of the required primary core courses in the Bachelor of Commerce Program;
  4. Students must have completed a minimum of 51 units and a maximum of 69 units towards their Bachelor of Commerce degree including courses in progress during the Winter term in which they apply;
  5. Students must be in satisfactory academic standing;
  6. Students must be current Bachelor of Commerce students, or transfer students who have applied for entry to the Bachelor of Commerce program.

Only a small number of spaces exist in the Certificate in Leadership Program. Only qualified applicants will be considered for admission. Qualified applicants are those who meet the requirements above. Admission decisions will be made by a Faculty Admissions Committee on the basis of the student’s character and leadership potential based on a combination of a personal interview, resume, letter of intent and letter(s) of reference.


Students are required to complete all of the requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce program, including the requirement to complete a major area of concentration. In addition to those requirements, students will complete the following courses:

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