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Graduate Certificate in Values-Based Leadership

Standard Admission

  • Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Normally, at least five years of relevant leadership or organization consulting.

Flexible Admission

  • Applicants without an undergraduate degree, but who have at least two years of undergraduate education and/or post-secondary professional certification and/or certificate or diploma education; and
  • Professional expertise commensurate with at least 7 years of relevant leadership experience may be assessed through our flexible admission process.

English Language Proficiency

Application Requirements

All applications to this program require submission of the following information and supporting documents before your file can be assessed for admission:

Application Form

In order to apply online, you will be required to create a log-in account using your email address. You will be required to list all credit courses and/or programs you have completed or are currently enrolled in. An application fee will be required. If your application fee(s) are being paid for by a sponsoring organization, please contact Student Accounts. Once submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time.

Official Transcripts

Applicants are responsible for arranging for the submission of official transcripts from ALL post-secondary (higher education) institutions currently or previously attended, for all credit courses and/or programs. Transcripts are not required for non-credit programs or courses, though some programs may require proof of professional certifications or designations.

Transcripts are considered official only if submitted directly by the Registrar or other recognized authority of the providing institution in the institution's original, sealed envelope. If the envelope has been opened, the transcripts are no longer official and new (official) transcripts will be required to complete your application.

All international transcripts or credentials are subject to an international transcript

Statement of Intent

A statement of Intent should identify your learning interests, goals, and expectations for your participation in the program. It should provide the professional context that generated your learning interests in the program and how you hope to integrate your learning into your professional life and career direction.

Letters of reference

Two letters of reference should consist of the following:

  • Personal Character Reference: 
Your personal character reference should consist of a letter from someone who has known you well on a personal level over a period of at least five years. Please ask the writer to indicate the length of time and context in which they have known you, and to consider your leadership attributes, relationship qualities, commitment to learning, and key values demonstrated in action. 
  • Professional Reference: 
This reference letter should focus on your work related achievements and contributions, your leadership abilities and approach, special and outstanding features of your career, and values exemplified in your practice.

Structured Resume

Your professional resume should include the following:

  • Post-Secondary Education: List all degrees, diplomas, certificates, and professional development programs that you have completed, or if applicable, which match the flexible admissions criteria above.
  • Work Experience - Leadership, and/or Organizational Consultation Experience: List and briefly describe leadership positions held, nature of the work, and duration. Describe nature of consultation practice and typical consultation projects undertaken; and/or nature of coaching practice.
  • Voluntary/Unpaid Work Experience: List and describe any voluntary or community service experience. Please include name of organization, length of service and a brief description of duties.
  • Professional Memberships/Affiliations: List memberships and positions you hold/have held in professional associations, service clubs, community/volunteer sector.
  • Other Relevant Information: Provide any other information which you believe is relevant to your application and will be of assistance to the review committee.

If applicable:

  • Applicants declaring permanent resident or Convention Refugee status in Canada, must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card (PR card) along with their application.
  • Transcript evaluation fee or credential evaluation report, if submitting international transcripts.
  • An official English Language Proficiency score report or other evidence of proficiency if English is not your primary language.
  • Other information or documents as may be requested to determine your eligibility.

For information on how and where to send your supporting documents, please refer to the document submission guidelines.