Program Overview

photo of students on Campus Walk outside the William Small Centre
The Graduate Diploma in Management (GDM) provides students who have non-business background with a robust understanding of the field of management and key skills required in managing an organization. Through a set of modules, students are introduced to the major areas in management – organizational theory, marketing, accounting, finance, operations management, management information systems, organizational behavior, and law – and hone their skills and knowledge in a capstone course that addresses real-life organizational problems. Students interested in public sector management can substitute two business-specific modules with two modules specific to the public sector.

The Graduate Diploma in Management can be taken either concurrently with other graduate programs by students who desire to expand the scope of their education or as a direct-entry diploma for candidates who seek to advance their careers.

The GDM also provides non-business graduates as well as individuals that have degrees from non-Canadian institutions with the pre-requisites required to stream seamlessly into the Master of Science in Management Practice (MScMP) program offered by the School of Administrative Studies or other accredited graduate programs.

Program Structure

The program can be completed in two semesters.

In the first semester, students will take 6 functional modules, 1.5 credits each. The second semester is dedicated to the final two functional modules, after which the students will complete an experiential learning capstone course. The total program length is 2 terms.

Students have a choice of focusing strictly on business management or can instead pursue a not-for-profit/public management by replacing two business-related modules with two specialized modules.

The program is offered at York Learning Space at IBM Canada Headquarters in Markham. Classes are offered on weekdays afternoons and evenings (3-6 and 6-9 pm). The location is easily accessible by public transportation and has a free parking garage.