Overview

The Management and Leadership certificate is your gateway to becoming an effective leader. 

Guided by experienced industry instructors, you’ll build a strong foundation for success as a manager, team lead, or supervisor.

In this program, you’ll gain hands-on experience managing projects and leading teams. Prepare yourself to guide a team through change while ensuring continuous improvement. Develop leadership, interpersonal, accounting, and project management skills to apply in various situations. 

Customize your learning experience by choosing two electives aligned with your needs and interests. 

In this program, you will:  

  • learn to apply basic financial and accounting principles in a business setting 
  • understand organizational behaviour 
  • learn to demonstrate responsible leadership in complex and dynamic environments 
  • gain insights into human resources management theory and how it applies in the workplace
  • develop personal skills and professional behaviours essential for upholding general management practices 
  • apply project management theories and tools to complete projects and achieve goals through effective teamwork 
  • use information and communication technology to enhance business efficiency. 
Put your abilities to the test in a work-integrated learning project. This final course will enhance your critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and organizational capabilities. 

The leadership training and development you will gain from this program will prepare you for management jobs in any industry or organization, from health care to human resource management.

Those in management tend to be innovative, directive, and social.  

You need: 

  • intellectual and emotional maturity 
  • the ability to control your emotions and behaviour
  • independence and objectivity 
  • energy, confidence, and creativity 
  • tact 
  • good listening and communication skills 
  • problem-solving skills 
  • project-management skills 
  • the ability to learn quickly and easily, then share knowledge, teach and train people 
  • the ability to observe, gather, select, and evaluate facts 
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a team 
  • perceptiveness, to recognize an organization’s dynamics and politics 
  • persuasiveness and the ability to motivate others 
  • integrity. 
You should enjoy trying new things, conducting research, taking charge, presenting, and providing constructive feedback to others.

The Management and Leadership certificate provides you with options for advanced education. 

Graduates of this program have completed up to nine courses required for the SAIT Business Administration diploma or Bachelor of Business Administration degree (varies by major). Additional admission requirements apply.

In the capstone course, you’ll work with other students from different disciplines to create a solution to a challenge faced by a business or community organization. 

International bundle program

This program is available to international applicants as a stand-alone program or as part of a program bundle - two programs delivered consecutively.

If you choose the program bundle, you'll complete one of the following programs during your first year:

In your second year, you’ll complete the Management and Leadership certificate.

After successfully completing both programs, you may qualify for a post-graduate work permit of up to three years. If you only complete one of the programs, you may be eligible for a one-year post-graduate work permit. 

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for both programs.

Bundle program details

After successfully completing all courses in this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Management and Leadership certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 10019, 10029, 13100, 13110, 64409.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

Courses

The Management and Leadership certificate requires 30 credits (10 courses) to complete, including:

  • eight required courses
  • two elective courses

You'll have up to five years to complete this certificate.

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Course Credits

This course provides an introduction to financial accounting from the perspective of the user who makes decisions based on financial information. The course includes an introduction to the accounting framework, generally accepted accounting principles and financial statements. Accounting concepts such as accounting for cash, accounts receivable, assets, liabilities, sales and inventories, are covered in the context of how they are applied to decision making. Decision analysis regarding corporate ownership and application of financial ratios will also be studied.

Equivalents:
  • ACCT 1010
3

This course will examine intercultural communication and its relationship to personal, organizational and societal identity and influence. The ability to communicate with people from diverse cultures will promote increased understanding of cultural differences, challenge perceptions and develop tolerance for differences. Developing intercultural communication skills will enable you to work successfully and collaboratively in a global marketplace.

Equivalents:
  • COMM 3300
3

Human Resource (HR) Management includes the foundational knowledge and skills required by HR Professionals and business managers. This course includes an overview of the field of human resource management, along with human resource planning, employee compensation and benefits, recruitment, selection and training of employees, performance management, government regulation and health and safety in the workplace.

Equivalents:
  • HRMT 2320
3

Business Leadership is a course that will take you on a journey of self discovery as well as an inside look at current perspectives of Leadership today. We all take on leadership roles in our lives. In business, success is often attributed to great leadership. However, today in business this role has evolved as has the business environment. Teamwork is an essential component of an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness. From time to time, you may be called upon to take on a leadership role for your work group, even without a title. Throughout this course you will gain the knowledge and skills to help you fulfill your role as a leader through your understanding of personal and organizational leadership.

Pre-requisites:

One of:

  • MGMT 254
  • MNGT 250
Equivalents:
  • LDSH 3050
  • LDSH 405
3

This introductory course provides an overview of human behaviour in organizations at the individual, group, and organizational level and the effect of each on organizational effectiveness. Topics include: individual differences, motivation, communication, teams, power and politics, conflict and negotiation, leadership, organizational culture, and change management.

Equivalents:
  • MNGT 2250
3

This introductory course examines the multi-faceted role of managers and leaders within the organization. Issues such as planning and controls, managing the team and group dynamics, and creating and leading change will be examined within the cultural context of the organization. Decision making and communication skills from a management perspective will be developed in light of sustainability, ethical, and diversity issues combined with a constantly changing competitive environment.

Equivalents:
  • MNGT 1255
3

In this capstone course, students from different disciplines work collaboratively to apply classroom knowledge and diverse viewpoints to a challenge faced by a business or community organization. Combining their disciplinary perspectives for broader context, students will investigate and analyze the problem before presenting a solution. By adding a service-learning component that strengthens community ties, the course allows teams to showcase applied learning and technical skills in a project that expands the individual student’s workplace insights while also forging business connections.

Pre-requisites:

One of:

  • ACCT 215, ACCT 255, ACCT 315, ACCT 338, ACCT 395, BCMP 225, and MNGT 200
  • ACCT 215, COMM 300, HRMT 320, LDSH 360, MNGT 250, MNGT 255, and MNGT 321
  • COMN 220, MKTG 260, MKTG 306, MKTG 366, MKTG 265, MNGT 200, MNGT 321

Or

  • ACCT 215, ENTR 350, MKTG 260, MNGT 200, and MNGT 255
  • One of:
    • BCMP 225
    • MNGT 321
    • MNGT 322
  • One of:
    • COMN 220
    • COMM 300
3

Project Management introduces you to the standards and best practices of the Project Management Institute. We will cover both the technical and sociocultural components of project management at an introductory level, including project definition, work breakdown structures, cost and scheduling techniques, and an introduction to earned value concepts. Stakeholder communications, risk management, project leadership, and project closure round out the topic coverage.

Equivalents:
  • MNGT 2321
3

Choose two of the following courses. 

Course Credits

Managers in all areas of business require an understanding of financial statements and how to use financial information for decision making. In this course, you will gain expertise in interpreting balance sheets, income statements and statements of cash flow. You will also learn how to use financial information for decision making. You will perform variance analysis and ratio analysis on financial statements in order to analyze them. You will gain an understanding of the importance of cash management in a business, and subsequently prepare bank reconciliations in order to reconcile cash between accounting records and bank statements. In addition, you will develop an understanding of the budgeting process, and how a budget is used in planning and control. Using the appropriate software, you will create a budget. The concept of using incremental analysis to make decisions will be introduced. Lastly, risk will be discussed for each objective of the course.

Pre-requisites:
  • ACCT 215
  • BMAT 230
Equivalents:
  • ACCT 2010
3

Business Mathematics introduces you to mathematical techniques used to solve finance problems involving simple and compound interest, debt repayment, valuation of investments, simple and general annuities, amortization of debts, sinking funds and bond valuations.

Equivalents:
  • BMAT 1040
  • BMAT 205
3

Continuous improvement has emphasis within successful companies as they focus on efficiently delivering products or services to meet customer requirements. This course will outline the principles of continuous improvement and expose you to some of the tools and widely-used methods of continuous improvement. Topics include the concepts of W. Edwards Deming, quality assurance, total quality management (TQM), lean Six-Sigma methodologies, and ISO standards. You will also learn how to analyze processes; identify and design improvements; plan and implement change; identify the impact on human resources; and analyze the results and their impact on the business.

Pre-requisites:
  • MNGT 250
  • MNGT 321
Equivalents:
  • MNGT 3010
3

In this course, you will gain an understanding of different negotiation styles and conflict resolution in the workplace, and develop strategies and skills to deal with different situations. Topics include negotiation and its components; personality; conflict resolution; negotiation style and temperaments; communication; interest and goals in negotiation; perception and power in negotiation; principles of persuasion; negotiation process; and styles, techniques and strategies. The focus will be on the practical implications of this knowledge for the practitioner.

Pre-requisites:
  • MNGT 250
Equivalents:
  • MNGT 3020
3

In this course, you will explore unpredictable drivers that trigger organizational change and develop capabilities to understand, drive and manage change at all levels of the organization. Topics include Types of Changes, Why Change, Understanding and Diagnosing Change, Resistance to Change, Change Communication Strategies, Change Management Perspectives, Change Management Models, Organization Development and Sense-Making approaches, Sustaining Change. This course will allow you to develop and design solutions to manage the challenges in implementing change initiatives in various areas of organizations.

Pre-requisites:
  • MNGT 250
Equivalents:
  • MNGT 4010
3

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to fundamental skills in critical thinking. You will develop skills in identifying fallacies, evaluating formal arguments, and diagnosing the appropriate form of argumentation in a variety of areas, including science and morality. Your skills in argumentation will be honed both in evaluating others’ arguments and in making your own.

Equivalents:
  • PHIL 1011
3

Quantitative Methods will build analysis skills through the study of basic concepts in statistics, including: sampling; measurement of central tendency and variability; probability and probability distributions; random variables; estimation; hypothesis testing; small sample theory; and regression analysis.

Equivalents:
  • STAT 2040
3

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

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Explore your options!

Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies. You can complete courses via Open Studies to get a head start on your education, reduce your course load once accepted into a credentialed program, or determine which career path best suits you before you fully commit. 

You may also take courses for general interest or personal and professional development.

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-2 or,
  • At least 50% in SAIT COMN 220 Communication and Presentation Skills

A combination of education and experience will be considered upon approval from the Academic Chair. A minimum of three years’ work experience is strongly recommended.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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Academic Upgrading

Missing an admission requirement for this program? Upgrade your prior education to help you receive admission into one of SAIT's career programs.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International program bundle: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Winter 2025

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Oct. 25, 2024

Costs

2024/25 tuition and fees

The following estimated costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $5,910 $1,608 $7,518
Total cost:
$7,518

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
2 2 $18,210 $1,608 $19,818
Total cost:
$19,818

This program is also available as part of a program bundle with another certificate. 

The below costs represent both programs in the bundle. The programs must be taken in the order listed.

Business and Entrepreneurship (year one) + Management and Leadership (year two) bundle
The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $18,210 $1,608 $19,818
2 2 $18,210 $1,608 $19,818
Total cost:
$39,636
Cyber Security for Control Systems (year one) + Management and Leadership (year two) bundle
The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $21,624 $1,608 $23,232
2 2 $18,210 $1,608 $19,818
Total cost:
$43,050
Data Analytics (year one) + Management and Leadership (year two) bundle
The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $18,408 $1,608 $20,016
2 2 $18,210 $1,608 $19,818
Total cost:
$39,834
Integrated Artificial Intelligence (year one) + Management and Leadership (year two) bundle
The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $21,990 $1,608 $23,598
2 2 $18,210 $1,608 $19,818
Total cost:
$43,416

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

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Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.

Application process

International bundle program applicants

International applicants who wish to apply for this program as part of a program bundle should review the admission requirements for both programs and then sign in to the application portal to begin their application.

When selecting your programs, your first choice should be the program delivered in year one. The second choice program will be the program delivered in year two.

International applicants may also choose to take this as a stand-alone program.

The bundle is not available to domestic applicants.

Ready to apply?

Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

Learn how to apply

Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add the business.advising@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact us

School of Business Advising

Phone
403.284.8485
Email
business.advising@sait.ca

International Student Advising

Phone
403.284.8852
Email
international@sait.ca
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