Part-time, in class, or in class/onlineExecutive Leadership Certificate

Program details


Part-time courses available in Vancouver or online

  • Face-to-face courses in Vancouver are three days long, running Thursday to Saturday (except the 'Leadership in Action' course).
  • Online courses are six weeks long (except the 'Leadership in Action' course).

We offer this program twice a year:

  • Online: January to October
  • Vancouver: September to May

    You can complete the program in as little as 9 months. To receive the certificate, you must complete all required courses in three years.
Courses Five required courses, including the ‘Leadership in Action’ course
Learning materials No textbooks are required for this program. We will recommend readings for each course. 
Tuition & Payment Tuition is based on the total cost of individual course fees. You may choose to pay as you go, but your seat in a course is not reserved until we receive your payment.
Application fee $75 (non-refundable

Application deadline

  • Online program: January 15, 2020
  • Vancouver in-person program: June 24, 2020

We accept qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis, and will continue to accept applications if space permits.

We only hold a select number of seats for certificate students. Since the program can fill quickly, we recommend applying and registering for your courses early.

Upcoming program

Location   Application status
Online Jan 2020 - Oct 2020 Apply online
Vancouver Sept 2020 - May 2021 Apply online

Learning environment

Courses feature a wide variety of instructional techniques, including individual and group exercises and discussions.  You’ll work through the program with a cohort—a diverse group of leaders—with whom you can share experience, ideas and expertise.

Coursework: What to expect

This certificate is university-level. You’ll complete pre-readings and in-class exercises for each of the courses. You’ll also complete practical assignments for each course.

In the online courses, you will set your own coursework hours, following posted assignment and discussion timelines. Through our online learning management system, Canvas, you will be able to connect with your classmates and instructors.

Graduation requirements

To receive the Executive Leadership Certificate, you must successfully complete all courses within a three-year period.

Take individual courses

If you’re not ready to take the Executive Leadership Certificate, you may still register for most courses individually if space is available. You can register directly or add your name to a waitlist if the course is full.

Technical information

If you register for our online courses, you’ll access the online courses through Canvas, our learning management system, which is available through the SFU website. Canvas is extremely user-friendly—even if you’ve never studied online before. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. 

You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See Online Programs and Courses for helpful videos and additional information.