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Graduate Diploma

The graduate diploma in management will feature a core of management courses that combine people skills with digital literacy and performance enablers all grounded in the context of management. This program is affiliated with the master in management (MiM) program*.

*The master in management (MiM) program has been approved by SFU's Senate and Board of Governors, and is currently pending approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education. For more information, please see

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. For more information, contact Beedie School of Business.

Program Requirements

This program consists of 24 units of course work. Course work may be substituted at the discretion of the academic director.

Students must complete

BUS 580 - Enabling Results Through Collaboration (3)

Develop ability to harness talents and expand personal and team capacity to solve a complex organizational problem. Students will work to develop themselves as a high performing team. Students will deepen their existing knowledge about teaming and collaboration while working to solve an organizational problem. As part of the process, they will also continue to increase their awareness of self and others. By the end of this course, students should know how to develop and support a high-performing team in their organization.

BUS 581 - Making Decisions with Data (3)

The fundamentals of statistical analysis, data visualization and business analytics with an emphasis on how to communicate effectively with data in a collaborative team environment. Working with a variety of data sources and software, work in teams to learn how to conduct descriptive and inferential statistics and apply it to business decision making. Understand tools for cleaning and preparing data sets in order to investigate relationships between variables, and to create visualizations to derive meaningful insights. More advanced topics will investigate modelling business decisions using analytical tools such as predictive analytics, multiple regression and decision analysis. Work in teams to develop and interpret models in a variety of applications to business decision making.

BUS 582 - Accounting Literacy in Organizations (3)

An understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and the ability to use and interpret financial reports. Business drivers, analysis techniques and a deeper understanding of organizational opportunities and challenges to effectively use financial data to support management decisions and planning.

BUS 583 - Creating Value in Organizations (3)

Analyzing how organizations create value, or impact, is a foundational skill for management. The analysis begins with an understanding of an organization’s value chain and the processes it uses to achieve value and extends to the Business Model Canvas to explore an organization’s model for value creation. Develop skills in analyzing processes from a customer perspective using a design thinking approach and explore customer experience using customer journey maps. Design process innovations using a service design approach. Develop skills in product life-cycle assessment using a systems perspective, and use a design thinking approach to propose reductions in environmental impacts within a product life-cycle.

BUS 584 - Managing Projects (3)

Project management skills will be developed using both plan-based and agile approaches. Agile methods will include SCRUM techniques. Project management techniques are reinforced with development of a business case using data from enterprise systems. Data integration skills, including structured query language, are introduced and used to develop and present a business case.

BUS 585 - Financial Literacy in Organizations (3)

Economic models that influence and affect business management. Understand how consumers and firms make economic and business decisions and how they interact in markets. Understand major decision-making areas confronting modern financial managers today. A general understanding of financial markets and how they can be used for personal finance. Covers traditional subjects such as capital budgeting, net present value, risk/return, capital structure and corporate governance.

BUS 586 - Marketing and Sales (3)

Progress within organizations and society depends not only on innovative ideas but also on persuasion – the ability of innovators to get others to adopt these ideas. This course is designed to provide students with a road-map from understanding organizations’ and consumers’ marketing environments, to collecting and interpreting marketing data, to creating innovative marketing strategies, to effectively communicating these strategies and ideas. The foundations of the course include: (1) an introduction to marketing concepts and research (including digital marketing), (2) the development of a brand (for products, services or people including yourself), (3) presentation design and delivery, and (4) strategic selling and storytelling.

BUS 587 - Applied Project (3)

The opportunity to apply student learning in the context of a management challenge outside of the classroom. An emphasis is placed on the integration of learning across the core program and reflective practice. Student will integrate their knowledge across courses using an experience outside of the traditional classroom and work in a team to achieve a goal. The course serves as an opportunity to apply skills on a significant management challenge and to reflect on, and communicate about, students’ management practices.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within three terms.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.