(20-course) Undergraduate Diploma

Flexible Programs for Working Adults

If you are interested in building a foundational knowledge base in business but do not wish to pursue/commit to earning either the formal BMgt degree or the shorter management certificate credentials, then you may wish to consider completing a (20-course) Undergraduate Diploma (undergraduate-level micro-credential) with the Dhillon School of Business for your educational needs. By definition, diplomas are composed of a series of 20 required courses (60.0 credit hours) which are designed to provide a suitable combination of both breadth and depth of knowledge in a specific area of study.

All successfully admitted DSB Diploma students are given up to a maximum of 10 years to graduate from their programs, following their first year of study.

At this time, Finance is the only declarable major within the Dhillon School of Business' Undergraduate Diploma credential program (at both the Lethbridge and Calgary campuses).

Link to Program Planning Guide: (20-course) Undergraduate Diploma - Finance Major

1-of-5 possible admission routes (In ascending order of academic education level. The highest level achieved, will determine the applicant's appropriate admission route):

  1. High School/Secondary School Transfers:
    • General High School Admission Requirements
      • Canadian High School Transfers (organized by Canadian province/territory)
        • Minimum average of 65% or higher in five (5) grade 12-level courses (25.0 credits)
          • One of these five courses must be English 30-1, or its recognized equivalent (non-negotiable)
          • The remaining four courses which are to be counted towards one's admission average cannot be a Special Project and must be worth at least 5.0 credits each
            • Two 3.0 credit courses combined = one 5.0 credit course
      • International Secondary School Transfers (sorted alphabetically by country)
    • Additional Faculty-specific Admission Requirements - The (undergraduate) Math Admission Requirement for entry into undergraduate programs conferred by the Dhillon School of Business
      • The successful completion of Math 30-1/Pure Math 30 (i.e. a Grade 12-level math course) or its recognized equivalent (e.g. A or AS-level math for for those whose secondary education was structured via the British model), is non-negotiable for all domestic and international high school/secondary school transfer applicants
      • *Note: Athabasca University's online-delivered MATH 101 (Transitional Mathematics) course - with a final grade of a 75% or higher - is confirmed to be a comparable equivalent to MATH 30-1/Pure Math 30
  2. Post-Secondary Course Credit/General Transfer: A minimum of 6 university-level courses (18.0+ credits) completed, with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Applicants presenting 5 or fewer transferable post-secondary level courses (<= 15.0 credits) will concurrently have their high school marks assessed as part of their uLethbridge admission GPA
    • The above Math admission requirement (see "High School/Secondary School Transfers" section) will also need to be satisfied for all non-diploma/non-degree holding applicants
  3. A Recognized College-level Diploma in a non-Finance Discipline: A completed 2-year, non-Finance college diploma (at least 60.0 credits in duration) or its recognized equivalent in any discipline, with a minimum CGPA of 2.00
    • International applicants who possess a finance-related diploma from a recognized institution will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis and are not admissible without the prior approval of the Dhillon School of Business. The decision of the School will be final.
    • Applicants with a college diploma are considered to be exempt from the Math admission requirement.
  4. A Recognized Academic Degree/Baccalaureate in a non-Finance Discipline: A completed 3 or 4-year non-Finance Bachelors degree (at least 90.0 credits in duration), a graduate degree, or their recognized equivalents, with a minimum CGPA of 2.00
    • International applicants who possess a finance-related degree from a recognized institution will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis and are not admissible without the prior approval of the Dhillon School of Business. The decision of the School will be final.
    • Applicants with a previous degree are considered to be exempt from the Math admission requirement
  5. Matriculated/Adult Admission: link
    • Applicants who are (1) Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, (2) at least 21 years of age by the first day of classes of the intended term of intake, AND (3) who do not fulfill the requirements for any other above-provided admission routes (i.e. those who only have a non-academic post-secondary/trades background or those with only work experience to their name) will be considered for general admission, as outlined in the above link.
    • The number of seats available for Non-Matriculated Adult Admission will be limited (as determined each term)
    • The above Math admission requirement (see "High School/Secondary School Transfers" section) will also need to be satisfied for all non-diploma/non-degree holding applicants
**Additional (Non-Negotiable) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Admission Requirement for Undergraduate Applicants: Link - mandatory for all applicants, irrespective of individual program, campus, country of origin, educational history, or current residency status.
For Calgary Campus-bound Undergrads

Fall Intake

(Sept start)

Spring Intake

(Jan start)

Summer Intake

(May start)

Off-shore International Students & Visa Holders June 15 September 15


Domestic Students (Cdn Citizens & Permanent Residents) August 1 December 1 N/A

*All intake-specific application periods will close at 11:59pm (MST) on the deadline date indicated above.

*Undergraduate program application periods for subsequent intake terms, will normally open via ApplyAlberta by no earlier than one year in advance.

  • Examples:
    • Fall 2021 intake = applications first opened on Sept 1, 2020
    • Spring 2021 intake = applications first opened on Jan 15, 2020

*Deadlines may be extended at the discretion of the uLethbridge Registrar's Office (not always guaranteed)

See our Associated Fees webpage here



uLethbridge's International Centre (international.new@uleth.ca) is able to provide counsel to both prospective and current international students on matters pertaining, but not limited to: international travel/quarantine requirements, immigration, Canadian residency, Canadian study permits/work permits/Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP), or bringing dependents, among others (see additional weblinks below):

*IMPORTANT: Due to our small size, the Calgary Campus currently does not possess any of its own institutionally-managed housing (onsite or offsite) services for admitted students, at this time. As a result, all inbound out-of-city/out-of-country students who are in need of living accommodations within the City of Calgary while they pursue their academic studies with uLethbridge, will be responsible for sourcing and coordinating their own living arrangements via researching local listing websites, such as (but not limited to):

All successfully admitted undergraduate and graduate program students (domestic and international) are provided with the opportunity to apply into the university’s Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Program (“Co-op” for short) as a way to supplement their studies and enhance the value of their program and potential employment prospects upon graduation. Co-op job positions will usually consist of full-time paid work experience and will be typically related to the student’s respective area of study/major.

At this time, Co-op Work Terms are not built directly into any given uLethbridge credential program’s curriculum and are also not required for graduation purposes, at this time – that is, they are 100% OPTIONAL, meaning that a student can fully graduate from their respective uLethbridge credential program without pursuing a Co-op.

Admission into Co-op will entail its own separate application process to which individual students can elect to apply for at any time during their studies (even during one's first year) so long as it is accomplished before formally applying to graduate from the university during their last term of study.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the condensed and individually customized nature of the Management Certificate program (any major), applying for Co-op may be trickier to guarantee, when compared to if one was pursuing a formal degree program. All certificate students are strongly encouraged to connect with the uLethbridge Career Bridge office at career.bridge@uleth.ca with their Co-op questions as soon as they are admitted into the university.

Students may elect to declare up to a maximum of two (optional) minors within a single undergraduate-level certificate or Bachelors degree program, either at the time of application or added at any point during one's studies prior to graduation.

Minors are defined as a set of 6 distinct courses (18.0 credits), per minor, which are to be completed on-top of the student's base coursework in their primary program and ultimately aim to provide learners with a fundamental depth of knowledge in a particular sub-discipline (which do not necessarily have to be related to one's major or program faculty). Upon the successful completion of all calendar-mandated course requirements, the student's chosen minor(s) will be denoted on their official uLethbridge transcript.

While there are 47 possible undergraduate minors to select from with uLethbridge, the Calgary Campus however can only guarantee completion for the following 6 at this time, due to our small size:

  1. Accounting - Cannot be declared by ACCT majors
  2. Health Leadership
  3. International Management - Cannot be declared by IMGT majors. Will entail the completion of at least one full-term/4-month outbound international exchange
  4. Marketing - Cannot be declared by MKTG majors
  5. Mental Health
  6. Population Health

Consult the current undergraduate Academic Calendar ("Minors" section) to determine which exact courses are to be completed in order to satisfy the curriculum requirements for specific minors. Minor course requirements can be subject to change with every new calendar year. uLethbridge's 41 other declarable undergraduate minors, as listed in the Calendar, are exclusive to the Lethbridge Campus, at this time

*IMPORTANT: No undergraduate minor can be fully completed in one single semester as not all associated courses are offered every term. In addition, many minors will entail courses with specific pre-requisite conditions, which means that said courses will need to be completed in a certain sequential order due to their progressive knowledge-building/laddering structures.

Please visit the following weblink for some example career titles, acquired skills, and possible work settings which may be in store for you as a future Undergraduate Diploma graduate, with respect to your chosen major of study:


(The above button will direct all navigators to the Apply Alberta system first, who will then be eventually brought to uLethbridge's own institutional application later on in the process)