May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Management and Leadership

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus), Online

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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.  

Traits, skills and aptitudes

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.  

Academic path

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.

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities

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. 


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

Specialized intakes

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.

Learn more about international program bundles

Program length

1 year

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible

This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 


This program is eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

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

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Other administrative services managers (10019)
  • Other business services managers (10029)
  • Administrative officers (13100)
  • Administrative assistants (13110)
  • Other customer and information services representatives (64409)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of one of the following courses 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 minimum of three years’ work experience is strongly recommended. A combination of education and experience will be considered upon approval from the Academic Chair.

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

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

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 accepted educational documents and assessment options

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

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.

Program outline

This Management and Leadership certificate requires 30 credits (10 courses) to complete.

MNGT 257 Business Certificate Capstone should be taken only after completing all other required courses and two elective courses.

The program spans one to five years.

Suggested schedule of study

We recommend you complete the courses in the order listed below.


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you 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 > 

Books and supplies

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 advisor directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Business program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please get in touch with our School of Business.

Phone: 403.284.8485

Program outcomes

  1. Use basic financial and accounting principles in a business setting.
  2. Comprehend organizational behaviour and theory as applied in a business setting.
  3. Apply human resources management theory in the workplace.
  4. Develop appropriate personal skills and professional behaviours to uphold general management practices.
  5. Achieve project goals through teamwork.
  6. Apply project management theories and tools.
  7. Integrate information and communication technology to achieve efficient business practices.
  8. Demonstrate responsible leadership within increasingly complex and dynamic environments.

Graduate outcomes

A. Safety - awareness of safety standards relevant to the workplace.

  • Safety awareness

B. Responsible leadership - personal, ethical and respectful behaviour within the workplace and global community.

  • Teamwork and multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Self-initiative
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Global awareness
  • Sustainability

C. Communication - the exchange of information professionally and effectively.

  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills

D. Information literacy - the strategies used to become informed, from recognizing an information need to accessing and evaluating information and using it effectively and ethically.

  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Technological literacy

E. Technical knowledge, skills and abilities - technical competence specific to the discipline or industry.

  • Specialized technical skill set

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