New Graduate Diploma in Management offers the competitive advantage

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You’ve completed your degree. You’ve got the knowledge. You’ve got the enthusiasm. But now you’re on the job market and you’re finding that those things only go so far. But now, a York University graduate diploma is here to teach you the skills you need to gain the competitive advantage – in just two semesters.

The new Graduate Diploma in Management (GDM) is designed to complement non-business degrees by providing a solid understanding of the core principles of modern management, and the key skills required in managing an organization.

“I personally know students who spent years looking for a job after graduation,” says Aliaksandr Rusetski, Gradaute Program Director. “What they needed for their résumés was something to show that they also know management – and with this program, I think it wouldn’t take them two years to find a job.

“As a new grad, it’s important to find ways to distinguish yourself in the job market. In addition to your area of expertise, management plays a key role  across all sectors.”

Taught by academics and practitioner experts, the GDM introduces students to the major areas in management - organizational theory, marketing, accounting, finance, operations management, and management information systems. In addition, you can choose to focus on business management or not-for-profit/public management.

All of this will be done in just two semesters (eight months), including a half-semester devoted to a practical, real-world project.

“We designed it with the idea that the majority of students would be busy people,” says Rusetski. “It could be grad students taking other programs, or it could be people who are already working. We tried to make it fast – two semesters. The second half of the last semester will be an applied project. And we tried to make it about the big picture: it’s convenient, and it’s not a specialized program. If you take an MBA, you have to select financing, or accounting, or marketing, etcetera. We don’t have that – it’s big-picture.”

Classes are offered on weekday afternoons and evenings (3-6 and 6-9 pm) and typically located at York Learning Space at IBM Canada Headquarters in Markham (Fall semester moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic).

The application deadline for the Fall Term (September start date) is July 30, 2020. For more information, go to