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Vancouver Island University

Nanaimo, British Columbia, CA

Graduate Diploma - Project Management

Admission Requirements

**Academic Requirement at Undergraduate level for  students with British Qualifications stay the same regardless of the Student's country of residence.

Work experience in relevant field, Statement of Intent, 2 reference letters- One from an employer (current or past) and one from an educator, Detailed CV, Academic transcripts.

About The Program

About The University

Application Deadline

Start Date


IELTS overall: 7.0 (Min Reading: 6.5, Min Writing: 6.5, Min Listening: 6.5, Min Speaking: 6.5)

Minimimum Academic Requirement

English Proficiency Requirement

Other Requirements

Program Level

60 days

Average Decision Time

150 CAD

Application Fees

Yearly Tuition Fees

20,400 CAD


Program Duration

1 Year

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Mar 31


The GDPM is an integrated, cohort based diploma program with a specialization in project management that is highly transferable to positions in project management.  Students will be immersed in the core theories supporting the specialization before demonstrating their knowledge in an integrative Applied Project.  Elective courses will advance their understanding in an area of interest.

This specialization in project management that can lead to the designation of Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Students can expect to be working in a variety of project management jobs in such industries as construction, information technology (IT), manufacturing and service.

The GDPM program is offered in a 3 term (12 month) full-time format beginning in September and concluding in August of the following year, which includes 6 core courses, 2 elective courses and an applied project.

The program consists of 3 core courses (total 9 credits) in fall term, 3 core courses and 1 elective course (total 12 credits) in spring term and 1 elective course and a 6 credit applied project (total 9 credits) in the summer term for a total of 30 credits. As the applied project represents a culmination and synthesis of all core courses, enrolment in this course requires completion of all core courses and completion of or concurrent enrolment in elective courses.

Students without an undergraduate degree in business must complete the Graduate Certificate in Business (GCIB) with a minimum C+ grade point average before the start of the GDPM program.

Vancouver Island University (abbreviated as VIU, formerly known as Malaspina University-College and before that as Malaspina College) is a Canadian public university serving Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia. With roots that date back to 1936 when the Dominion Provincial Youth Training Centre was established, it has grown into a university that plays an important role in the educational, cultural, and economic life of the region.The main campus is located in Nanaimo, and there are regional campuses in Duncan and Powell River, as well as a centre in Parksville.

Vancouver Island University was founded in 1936 when the Dominion Provincial Youth Training Centre opened its doors to teach automotive mechanics to a small group of students. In 1969 the school was renamed Malaspina College, named after Captain Alessandro Malaspina, who explored Vancouver Island. Following a 1988 government initiative designed to increase access to degree programs in British Columbia, five community colleges in BC were granted authority to offer baccalaureate degrees, and these five institutions — Malaspina, Fraser Valley, Kwantlen, Cariboo and Okanagan—were renamed university colleges. Initially, they offered degrees through one of the three provincial universities.

Malaspina College had regional campuses in Nanaimo, Duncan, and Powell River by 1990. In the 1990s several at Malaspina promoted the idea of the institution offering something distinct—interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees in Liberal Studies — and in 1995 the institution was awarded the authority to offer degrees in its own right. In 1995, the province of British Columbia enacted legislation changing the institution's name to Malaspina University-College and allowed it to begin granting academic degrees and college diplomas. Malaspina University-College's Arms and Badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on May 20, 1995.

Malaspina University-College was upgraded to a university under an amendment of the University Act and officially began operation as Vancouver Island University on September 1, 2008.

International students: 1,570 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 2016-2017

Vancouver Island University's first president was Dr. Carleton Opgaard. The first chancellor was Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, who in 2009 became the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. When VIU appointment Chief Atleo as Chancellor, he became the first Indigenous person to hold this position in British Columbia.

The university press, The Navigator, is a member of Canadian University Press. The magazine Portal has been published by VIU students since 1991.

Occupying three campuses and a number of facilities including a centre in Parksville/Qualicum; the Deep Bay Marine Field Station; and Milner Gardens and Woodlands, VIU has had many renovations and major developments in the past few years to accommodate its growing student body and faculty.

Nanaimo Campus
Cowichan Campus (Located in Duncan, BC)
Powell River Campus
Parksville·Qualicum Centre

The main campus located in Nanaimo has 908,500 square feet (84,400 m2) of built space.

At this main campus the most recent facility is a new Health and Science Centre and a renovated Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex, built with funding from the federal and provincial governments as well as through community support.

Another project the University is working on is a District Geo-Exchange Energy system, which will use the energy stored in the water found in the abandoned coal mines underneath the Nanaimo campus to heat and cool the University's facilities.

In 2006, a 39,000-square-foot (3,600 m2) Faculty of Management Centre opened certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and a renovated 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) library (completed 2005) that offers extensive online and print collections, a special collections reading room, group study rooms, multimedia AV rooms, and computer stations. The VIU Campus Store is also located in the library building.

The Nanaimo campus is also home to the Richard W. Johnston Centre for International Education, a gymnasium and fitness facilities; art and music studios; science and computer labs; research centres; a campus career centre; cafeterias; and a student centre on a 92-acre (37 ha) campus.

Other notable areas on the Nanaimo campus include Shq'apthut: A Gathering Place, which is the home of the University's Services for Aboriginal Students; the Kwulasulwut Garden that honours Coast Salish elder and retired VIU Elder-in-Residence Ellen White; two traditional Japanese-style gardens; and the Jardin des quatorze (Garden of the Fourteen), which commemorates the women who died in the 1989 mass shooting at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec.

In 2011, VIU opened a new campus in Cowichan, built to LEED Gold Certification. The campus has a rooftop garden and a geo-exchange system to heat and cool the building


Bachelor Degree (4 years) with overall grade of CGPA 3.0 or 55% or higher.


Bachelor Degree (4 years) with overall grade of CGPA 3.0 or 55% or higher.


Bachelor Degree (4 years) with overall grade of CGPA 3.0 or 55% or higher.


Bachelor Degree (4 years) with overall grade of CGPA 3.0 or 55% or higher.


Bachelor Degree (4 years) with overall grade of CGPA 3.0 or 55% or higher.

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