Management Development Program 

Whether you are already a manager or aspire to be one, the Management Development Program (MDP) will help you to develop your management and leadership competencies. It also offers the opportunity to learn from colleagues and develop networks that are vital for success in a changing environment. 

PROGRAM    START DATES
Accountability in Action: Performance Measurement and Results Management  

Nov 26, 2019

Achieving Results with Purpose and People 

Mar 2, 2020

Building and Leading Effective Teams   Dec 5, 2019
*Building Strategic Upward Relationships
Feb 11, 2020
Change Implementation Skills  

Fall: Nov 18, 2019
Winter: Jan 20, 2020
Spring: Apr 22, 2020

Enhancing Leadership Skills 

Feb 11, 2020

Managing for Effective Communication    Winter: Dec 10, 2019
Spring: Feb 18, 2020
Negotiating for Results  

Dec 2, 2019

Personal Wellness in Your Leadership Role

Jan 20, 2020

Public Involvement   Jan 23, 2020
*Strategic Finance: Government Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting

Winter: Dec 17, 2019
Spring: May 11, 2020

*Joint MDP and SEMDP offering


Who Should Attend

The Management Development Program is for employees of Alberta’s public service ministries, and selected agencies, boards and commissions. The program is open to new and developing managers and leaders at all levels.

Senior and executive managers interested in learning opportunities should contact their department’s training manager for information on the Senior & Executive Managers’ Development Program (SEMDP). Information on the program is also available on the Alberta Public Service Commission website.

How Does The Program Work?

The program consists of 21 modules, ranging from 2 days to 4 days in length. It is based on the premise that leaders must understand the forces that drive change and be able to respond appropriately to these forces. No modules are mandatory. You are welcome to complete as few or as many modules as you wish. Participants who complete at least 19 days of training in any combination of the modules will receive a certificate of recognition at an annual ceremony.

How are Modules Presented?

Classes in this program run from 8:30am until 3:30pm daily. The modules are presented using a combination of lectures, group discussions, case studies, and guest speakers who bring their practical perspective to the topic. The content of the modules and the case studies are continuously reviewed to ensure they are current and relevant to the Alberta Public Service. Alberta Public Service initiatives, including the renewed vision and values, competency framework, Business Excellence and Service Excellence, are incorporated into the appropriate modules to ensure program comprehensiveness and consistency.

Eligibility for Credit

Graduates of the MDP program earn 3 credits which can be applied to the University of Alberta’s MBA program. Credits can be applied to an elective course in the second year if attending the MBA program full-time or the third or fourth year if attending part-time.

Students entering the MBA program in the Public Management Stream who are employed in the public sector will automatically be considered for the Jim Dixon Public Management Scholarship. This $3000 award will be made each year to the student who offers the greatest potential to succeed in the program and to be a leader in public service management. This potential will be evidenced by her/his record of academic achievement and career progress. For more information contact the Alberta School of Business MBA Program Office at 780-492-3946.