Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies (CILS)

Feel like leadership is in your future? Want to learn what it takes to be a successful leader? Ready to meet the leadership challenges of the future head on? Get inspired and choose a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies (CILS) today!




The Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies is an embedded certificate, meaning the requirements of the certificate can be met by students during the completion of their regular degree program. There is no additional cost to apply for or to complete the certificate.



Students may pursue the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies by fulfilling existing requirements for completion in their respective disciplines, and by completing the following:

  • INT D 101 (3 units)
  • Indigenous Perspectives co-requisite UofA Indigenous Canada MOOC OR NS 201 (3 units)
  • INT D 207 (3 units) and INT D 307 (3 units) for a total of 6 units in elective courses OR 6 units from the pre-approved list of academic courses endorsed by the Peter Lougheed Leadership College (PLLC) at the 100- to 300-level as noted below. NOTE: INT D 207 and INT D 307 do not have any pre-requisite courses, therefore can be taken in any order or in combination with other eligible courses.   
  • INT D 407 (3 units) OR 3 units in an alternate 400-level** course from the pre-approved list of academic capstone courses endorsed by the PLLC as noted below.

*Completion Certificate must be presented as proof of Completion of Indigenous Canada MOOC. Students are encouraged to complete the Indigenous Perspective co-requisite by year two of their program. Students who can provide proof of completing Aboriginal Studies 30, via a high school transcript, are considered to have satisfied this co-requisite. Indigenous Studies I, along with proof of completion, is also acceptable for this co-requisite. 

*Indigenous Studies I from NorQuest College, along with proof of completion, is also acceptable for this co-requisite, as is EDU 211. Note that EDU 211 cannot be used as a substitute course for both the Indigenous Canada co-requisite and as a substitute course for INT D 207."

**If the alternate course does not include an experiential component and/or capstone project/activity then the student must complete an experiential component and/or capstone project/activity in addition to the course requirements. 


If there is a course a student wishes to take that is not on this list of pre-approved courses, they may request a course to be considered in lieu. If so, there must be a clear reason as to why the student is unable to take one of the pre-approved courses listed below, and they would need to submit a course syllabus that clearly outlines how leadership training and development are core components of the course.

For More information, see
CILS listed in the University Calendar.



Please complete the Intention to Complete the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies (CILS) on the Google form below.
Completing this form will only indicate your intent to complete the certificate, however it will NOT officially enroll you in the certificate program. Upon nearing graduation, we will reach out to you directly to confirm that you have completed all the certificate requirements and that it will be reflected on your transcript. 


Intention to Complete CILS



For a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies, see our FAQ webpage


Pre-Approved List of Faculty-Delivered Courses


Alberta School of Business
INT D 207 - Inspired to Lead: Skills You Need
INT D 307 - Inspired to Lead: Your Leadership Canvas
SEM 301 - Behavior in Organizations
SEM 322 - Theory of Organizational Behaviour
SEM 330 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship (may be used for the CILS when taken by the student up to and including Winter term 2024, but not thereafter)
SEM 402 - Management Skills for Supervisors and Leaders
SEM 470 – Leadership Lecture Series

ALES 204 - Communication Fundamentals
HECOL 301 - Program Planning and Evaluation
R SOC 375 - Public Participation and Conflict Resolution

INT D 241 – Studies in Leadership

AUIDS 206/306 – Student Leadership: Theory and Practice
AUPSY 240 - Social Psychology
AUPED 286 - Outdoor Education and Leadership
AUPED 290 - Studies in Leadership Theory
AUSOC 393 - Political Sociology

EDU 211 - Aboriginal Education and Contexts for Professional and Personal Engagement
EDPS 410 - Ethics and Law in Teaching

ENGG 200 - Special Topics in Success in Engineering
ENGG 404 - Leadership in Risk Management

Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation
RLS 122 - Leadership in Recreation and Leisure Activities
KIN 205 - Introduction to Outdoor Environmental Education

Native Studies
NS 345 - Governance in Indigenous Nations
NS 420 - Partnership Strategies
NS 445 - Community Development Process

NURS 205 - Innovation, Leadership, Policy, and Health Care Organizations
SC INF 205 - L'innovation, le leadership, les politiques et les organisations de soins de santé

INT D 241 – Studies in Leadership

Capstone Courses*
AUIDS 406 – Capstone Course in Leadership
INT D 407 -- Inspired to Lead: Time to Practice
INT D 440 – Learning to Lead in Teaching
INT D 441 - Individual Leadership Practicum
ENGG 490 – Engineering Leadership Lab
NURS 425 – Nursing Leadership in a Focus Area (also offered in French by Faculte St. Jean as SC INF 425)
PHARM 413 - Behavioural, Administrative, Social and Evidence-based Pharmacy 6
PHARM 495 – Leadership in Healthcare Decision Making
SEM 471 – Leadership Seminar

* If the capstone course from this list does not include a leadership experience activity then one must be completed outside the course as directed and approved by the PLLC.