Undergraduate Program

Offered as an embedded academic program, the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies is designed to be completed in conjunction with most undergraduate degrees offered by the University of Alberta. Over the course of the program, students should expect to complete a total of 12 course credits, a number of short workshops, a summer stretch experience and a final capstone project. 

Where will leadership take you?

The Peter Lougheed Leadership College offers the University of Alberta’s undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the scholarship of leadership through the embedded Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies.

This interdisciplinary degree, awarded by the Alberta School of Business, is designed for students who have completed the first year of their current degree program. The Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies is awarded in addition to a student’s faculty degree.

Program Components

  • Four 3-credit courses

    • Foundations of Leadership (INT D 301)*

    • Topics in Leadership (INT D 306)

    • Capstone Leadership Project (INT D 406)

    • Workshops in Leadership (INT D 407)

*Is a prerequisite for all other PLLC courses.


  • Co-Curricular Programming

    • Mentorship program with professionals from diverse sectors

    • Workshops and networking events

See our Admissions page for eligibility information. Our next application period will open in Fall 2019.

Take a Leadership Class Next Semester! 
Foundations of Leadership (INT D 301)

What does it take to lead? Foundations of Leadership will cover the theory and practice of leadership through experiential learning activities, innovative assignments, and analysis of your own leadership challenges. Topics include socially relevant concepts like emotional intelligence, cognitive bias, communication, and power and privilege. Learn alongside students from across campus in a combined lecture and small group format that is interdisciplinary, interactive and experiential.

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 sections of INT D 301 will open on Beartracks this summer.


Introducing More Flexibility to Complete PLLC

By semesterizing our year-long classes and making Foundations of Leadership an open course, students have more options to complete our Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies certificate. Foundations of Leadership is now a prerequisite to our other courses, allowing students to select courses according to their interests or fulfil the 12 credit requirement of the certificate at their own pace.