Professional Development

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SCE International offers five executive professional development programs for international students to further develop their education with practical projects and social skill building for a truly Canadian University experience. 


Program Details

  • Full-time study

  • 12 months in length

  • Tuition is $17,000 CAD and does not include accommodation or travel. Application and term fees are also applicable. See individual program details for more information.

  • Focus on one of the areas of Business Analysis, Global Logistics Management, Project Management, Digital Experience Design or Full-Stack Web Development.

  • Intake deadline dates September and January

  • All programs include courses in professional communication and development using a Canadian business context.

  • Students will participate in a Capstone project, providing a hands-on opportunity to work with a local organization to apply in-class learning and gain relevant experience in a Canadian industry.

  • These programs are non-credit and don't yield a Ministry-approved credential. However, they are designated by Advanced Education which qualifies potential students to apply for a study permit.


Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a post secondary degree or diploma with at least one year work experience in industry.

  • Successful applicants require a minimum English language proficiency of Academic IELTS 6.0 on each band or TOEFL/CBT 80.

  • Applications must meet eligibility criteria for all necessary study and work permits.

Online testing in response to Covid-19

The Duolingo English Test (online test) will continue to be an option to demonstrate fulfillment of the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement for all international professional development programs for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022. The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition Test and IELTS Indicator test will be accepted in the same way as the regular TOEFL and IELTS tests are today. The tests, which will be available until testing centres reopen, are not available in all countries..

Duolingo English Test

Minimum overall band score of 95.



6.0 in each band.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Minimum total score of 80.



Learn more about each program:

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Business Analysis & Professional Communication

Executive Professional Development for International Students

Would you like to develop your business analysis and professional communication skills in a Canadian context? Business Analysts are engaged at all levels of organizations and in a wide range of business environments. Demand for expertise in Business Analysis is increasing. As an Endorsed Education Provider with IIBA®, MacEwan offers business analysis courses that are based on the BABOK® Guide, the internationally recognized standards of the profession. You will walk away with a thorough understanding of business analysis best practices, tools and techniques that you can apply to your work or help you prepare to write the CBAP® exam.

Digital Experience Design & Professional Communication

Executive Professional Development for International Students

Develop your skills in Digital Experience Design (DXD) using the latest industry tools and practices. Students will be equipped with the techniques and strategies they need to be successful in the growing technological environment.

Full-Stack Web Development & Professional Communication

Executive Professional Development for International Students

Develop key skills in frontend and backend development to launch your career as a web developer.

Global Logistics Management & Professional Communication

Executive Professional Development for International Students

Would you like to develop your global logistics and professional communication skills in a Canadian context? Learn about the essential strategies and processes related to international logistics systems, including transportation, inventory, and location, as well as government regulations related to international logistics and trade. You will build on your supply chain management knowledge as you develop your English professional language competency.

Project Management & Professional Communication

Executive Professional Development for International Students

Would you like to develop your project management and professional communication skills in a Canadian context? Learn strategic planning skills and how to organize and motivate the right team, delegate tasks, manage time and budgets, and manage projects of all sizes from initiation through completion. You will gain project management knowledge and skills while developing your English professional language competency.

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Next steps

How to Apply

Applications are accepted online and a $110 (non-refundable) application fee is required to assess your credentials and evaluate the application. When you are ready to apply please select which program you are interested in:
Business Analysis
Global Logistics Management
Project Management
Digital Experience Design
Full-Stack Web Development

All communications will go to your MacEwan email address. After you applied, you should have received a Network ID letter with your MacEwan University email address. Log in to to access your MacEwan Gmail account. We will also send your Network ID to the email account you listed on your application. This will be the username and password you use to log in to You can check your admission status, your tuition and fee amounts owing. Once you are offered acceptance, you can accept your offer and make deposit payments through this student system. If you did not receive  this letter with your login information - please email

Permits and Visas

Applicants are solely responsible for applying for and obtaining necessary study permits from government agencies, and for ensuring they meet eligibility criteria for study and work permits.

Permits and visas


Pre-departure and Arrival

Prepare for Orientation Dates. After you arrive in Canada this will be your first opportunity to visit the school, talk to staff in person and learn what to expect during your program. Attendance is mandatory. It will be held at Alberta College Campus. At orientation, you will sign up for a one-on-one meeting with our team.

All new students are required to meet with MacEwan SCE International staff within the first 2 weeks of the program. Meeting times will be assigned at orientation.

When you attend your one-on-one meeting please bring the following documents:

  • Original Passport

  • Original Study Permit

  • Original Educational documents used at time of application (university transcripts, degree/diploma)

SCE International staff will help you with:

  • How to apply for Alberta Health Care (Medical)

  • Answering questions about the program

  • Showing you how to use Student Centre to access information

  • Answering your questions about life in Edmonton

  • Introducing you to MacEwan’s policies and other guidelines

After you have accepted your admission offer from MacEwan University and pay the confirmation deposit, you are officially a MacEwan University, School of Continuing Education student. Now you can start looking after the many details that will make your international education a success.

pre-departure and arrival page

Living and Visiting Here

Moving somewhere new can be both exciting and overwhelming. As you will be living here for 12 months, we encourage you to explore what Edmonton has to offer by learning about the city, the culture and the weather.

Living & Visiting Here page


Step-by-step guide

Using myStudentSystem may look a bit daunting for the first time. Take a tour of your Student Homepage using the guide and walk through the process to enrol, drop or swap a class, join a wait-list or check a deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Prospective International Professional Development Certificate Students

Why is this program non-credit?

Non-credit programs are designed to supplement your existing education and experience.  This program allows you to learn from Canadian professionals and develop your understanding of the Canadian business context.

Our non-credit programs are affiliated with professional organizations that oversee and approve our course offerings. This means that the program presented to students is current and based on emerging practices and approaches used by professionals in the field. Additionally, there sometimes is an opportunity to obtain certification or acknowledgment from that professional organization.

What will I receive upon completion?

  • Professional Development Certificate

  • Professional Communication Certificate of Attendance

  • Impressive resume additions including experience in a Canadian business context

  • Gain international contacts to build your professional network

What are the student expectations?

MacEwan University is dedicated to providing students with a transformative, academically rigorous personal learning experience in a creative, collaborative and supportive learning environment.  As the learning environment is a shared responsibility involving commitment to and respect for the principles and practices of acceptable behaviour, MacEwan University students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner suited to the best interests of the University. They are expected to apply themselves to their studies and act with propriety and conformity regarding University policies, rules and regulations, including the Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Success in this program and for the student to adapt to Canadian workplace expectations relies on attendance, academic success, group work and collaboration, and proper classroom conduct.

What is the attendance policy?

Attending your daily classes is essential and mandatory to successfully completing the program.  Students that do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes will be required to retake the course as they would not have had the time to demonstrate their knowledge. 

When are tuition fees due?

Tuition fees are due on the last day of the first month of the new term.

Visit Fees & Financial Information Payment Deadlines page for actual dates.

Payment plans can be set up with Financial Services, located at Room 7-110, MacEwan University City Centre Campus. Please contact

What are class schedules like?

Class schedules vary from cohort to cohort, but expect to take 5 - 7 hours of class per day Monday to Thursday. If there are any additional days for special events or guest speakers, students will be informed in advance. 

Class schedules cannot be changed as this is a cohort (group) model program.

Your classes could be scheduled anytime between 8 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. Do not make any other commitments during this time frame. You can view your schedule online on your MacEwan Student Portal.

Who do I speak to about working in Canada? Where to live?

Questions involving work permits, living accommodation, or banking information must be directed to MacEwan International.


For Current International Professional Development Certificate Students

Am I eligible for the UPass (Universal Student Transportation Pass for Edmonton Transit)?

Unfortunately, no you are not eligible for the UPass (Universal Transit Pass). The UPass is only eligible for credit-based programs. We recommend budgeting for a monthly transit pass ($97/month).

Do I get health care insurance?

You are eligible for basic Alberta Health Care coverage once you have applied and received your Alberta Health Care card. We will provide you with an application form in the office during orientation. You should apply for the Alberta Health Care card within one week of moving to Canada.

We do suggest that all students purchase extended health care coverage in case of any emergencies. Options include (but are not limited to) AB Blue Cross, Cover Me, Sunlife. You will have to pay a monthly fee for insurance coverage.

How do I change my email account?

Change your email account, address, or other contact information in myStudentSystem under Student Center. You can navigate to these pages through the MyPortal homepage.

How can I get transcripts?

Non-credit study

Information about requesting a transcript for your School of Continuing Education courses is found on the SCE Student Information page.

SCE Student Information page

How do I get a student identification document (ID)?

Go to the library located on the fourth floor and speak with the librarian on site. Provide them with your name and student number and they will take your picture and print out your student card as you wait.  There is a $10 one time fee (included in your term fees).

What services can I access at the library?

With your student ID, you can borrow books, DVDs, calculators, laptops, and phone chargers from the library. To borrow them, you just need to provide the librarian with your student ID and then return them at the end of your borrowing time frame.  You can also find space for quiet individual study here.

My work schedule conflicts with my class schedule, what can I do?

Students are expected to prioritize school over work. We recommend you speak to your manager about the hours you are in class to ensure shift changes and flexibility. If they are not willing to be flexible you should consider other employment because you are not excused from class to attend work.

Do I need to buy textbooks?

No. Textbooks are included in the fee payment. You will get your textbooks in the first two weeks of class.

How do I access information online?

Using myPortal

Your Network ID and a temporary password were sent to the email account listed on your application to MacEwan University. You will have been prompted to change your password the first time you logged in. Use your Network ID and password to log in to

If you did not receive this email with your login information - please email is the university's student portal, where you can find links to several online applications and tools for students, such as:

  • Your MacEwan University student email account (Gmail)

  • myStudentSystem: to track your application, see your weekly schedule, pay fees and manage personal information

  • Blackboard Learn: to access electronic materials for your classes

  • Library: to search for books, articles and more

  • Technology Support: for troubleshooting help

Access myStudentSystem through and get to the Student Center Home Page to access your finances, personal information, and class schedule, and more.

  • Log in to using your Network ID and password

  • Launch myStudentSystem from the menu on the left

  • Navigate to Main Menu > Self Service > Student Center

In the Student Center, you will be able to view your current account balance, your weekly schedule, your term enrolment report, your grades, and your current contact information (including your home address, email address, and phone number). If you need to change any of your contact information, you may do so here by clicking on the information you would like to update (for example, clicking on “Home Address” will allow you to edit your currently listed address).