Engineering Leadership and Innovation

Graduate Diploma (GDip)

Program Websites

Program Contact

Modupe Ikenyi (
Program Administrator

Thompson Centre for Engineering Leadership and Innovation

Faculty of Engineering
Western University
Amit Chakma Engineering Building, Room 2410
London, Ontario N6A 5B7

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 86725

The Thompson Centre offers this Graduate Diploma to provide the opportunity for engineering graduates to further develop professional leadership skills in the context of engineering practice, and to enhance their employability. Students will develop an entrepreneurial mindset along with leadership skills that are in demand from employers within start-ups, established firms, NGOs, or the public sector. The ability to cross boundaries towards business and organizational leadership is often seen as helping to accelerate an engineer’s career. The program is unique at the graduate level in focusing on Engineering Leadership and Innovation, while maintaining the student’s focus on STEM disciplines. The Diploma will appeal to recent graduates of Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, as well as to working professionals.

Program Length

  • 2 Terms (Full-time)

Program Design

  • Full-time study or part-time study
  • Course-based

Funding Information

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Engineering or related discipline from an accredited university, with at least a 70% average (North American equivalent) across courses taken in the last two full-time years of the latest degree.

The required documents for admission consideration are:

  • One official transcript for each degree and/or institution attended, in English.
  • One official transcript for each degree and/or institution attended in the Native Language (if different from English).
  • One official certificate of proof of diploma in English.
  • One official certificate of proof of diploma in the Native Language (if different from English).
  • Two letters of references (preferably academic).
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residency (if applicable).

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English or have not completed a post-secondary degree from a native-English speaking country, must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory achievement within the last two years in one of the following:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20 for the internet-based version; 213 for the standard electronic version; or 550 for the paper and pencil version, although some programs require a higher minimum score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
  • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. Effective to new applications started on or after July 1, 2020, the minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9 in the individual bands, with an overall score of 6.5 or higher. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.
  • Western English Language Centre. Successful completion of the High-Advanced level.
  • CultureWorks. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level.
  • Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 10, English for Academic Purposes, with a minimum 80% in all components.
  • The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Please note: The MELAB is no longer being offered by Michigan Language Assessment. However, Western University will continue to accept MELAB test reports that are newer than two years old as sufficient proof of English language proficiency.
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The minimum acceptable score is 60. The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.

Application Deadline

  • Domestic student deadlines: November 1 (January start); March 1 (May start); July 1 (September start)
  • International student deadlines: June 1 (January start); October 1 (May start); February 1 (September start)