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McGill SCS Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and Governance


The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and Governance focuses on the core competencies and tools needed for a career in public administration. These include analyzing legal and ethical issues relevant to public services, as well as providing leadership in equity, diversity, and inclusion practices in the workplace; building processes and systems in public organizations; and responding as appropriate to current issues and practices that affect day-to-day operations and decision-making.

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Type:   Graduate Certificate
Courses:   5
Credits:   15
Schedule:   Full-time or Part-time
Time:   Weekday evenings, Saturdays
Delivery:  Online
Unit:   Administration and Governance
Questions?   info.conted [at]






Message from the Academic Program Coordinator

I look forward to welcoming you to our Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and Governance program. Newly revised and updated, the program focuses on developing core competencies and tools to better navigate in public administration. At the core of this online program is a learner-centered instructional methodology which includes simulations, experiential activities and case studies to go beyond knowledge and theory.

Our instructors and students make up a community passionate about public administration. We have created an online environment that makes learning fun, hands-on, and engaging. Classes are taught by public services experts and practitioners. Guest speakers make each class engaging and interactive. Group activities and interactions are an integral part of the program; the ability to network with like-minded individuals and learn from your peers is important. Our students come from Canada and other parts of the world, as well as from a variety of backgrounds, both those employed in public administration and those who are not.

By the end of this program, graduates will be able to analyse legal and ethical issues relevant to public services, provide leadership in equity, diversity, and inclusion practices in the workplace, build processes and systems in public organizations, and respond as appropriate to current issues and practices that affect day-to-day operations and decision-making.

Nadège Firsova, PhD
Academic Program Coordinator, Public Administration and Governance programs
Academic Director, Administration and Governance domain

Who Should Attend

This program is a good fit for you if you are:

  • An early or mid-career professional who wants to begin a career in the public sector
  • A professional who wants to move to mid level positions such as an Administrative Services Manager or Manager in the public sector in general

Learning Outcomes

The program is designed to enable you to:

  • Analyze individual, group, and organizational behaviours
  • Interpret legal and ethical issues relevant to public services
  • Use public sector tools to analyze and evaluate current issues
  • Lead public and non-profit organizations
  • Plan, schedule, and develop projects
  • Analyze, evaluate, and apply lean project management techniques

Delivery Format and Schedule

Online, Full-time or Part-time, Evenings, Saturdays


Required Courses

CORG 651 Behaviour in Organizations (3 credits)
CPAG 610 Current Issues in Public Sector Management (3 credits)
CPAG 615 Public Regulations and Ethics in the Public Sector (3 credits)

Complementary Courses

6 credits:

3 credits from:
CPL2 633 Developing Leadership Skills (3 credits)
CPL2 634 Leading in Diverse and Global Workplaces (3 credits)

3 credits from:
CGM2 610 Project Management: Tools and Techniques (3 credits)
CPAG 600 Lean Operations in Public Services (3 credits)

Or another 600-level course offered by the School of Continuing Studies and approved by the program adviser or academic unit.

Admission Requirements
  1. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an approved university with a minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0 or 3.2/4.0 in the last two years of full-time academic studies.
  2. Applicants must provide proof of English Language proficiency.

Career Spotlight
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  • Community Worker
  • Education Administrator
  • Executive Assistant
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Government Administrator
  • Immigration Officer
  • Policy Advisor
  • Policy Assistant
  • Project Administrator

Online Tuition

Students who have been admitted to online programs will be subject to deregulated fees if they are studying with a residence address outside the province, as the government does not fund the University for credit activities that are followed outside Quebec. All students will have to self-declare their location of study each term in Minerva. Consult the student accounts website – Online Programs page for more information.

International Students

This program is an Online (Distance Learning) program.

Since by definition distance learning does not require one to be in Canada, a study permit cannot be issued for this type of program, nor can one’s immigration status be changed (or renewed). For more information, please visit Immigration Quebec and Immigration Canada.

News & Articles

En constante augmentation, la demande pour des professionnels dans le secteur public peine à être comblée, le nombre de diplômés étant inférieur à la quantité de postes à combler.

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Need help applying?

Contact us at info.conted [at]
or call 514-398-6200

Questions about your admission?

Contact us at admissions.scs [at]
or call 514-398-6200

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