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McGill SCS Certificate in Public Administration and Governance

 

In response to the growing labour market, we have designed a program that shapes students into strong candidates with transferable skills, such as leadership, managing projects, employee management, team building, and understanding ethical responsibilities and financial reports within public and non-profit organizations.

The study of public administration and governance will serve to either advance your career in the public sector or foster a seamless transition into the public sector. Each of our varied courses aims to encourage future leaders to analyze discrepancies in today’s current public operations, develop hands-on experience and gain a competitive edge, and find innovative strategies to achieve long-term success for organizations.

 

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Type:   Undergraduate Certificate
Courses:   10
Credits:   30
Schedule:   Full-time or Part-time
Time:   Weekday evenings
Delivery:   Online
Unit:   Administration and Governance
Questions?   info.conted [at] mcgill.ca

 

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Learning Outcomes


The study of public administration and governance will serve to either advance your career in the public sector or foster a seamless transition into the public sector. Each of our varied courses aims to encourage future leaders to analyze discrepancies in today’s current public operations, develop hands-on experience and gain a competitive edge, and find innovative strategies to achieve long-term success for organizations.

The program will prepare you to:

  • Navigate public and non-profit organizations
  • Successfully manage organizational teams
  • Understand financial statements, budgets, costing, and responsible accounting
  • Plan, schedule, and develop projects
  • Interpret the legal and ethical issues relevant to Canada’s public services
  • Communicate effectively in the workplace
  • Facilitate strategic thinking and planning in organizations in response to changing conditions
  • Apply group dynamics to problem solving and decision making

Program Courses

Certificate (Cert.) Public Administration and Governance (30 credits)

The Certificate in Public Administration and Governance focuses on public service management, organization, and prioritization of day-to-day functions for people in management and for other stakeholders who work cooperatively and productively with others, including the needs of clients who use services in the public sector. A strong emphasis is placed on integrating the important current issues and policies that affect the day-to-day operating, decisions, systems and finances in a public organization.

Required Courses

CGMG 210 (3) Fundamentals of Project Management
CGMG 305 (3) Managing in Public and Non-Profit Organizations
CORG 225 (3) Foundation of Organizational Behaviour and Administration
CORG 420 (3) Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice
CPAG 220 (3) Fundamentals of Public Finance, Budgeting and Reporting
CPAG 225 (3) Foundations of Public Regulations and Ethics in Public Sector
CPAG 300 (3) Lean Operational Practices in Public Services
CPAG 305 (3) Current Issues in Public Sector Administration
CPAG 400 (3) Diversity and Cross Cultural Management
CPAG 410 (3) Strategic Planning and Implementation
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2022-2023 (last updated Jul. 5, 2022).


Admission Requirements
 
  • Applicants must hold a CEGEP diploma (DCS, DEC or equivalent) OR
  • Applicants who do not have the normal academic background for admission but are 21 years of age and older may be admitted as mature students
  • Applicants between 18 and 21 years of age who do not have a CEGEP diploma but have at least a high school leaving certificate may be accepted into a qualifying program
  • Applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency

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.


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How to Apply

Application Deadlines

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Financial Aid

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Need help applying?

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


Questions about your admission?

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

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