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We are excited to announce that effective Fall 2023, the McGill School of Continuing Studies will be offering updated graduate-level programs in a more flexible format. These innovative programs will replace our current Diploma programs, pending approval by the University.

Stay tuned for more details! 

If you would like to be notified once the updated graduate-level programs become available for admission, please fill out the request form.

Diploma in Public Administration and Governance

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Diploma in Public Administration and Governance


The Diploma in Public Administration and Governance is a 30-credit graduate-level program designed to help students gain the critical competencies, skills and knowledge to begin a career in the public sector or advance their current career.

With a focus on the day-to-day operations, decisions, systems and finances in a public organization, the curriculum aims to strengthen students’ managerial and leadership competencies and equip them with the knowledge, analytical skills, and problem-solving strategies that are critical for success in public service organizations.

Program Outline: Diploma (Dip.) Public Relations and Communications Management

Course Schedule

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Type:   Diploma
Courses:   10
Credits:   30
Schedule:   Full-time or Part-time
Time:   Evenings, Mon-Thurs
Delivery:   Online
Unit:   Administration and Governance
Questions?   info.conted [at] mgill.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

Admission Requirements

A diploma is a 30-credit graduate program which has, as a prerequisite for admission, an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in any discipline.

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0, or 3.2/4.0 in the last two years of full-time academic studies.
  • Official Transcripts must be sent from your previous institution directly to McGill University School of Continuing Studies Admissions
  • All students applying to Career and Professional Development Graduate programs must be proficient in English as per our language policy.
  • If your CGPA is lower than the above requirement, please submit the following for consideration with your application and official transcript(s).
    1. Letter of Intent: A letter, 1 to 2 pages in length, single-spaced, written in English or French which addresses the following:
      • your interest in the program, and the reason you are applying to the program
      • your previous knowledge and professional experiences that would be pertinent to the program
      • how this training would be integrated into your current or future career
      • awards, volunteer work or other contributions
      • any additional information relevant to your application
    2. Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
    3. Two Letters of Reference: At least one should be from a current or former employer

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Les professionnels dans le secteur public : une denrée rare!

"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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Be sure to review all the necessary instructions and guidelines to help make your application process smooth and easy.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Language Requirements

Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

International Students

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

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