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Government Relations

Government Relations

Program Code:GRM
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Offered:Summer
Winter
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Work-Integrated Learning:Optional Work Term

Program Description

Seneca’s Government Relations program is the only one of its kind in Canada. Endorsed by the Public Affairs Association of Canada, the program features specialized, practical, government relations courses that prepare you for a career as a government relations/public affairs professional in the dynamic public policy, political and public affairs environments.

Seneca’s Government Relations Graduate Certificate program provides the education and training that enables you to build constructive relationships between government organizations, elected representatives, public servants and political staff at all levels of government.

The program curriculum consists of courses from Seneca’s Public Relations - Corporate Communications program as well as specialized Government Relations subjects. As a graduate, you’ll be part of select group of individuals with the formal training to set you on a successful career path in government relations and public affairs.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or three-year post-secondary diploma from an accredited institution.
  • English proficiency at the post-secondary level.

Additional Requirements:

  • Statement of interest
  • Writing test

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will be asked to attend an orientation where they will complete the writing test and submit a statement of interest.
  • Applicants will be ranked based on the strength of their writing test and statement of interest.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

Note:

  • Selected applicants should have a computer with contemporary word processing and spreadsheet software and a printer.

Fees

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Your Career

As a graduate, you'll have the fundamental tools needed to advance your employer's government relations and public affairs goals. The Government Relations program prepares you for entry-level positions as public affairs/government relations practitioners with non-profit organizations and associations as well as professional service firms. Opportunities may also be found working as political staff for individual politicians and/or their parties.

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment.  The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility.  Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

2017/2018 Academic Year

Semester 1
CCM701 Writing for Public Relations Practitioners I
CCM707 Digital and Social Media
CCM718 Strategic Communication Planning
CCM737 Media Relations
CCM745 Principles of Public Relations
GRM700 Introduction to Government Relations
GRM747 Introduction to Research
 
Semester 2
CCM751 Public Relations Career Management
GRM741 Government Relations Research Project
GRM800 Alliances and Stakeholder Relations
GRM802 Lobbying, Advocacy and Ethics
GRM805 Campaigns
GRM807 The Government Relations Tool Box
GRM814 Managing the Government Relations Function
GRM815 Cases in Government Relations
WTP100 Work Term Preparation (Work-Integrated Learning option only)
 
Work-Integrated Learning
GRM441 Government Relations, Work Term (Work-Integrated Learning option only)

2016/2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

Semester 1
CCM701 Writing for Public Relations Practitioners I
CCM707 Digital and Social Media
CCM718 Strategic Communication Planning
CCM737 Media Relations
CCM745 Principles of Public Relations
GRM700 Introduction to Government Relations
GRM701 Government Relations Theory Practice
 
Semester 2
CCM751 Public Relations Career Management
GRM800 Alliances and Stakeholder Relations
GRM802 Lobbying, Advocacy and Ethics
GRM805 Campaigns
GRM807 The Government Relations Tool Box
GRM810 GR Crisis Management
GRM814 Managing the Government Relations Function
GRM815 Cases in Government Relations
CPP100 or
WTP100
Co-op Professional Theory (Work-Integrated Learning option only) or
Work Term Preparation (Work-Integrated Learning option only)
 
Work-Integrated Learning Term
CWT100 or
GRM441
Work Term (Work-Integrated Learning option only) or
Government Relations, Work Term (Work-Integrated Learning option only)

Winter & Summer 2017

Semester 1
CCM701 Writing for Public Relations Practitioners I
CCM707 Digital and Social Media
CCM718 Strategic Communication Planning
CCM737 Media Relations
CCM745 Principles of Public Relations
GRM700 Introduction to Government Relations
GRM747 Introduction to Research
 
Semester 2
CCM751 Public Relations Career Management
GRM741 Government Relations Research Project
GRM800 Alliances and Stakeholder Relations
GRM802 Lobbying, Advocacy and Ethics
GRM805 Campaigns
GRM807 The Government Relations Tool Box
GRM814 Managing the Government Relations Function
GRM815 Cases in Government Relations
CPP100 or
WTP100
Co-op Professional Theory (Work-Integrated Learning option only) or
Work Term Preparation (Work-Integrated Learning option only)
 
Work-Integrated Learning Term
CWT100 or
GRM441
Work Term (Work-Integrated Learning option only) or
Government Relations, Work Term (Work-Integrated Learning option only)

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angela Li
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22036
Angela.Li@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: International Admissions
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22364
InternationalAdmissions@senecacollege.ca
Registration Advisor:
  Hamza Ansari
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33003
Hamza.Ansari@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Joe MacDonald
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33537
Joseph.MacDonald@senecacollege.ca
Work-Integrated Learning Coordinator: Charmaine Johnson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33764
Charmaine.Johnson@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Beth Agnew
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33133
Beth.Agnew@senecacollege.ca
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