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Public Administration

Available: Fall

Program Description

The role of government in today's complex society requires that public servants possess sophisticated, multi-disciplinary skills that will result in effective, competent and ethical administration. This program is designed to enable you to study the challenges associated with the myriad facets of government, including service provision, policy development and implementation, prudent fiscal management, project management and conflict resolution.

Campus

Duration

2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Your Career

As a graduate of this intensive two-semester graduate certificate program you'll be prepared to work in the municipal and non-profit sectors in particular, although you will also have the skills that are required for work at any level of government. Areas of employment or positions may include policy and compliance analysis, administrative officers, program support officers and project officers.

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.

Affiliations/Associations

Seneca's partnership with the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO), allows students in the PAD program to complete both of the AMCTO's Municipal Administration (MAP) and Municipal Accounting and Finance (MAFP) programs and receive certificates of completion for both from the AMCTO.

Completion of the MAP program is one of the pre-requisites necessary for applying for the Certified Municipal Officer (CMO) designation with the AMCTO.

Related Careers

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • A recognized degree or post-secondary diploma from an accredited institution; OR
  • Mature applicants with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field may be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the post-secondary level.

Applicant Selection

  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their academic background: grades, number of completed credits and relevance to the program.
  • Admission to this program is highly competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

Note

  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • High degree of computer literacy

Program Costs

2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR

Tuition – Domestic

$4,843

Tuition – International

$14,410

Book & Supply Costs

$2,375


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

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.

Admissions

Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

Domestic
Stacy Chan 416.491.5050 ext. 22806 Stacy.Chan@senecacollege.ca
International

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

Student Recruitment
Additional Contacts

Program Coordinator

Mark Leavens 416.491.5050 ext. 26390 Mark.Leavens@senecacollege.ca

Program Chair

Wanda Forsythe 416.491.5050 ext. 22745 Wanda.Forsythe@senecacollege.ca

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions


Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities


Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees


A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates


Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network