2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

About the Program

This eight-month graduate certificate program provides you with the multi-disciplinary skills and experience required to be an successful public service employee. The program was developed by municipal government professionals with the goal of providing graduates with the skills to be successful in the public sector. You will receive advanced training in communications, policy analysis, project management, information technology, finance, governance, leadership and human resources management. Delivered in a small class setting, the program benefits from experienced professors who are still active or employed within the public sector.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Research and policy analysis

  • Critical thinking

  • Writing, presenting and problem-solving for a public sector audience

  • Financial planning and analysis

  • Project planning

  • A comprehensive understanding of the Canadian government structure with an emphasis on the Ontario municipal sector

In addition, the program is also focused on developing the soft skills required to have a successful career as a public servant. 

Work Experience

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.

Your Career

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of career options that you can explore:

  • Policy and compliance officer 
  • Project management officer 
  • Administrative officer  
  • Legislative co-ordinator 
  • Constituency assistant 


Seneca's partnership with the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO), will allow you 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 necessary prerequisites necessary for applying for the Certified Municipal Officer (CMO) designation with the AMCTO.