Undergraduate Programs
University Certificate in Public Administration
Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2008

The University Certificate in Public Administration is designed for students who want to learn about administration at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government, as well as non profit and quasi governmental organizations. Students will take courses in such areas as communications, public finance, budgeting, economics, public policy, legal studies, human resources management, industrial relations, and indigenous studies. Students may find this certificate useful to enter or re-enter the job market, to change careers, or for promotion in the public sector and/or non profit sector, or to provide a foundation for further studies.

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program
  Required credits 15
  Elective credits 12
  Option credits   3
  GOVN credits   9
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University 15
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits   9
  General certificate regulations

Required Courses (15 credits)

Students should register in ADMN 232, and ADMN 233 or ENGL 255 early in their program.

ADMN 232 Administrative Principles (3)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition or other junior-level ENGL course (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
GOVN/POLI 301 Public Governance, the Public Sector and Coprorate Power (3)
POLI 277 Introduction to Political Science I: Concepts, Structures, and Institutions (3)

Elective Courses (12 credit. Select four courses from the following.)

COMM 243 Interpersonal Communications in Management (3)
CMNS 380 Corporate Communications
COMM 277 Group Communication (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics*
*If not taken as a required course.
ECON 248 Macroeconomics*
*If not taken as a required course.
GOVN 380 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Governance (3)
GOVN 390/POLI 392 Public Policy and Administrative Governance (3)
HADM 339 The Organization of the Canadian Health Care System (3)
HRMT/ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)
IDRL 307 Public Sector Labour Relations (3)
IDRL 312 Conflict and Accommodation (3)
INST 377 Topics in Aboriginal Governments (3)
INST 430 Indigenous Governance (3)
LGST 331 Administrative Law
GOVN/GLST/POLI 440 Global Governance and Law
INST 426 Aboriginal Government and Law (3)
ORGB 326 Organization Theory
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics  
POLI 278 Introduction to Political Science II (3)
POLI 309 Canadian Government and Politics (3)
POLI 390 Canadian Federalism (3)



Option Courses (three credits)

Choose any 3-credit course at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level. Students wanting to take LGST 331 should take the prerequisite LGST 369 as their option course. Students with advanced analytical and writing skills may wish to consider taking a 400-level GOVN or an INST course.

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