Regulations effective September 1, 2020.
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.
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. Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.
Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.
|Total credits in the program||30|
|Residency requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University.||15|
|Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits||9|
|ADMN 232||Introduction to Management||(3)|
|ADMN 233||Writing in Organizations
|ENGL 255||Introductory Composition or other junior-level ENGL course|
|a statistics course e.g.|
|MATH 215||Introduction to Statistics
|MATH 216||Computer-oriented Approach to Statistics
|CMNS 308||Understanding Statistical Evidence*
*Students who plan to ladder into the BPA–GLM degree program should take CMNS 308 as one of their required courses and should ensure that their elective and option courses are at the senior level.
|GOVN/POLI 301||Public Governance, the Public Sector and Corporate Power||(3)|
|POLI 277||Introduction to Political Science I: Concepts, Structures, and Institutions
|POLI 278||Introduction to Political Science II: Political Processes and Behavior
Select four courses from the following list:
|COMM 243||Interpersonal Communication||(3)|
|CMNS 380||Corporate Communication
|COMM 277||Group Communication|
|CRJS/LGST 377||Issues in Access to Information and Protection of Privacy||(3)|
*If not taken as a required course
*If not taken as a required course
|HADM 339||Organization of the Canadian Health Care System||(3)|
|INST 377||Topics in Aboriginal Governments||(3)|
|INST 430||Indigenous Governance||(3)|
|LGST 331||Administrative Law
|GLST/GOVN/POLI 440||Global Governance and Law
|INST 426||Aboriginal Government and Law||(3)|
|ORGB 326||Organization Theory
|ORGB 364||Organizational Behaviour|
|PHIL 333||Professional Ethics|
|POLI 277||Introduction to Political Science I: Concepts, Structures, and Institutions||(3)|
|POLI 278||Introduction to Political Science II: Political Processes and Political Behavior||(3)|
|POLI 309||Canadian Government and Politics||(3)|
|POLI 390||Canadian Federalism||(3)|
|POEC 393||Canada and the Global Political Economy
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 course.
Students cannot use the same course to satisfy both a required and an elective course requirement.
Students in public administration who wish to pursue employment in the federal civil service or foreign affairs are strongly advised to take French as their option. Students interested in governance capacity-building for indigenous communities should take Indigenous language courses.
Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.
Updated April 13 2021 by laurab