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Public Administration

Credential: Ontario Graduate CertificateProgram Code: 20531Length: 3 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Software Requirements

Proficiency in the use of word processing, database and spreadsheet software

Fees

The 2018-2019 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $9,484.63
  • international: $23,866.50

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,238.21$7,815.50
Tuition$2,663.43$7,240.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$115.00$115.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,123.21$7,815.50
Tuition$2,663.43$7,355.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,123.21$7,815.50
Tuition$2,663.43$7,355.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Programs:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Leadership and Public Administration

Humber and Centenary University have entered into an agreement to facilitate the transfer of Humber graduates with appropriate prerequisite qualifications and grades for advanced standing into Centenary University.  

Graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or 75% in one of Humber's Graduate Certificates:

  • Human Resource Management
  • International Development
  • Marketing Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Public Relations
  • Global Business Management
  • Public Administration

may receive up to 6 credits towards Centenary's Masters of Business Adminstration (MBA) program.  Thirty-three (33) remaining credits may be required for program completion.  Final advanced standing granted to an applicant requires an assessment of transcripts and electives taken.

Humber applicants are required to submit the following to Centenary:

  • a completed application form (with essay where applicable) along with the application fee
  • official Humber transcript sent directly to Centenary from Humber
  • verification of high school graduation
  • Letter of Recommendation from a Humber Program Coordinator, specifying why the student is a good candidate for the program.

For more information, contact:

Tina Tang, Associate Director of International Admissions
hongrong.tang@centenaryuniversity.edu

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Programs:

  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Humber and Northwood University have partnered to create educational opportunities and pathways for Humber students.  Students who possess a Bachelor's degree and who have successfully completed one of Humber's designated Graduate Certificate programs (Global Business Management, Public Relations, Human Resources Management, Public Administration, and Sport Business Management) will be able to transfer up to fifteen (15) credits towards Northwood's Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) degree.  

Northwood shall accept as transfer credits all qualifying coursework within the conpleted Humber Graduate Certificate program that meets the requirements as evidenced by an official (original) institutional transcript certifying completion of the Humber program.  

When students decide to apply for the MSOL program (face to face delivery mode only), Northwood will issue the F-1 visa (student visa).  After students successfully complete the program in the USA, they will be eligible for up to 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT).

For further information, please contact:  Ms. Lauren Bess, Admissions Representative, 
DeVos Graduate School, at bessl@northwood.edu

TRANSFER OPTIONS

Can't find a pathway? You can still get the credit you deserve from your previous education or your prior work or life experience.

Learn more >

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre >

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Humber’s Public Administration graduate certificate program is the first of its kind in Canada and provides all of the knowledge, skills and experience graduates need to become successful public service employees. Designed and taught by public administration professionals, this program is your key to succeeding quickly in a public sector job. You will receive advanced training in communications, policy analysis, project management, information technology, public finance, governance, leadership and human resources management. Experienced faculty, most of whom currently work in the public sector, will guide you through the core of the curriculum, with guest speakers addressing specific topical issues. The practical, skills-based curriculum provides the foundation for long-term career success by exposing you to the primary public administration activities and by providing networking opportunities with civil servants from across the public sector.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Describe the machinery of government in Canada, including the roles and responsibilities of executives, legislatures and the judiciary, as well as the relationships between all levels of government.

  • Define ethics and values which are key to public administration and explain how they apply at all levels of public administration.

  • Explore and compare public administration practices found in industrialized countries, especially member states of the European Union and the United States.

  • Discuss current issues affecting Canadian public administration and examine how those issues are managed from a public management perspective.

  • Discuss key elements of strategic planning processes and examine how these apply to public administration.

  • Understand and relate to governments from two perspectives: as business entities with strategic plans, budgets, and core businesses; and as organizations composed of complex human behaviour.

  • Explain key economic and finance concepts such as externalities, public and private goods, deficit financing, debt repayment, and fiscal federalism.

  • Demonstrate how governments plan, manage and report on the collection and expenditure of public funds.

  • Discuss information technology and software applications used in public administration as well as current information technology issues faced by public sector IT managers.

  • Prepare and manage human resources in public administration, including the preparation of HR plans, recruitment and selection processes, supervisory skills, negotiating skills and conflict resolution skills.

  • Describe the role that communications plays in the public sector and work with stakeholders and partners to meet the information needs of the public, the media, political staff and the bureaucracy.

  • Examine how governments develop, implement and evaluate programs in general and learn how to use specific research and analysis tools to contribute to that process in particular.

  • Identify the methodological and conceptual issues associated with evaluating and maintaining quality services in the public sector.

  • Identify the skills and knowledge required by project managers and project management teams in the public sector.

  • Understand and fulfill leadership responsibilities in the public sector by assessing individual leadership traits and behaviours and apply this understanding to the broader theories and concepts of leadership.

  • Understand, contribute to, and manage partnerships in the public sector, broadly defined.


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Work Placement

You will gain on-the-job work experience with an eight-week (minimum) work placement within the public sector. With faculty support, you will find placements with an appropriate organization.

Your Career

The federal government is the largest single employer in Canada. The provincial governments are a close second, and municipal governments employ hundreds of thousands across the country. The 3.2 million people in the public sector account for almost 20 per cent of all employment. And public sector employees tend to earn higher than average salaries with excellent benefits and working conditions. Shifting demographic factors are rapidly increasing governments’ and public sector agencies’ need for talented people with a broad range of public administration skills and knowledge – and the desire to make a difference – to continue the important work of the public service. Find exceptional career opportunities in positions such as policy analyst, communications officer and program officer.

Federal government employers include Service Canada, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Provincial government employers include the Ministry of Community and Social Services, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2019LakeshoreOpenOpen

Scholarships & Awards

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Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.

Public Administration Postgrad Students Meet Mayor John Tory 

Public Administration Students with Mayor John Tory

David Hutcheon, Adjunct Professor in the Public Administration Program arranged for his students to see City Council’s Executive Committee meeting and meet Mayor John Tory.

The Humber Experience

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Watch this video to see Public Administration graduate James Nowlan speak to students about how the program contributed to his success in the public sector.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.

On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.