Public Administration (2015/16 Program)

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Three consecutive semesters, beginning in September

Contact Information: 

Ted Glenn
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3206

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• A bachelor’s degree

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

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. 

Additional Requirements

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


The 2014/2015 fee for three consecutive semesters was
– domestic $8,563,74
– international $21,312.50.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first three semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Our Program

Humber’s Public Administration graduate certificate program is the only one 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. In three semesters 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. As well, Humber is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration. 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.

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, and provincial government employers include the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Work Placement

You will gain on-the-job work experience with an eight-week (minimum) work placement within the public sector. You will find placements with an appropriate organization, with faculty support. The foundation for the work placement is established over the winter semester.