2014/15 Program

Public Administration

Our Program

This is the only program of its kind in Canada. It 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 students 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

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

Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Computer literate with the ability to use word processing software, spreadsheets, databases and the Internet for research
  • If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy

 Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.


The 2014/2015 fee for three consecutive semesters is

  • 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.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
PAPD 500 Machinery Of Government
PAPD 501 Ethics And Values
PAPD 503 Current Issues in Public Administration
PAPD 505 Orientation to Government and the Public Sector
PAPD 507 Information Technology in Public Administration
PAPD 513 Project Management

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
PAPD 502 International Trends in Public Administration
PAPD 506 Public Sector Finance
PAPD 508 Human Resources and the Learning Organization
PAPD 509 Communications in Public Administration
PAPD 510 Public Policy Research And Analysis
PAPD 515 Managing Partnerships and Relationships

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
PAPD 504 Overview Of Strategic Planning
PAPD 511 Service Quality in Public Administration
PAPD 512 Career Orientation and Speaker Series
PAPD 514 Leadership Development
PAPD 516 Research Project in Public Administration