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Diploma and Professional Specialization Certificate programs

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have the equivalent of two years post-secondary education, plus three years experience in the public sector; or considerable relevant public or non-profit sector work experience. Candidates without formal post-secondary qualifications but with demonstrated appropriate experience may be admitted as conditional students.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term

  • May 31 for application to Office of the Registrar
  • July 15 for documents for documents & transcripts

Spring Term

  • October 15 for application to Office of the Registrar
  • November 15 for documents for documents & transcripts

Summer Term

  • February 15 for application to Office of the Registrar
  • April 1 for documents for documents & transcripts

How to Apply

New applicants to UVic application procedures

  1. Apply to University of Victoria Undergraduate Admissions (http://www.uvic.ca/future-students/undergraduate/admissions/index.php)
  2. Complete online application and submit required official transcripts and documentation to the UVic Registrar’s Office
  3. Apply to the School of Public Administration Diploma or Professional Specialization Certificate program.    
  • Complete online School of Public Administration application form
  • Submit a professional resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the program (Address your letter to Dr. Evert Lindquist, Director, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria)
  • Email to spadipl@uvic.ca or mail to:  

Diploma Programs
School of Public Administration
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Canada

More information for new undergraduate students

Returning UVic students application procedures

  1. Returning UVic students do not complete the Undergraduate Admissions online application but must complete an Undergraduate Reregistration Application form to reregister. 
  2. All returning applicants must also apply to the School of Public Administration Diploma or Professional Specialization Certificate program.   
  • Complete and submit the online School of Public Administration application form
  • Submit a professional resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the program (Address your letter to Dr. Evert Lindquist, Director, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria)
  • Email to spadipl@uvic.ca or Mail to

Diploma Programs
School of Public Administration
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Canada

Returning students should review the information on the Office of the Registrar website.

New to UVic?  Applying late?

We make every effort to accommodate late applications but applicants applicants may find the selection of courses limited because you will not be able to register until your application is completed and processed. After the deadline, you will not be able to apply online using the UVic Admissions application form. To apply, download the printable PDF  application form and email, fax or mail this form to UVic Undergraduate Admissions. Please be sure to submit your application and documents as soon as possible. Note that a late fee will be assessed.

Alternatively, you may choose to enroll in our courses through Thompson Rivers University (TRU) for the current term and submit your application to our diploma program in time for the next deadline. UVic ADMN Courses taken through TRU can be transferred towards your Diploma.

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