Professional and Undergraduate programs

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The School of Public Administration’s Professional and Undergraduate programs will help you to develop skills and knowledge in a range of areas vital for managers, administrators and leaders in government and non-profit organizations. Whether you want to grow in your current role or make a change, we can help you get there.

Our professional Diploma programs, post-baccalaureate Professional Specialization Certificates, and Minor in Public Administration (for current UVic students) offer the professional education and specialized training in the flexible online format you’re looking for.

Diploma and PSC Program Brochure

The Professional Specialization Certificates are designed for mid-career professionals who have already completed a Bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers by studying a particular management issue.

We offer Professional Specialization Certificates on the following topics:

  • Indigenous Community Development and Governance
  • Local Government Management
  • Public Policy and Governance
  • Public Sector Management
  • Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector Management

You can earn a Professional Specialization Certificate in as little as one year. We accept new students in September, January and May.

Each certificate consists of a mixture of four core and elective courses (6 units). While we cannot offer transfer credit, course substitutions are permitted if you have already completed a required course (or equivalent).

Transferring to a diploma program

Upon admission to either the Diploma in Public Sector Management or the Diploma in Local Government Management Program, students who hold a Professional Specialization Certificate may transfer up to four courses (6 units) into the diploma program. Students will be required to meet the Diploma requirements by completing a further six courses (not duplicating courses already taken in the Certificate).

Study where you live

Think you can’t afford the time or funds to earn a certificate? Our certificate programs are delivered online. You can study from home while meeting your work and personal responsibilities. You will put your newfound knowledge and expertise to practice immediately, in your own work environment.

Our diploma programs are designed for active professionals working in all levels of government. Students bring a wealth of experience to courses while building new skills and competencies. We offer three diplomas, each with a unique focus and exciting career possibilities.

Study where you live

Think you can’t afford the time or funds to earn a diploma? Our diploma programs are offered online. You can earn a diploma from home while meeting your work and personal responsibilities. Your developing skills and expertise can be put to practice immediately, in your own work environment.

Transfer to Thompson Rivers University - Online Bachelor Degree programs:

Upon completion of a Diploma in Public Sector Management or Local Government Management at UVic, students can transfer courses to the online Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts, or the Bachelor of General Studies degree programs at TRU, depending on their area of interest and past experience. Students may contact TRU at for specific advising.

The Minor in Public Administration and Minor in Indigenous Community Development and Governance (ICDG) programs are designed for students enrolled in other undergraduate programs at UVic. The Minor in Public Administration provides a broad view of the public and/or non-profit sectors, including applied policy, public sector management, or local government management. The ICDG Minor program provides undergraduate learners with the concepts, skills and tools to be future administrative leaders working with and for Indigenous governments and organizations.


Combining one of our minor programs with your major opens the door to real and immediate career options. Adding a co-operative work term to your degree brings that career one step closer.


Co-operative education

Students can apply classroom knowledge in a variety of government and non-profit working environments, refine your job search skills and make valuable professional contacts, while getting paid for your work.