Professional and Undergraduate programs

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.

Programs combine the essential knowledge of specialized core courses with the opportunity to tailor your program to your individual career goals through our dynamic variety of electives.

Program Brochure


Explore detailed program options below:

Diploma Programs

Indigenous Community Development and Governance

(The 10-course Diploma in Indigenous Community Development and Governance (ICDG) program is designed for learners employed or seeking employment working for or with Indigenous governments or organizations. Courses are delivered online. The Diploma is typically completed in 2-5 years.

Admission requirements:

ICDG Diploma applicants require two years post-secondary education and three years relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of public, non-profit or other experience.

Course Requirements:

  • Two core courses:
    • ICDG301 - Indigenous Governance in Canada (1.5)
    • ICDG402 - Intergovernmental Relations: Working with Others (1.5)
  • Complete 8 of the following:
    • ICDG302 - Communications in Indigenous Governments and Organizations (1.5)
    • ICDG303 - Lands, Resources, and Economic Development (1.5)
    • ICDG304 - Strategic Planning and Implementation (1.5)
    • ICDG305 - Indigenous Research and Project Management (1.5)
    • ICDG306 - Human Resource Management in Indigenous Organizations (1.5)
    • ICDG307 - Managing Change for Effective Social and Community Development (1.5)
    • ICDG308 - Financial Management in Indigenous Governments and Organizations (1.5)
    • ICDG400 - Leadership in Indigenous Communities and Governments (1.5)
    • ICDG401 - Capstone Project for Indigenous Governments and Organizations (1.5)

      OR With permission of the School, electives may include up to two 300 or 400 level UVic courses on Public Administration (ADMN) or Indigenous topics from other departments.)

Local Government Management

 

The program consists of 10 courses (15 units of study), including 6 required courses and 4 elective courses. (All courses are 1.5 units). No transfer credits allowed.

Core courses:

  • ADMN 312 Leading and Managing in Public and Non-Profit Sectors*
  • ADMN 420 The Public Policy Process*
  • ADMN 423 - Local Government and Governance
  • ADMN 445 Urban and Regional Development*
  • ADMN 452 Local Government Law*
  • ADMN 330 Indigenous Governance in Canada
    or
    ADMN 331 Governance for Planetary Health
    If students take both ADMN 330 and 331, one will count towards elective requirements.

*Courses required for external professional accreditation in Local Government Administration by the Board of Examiners, Ministry of Municipal Affairs.  

Choose 6.0 units (four courses) from other School of Public Administration undergraduate courses:

Elective courses:

Social/Applied Sciences

  • ADMN 314 Public Sector Research and Analysis

Managerial Theory and Practice

  • ADMN 316 Public Sector Communications
  • ADMN 407 Managing Service Delivery
  • ADMN 409 Non-profit Governance and Management
  • ADMN 411 Public Sector Project Management
  • ADMN 421 Financial Management
  • ADMN 422 Ethical Public Management
  • ADMN 431A Public Sector Human Resource Management
  • ADMN 431B Labour Relations Negotiations
  • ADMN 437 Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
  • ADMN 477 Strategic Planning and Implementaion

Policy Areas

  • ADMN 310 Public Sector Economics
  • ADMN 311 Introduction to Public Administration
  • ADMN 446 Local Government Land Use Planning
  • ADMN 462 Intergovernmental Relations in Canada
  • ADMN 470 Contemporary Topics in Administration (topics vary)
  • ADMN 478 European Union Urban Region and Policies
  • ADMN 490 Directed Studies

Public Sector Management

The program consists of 10 courses (15 units), including 7 required courses and 3 elective courses. (All courses are 1.5 units). No transfer credits allowed.

Core courses:

  • ADMN 310 Public Sector Economics
  • ADMN 311 Introduction to Public Administration
  • ADMN 312 Leading and Managing in Public and Non-Profit Sectors*
  • ADMN 420 The Public Policy Process*
  • ADMN 421 Financial Management
  • ADMN 431A Public Sector Human Resource Management
  • ADMN 330 Indigenous Governance in Canada
    or
    ADMN 331 Governance for Planetary Health

Choose 4.5 units (three courses) from other School of Public Administration undergraduate courses:

Elective courses:

Social/Applied Sciences

  • ADMN 314 Public Sector Research and Analysis
Managerial Theory and Practice
  • ADMN 316 Public Sector Communications
  • ADMN 407 Managing Service Delivery
  • ADMN 409 Non-profit Governance and Management
  • ADMN 411 Public Sector Project Management
  • ADMN 422 Ethical Public Management
  • ADMN 431B Labour Relations Negotiations
  • ADMN 437 Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
  • ADMN 477 Strategic Planning and Implementation

Policy Areas

  • ADMN 423 Local Government and Governance
  • ADMN 445 Urban and Regional Development*
  • ADMN 446 Local Government Land Use Planning
  • ADMN 452 Local Government Law*
  • ADMN 462 Intergovernmental Relations in Canada
  • ADMN 470 Contemporary Topics in Administration (topics vary)
  • ADMN 478 European Union Urban Region and Policies
  • ADMN 490 Directed Studies

*Courses required for external professional accreditation in Local Government Administration by the Board of Examiners, Ministry of Municipal Affairs.  

Professional Specialization Certificates

Indigenous Community Development and Governance

Course Requirements:

  • One required core course:
    • ICDG301 - Indigenous Governance in Canada (1.5)
  • Complete 3 of following:
    • ICDG302 - Communications in Indigenous Governments and Organizations (1.5)
    • ICDG303 - Lands, Resources, and Economic Development (1.5)
    • ICDG304 - Strategic Planning and Implementation (1.5)
    • ICDG305 - Indigenous Research and Project Management (1.5)
    • ICDG306 - Human Resource Management in Indigenous Organizations (1.5)
    • ICDG307 - Managing Change for Effective Social and Community Development (1.5)
    • ICDG308 - Financial Management in Indigenous Governments and Organizations (1.5)
    • ICDG400 - Leadership in Indigenous Communities and Governments (1.5)
    • ICDG401 - Capstone Project for Indigenous Governments and Organizations (1.5)
    • ICDG402 - Intergovernmental Relations: Working with Others (1.5)

      Note: Upon completion of the PSC, students may apply to continue their studies by laddering their four courses into the Diploma in Indigenous Community Development and Governance.)

Local Government Management

Core courses

One of the following courses:

  • ADMN 423 Local Government and Governance

Elective courses

Three of the following courses:

  • ADMN 312 Leading and Managing in Public and Non-Profit Sectors
  • ADMN 330 Indigenous Governance in Canada
  • ADMN 331 Governance for Planetary Health
  • ADMN 411 Public Sector Management
  • ADMN 420 The Public Policy Process*
  • ADMN 421 Finanical Management
  • ADMN 422 Ethical Public Management
  • ADMN 445 Urban and Regional Development*
  • ADMN 446 Local Government Land Use Planning
  • ADMN 452 Local Government Law*
  • ADMN 470 - Contemporary Topics in Administration (if topic is relevant to specialization)

*Courses required for external professional accreditation in Local Government Administration by the Board of Examiners, Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Public Policy and Governance

Core courses

Two core courses:

Elective courses

Two courses from the 300 or 400 level ADMN courses.

Public Sector Management

Core courses

One core course:

  • ADMN 312 Leading and Managing in Public and Non-Profit Sectors

Elective courses

Three of the following courses:

  • ADMN 310 Public Sector Economics
  • ADMN 316 Public Sector Communications
  • ADMN 330 Indigenous Governance in Canada
  • ADMN 331 Governance for Planetary Health
  • ADMN 407 Managing Service Delivery
  • ADMN 409 Non-profit Governance and Management
  • ADMN 411 Public Sector Project Management
  • ADMN 420 The Public Policy Process
  • ADMN 421 Financial Management
  • ADMN 422 Ethical Public Management
  • ADMN 431A Public Sector Human Resource Management
  • ADMN 431B Labour Relations Negotiations
  • ADMN 437 Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
  • ADMN 462 Intergovernmental Relations in Canada
  • ADMN 470 Contemporary Topics in Administration
  • ADMN 477 Strategic Planning and Implementation

Voluntary and Non-profit Sector Management

Core courses

Two core courses:

  • ADMN 409 Non-profit Governance and Management
  • ADMN 437 Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
    or
    ADMN 477 Strategic Planning and Implementation Measurement
    If students take both ADMN 437 and 477, one will count towards elective requirements.

Elective courses

Two of the following courses: 

  • ADMN 312 Leading and Managing in Public and Non-Profit Sectors
  • ADMN 330 Indigenous Governance in Canada
  • ADMN 331 Governance for Planetary Health
  • ADMN 411 Public Sector Project Management
  • ADMN 421 Financial Management
  • ADMN 431A Public Sector Human Resource Management
  • ADMN 470 Contemporary Topics in Administration

Minors

Minor in Indigenous Community Development and Governance

The six course Minor in Indigenous Community Development and Governance (ICDG) program is available to students enrolled in undergraduate programs at UVic. The ICDG minor program is designed for learners who are employed or seeking employment working with and for Indigenous governments or organizations, as well as future public servants who require knowledge and skills to work effectively and efficiently with Indigenous citizens and Indigenous governments. Courses are delivered online. 

Course Requirements:

  • One required core course:
    • ICDG301 - Indigenous Governance in Canada (1.5)
  • Complete 5 of following:
    • ICDG302 - Communications in Indigenous Governments and Organizations (1.5)
    • ICDG303 - Lands, Resources, and Economic Development (1.5)
    • ICDG304 - Strategic Planning and Implementation (1.5)
    • ICDG305 - Indigenous Research and Project Management (1.5)
    • ICDG306 - Human Resource Management in Indigenous Organizations (1.5)
    • ICDG307 - Managing Change for Effective Social and Community Development (1.5)
    • ICDG308 - Financial Management in Indigenous Governments and Organizations (1.5)
    • ICDG400 - Leadership in Indigenous Communities and Governments (1.5)
    • ICDG401 - Capstone Project for Indigenous Governments and Organizations (1.5)
    • ICDG402 - Intergovernmental Relations: Working with Others (1.5)

      With permission of the School, students may complete three elective ICDG courses and up to two other 300 or 400-level UVic courses on a Public Administration (ADMN) or Indigenous topic from another UVic department.)

Minor in Public Administration requirements

The Minor in Public Administration consists of six courses, each worth 1.5 units, for 9 units in total. Courses offer a broad view of the public and non-profit sectors, including applied policy analysis, public sector management, or local government management.

Core courses

  • ADMN 311/POLI 350 Introduction to Public Administration
  • ADMN 312 Leading and Managing in Public and Non-Profit Sectors
  • ADMN 420 The Public Policy Process
    or 
    POLI 364 Canadian Public Policy*
  • ADMN 330 Indigenous Governance in Canada
    or 
    ADMN 331 Governance for Planetary Health
    If students take both ADMN 330 and 331, one will count towards elective requirements.

*An ADMN elective may be substituted for a policy course if a student has already completed POLI 351 or 364 as part of a Political Science major.

Elective courses

Two elective courses (3.0 units) selected from the ADMN course list or POLI 365

How to apply

To declare a Minor in Public Administration, please contact your academic adviser in your home program area.