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Public Administration

Develop your practical knowledge in the public, community, Indigenous and volunteer sectors. Study administration, planning and governance. Gain a broad view of the public and non-profit sectors.

Quick facts

Program options:
Minor, Diploma, Certificate
Study options:
Full-time study, Part-time study
Program delivery:

Areas of focus

  • Local government management
  • Performance management
  • Public policy and governance
  • Public sector management
  • Voluntary and non-profit sector management


  • Administrator in government or the non-profit sector
  • Communications or media relations officer
  • Human resources and labour relations officer
  • Project manager

Sample courses

  • International Community Development through Activism and Capacity Building - ADMN 200
  • Introduction to Public Administration - ADMN 311
  • Managing in Public and Non-Profit Organizations - ADMN 312
  • Written Communications in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors - ADMN 316
  • Strategic Planning and Implementation - ADMN 477


Public-administration programs are available as minors, certificates or diplomas. Learn more about your options from the School of Public Administration.

English language proficiency

You must demonstrate English language proficiency to attend UVic. Your transcripts are enough to prove proficiency if you've studied full-time in an academic program at the high school or post-secondary level within Canada for at least four years, and all of your instruction was in English.

Learn about UVic's English language requirement.

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