Governments need employees who know how societies and economies work and who care about delivering quality service and advice. They are also seeking people who are potential leaders and who will guide colleagues by their example and expertise. To meet this demand, The Chang School and Toronto Metropolitan University’s Department of Politics and Public Administration have developed this certificate for individuals who already have a degree from a recognized university.

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Industry and Careers
According to Statistics Canada, public sector employment comprises approximately 20 percent of total employment in Canada.

Here are a few possible career categories for graduates of this certificate:

  • Community-based organizations that have administrative interactions with the federal, provincial, or municipal governments
  • International governmental organizations (like the United Nations [UN], Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD], World Bank)
  • Offices of an elected official (for example, as a political aide)
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGO)
  • Policy units of a federal, provincial, or municipal government department
  • Private sector companies, particularly ones that have extensive interactions with domestic or foreign governments, or that are engaged in public research

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Individuals who already have an undergraduate degree and wish to deepen their understanding of key aspects of public sector management and leadership
  • Individuals looking to pursue graduate studies in public administration
  • Individuals working in government or the nonprofit sector who want to build their skills to move up in their career 

You can enrol in individual courses to gain specific skills, or take the whole certificate program to develop a greater depth of photography knowledge.

What Will You Learn?

In completing this certificate you will know how to:

  • Recognize key issues in today’s rapidly evolving public sector
  • Participate in the Canadian public policy-making process 
  • Interpret contemporary social, economic, and environmental policy
  • Apply public sector leadership 
  • Analyze the statutory and regulatory basis of Canadian public administration
  • Rate and evaluate programs
  • Work within budgetary processes
  • Design effective accountability 
  • Rank the types of partnerships between government and other agents in the delivery of public goods
  • Assess the quality of intergovernmental affairs
  • Recognize and select the most appropriate instruments for policy and program delivery

Certificate Requirements

  • 3 required courses
  • 3 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • An undergraduate degree

Note: If you have no background in politics or public administration and/or no experience in the public sector, you may be required to complete a preparatory course (usually either CPPA 102 or CPPA 120) prior to admission in the certificate.

Admission Application
To apply for approval to register in the Certificate in Public Administration and Leadership, please complete and submit this online program pre-approval form. Once you have completed and submitted this online form, a representative from The Chang School will contact you to provide next steps.

Note: You will also be required to submit academic transcripts to Dr. Patrice Dutil, Academic Coordinator. Instructions for submitting your transcripts are in the Education section of the pre-approval form.


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