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Are you looking for career advancement or increased employability in the public sector? This certificate will help you gain the specialized knowledge and skills you need to build your career in the service. It’s offered fully online so you can work through it on a part-time basis and is flexible to your busy schedule. The certificate blends theory and practice, with involvement from academic faculty and public service practitioners to help enrich your experience and boost your professional network. By completing this program, you will fulfil Level 1 of Toronto Metropolitan’s BA (Honours) in Public Administration and Governance.

Industry and Careers

This certificate can lead to career paths in the following areas: 

  • Community-based organizations that have administrative interactions with the federal, provincial, or municipal governments.
  • International governmental organizations
  • Interest/pressure groups
  • Non-governmental organizations 
  • Policy unit of a federal, provincial, or municipal government department
  • Political aide to an elected official
  • Private sector companies, particularly ones that have extensive interactions with domestic or foreign governments, or are engaged in public research
  • Voluntary or nonprofit sector organizations

Who Should Take This Certificate?

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will be able to:

  • Utilize your new understanding of the organizations and operations in the public sector
  • Employ your analytic, administrative, communication, and management skills for career advancement in the public sector
  • Engage in policy-making and policy analysis in the public sector
  • Recognize the political forces that shape public administration and policy

Certificate Requirements

  • 3 required courses
  • 2 courses from Required Group 1
  • 1 lower-level Liberal Studies Elective from Table A
  • 2 Open Elective courses
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Note: If you wish to obtain your Level 1 Certificate in Public Administration and Governance, you must apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for admission to the Public Administration and Governance BA (Honours) program. Do not use the standard continuing education certificate application. Upon completing this certificate and the Level 2 Certificate in Public Administration and Governance, you may continue your studies to earn a BA (Honours) in Public Administration and Governance from Toronto Metropolitan University. 

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent 
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits (ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English)
    • With a minimum grade of 60 percent (Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.)


  • Mature student status 

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Additional Details


Liberal Studies courses are indicated by “LL” for Lower Level and “UL” for Upper Level. Consult the Undergraduate Calendar for the complete list of Liberal Studies courses. Once you have chosen your course, return to The Chang School website to search for its availability.
Consult the Undergraduate Calendar, for a complete list of appropriate courses. Once you have chosen your course, return to The Chang School website to search for its availability.