Business professionals at a networking conference.





1 to 1.5 years

Ontario logo Cost*


Become a public-sector leader with a Level 1 Public Administration and Governance certificate

Are you passionate about the public sector? There are so many different invigorating career opportunities in this field, from community-based organizations, interest groups, and non-governmental organizations to policy units and non-profit sector organizations. You can even work for private-sector companies that collaborate frequently with government agencies.

If you’re looking for training that will set you up for success in this ever-growing sector, then The Chang School Certificate in Level 1 Public Administration and Governance is the right fit for you.

This public administration certificate offers flexible learning opportunities, and all the courses are applicable to multiple career paths. You’ll gain both practical skills and theoretical knowledge from instructors with many years of experience working in senior positions within the public service. You can set up a strong foundation in public policy and administration to help you advance your career goals, no matter which public-sector field calls to you most. Already working in public service and want to give your career a boost? Our public administration courses will give you the tools you need to secure that promotion or level up specific skills.

Our public administration online courses are easy to manage with your schedule, and this certificate in public administration can be completed online in as little as one year. You can also start to build your professional network of present and future public-sector employees while you’re still in school, thanks to the many hands-on learning opportunities you get with both fellow learners and instructors active in the field.

The public sector needs more skilled, savvy professionals. Are you ready to start your training to become one of them?


Who should take this Level 1 Public Administration and Governance certificate?

  • You’re working in the public sector and want to advance your career
  • You’re a new graduate who’s interested in a career in the public service

What will you learn while taking the Level 1 Public Administration and Governance certificate?

You’ll learn how to:

  • Understand the organizations and operations of the public sector
  • Employ analytic, administrative, communication, and management skills to advance your career 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 core required courses
  • 2 courses from elective core courses
  • 1 lower-level liberal studies elective from Table A
  • 2 open elective courses
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits including English (ENG4U/EAE4U are the preferred English courses)
    • With a minimum grade of 70 percent (subject to competition – candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum)


  • Mature student status

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.

Applicants are admitted to the Level 1 Certificate in Public Administration and Governance in the fall, winter, and spring/summer semesters.

If you’re an undergraduate student, you should be aware of possible certificate restrictions. For complete details, check Curriculum Advising.


Financial Support



Contact Client Services



Discover related programs

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.