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Learn about public sector organizations, structures, decision processes, and operations. Develop an awareness of the political forces that shape public administration and policy, and learn about the levels of government in Canada.

Gain the specialized knowledge and skills you need to advance your career in the public sector.

This program is designed for:

  • those preparing for jobs or career advancement in:
    • federal, provincial, or municipal government
    • social service agencies
    • public or non-profit organizations
  • managers
  • administrative officers
  • front-line service providers
  • policy analysts

By completing this program, you will fulfil Level 1 of Toronto Metropolitan’s BA (Honours) in Public Administration and Governance.

What Will You Learn?

  • The levels of government in Canada.
  • Organizations and operations in the public sector.
  • Analytic, administrative, communication, and management skills for career advancement in the public sector.
  • Policy-making and policy analysis in the public sector.
  • The political forces that shape public administration and policy.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

This certificate fulfils Level 1 of Toronto Metropolitan’s BA (Honours) in Public Administration and Governance. It is for students who intend to pursue the degree program.

You may be interested if you are:

  • A working public sector employee.
  • A student aspiring to a career in the public service.
  • Interested in gaining knowledge about public administration and public policy in Canada.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Many of our instructors are faculty members in Toronto Metropolitan’s Department of Politics & Public Administration.

Visit the Department of Politics & Public Administration Personnel website to read more about their expertise.

Industry and Careers

By completing Toronto Metropolitan’s BA (Honours) in Public Administration and Governance, you will be ready for promotion within your organization, or to take on a wide range of positions in the public sector or non-profit sector.

Here are just a few possible career categories:

  • A policy unit of a federal, provincial, or municipal government department.
  • The decision-making structure of a voluntary or nonprofit sector organization.
  • A private sector company, particularly one that has extensive interactions with domestic or foreign governments, or is engaged in public research.
  • International governmental organizations (like the UN, OECD, World Bank).
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  • A political aide to an elected official.
  • Private companies engaged in public research.
  • Interest/pressure groups.
  • Community-based organizations that have administrative interactions with the federal, provincial, or municipal governments.

Many graduates of the degree program go on to apply to law school or other graduate-level studies.


Tammy Manitowabi“My instructors were of great support and counsel. As professionals they understand the dynamics of the class and appreciate that students have full-time employment and families. My classmates and I supported one another and provided the motivation and inspiration to succeed.”

Tammy Manitowabi
Graduate, Public Administration and Governance (BA)


Joe Tom Sayers“There are very few intensive, culturally based programs that compare to what the Ryerson-First Nations Technical Institute program offers. The intensive mode was excellent. It supported my independent work from home while moving through the program as a cohort with other Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, allowing for lifelong friendships and professional networks.”

Joe Tom Sayers
Graduate, Public Administration and Governance (BA)


Krystyn Tully“It sounds like a strange journey, from radio and television to nonprofit water work, but it’s basically the same – we go out into the world, we document what we see, and we share those stories with people who need to hear them.”

Krystyn Tully
Graduate, Public Administration and Governance (BA)


“Having worked in the public sector for over a decade, I had the desire to transition into a management capacity involving public finance and data-driven decision making. I researched a variety of Toronto-based programs and determined that Toronto Metropolitan University’s Chang School offered the greatest flexibility to further my formal education while maintaining full-time employment. I enrolled in online and in-class courses and found that the instructors got to know me on a personal level, and continued regular communication throughout the course. My experience at The Chang School allowed me to complete my Bachelor of Arts at Toronto Metropolitan, a Master of Public Administration at the University of Western Ontario, and eventually led me to pursue a PhD at Toronto Metropolitan University.”

Colin Williams
Bachelor of Arts, Toronto Metropolitan University
Masters of Public Administration, University of Western Ontario
PhD, Toronto Metropolitan University (candidate)

Certificate Requirements

  • 3 required courses
  • 2 courses from Required Group 1
  • 1 lower-level Liberal Studies Elective from Table A
  • 2 Professionally-Related Electives from Table I
  • 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

Awards and Financial Aid


Contact Us

Questions? Contact Viola Ing, Undergraduate Program Administrator, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Toronto Metropolitan University.

Email:  ving@ryerson.ca

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, Professionally-Related Electives Table I for a complete list of appropriate courses. Once you have chosen your course, return to The Chang School website to search for its availability.