Diploma in Government Management

Program Snapshot

Applications for the September 2023 (Fall) semester and January 2024 (Winter) semester for the Diploma in Government Management are now closed for high volume regions (Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Please email admissions@cbu.ca with any questions or concerns.

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Developed for those with a career or academic interest in Canadian governance, public administration, and public sector management, the focus of the 42-credit Diploma in Government Management is on the intersections between public administration, public policy, management, administrative law, rights, power and justice in Canada. 

The Diploma in Government Management has been designed to help you get a better understanding of governing bodies and programs, service delivery in complex settings, legal obligations, and how operations are generally managed in the public sector. This is incredibly helpful for those with an interest in working for, or with, government and community-based organizations managing groups of people.

Carve your own path into the future while developing expertise in the techniques and practices of public sector management. This diploma offers the chance to take a deep look at the nature of Canadian government and public administration at the national, provincial and local levels. Study comprehensive subjects such as management, law, organizational theory, policy development, quantitative and qualitative research methods, leadership, ethics and more.

This diploma can be completed on a full or part-time basis.

What is the tuition for this program?

These numbers are an estimate for planning purposes only. These numbers do not include lab or accommodation fees.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Learn about public sector management at all government levels including policy.
  • Financial and personnel management skills.
  • Understand organizational theory and design.
  • Management and community development skills.
  • Learn about public sector ethics and governmental legal obligations.

Why study at CBU?

On Cape Breton Island, public sector managers play a critically important role in our local, regional, national and global communities by providing project management and policy advice. It’s not only the modern facilities or the word-class education that draws students from over 70 countries to our unique location on the sea, it’s the chance to make a difference in the place you call home.

Studying government management at CBU will help you learn the skills necessary to take on challenging issues that define the public agenda in Canada. In addition to our regular courses, our experienced faculty provide hands-on learning through many experiential learning opportunities. This helps ensure our students are prepared to enter the professional world or continue to graduate studies.

Sample Courses

  • POLS 1101: Politics, Law and Social Justice – Canadian Perspectives
  • POLS 2119: Canadian Public Sector Management
  • POLS 3125: L’nu Treaty Rights
  • POLS 3107:  Provincial Politics and Government

Ready to Apply?

Possible Career Paths

  • The Government of Canada
  • Municipal governments and administrations
  • Federal and provincial crown corporations
  • Non-government organizations
  • International organizations
  • Public policy research centres
  • Provincial Public Services

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Provide opportunities for students to become knowledgeable and conversant with the latest theories and practices in Canadian public sector management
  • Develop competency in quantitative and qualitative analysis in the fields of public sector management and public policy analysis
  • Gain extensive knowledgeable and analytical skills regarding a range of human resource and management issues
  • Opportunity to focus close analytical attention on public policy fields, public sector organizations and non-governmental organizations

Admission Requirements

  • 65% average
  • English 12 (advanced or academic)
  • 4 additional grade 12 academic or advanced courses
  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.

Admission Requirements

Please select your province for specific admission requirements.

General Requirements for High School Graduates

  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.

Please select your country to view admission requirements.

Transfer Student Requirements

  • In order to transfer to CBU you must be in good academic standing at your current/previous institution.
  • You must meet the general admissions requirements (or the post-secondary equivalent) for the program, found under the Canadian or International tabs of this tool.
  • To see if your institution is an articulation partner, please view our articulation agreements page.
  • Please email us if you have specific questions about admission requirements and transferring to CBU:


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