Diploma in Government Management

Program Overview
Admission Requirements
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General Requirements for High School Graduates

  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.

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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.
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  • Please email us if you have specific questions about admission requirements and transferring to CBU:
Fall 2024
August 15, 2024
Winter 2025
December 15, 2024
Fall 2024
April 15, 2024
Winter 2025
September 15, 2024
Fall 2025
April 15, 2025
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Applicants should review the Canadian Application Deadlines and/or International Application Deadlines for the latest information on application open and close dates. Please note that application deadlines may close early if enrolment targets are met prior to the posted application close date. 

To Change the System, You Need to Know the System

What governments do matters, and with a Diploma in Government Management from Cape Breton University, you’ll find out why.

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 is on the intersections between public policy, management, administrative law, rights, power and justice in Canada. 

The Diploma in Government Management has been designed to help you gain 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. Through coursework students will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of working for, or with, government and community-based organizations while managing groups of people.

In addition, as part of the program students will learn important research analytical skills which are sought after in the field, develop writing and public speaking skills, engage in teamwork and gain professional knowledge through practical hands-on project and case study work.

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?

  • Develop expertise to better understand the nature and function of Canadian government at all levels
  • Gain a better understanding of how to manage people, programs, finances and services in a dynamic and changing human resource environment
  • Discover how policies in areas such as healthcare, education, transportation and environment are made to tackle social and economic problems in Canada
  • Learn how to foster change in areas that you are interested in
  • Understand organizational theory and design
  • Enhance writing and public speaking skills
  • Understand the fundamentals of working in a team environment
  • Develop research analytical skills

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

Admission Requirements

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


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