Diploma in Public Administration and Management

Program Snapshot

Help Organizations Move Forward

The special skills you learn at CBU in the Diploma in Public Administration and Management program can take you in any direction. Learn in modern facilities surrounded by a thriving community with access to everything you need to grow. The knowledge you gain here will help you excel in managing people, processes and policies in various industries to help you build the solid foundation you need for the real world.

This Diploma in Public Administration and Management has been designed to help you gain quantitative and qualitative research skills, and get a better understanding of management and community development. 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 international, national, provincial and local levels. Study comprehensive subjects such as management, law, organizational theory, policy development, research methods, leadership and more.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Learn about public sector management at all government levels.
  • Financial and personnel management skills.
  • Quantitative and qualitative-based research skills.
  • Understand how government policies work.
  • Management and community development 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 40 countries to our unique location on the sea, it’s the chance to make a difference in the place you call home.

Studying public administration and 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 either an experiential learning directed study, or co-op work placements paired with the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Management (C.I.M.). This helps ensure our students are prepared to enter the professional world or continue to graduate studies.

Sample Courses

  • POLS 3111: Canadian Public Administration; Financial Management, Personnel Administration
  • POLS 3143: Canadian Government and Administrative Law
  • POLS 3801:  Directed Independent Study or POLS 3991: Political Science Internship

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

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Local volunteer activities
  • Large-scale community engagements
  • Diverse campus events
  • Option to choose a directed study project or internship
  • Option to complete a special Certificate in Management (C.I.M.)

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.
  • 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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