Program at a glance
Area of Study
Co-op / internship
Open to International
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The business of government
Start in September, January or May!
We focus on the management skills, rather than a policy orientation, with an emphasis on strategic planning, financial management, leadership, communication and negotiation. You will have the knowledge, skills and abilities you’ll need to enter the public administration field as a beginning practitioner.
As a graduate, you’ll be ready to seek employment in a wide variety of municipal, provincial and federal government positions. You’ll also be able to seek employment in non-profit, regulatory and non-government environments.
Talk to an Academic Advisor to learn more about your options.
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Prepare for a career in public administration
You’ll gain a general overview of public administration at all levels of government, incorporating elements of general management practice including financial and human resource management along with a specific context for working in government
Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.
$8,348 (domestic with Co-op)
$7,595 per term (international)
Tuition fees vary depending on course selection. Figures listed here are approximate
Tuition is based on 5 academic courses
What to expect
This well-rounded program includes relevant and applied content. Some of the courses are also available in an online or blended learning format. The program consists of 20 courses starting in the Fall, Winter, Summer term. Program courses are delivered in a combination of online and face-to-face instruction. Evening and daytime classes are held predominantly at the Interurban campus and the program is taken on a part-time basis.
Co-operative Education Option
Apply your classroom skills in the workplace and bring your workplace skills back to the classroom! A Co-op work term is a great opportunity to gain work experience in your field while enrolled in your academic program.
When you engage in co-operative education, you get an early start on preparing for your career after graduation! You will be joining a growing number of students who choose the opportunity to alternate between full-time studies and full-time paid work where you can bring your applied classroom learning to life.
Co-operative education is a learner-centered model that empowers you, the student, to direct your own learning and to make a valuable contribution in the workplace. Your learning will be guided and supported by both your employer and the School with a faculty member from your program assigned to coach, monitor, and evaluate your work term development.
To participate in Co-operative Education, prior to your first work term you will need to successfully complete
- Eight (8) first year courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (C+), and
- the workshop series CDEV-WPS
Talk to your Co-op & Internship Coordinator, or login to the Co-op and Career Portal to book a Co-op Information Appointment with an Employment Facilitator to get more information. Connect with your Academic Advisor to plan your program and how co-operative education can fit.
Together you determine what timeline is most appropriate for you to take the mandatory Career Development-Workplace Preparation Skills (CDEV-WPS) course before your first work term.
A rewarding career
Public sector managers in BC earn a median annual salary* of $100,000 depending on employer and seniority.
*2018 Job Bank Wage data
Curriculum & courses
When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.
Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.
- C in English 12
- C in English 12 Camosun Alternative
For more detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.
Note: Students who have already completed some course work at a professional institute or another post-secondary institution should submit official transcripts to be assessed for transfer credit.
Our teaching staff
Camosun College is proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students' individual journeys. For more information about our faculty, please visit the School of Business homepage.
Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.