Public Administration, Diploma

The power of one, serving many.

Program at a glance

Credential

Diploma

Area of Study

Business

Study options

Full-time

Part-time

In-class/Face-to-face

Work experience

Co-op / internship

Open to International

Yes

Length

Two years

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Public Administration student

The business of government

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.

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In demand

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.

You can also choose to continue your education at Camosun College with the Bachelor of Business Administration,  Accounting MajorHuman Resource Management & Leadership Major or Marketing Major.

Talk to an Academic Advisor to learn more about your options.

Information Sessions

No sessions are scheduled at this time.

The School of Business Information Sessions are a great way to learn more about a program and to get your questions answered by faculty and staff.

Missed the live Information session?

If you missed the live session we've got you covered. Download the 2020 Fall Information Session PDF with clickable links.

Who can I contact if I want more information?

Contact business@camosun.ca

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

Estimated tuition

Effective from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

$6,789 * (domestic)
$8,184 * (domestic with Co-op)
$7,420 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 CO-OP WEP

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 Workplace Preparation course COOP WEP 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

Admission requirements

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.

Admission requirements

One of:

  • C in English 12 
  • C in Camosun Alternative 

Participation requirements

One of:

  • C in Math 11 
  • C in MATH 077 
  • C in MATH 137
  • C+ in MATH 072 
  • C+ in MATH 075 
  • C+ in MATH 135

Many first year Business courses require Math as a prerequisite. Students may enter this program without Math but please note, students must complete one of the Math courses as listed above or successfully complete Camosun’s Math assessment in or before their first semester of study.

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.

Faculty/staff profile

Allison Betton

Allison Betton

Instructor (On Leave)

Allison Betton joined Camosun College in 2016 as a term instructor and became a full-time instructor in 2017.  Allison teaches in the Bachelor of ... Read more

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Odette Coccola Instructor, Management & Human Resource Leadership

Odette Coccola

Instructor

Odette joined Camosun in 2007, teaching Business Law part-time and continuing her law practice in Victoria.  In 2013 she moved to full-time teach ... Read more

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Coralee Czinkota

Instructor

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Carole Gosse Instructor, Management & Human Resource Leadership

Carole Gosse

Instructor

Carole Gosse joined Camosun College in 1999 as the Co-op Coordinator for the Hotel and Restaurant Management program. She became a fulltime business i ... Read more

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Jason Johnson

Program Leader

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Timothy Kemp Instructor, Management & Human Resource Leadership

Timothy Kemp

Recruitment & Retention Program Leader

Timothy Kemp trained as a policy analyst and worked for the federal and provincial governments in a variety of roles, including strategic planner, pro ... Read more

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Sonja Kennedy

Instructor

Sonja started teaching Labour Relations part-time at Camosun in 2017 while working full-time in Labour Relations in the Public Sector. Sonja moved to ... Read more

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Dale Samsonoff

Dale Samsonoff

Program Leader

Dale Samsonoff joined Camosun College in 2019 as a term instructor and became a full-time instructor in 2020. Dale teaches in the Bachelor of Business ... Read more

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Stephen Scott Program Leader/Instructor, Hospitality, Tourism, & Golf Management

Stephen Scott

Department Chair

Stephen Scott is a Chartered Professional Accountant who began teaching at Camosun College in 2012 after working in senior finance roles in the hospit ... Read more

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 Karen Stephens Instructor, Management & Human Resource Leadership

Karen Stephens

Instructor

Karen has been with Camosun College in various capacities for 31 years. She began her career in Continuing Education where she developed adult learnin ... Read more

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Halinka Szwender Instructor, Management & Human Resource Leadership

Halinka Szwender

Instructor

Halinka joined Camosun College in 1996 in the Cooperative Education Department. Upon completion of her MBA in 2007, she has been teaching full time in ... Read more

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Susanne Thiessen

Susanne Thiessen

Instructor

Gasán uu dáng gíidang? Camosun College campuses are located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. I would like to a ... Read more
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Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements. 

Contact information

School of Business

Contact us to discuss if the program is right for you!

Campus location

Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

Location link

Campus Map

250-370-4565

business@camosun.ca

Fax: 250-370-4104