Public Administration, Diploma

The power of one, serving many. 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

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

At a glance image

Public Administration student

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.

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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

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.

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If you missed the live session we've got you covered. Download the 2021 Summer Information Session PDF.

Who can I contact if I want more information?

Contact business@camosun.ca

International students please contact International Admissions

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

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

Tuition and fees

Estimated tuition fees

Effective from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023

Public Administration, Diploma

$6,576* (domestic)
$31,080** (international)

Public Administration, Diploma, Internship designation 

$7,364* (domestic)
$32,680** (international)

Public Administration, Diploma, Co-op designation

$8,028* (domestic)
$34,280** (international)

 

*Figures are approximate. Tuition estimates are for the entire program. Tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

**International tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

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.

One of:

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

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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.

 

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Faculty/staff profile

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 ...

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Coralee Czinkota

Program Leader

Coralee Czinkota joined Camosun College in the Fall of 2019 and teaches in the Bachelor of Business Administration program within the Management and H ...

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Shelaina Postings

Program Leader

Shelaina Postings joined Camosun College in 2019 as a term instructor and became a full-time instructor in 2021. Shelaina teaches in the Bachelor of B ...

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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 ...

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Public Administration students

Learn more

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

Contact information

School of Business

Campus location

Centre for Business & Access Building (CBA) 249

Location link

Interurban Campus

250-370-4565

business@camosun.ca

 

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