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Certificate in
Public Administration and Leadership

This program is designed for individuals who have already completed a degree and who wish to deepen their understanding of the key aspects of public sector management. The curriculum is focused on key areas of policy development, public sector finance, collaborative governance, intergovernmental affairs, program evaluation, e-government, and administrative law. A special capstone course focuses on the nature and style of leadership in the public sector.

Academic Coordinator: Patrice Dutil, pdutil@ryerson.ca

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Admission Criteria

Eligible applicants must have the following:

An undergraduate degree in any field. Applicants who do not have a background in politics or public administration and/or no experience in the public sector are encouraged to successfully complete COPA 103 prior to admission in the certificate.

Admission Application

Students seeking admission to this program are required to submit an application for pre-approval to the academic coordinator for the Certificate in Public Administration and Leadership. To obtain an application, visit the Forms and Documents section. The completed application, together with transcripts, may be presented to the academic coordinator during the Open House, or mailed to the address on the form.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses (three required courses and three electives), with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CPPA 211   Politics and Public Administration:  Public Policy
CPPA 404   Politics and Public Administration:  Issues in Public Administration
CPPA 501   Politics and Public Administration:  Public Sector Leadership


Electives (select three)

CPPA 301   Politics and Public Administration:  Administrative Law
CPPA 303   Politics and Public Administration:  Financial Management
CPPA 335   Politics and Public Administration:  Theories of Bureaucracy
CPPA 401   Politics and Public Administration:  Collaborative Governance
CPPA 402   Politics and Public Administration:  Program Planning and Evaluation
CPPA 403   Politics and Public Administration:  e-Government
CPPA 414   Politics and Public Administration:  Comparative Public Policy
CPPA 425   Politics and Public Administration:  Intergovernmental Relations


Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

COPA 103   Politics and Public Administration:  Public Administration in Canada
CPPA 301   Politics and Public Administration:  Administrative Law