Graduate Diploma in Public Administration

The Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (Management) is a 21 credit hour program that will strengthen the public policy and public management skills of working professionals in the public sector. Providing graduate-level instruction and knowledge in public policy and managing human, financial and informational resources, the program focuses on enhancing your analytical, critical thinking and strategic capabilities, providing a solid basis in theoretical frameworks and latest-wave thinking in public administration, while strengthening your managerial and leadership competencies. Recipients of the Graduate Diploma – MPA(M) may elect to continue studies in the master’s program.


GDPA (M) students must take 7 courses.  

Core Courses (required)

Government Structure and Organization

This class focuses on the Canadian system of government and addresses basic organizational theory and design as well as fundamental issues of public management.

Policy Formulation and Analysis

This class covers the techniques, theory and contextual underpinnings central to effective policy management. It explores strategic approaches to policy design and the role of the policy analyst in modern government.

Human Resource Management

This class explores the evolving practices and challenges faced by organizations seeking to excel in HR.

Managing Information Resources

This class examines the complex technological changes public administrators have to grapple with. It provides broad-based information about the technological advances underway in Canada, while fostering understanding of the opportunities and problems these changes present.

MGMT XXXX     Public Sector Financial Management

Class description forthcoming.

Managerial Economics

This class elucidates basic microeconomic theories and principles and applies these to economic decision-making. With a focus on public sector applications, this class is designed to increase your understanding of the relationship between economic theory and policy.

Elective Courses (choose 1)

Business and Government

This class presents the relationship between government and business in North America. It offers a practical approach to understanding the differences in how government and business operate, highlighting the techniques each side uses to influence the other.

Research Methods

This class provides a practical setting for understanding the purchase, management and evaluation of research products. Applied research methods, research services and best practices are discussed in depth.

Strategic Management in the Public Sector

This class explores the concepts, potential and dynamics of strategic management in modern public administration. It analyzes a wide variety of management instruments and techniques. We highly recommended you take this class as close to the end of your program as possible.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites, but we recommend that you complete this course toward the end of your program.

Managing People in Diverse Organizations

This class explores how managers can deal effectively with human problems in their organizations. Topics include motivation, leadership, communications perception and group dynamics.

Intergovernmental Relations

This class focuses on a wide array of policy areas and uses case studies to show how intergovernmental issues – such as fiscal federalism and coordination of service delivery – are successfully resolved.

Public Economics

This class introduces the basic principles of public finance and macroeconomics. The class places a special emphasis on the role of government in the economy and on the application of economic theory in public policy analysis within the framework of the Canadian federation.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites, but we strongly adives that you take complete Managerial Economics before taking this class.

MGMT6400       Municipal Government

Class description forthcoming.

Program Evaluation

This class examines the theory, methods and issues of this growing field. It emphasizes the skills necessary to design a program evaluation and to assess its feasibility. Topics also include underlying values, alternative approaches and implementation and utilization.

MGMT XXXX     Risk Management in Public Service

Class description forthcoming.

MGMT XXXX     Citizen Engagement

Class description forthcoming.