Local Government


Make a difference in your community—and your career

Master the fundamentals of how local governments work and propel your community and career forward, whether you’re new to the municipal landscape or seeking to advance your current position. Our certificate programs boost your confidence, broaden your knowledge of civic affairs, prepare you for professional designations, and—perhaps most importantly—equip you to better serve your community.

Impactful skills from a trusted leader

As a leader in local government education for more than 50 years, Dalhousie University understands that we all benefit when those who work in public service have the latest knowledge and tools at their fingertips. Developed by leaders in municipal administration and adult education, our curriculum will help you:

  • Acquire professional skills that are immediately applicable to your job
  • Connect with a national network of local government administrators and leaders
  • Increase professional marketability, with an education recognized Canada-wide

Learning that fits your life

Learn online through our user-friendly platform that gives you the ability to set your own study schedule. If you experience any issues, our faculty and staff will support you every step of the way.

Certificate programs

Our programs are designed to build and specialize your skill set, foster stronger communities and connect you to others in your field. We offer 12 certificates, including:

Local Government Administration
Develop skills and managerial perspectives to improve service delivery and serve local councils.

Local Government Financial Administration
Gain a deeper understanding of budgeting, accounting, finance, taxation and assessment in the municipal context.

Executive Certificates in Local Government Leadership
Take your leadership and strategic planning skills to the next level and grow a network of peers across Canada.


We offer a broad range of local government courses, all tailored to meet the specific challenges and needs of today’s public service employees. You can register for them individually or as part of a certificate.

Local Government
Delve into the various Canadian local government systems. Examine their challenges and prospects.

Community Economic Development I
Learn the fundamental principles and practices that help communities thrive.

Organizational Behaviour and Leadership
Examine theories of leadership, government culture, organizational change and council/staff relations.

How to register

1. Download the registration form.
2. Complete the form.
3. Submit via email or fax.