The School of Public Administration offers two distance education Diploma programs: Diploma in Public Sector Management and the Diploma in Local Government Management. Both these programs require completion of 11 courses (16.5 units). The DPSM is aimed at employees in all levels of government (federal, provincial, and local) and the non-profit sector, while the DLGM is aimed specifically at employees of BC’s local governments. The courses in the programs help public sector employees gain the skills and knowledge necessary for effective and responsible management.
Courses are offered through a variety of innovative adult education techniques which enable working professionals to pursue their studies while continuing their current employment. Delivery of courses is via distance education and include print material and computer conferencing. In some special topics courses faculty meet directly with students in workshops in Victoria. The program can be accessed throughout British Columbia and beyond.
To accommodate on campus and local students, including those enrolled in the Minor in Public Administration, the School will offer ADMN 311 on campus, as well as by distance.
Applicants are generally expected to have the equivalent of two years’ post-secondary education, plus three years’ work experience in the public or non-profit sectors. Candidates without post-secondary qualifications but with considerable relevant public sector or non-profit work experience may be admitted as conditional students. The programs concentrate on the role and growth of government in society and typical areas of content include: managerial theory, financial control, organizational design and development, and policy implementation. It also examines the role non-profit organizations play in the delivery of government services.
Professional Specialization Certificates
The School of Public Administration offers six Professional Specialization Certificates via distance learning in the following management areas:
- Local Government Management
- Performance Management
- Public Policy and Governance
- Public Sector Management
- Voluntary and Non-profit Sector Management
These Certificates are intended for students who already hold a Bachelor’s degree and have at least two years of work-related experience. Students are required to complete four ADMN 300 or 400 level courses.
Minor in Public Administration
The School of Public Administration offers a Minor in Public Administration to students enrolled in other undergraduate programs in UVic. The Minor in Public Administration will be awarded upon completion of six 1.5 unit courses (9 units). The minor will give students a range of topics relevant to the public and/or nonprofit sectors, including applied policy and public sector management. The program can be completed via distributed (distance) learning methods, but some courses are available on campus.
For further information contact:
Heather Kirkham, Program Manager
School of Public Administration
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
250-721-8067 / 721-8074 phone
ADMN 312 (A01) (1.5)
Managing in Public and Non-profit Sector Organizations
An examination of the skills of an effective manager in public and non-profit sector organizations and the interplay between management and key organizational processes such as planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating policies, programs and services. Management topics include: managerial work, interpersonal and leadership skills, power and influence, conflict resolution, formal and informal communications, motivation and teamwork. A project on managing organizational change is used as a way to connect manager behaviours and organizational processes.
Note: Credit will be granted for only one of 312, 406. Students may select an elective in lieu of 312.
Duration: May 1- August 7, 2013
ADMN 409 (A01) (1.5)
Leading and Managing in the Non-Profit Sector
An overview of management in Canada's non-profit and voluntary sector. Students will examine the size, scope, structure, functions, value bases, and uniqueness of the non-profit sector, plus the differences among the non-profit, public and private sectors. Topics include: leadership, board governance, strategic analysis, volunteer management and partnering. Students will analyze how management concepts, models, principles and techniques have validity as applied in the context of non-profit and voluntary sector organizations.
Duration: May 1- June 27, 2013
Instructor: D. Smith
ADMN 477 (A01) (1.5)
Strategic Planning and Implementation
Examines strategic planning processes and how strategic goals can be implemented in public sector organizations. Strategic planning topics include stakeholder analysis; developing mission, value and vision statements; environmental scanning; transforming strategic plans into policies and programs; management tactics; and assessing organizational performance. Implementation topics include: deploying resources; quality control; strategic communication; budgeting; team building; problem solving; progress assessment; completion; and evaluation.
Note: Credit will be granted for only one of 477, 411, 412, 470 (if taken in the same topic), 577.
Duration: May 1 - August 7, 2013
Format: Online Instructor: TBA
ADMN 479 (1.5)
European Border Region Policies
Introduces students to the various complexities of European Union (EU) public policy making in an increasingly borderless world, comparing EU policy and policy-making with the Canada-US and US-Mexican borders. Examines effects of intergovernmental and international relations on production of policies.
Note: Credit will be granted for only one of 479 and 579 or 548 (if taken in the same topic).
Duration: May 1- August 7, 2013
Instructor: E. Brunet-Jailly