The Graduate Diploma in Public Management is intended to serve the needs for continuous learning for public servants and other professionals who seek to strengthen or broaden their conceptual and technical skills in public administration and policy analysis. Students enter the program with widely varying backgrounds, including those who already have advanced degrees in other fields but who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in particular areas of specialization relevant to the public sector. Students who complete the diploma and who are subsequently admitted to the Master of Public Policy and Administration may apply up to five of the courses from the diploma towards the MPPA, reducing its length from 15 courses to 10.
The Graduate Diploma in Public Management is a 3.0-credit program (6 half-credit courses):
- 0.5 credit in public management: principles and processes of public-sector management as they function through cabinet-parliamentary government, federalism, the public service bureaucracy and the judiciary
- 2.5 credits in optional courses from the following areas: organization theory, ethics in the public service, law of public authorities, public sector strategic and budgetary management, principles of finance, human resource management, industrial relations, collective bargaining in the public sector, urban and local government, third sector governance and management, as well as policy and program evaluation and globalizing public management.