Local Government Administration Diploma

  • The Local Government Administration Diploma program is a multi-disciplinary and applied program which builds on the Local Government Administration Certificate and Advanced Certificate. The diploma is designed for professionals currently working in local government who wish to achieve more in depth understanding, knowledge and skills in the field. The program is designed so that the students can combine their full-time professional responsibilities with part-time undergraduate studies over three to five years.

    Students successfully completing the Local Government Administration Diploma will gain a through understanding of a wide range of local government issues. They will be able to identify, analyze and recommend solutions to workplace challenges while also strengthening their research, communication and management skills. Students will complete all currently offered PADM courses in addition to other post-secondary electives from a wide variety of subject areas.

    The Diploma program is best suited to students who:

    • Wish to continue their studies beyond the certificate level and enhance their knowledge and skills
    • Are able to take courses offered in a six day residential format (MATI)
    • Have taken other post-secondary courses from Capilano University or another institution that can be considered as for transfer credit

    The program consists of 11 required courses (33 credits) and 9 elective courses (27 credits). This program is based upon existing courses which are currently offered by Capilano University. A minimum of 10 courses (30 credits) must be completed at Capilano University. Please see Program Requirements for complete details.

    All courses in the program can be applied toward the Provincial Board of Examiners certificates, which are recognized by local government employers across British Columbia.

    Admission Requirements for the Local Government Administration Diploma Program

    • BC Secondary School Graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent OR Mature Student status or permission of the program coordinator; AND
    • Current employment in a municipality, regional district, First Nations government, Improvement District or supporting agency.