Program Highlights

This multi-disciplinary and applied diploma will provide you with an in-depth understanding of local government in B.C. You'll be able to identify, analyze and recommend solutions to workplace challenges while strengthening your research, communication and management skills.

Building on the Local Government Administration Certificate and Advanced Certificate, this diploma is for students wanting to combine full-time professional work with part-time studies.

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.

  • Demonstrate knowledge related to four the local government core areas: administration, services, finance and law.
  • Employ basic research methods and demonstrate critical analysis skills for written reports on local government issues.
  • Prepare and demonstrate competency in delivery of oral presentations.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills, including leadership and conflict resolution, to deal with interpersonal and team situations.
  • Integrate public interest and global perspectives into projects, situation analysis and decision making.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
Off CampusSummerPart-Time
Off CampusFallPart-Time
Off CampusSpringPart-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$9,660 $1,334 $10,995
Year 2$4,625 $1,334 $5,959
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$14,285 $2,669 $16,954

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

Required Courses

Total credits: 27.00


Elective Courses

Total credits: 33.00

Choose 27.00 credits of electives:
Business or Commerce credits (including Accounting, General Management, Marketing, Human Resources Management, International Business, Applied Business Technology)
Humanities credits (including English, Communications, Foreign Languages, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Technical Writing)
Other Public Administration credits (including Public Management, Local Government Law, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Program Evaluation, Performance Management, Leading and Managing in the Non-Profit Sector, Economic Development, Corporate Administration, First Nations - Local Government Relations)
Science/Applied Science credits (including Architecture, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Engineering, Geography, Geology, Landscape Architecture, Math, Physics, Statistics, Human Kinetics, Kinesiology)
Social Science credits (including Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Geography, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies, Community Planning)


Total program credits: 60.00

Important Dates

Application Dates

Jun 2, 2020 - Jul 6, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Mar 8, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

May 3, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Nov 2, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 24, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Feb 2, 2021 - Apr 29, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Nov 15, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Dec 20, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Jun 1, 2021 - Jul 5, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Mar 7, 2022

Fee Payment Deadline

May 2, 2022 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Course Offerings

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

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Have questions about this program?

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604 990 7976
Cedar Building, room 324

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604 984 1798 (fax)
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