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    Public Administration - Municipal

Program Code:MAP
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The Public Administration – Municipal program prepares you for a career serving local government. You’ll gain knowledge of operations and functions of municipal government including policy–making, committee structures and processes, and budget processes. Upon graduation, you’ll complete the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers (AMCTO) Municipal Administration Program (MAP) as part of your diploma studies. The Municipal Administration Program (MAP) is one of the requirements to attain the "Certified Municipal Officer" (CMO) accreditation. You’ll register for the AMCTO courses at an additional cost.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Compare the kinds of local government that exist in Ontario and explain the main events in the evolution of local government in Ontario.
  • Describe the features of institutions in a market economy, the use of economic resources, specialization and the use of money; and the significance of economic growth and related policies.
  • Describe the executive and legislative branches of the Ontario government and their main responsibilities including the provincial powers as set out in the British North America Act.
  • Identify the roles and inter-relationships of councilors and staff as well as the electorate and political parties.
  • Identify and illustrate the communication process, points of breakdown, sources of conflict and conflict management techniques in organizations.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the most common forms of internal governing machinery, including standing committees, C.A.O. systems and executive committees.
  • Describe and assess the potential of various local revenue sources available to municipalities, identifying recent changes affecting municipal finance and revenue sources including entrepreneurial initiatives.
  • Explain the nature and purposes of the current municipal operating budget method and offer suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the annual budget process given the limitations on its traditional format and preparation.
  • Describe the recommended methods for municipal revenue management and means of managing and controlling municipal expenditures with reference to the municipal budget and financial reports
  • Describe the composition and roles of the municipal council and explain the municipal policy making process.
  • Explain and illustrate the legal requirements on the exercise of municipal powers with particular reference to the four key management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling.
  • Identify and compare the distinctive features of managing in small and rural versus large and urban municipalities, describing their political and intergovernmental contexts, and legal and judicial framework.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Launch your career with an Ontario municipality, not–for–profit organization such as an agency, board or commission, or private sector entity serving local government. As a graduate of the Public Administration – Municipal diploma program you will be prepared to work as an entry–level municipal employee with knowledge of municipal policy– making procedures and processes, financial management and control, and the structure and operating principles of local government. In addition, you’ll have taken courses that are part of the requirements to attain the “Certified Municipal Officer” designation through the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO).

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Important Academic Dates

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(Subject to Change)

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
CAN190 The Canadian Political System 3
CSP201 Communication for Public Administration 3
MAP106 Data Management 4
MAP111 Introduction to Local Government 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CTA425 Government Project Management 4
LGL201 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
MAP211 Municipal Administration Structure 3
MAP213 Municipal Software Applications 2
QNM106 Mathematics of Finance 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 (Fall) Course Name Hrs/Wk
LGL126 Administrative Law 2
MAP311 Municipal Financial Management 3
MAP312 Canadian Politics and Government 3
MAP320 Municipal Tax Administration I 3
MAP330 Municipal Accounting and Finance I 3
RPA303 Planning and Urban Development 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
MAP400 Professional Issues in Municipal Government 2
MAP411 Management in the Municipality 3
MAP415 Economic Development 3
MAP420 Municipal Tax Administration II 3
MAP430 Municipal Accounting and Finance II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: TBA
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
Email: TBA
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  June Allison
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22471
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Mark Leavens
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26390
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
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