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Government, Economics and Management Co-op Information for Employers

Adding Value to Your Team

The Government, Economics and Management program is designed to lead to an understanding of public sector administration and management from the inside as an integrated enterprise, as well as from the outside, as a series of policy decisions and outcomes. Characterized by a multi-disciplinary approach by employing both political and business-oriented analysis, students will confront questions of why politicians and public servants behave the way they do, and how their policy choices and processes may be optimized. The core business curriculum is supplemented by specific emphasis on public policy & administration, in addition to business-government relations.

University of Guelph Advantage

Recent issues addressed in the program include democratic accountability, morale and ethics in the public sector and equality and justice in decision-making. Upon completion of the Public Management major, students are well positioned to compete for exciting and diverse career opportunities within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Students receive a well-rounded, broad-based knowledge of government and public sector functions, suitable for continuing in several areas including business, politics and law.

Our co-op process responds to your needs. Employers can post, hire and interview throughout the semester and our students are available for 4 or 8 month work terms. The Experience Guelph hiring tool makes hiring Guelph co-op students easy!

Student Strengths


Well-honed communication skills to deal professionally with sensitive social and political issues.


A comprehensive understanding of the public sector, including municipal, provincial and federal levels. of government, the legal system, and various academic, healthcare and other institutions that provide public service.


Strong leadership skills, developed through education, extra-curricular involvement and work experiences.

Government, Economics and Management Work Term Schedule








Government, Economics and Management Course Sequencing

Based on the 2023/24 undergraduate calendar. Please see the current undergraduate calendar for more information.


  • Introduction to Business
  • Introductory Marketing
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Business Mathematics


  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Individuals and Groups in Organizations
  • Canadian Government and Politics
  • Public Policy
  • 1 Elective


  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Co-operative Education
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Public Policy: Challenges And Prospects
  • One Of: Economic Growth And Environmental Quality Or Business History or Introductory Development Economics
  • Economic Statistics


  • Management Accounting
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Public Administration And Governance
  • Introduction to Finance
  • 1 Elective


Work Term One


Work Term Two


  • Operations Management
  • Information Management
  • Financial Management
  • Public Economics
  • One Of: Business and Professional Ethics or Ethics or Philosophy Of Law


Work Term Three


  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business-Government Relations In Canada
  • One Of: Business and Consumer Law or Housing and Real Estate Law
  • 1 3000-Level Economics Course
  • 1 Elective


Work Term Four


Work Term Five


  • Strategic Management
  • One Of: Topics in Public Management or Honours Political Science Research I or Advanced Lecture in Public Management or Multi-Level Governance in Canada or 1 3000 or 4000 Level Economics Course or 1 4000 Level Political Science Course
  • 1 3000-Level Economics Course
  • 2 Electives


  • Two Of: The Constitution And Canadian Federalism or Local
    Government in Ontario or Comparative Public Policy or Law,
    Politics and Judicial Process
  • One Of: Honours Political Science Research II or 1 4000-Level
    Economics Course or Multi-Level Governance in Canada or Topics In Public Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • 1 Elective