X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

Public Management (Co-op) (PMGT:C)

Department of Economics and Finance, College of Business and Economics

A principal aim of the Co-op program in Public Management is to facilitate the transition of students from academic studies to a professional career by enhancing the integration of theory and practice.

The Co-op program in Public Management is a five year program, including 5 work terms. Although the schedule includes 5 work terms, students have the option to complete only 4 of the 5 work terms, but must graduate with a Fall, Winter and Summer work term. Students are eligible to participate in a maximum two (2) summer employment processes and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined on the Co-operative Education and Career Services website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/.

In order for students to be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, they must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading and work term report grading.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education and Career Services web site.

Students enrolled in the PMGT major may choose to complete three of the five required courses for the Certificate in Leadership as part of their requirements for the program if they select the appropriate restricted electives. If you would like to graduate both with a BComm degree and the Certificate in Leadership you should use two of your free electives to enroll in HROB*2010 in either semester 3 or 6 and HROB*4010 in semester 8. In addition to the five degree-credit courses selected from the above list, 120 hours of leadership practice are required to obtain the undergraduate Certificate in Leadership. See http://www.leadershipcertificate.com/ for information regarding this Certificate and its course requirements.

Given the professional and applied nature of the program, there are no double majors or minors associated with the degree. Elective options enable students to select courses which support or complement their primary field of study

The program will appeal to students interested in the public service, public sector businesses or business-government relations.

Liberal Education Requirement

As part of the graduation requirement all students within the B.Comm. Program are required to complete 1.50 credits from at least two different subject prefixes as listed under the B.Comm. Program Information section of the undergraduate calendar.


For this major, 17.00 of the 20.00 credits are specified as core requirements and the remaining 3.00 as electives (including the Liberal Education Requirements of 1.50 credits).

Semester 1 - Fall
ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
MCS*1000 [0.50] Introductory Marketing
MGMT*1000 [1.00] Introduction to Business
POLS*1400 [0.50] Issues in Canadian Politics
Semester 2 - Winter
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
HROB*2100 [1.00] Managing People in Organizations
MATH*1030 [0.50] Business Mathematics
POLS*2300 [0.50] Canadian Government and Politics
Semester 3 - Fall
ACCT*2220 [0.50] Financial Accounting
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
ECON*2310 [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
POLS*3250 [0.50] Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects
One of:
ECON*2100 [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
ECON*2200 [0.50] Industrial Relations
ECON*2650 [0.50] Introductory Development Economics
One of:
ECON*2740 [0.50] Economic Statistics
STAT*2060 [0.50] Statistics for Business Decisions
Semester 4 - Winter
ACCT*2230 [0.50] Management Accounting
ECON*2410 [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
POLS*2250 [0.50] Public Administration and Governance
1.00 electives
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term I
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term II
Semester 5 - Winter
ECON*2560 [0.50] Theory of Finance
FARE*3310 [0.50] Operations Management
MCS*2020 [0.50] Marketing Information Management
MGMT*3320 [0.50] Financial Management
One of:
MGMT*3020 [0.50] Corporate Social Responsibility
PHIL*2600 [0.50] Business and Professional Ethics
POLS*3440 [0.50] Corruption, Scandal and Political Ethics *
* This course may be offered in the fall and can be taken later in the program.
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term III
Semester 6 - Fall
ECON*3610 [0.50] Public Economics
POLS*3470 [0.50] Business-Government Relations in Canada
One of:
ECON*3300 [0.50] Economics of Health and the Workplace
ECON*3400 [0.50] The Economics of Personnel Management
ECON*3520 [0.50] Labour Economics
ECON*3580 [0.50] Economics of Regulation
ECON*3620 [0.50] International Trade
One of:
MCS*3040 [0.50] Business and Consumer Law
HROB*3050 [0.50] Employment Law
0.50 electives
Winter Semester
COOP*4000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term IV
(Eight month work term in conjunction with COOP*5000)
Summer Semester
COOP*5000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term V
(Eight month work term in conjunction with COOP*4000)
Semester 7 - Fall
MGMT*4000 [0.50] Strategic Management
One of:
ECON*3300 [0.50] Economics of Health and the Workplace
ECON*3400 [0.50] The Economics of Personnel Management
ECON*3520 [0.50] Labour Economics
ECON*3580 [0.50] Economics of Regulation
ECON*3620 [0.50] International Trade
One of:
POLS*4250 [0.50] Topics in Public Management
POLS*4970 [0.50] Honours Political Science Research I
0.50 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level in Economics or 4000 level in Political Science
1.00 electives
Semester 8 - Winter

Two of:

POLS*3210 [0.50] The Constitution and Canadian Federalism
POLS*3270 [0.50] Local Government in Ontario
POLS*3670 [0.50] Comparative Public Policy and Administration

One of:

POLS*4980 [0.50] Honours Political Science Research II
0.50 credits at the 4000 level in Economics

One of:

ECON*4400 [0.50] Economics of Organizations and Corporate Governance
ECON*4800 [0.50] Competitiveness and Strategic Advantage

0.50 electives

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