X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

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

Department of Economics and Finance, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

The Public 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 employing political, economic 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 can be optimized. Management of public entities features a unique set of challenges that arise from and interact with basic political issues like democracy, accountability, equity, fairness, and justice. At the same time it necessarily faces concerns common to all organizations, such as efficiency, human and capital resource management, morale, planning, and adaptation to change.

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

Students enrolled in the PMGT major can choose to complete three of the five required courses for the Certificate in Leadership as part of their requirements for the program if they choose 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.

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.

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in Public Management is a five year program, including five work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

Public Management Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2 Off
2 Academic Semester 3


Academic Semester 4 COOP*1000 Work Term I
3 COOP*2000 Work Term II Academic Semester 5 COOP*3000 Work Term III
4 Academic Semester 6 COOP*4000 Work Term IV COOP*5000 Work Term V
5 Academic Semester 7 Academic Semester 8 N/A

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students 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, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

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

Credit Summary (22.00 Total Credits)*

12.50 - Required Core Courses

4.50 - Restricted Electives (from lists)

1.50 - Liberal Education Electives

1.50 - Free Electives

2.00 Co-op Work Terms

Note: A minimum of four Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement. *A fifth Co-op work term is optional and if completed the total number of credits will equal 22.50.

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.


Semester 1
ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
MATH*1030 [0.50] Business Mathematics
MCS*1000 [0.50] Introductory Marketing
MGMT*1000 [1.00] Introduction to Business
Semester 2
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
HROB*2090 [0.50] Individuals and Groups in Organizations
POLS*2230 [0.50] Public Policy
POLS*2300 [0.50] Canadian Government and Politics
0.50 elective
Semester 3
ACCT*1220 [0.50] Introductory Financial Accounting
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
ECON*2310 [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON*2740 [0.50] Economic Statistics
POLS*3250 [0.50] Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects
One of:
ECON*2100 [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
ECON*2650 [0.50] Introductory Development Economics
ECON*2720 [0.50] Business History
Semester 4 - Winter
ACCT*2230 [0.50] Management Accounting
ECON*2410 [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
FIN*2000 [0.50] Introduction to Finance
POLS*2250 [0.50] Public Administration and Governance
0.50 electives
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Semester 5 - Winter
ECON*3610 [0.50] Public Economics
FARE*3310 [0.50] Operations Management
MCS*2020 [0.50] Information Management
MGMT*3320 [0.50] Financial Management
One of:
PHIL*2120 [0.50] Ethics
PHIL*2600 [0.50] Business and Professional Ethics
PHIL*3040 [0.50] Philosophy of Law
* This course may be offered in the fall and can be taken later in the program.
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Semester 6 - Fall
MGMT*3020 [0.50] Corporate Social Responsibility
POLS*3470 [0.50] Business-Government Relations in Canada
One of:
MCS*3040 [0.50] Business and Consumer Law
REAL*4840 [0.50] Housing and Real Estate Law
0.50 credits at the 3000 level in Economics
0.50 electives
Winter Semester
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
(Eight month work term in conjunction with COOP*5000)
Summer Semester
COOP*5000 [0.50] 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 **:
POLS*4160 [1.00] Multi-Level Governance in Canada
POLS*4250 [1.00] Topics in Public Management
POLS*4270 [0.50] Advanced Lecture 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
0.50 credits at the 3000 level in Economics
1.00 electives***
Semester 8 - Winter
ECON*4400 [0.50] Managerial Economics

Two of:

POLS*3130 [0.50] Law, Politics and Judicial Process
POLS*3210 [0.50] The Constitution and Canadian Federalism
POLS*3270 [0.50] Local Government in Ontario
POLS*3670 [0.50] Comparative Public Policy

One of **:

POLS*4160 [1.00] Multi-Level Governance in Canada
POLS*4250 [1.00] Topics in Public Management
POLS*4980 [0.50] Honours Political Science Research II
0.50 credits at the 4000 level in Economics

0.50 electives***

** If a 1.00 credit POLS is taken in either semester 7 or 8 this will meet the restricted elective requirement for both semesters POLS*4250 is recommended

*** The number of electives will change if a 1.00 credit POLS course is taken in semester 7 or 8

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