X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

Public Management (PMGT)

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

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.

Degree Requirements (20.00 Total Credits)

12.50 - Required Core Courses

4.50 - Restricted Electives (from lists)

0.00 – MGMT*1100 (Business Career Preparation)

1.50 - Liberal Education Electives

1.50 - Free Electives


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 electives
Semester 3
ACCT*1220 [0.50] Introductory Financial Accounting
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
ACCT*2230 [0.50] Management Accounting
ECON*2410 [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
MGMT*1100 [0.00] Business Career Preparation
POLS*2250 [0.50] Public Administration and Governance
One of:
PHIL*2120 [0.50] Ethics
PHIL*2600 [0.50] Business and Professional Ethics
PHIL*3040 [0.50] Philosophy of Law *
0.50 electives
* This course may be offered in the fall and can be taken later in the program.
Semester 5
FARE*3310 [0.50] Operations Management
FIN*2000 [0.50] Introduction to Finance
MGMT*3320 [0.50] Financial Management
One of:
MCS*3040 [0.50] Business and Consumer Law
REAL*4840 [0.50] Housing and Real Estate Law
0.50 electives
Semester 6
ECON*3610 [0.50] Public Economics
MCS*2020 [0.50] Information Management
One of:
POLS*3210 [0.50] The Constitution and Canadian Federalism
POLS*3130 [0.50] Law, Politics and Judicial Process
POLS*3270 [0.50] Local Government in Ontario
POLS*3670 [0.50] Comparative Public Policy
0.50 credits at the 3000 level in Economics
0.50 electives
Semester 7
MGMT*3020 [0.50] Corporate Social Responsibility
POLS*3470 [0.50] Business-Government Relations in Canada
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 Political Science
0.50 credits at the 3000 level in Economics
0.50 electives***
Semester 8
ECON*4400 [0.50] Managerial Economics
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*4980 [0.50] Honours Political Science Research II
0.50 credits at the 4000 level in Economics
One 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
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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