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This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Master's Certificate in Public Sector Management


This program is an intensive 15-day executive education program. It consists of courses for managers and executives with diverse educational backgrounds who are experienced in a public sector/government or related organization. Attendance of courses is paramount to completing the program. Participants will receive a framed certificate upon completion.

For a complete breakdown and description of each class in the Master's Certificate in Public Sector Management program, please see the brochures below or contact us at or 905.721.8668 ext. 2822. Limited registrations available. 

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View Course Descriptions 2020-2021  View Program BROCHURE 2020-2021  



Leadership in the Public Sector                                                           September 18, 2020
High Impact Communication Skills                                                      October 2, 2020
Managing in a Unionized Environment                                                October 16, 2020
Conflict Management & Negotiation                                                    October 30, 2020
Sustainability for the Public Sector                                                      November 13, 2020
Finance & Accounting for Public Sector Management                        November 27, 2020
Policy Analysis                                                                                       December 11, 2020
Leading Teams and Change Management                                          January 8, 2021
Strategic Management                                                                         January 22, 2021
Strategic Management for the Public Sector                                      February 5, 2021
Operational Productivity and Continuous Improvement                    February 19, 2021
Fundamentals of Project Management                                              March 5, 2021
Public Sector Reforms                                                                         March 19, 2021
Local Government Reform and Performance Improvement              April 9, 2021*
Challenge of New Trends Affecting Government                                April 16, 2021

 *Moved from April 2, 2020 - Holiday,

  • Network and learn with others who share similar experiences and challenges;
  • Improve leadership and communication skills;
  • Understand the coaching relationship and how to best develop staff potential;
  • Recognize and handle various negotiating tactics;
  • Identify and apply strategic management and project management planning;
  • Understand how to structure continuous improvement;
  • Learn project management techniques;
  • Develop business cases and problem solving skills;
  • Understand public sector reforms, particularly in local/municipal government; and
  • Comprehend organizational performance and challenges facing the public sector and municipal government.
  • Leaders - managers, team leads and supervisors employed in Public Sector
  • Police, EMT, Fire Services and Health Care Providers
  • Department managers who are going through organizational change
  • Public Sector Professionals targeted for promotion or additional responsibilities

Application and payment

Full payment of all program fees are due at the time of application.  Applications may be denied for various reasons, including but not limited to capacity, lack of appropriate prior experience, quality of reference, etc. In cases where an application is denied, the full amount of all paid program fees will be refunded to the applicant.

Reference letter

The Master’s Certificate in Public Sector Management is designed for current managers, those transitioning to management positions, and executives in a public sector/government or related organization. This program aims to connect learners with others who have similar experiences managing in the public sector and draws upon these experiences for discussion based learning and problem-solving.  For this reason, a background and experience in managing in the public sector is typically required for effective learning in this program.

To ensure registrants have the previous experience fundamental to success in the program, applications to the Master’s Certificate in Public Sector Management require a letter of reference. Referee refers to the person providing the reference.

Referee must:

  • be in a leadership role within a public sector/government organization;
  • be the applicant’s direct supervisor or above.

Letters of reference must:

  • include the referee’s name, title, and relationship to the applicant (e.g. supervisor of the applicant);
  • address the referee’s direct knowledge of the applicant and their work;  
  • address the applicant's relevant professional experience and/or qualifications, and the significance of that experience and/or qualifications as they pertain to the public sector and/or management and/or leadership in the public sector, where applicable. This can be qualitative and/or quantitative;
  • address the aspects and knowledge the referee wishes the applicant to acquire and/or achieve;
  • include any additional relevant information; and
  • be a maximum of 2 pages.
  • be submitted through the email address.


The Master’s Certificate in Public Sector Management program has an attendance requirement.

This program consists of 15 six-hour virtual and in-class sessions, referred to as classes, for a total on 90 hours in-class. These classes are 9am-4pm with a one-hour lunch unless otherwise stipulated and/or a different schedule option is arranged and agreed to by the course instructor and all registered learners for a specific class.

Learners must complete a minimum of 84 hours in-class (90 hours, less one six-hour class) to be eligible for completion and issuance of the Master’s Certificate in Public Sector Management. Continuous Learning staff and instructors will monitor learner attendance, however, learners are responsible for reporting all absences, late arrivals, and/or early departures to as soon as possible. Where Continuous Learning is made aware of an attendance related issue that has not been addressed by the learner or where there is a concern over attendance, Continuous Learning will contact the learner via the email address the learner has provided to Continuous Learning.

Students who miss a full six-hour in-class session will be given the opportunity to complete the missed class or an equivalent open enrollment class within one calendar year of the missed class without incurring additional fees. Where the same class is offered again within one calendar year of the missed class, the learner will be scheduled to attend the next offering.  Where the same class is not available within one calendar year of the missed class, a suitable, equivalent open enrollment class will be determined, where possible, by Continuous Learning and the learner will be scheduled to attend the next offering of the determined equivalent. The deferred class or equivalent class must be completed within one calendar year of the originally missed class.

Class cancellation policy

Sometimes, due to extenuating circumstances, such as inclement weather, Ontario Tech University needs to close. When a decision to close the University is made, Continuous Learning classes will be cancelled, regardless of their location.  In other words, Continuous Learning will defer class cancellation determinations to the University. If the University cancels classes, then Continuous Learning classes will be cancelled regardless of where they are located on campus or at an external location.

Continuous Learning will endeavor to communicate any closure directly to all learners and instructors affected by a closure via the email address learners have provided to Continuous Learning, however, this is not always possible.

It is the responsibility of all learners and instructors to make themselves aware of any class cancellations by visiting the Ontario Tech University website on the “Emergency information and service disruptions” webpage.

For more information about this process, including how this information will be communicated, please visit the Campus Services website, Emergency Closure Policy, and Emergency Closure Procedures.

When a decision to close the University impacts Continuous Learning’s ability to offer a class, the missed class will be rescheduled. Information regarding the rescheduling of a class will be communicated with impacted learners an via the email address learners have provided to Continuous Learning.

Time limit

Students must complete the Master’s Certificate in Public Sector Management within two (2) calendar years of the first day of the first class of the program.

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Online & Bordessa Hall, located at the downtown Oshawa campus location at 55 Bond Street East

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (every other Friday from mid-September 2020 - April 2021)



(Parking costs not included in cost of the program).