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Governance, Law and Management

Athabasca University

24 months
39605 CAD/year
15965 CAD/year
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Organizations have shifted from "command and control" management to flexibility, innovation and lifelong learning. The Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance, Law and Management (BPA-GLM) from Athabasca University is a degree-completion program that will prepare you for success in today’s knowledge-based economy.


Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance, Law and Management is designed for recent diploma graduates and mid-career professionals who want to pursue careers in the public, voluntary or non-profit sectors. This interdisciplinary program will give you an understanding of:

  • the social forces and environment that shape modern governance
  • legal institutions and the differences in power among groups in society
  • the skills needed to take on leadership roles in public sector organizations

A variety of courses in each focus area means you can create a relevant degree that meets your professional needs. As Justice is an elective stream, the BPA-GLM is also a good choice if you want to apply to law school after graduation.


  • Government or Not-for-Profit Manager
  • Policy Development
  • Customs Officer
  • Policy Researcher
  • Advocate
  • Lobbyist
  • Fundraiser
  • Recruitment Officer
  • Foreign Service Officer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Accounting for Managers and Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Introduction to management
  • The Changing Global Economy
  • Administrative Law
  • Canada and the Global Political Economy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details

Undergraduate courses start the first day of each month, but you must register and pay your fees by the 10th of the previous month to begin on the first.


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The BPA is designed for students who have completed an approved 2-year diploma or equivalent from an accredited college or institute of technology.
  • If you don’t have a diploma, you may want to consider our University Certificate in Public Administration. A combination of the certificate (or other post-secondary education) and related work experience may give you entrance to the BPA program (see transfer and advanced credit, below).
  • You will be considered a pre-program student until your admission requirements are confirmed. You can still take courses during this time.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    39605 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 79210 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    15965 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31930 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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