Bachelor of Professional Arts: Governance, Law and Management Major

For more information about this degree-completion program, please visit the Governance, Law and Management website.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students will demonstrate competencies in three areas:

Analytical Thinking

  • compare theoretical perspectives, use theory to explain phenomena, and apply theory to practice
  • break down complex problems into component parts, categorize data and ideas, show relationships among them
  • identify critical issues, develop and execute appropriate solutions to problems
  • anticipate obstacles and appraise options based on explicit criteria
  • recognize the need for further investigation and learning
  • communicate ideas in a clear, logical, and consistent manner

Professional Skills

  • critically assess legal frameworks, institutions, processes, and context of governance
  • recognize structural and institutional strengths, limitations and resulting issues
  • mobilize resources to fulfill organizational and professional goals
  • demonstrate advanced understand of policy process and identify issues with selected policy
  • make constructive suggestions for assessment criteria and recognize situations needing assessment
  • demonstrate insight and be adaptive in using experiences to improve practice


  • understand professional role of public manager in promote ideals of democratic governance
  • show good judgment, take responsibility for actions, and incorporating an ethical decision-making framework into practice
  • act on own initiative in handling new and routine situations while regularly consulting with others
  • build effective teams through collaboration and conflict resolution, soliciting input, and encouraging others
  • demonstrate innovative think in intervention and/or advocacy for individuals or groups, being particularly sensitive to issues of diversity and justice
  • incorporate self-development into work and learn; attain self-development goals

Possible Career Options

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

Possible Further Education Options

At Athabasca University

At Other Educational Institutions*

  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • law
  • journalism
  • police studies
  • education
  • library science

* Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other educational institutions.

Updated May 23 2017 by Web Strategy, Advancement