Community and Social Services Management - 987

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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Program Length:

Full-time: 2 semesters

Part-time: approximately 4 semesters

Delivery: Part-time or Full-time, online
Cost: Approximately $250 - $500 per course (plus textbooks)
Intakes: Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (May)
Application Process: Application must be submitted, with your official transcript, through the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS).

Develop the skills to manage community organizations, including those in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

What you'll learn:

  • Examine and apply market-based strategies to achieve a social purpose.
  • Explore key dimensions of the relationships between business, government, and wider society.
  • Understand relationships between business, government and society.
  • Develop and apply leadership competencies and develop a vision and values-based management approach.
  • Social entrepreneurship.
  • Corporate responsibility.

Program Highlights:

  • Executive style delivery designed for working professionals.
  • Work with industry partners during integrated learning projects.
  • Project management structured for the industry.
  • Solution-based learning assignments.
  • Social entrepreneurship opportunities.
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  • An Ontario College Diploma (two-year or longer) or University Degree
  • An acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education (as determined by the College)
  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted.
    • English Language Requirements
      • If English is not your first language or you have earned the equivalent of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or post-secondary education outside of Canada, you will be required to provide proof of one of the following:
      • IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
      • TOEFL iBT 80, no band less than 20
      • TOEFL Paper-based, overall score 550
      • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment), 70
      • PTE(Pearson Test of English) Academic 58
      • CLBPT (Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test), overall score 7, no band less than 7
      • Completion of level 8 of the General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (GAS-EAP). Placement in the GAS-EAP program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS

How to Apply:

Application must be submitted, with your official transcript, through the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS)


Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Community Services and Support.

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Mandatory Courses

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Course Description
BUSN10167 The Canadian Social Economy Examine institutional structures and relationships in the social sector. 56 hours.
BUSN10168 Public Administration Evaluate the administrative relationships between the levels of Government in Canada. 56 hours.
BUSN10169 Social Entrepreneurship Examine and apply market-based strategies to achieve a social purpose. 42 hours.
BUSN10170 Ethical Practice Examine the foundations of ethical thinking while considering the different perspectives and rationale for ethical decision making. 42 hours.
BUSN10171 Management Principles Evaluate the key functions and roles of managers. 56 hours.  MGMTMCS06 (Management Principles) is also equivalent to BUSN10273.
COMP10178 Project Management Applications Apply the fundamentals of project management to the field of information technology. Utilize Project Management methodologies according to the Project Management Institutes PMBOK, (Project Management Body of Knowledge). Demonstrate an understanding and application of scheduling, scope, budgeting, risk assessment, critical path and resources through case studies. 42 hours. HRES10013 (Intro to Project Management) is equivalent to COMP10178.

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Course Description
ACCT10121 Business Applications An introduction to financial accounting, budgets, and financial decision making for Community and Social Service Managers. 56 hours.
BUSN10099 Corporate Social Responsibilities Examine the key relationship dimensions between businesses, governments, and society. Discuss corporate social responsibility issues as they relate to quality of life, standard of living, sustainable development, and societal progress. Investigate Social Entrepreneurship, sustainability, commercialization, philanthropy, and the non-profit sector. 42 hours.
BUSN10172 Leadership and Communications Develop and apply leadership competencies and develop a vision and values-based management approach. 56 hours.
BUSN10173 Resources Development & Civic Engagement Examine theories and processes of resource development and civic engagement. 56 hours.
BUSN10174 Integrated Learning Project Integrate and apply previous learning to complete a substantial analysis of a management, policy or human resources problem for a community or organization. 70 hours.
HRES10044 HR for Community Management Generate skills and techniques used by HR professionals that could be applied to agencies and organizations. 42 hours. HRES10046 (Community Management Human Resources) is equivalent to HRES10044.

Students are responsible for ensuring required prerequisites are completed prior to registering in subsequent courses.

As part-time studies enables students to work at their own pace, as per the Program Promotion and Graduation Requirements policy, all students must be aware that to be eligible for graduation, students are expected to demonstrate mastery of current competencies outlined in the Program of Studies applicable at the time of graduation. In cases where study has been interrupted or a Programs of Studies has been updated to reflect industry standards, the College may require a student to repeat a subject area.

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, delivery method and course options are subject to change. To enquire about course delivery, please contact cecommunity [at]

Students are strongly encouraged to complete Integrated Learning Project - BUSN 10174 during their last semester of studies. 

Course Code


Course Name


Fall 2021

(Sep to Dec)

Winter 2022

(Jan to Apr)

Spring 2022

(May to Aug)

Fall 2022

(Sep to Dec)

Winter 2023

(Jan to Apr)

BUSN 10167 The Canadian Social Economy   MyCanvas   MyCanvas  
BUSN 10168 Public Administration   MyCanvas   MyCanvas  
BUSN 10169 Social Entrepreneurship   MyCanvas   MyCanvas  
BUSN 10170 Ethical Practice   MyCanvas   MyCanvas  

Management Principles

(Equivalent to BUSN 10273/BUSN 10171)

OntarioLearn OntarioLearn   OntarioLearn  
HRES 10013

Intro to Project Management

(Equivalent to COMP 10178)

OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
ACCT 10121 Business Applications MyCanvas   MyCanvas   MyCanvas
BUSN 10099 Corporate Social Responsibilities MyCanvas   MyCanvas   MyCanvas
HRES 10044

HR for Community Management 

(Equivalent to HRES 10046)

MyCanvas   MyCanvas   MyCanvas
BUSN 10172 Leadership and Communications MyCanvas   MyCanvas   MyCanvas
BUSN 10173 Resources Development & Civic Engagement MyCanvas   MyCanvas   MyCanvas
BUSN 10174 Integrated Learning Project MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas


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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Academic Opportunities


Mohawk Pathways 

Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from any of the following Ontario College Diploma (Intensive), Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs are eligible to enroll into the Community and Social Services Management program: 


Career Opportunities

  • Case Worker
  • Supervisor of Community Justice Programs
  • Community Development Worker

Where you could work includes:

  • Individual and family services
  • Civic and social organizations
  • Local and municipal public administration
  • Retirement and nursing care facilities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website

Personal Computer Requirements

Community and Social Services Management students may use any personal computer of their choice. This program does not have any specific hardware or software requirements that use a large amount of storage.