City of London Program

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In 2012 the Local Government Program began a partnership with the City of London to offer Western University's GDPA program to their employees. The program ran from Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 and the first cohort graduated in Fall 2013.

The Local Government Program and the City of London have continued this partnership. Following a hiatus for the pandemic, the partnership has resumed. City of London employees that are interested in the GDPA can reach out to the City of London Learning and Development and consult the criteria on our Application Process page. 

The City of London GDPA is completed in one year. Students take two courses in the fall term, two in the winter term, and write their final research paper in the summer term. Any modifications to this approved schedule requires special permission from the Program Director. 

The GDPA program has a pay per course tuition. There are five courses including a final research paper required to be completed for the GDPA. Western sets all fees & tuition costs before each term and the Tuition Fees Schedules are published by the Office of the Registrar and can also be found here on the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) website. 

The Local Government Program welcomes inquiries from municipalities and agencies interested in similar arrangements.