The DLGM is a degree offering of the CLSU Open University and will be coordinated by the Department of Rural Development and Development Communication. These programs will be offered in collaboration with the Departments of Social Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences), Agribusiness Management (College of Agriculture), Accountancy (College of Business Administration and Accountancy), and Environmental Management Institute.
The subjects are basic and general courses in local governance. As a requirement for the diploma course, students with no experience have the option to take apprenticeship to be guided by a lead faculty tutor. A seminar paper is required for those with experience on local governance. In both cases, a paper is to be presented before a panel of tutors.