Public Administration

Deepen your knowledge of Canadian politics and political institutions while developing in-demand critical, analytic, management and research skills invaluable to your career in Canada. You’ll learn from committed professors with active experience in the field.

What do professionals need to be successful in this area?

  • Strong communication skills – verbal and written
  • Well-developed presentation skills
  • Institutional knowledge – legislative and organizational aspects of Canadian government
  • Research skills
  • French language competency for federal government job opportunities

Sample courses

Course offerings depend on the instructor and room/resource availability. Here is a sampling of the kind of Public Administration courses you may take as part of the customized plan.

Canadian-focused institutional knowledge

  • PPAS 3138 Federalism and Public Policy
  • PPAS 3140 Multilevel Governance, Policy and Program Delivery in Canada
  • PPAS 3190 Public Administration
  • PPAS 3761 Canada’s Social Policy
  • PPAS 4110 Regional Economic Development
  • PPAS 4115 The Political Economy of State Finance

Courses with an Experiential Education (EE) component

  • PPAS 3480 Political Economy of Public Policy
  • PPAS 3524 Public Sector Budget Process
  • PPAS 3995 Community Service Learning: Leadership Development and Community Engagement
  • PPAS 4111 The International Refugee Protection Regime 1: Critical Problems
  • PPAS 4112 The International Refugee Protection Regime II: Research Seminar
  • PPAS 4310 Program Evaluation: Background and Theory
  • PPAS 4320 Advanced Program Evaluation
  • PPAS 4995 Practicum in Public Administration

Notes on EE courses

  • Different forms of EE vary in degree of intensity of external involvement. They range from research/project collaboration with external partners to placements or internships.
  • EE course list is subject to change.
  • Bridging program participants should check with IEP Office for up-to-date information every term.
  • Access may be rationed by GPA. Therefore, it is important to get good grades in the foundations courses.
  • Courses with the greatest potential to capitalize on are highlighted in bold.

Related professional bodies and associations

The public sector offers a great variety of career opportunities to professionals with diverse academic backgrounds and work experience. Professional designations may be an asset, but are not universally required. They may also depend on the level of government (federal, provincial or municipal).

Careers and career transitioning

Sample jobs you may qualify for upon completion of the program include:

  • Public Servant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Government Relations Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Manager of a Non-Profit Organization