Undergraduate: Conflict Studies and Human Rights
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“It’s a field of study that touches on many other domains and which offers many employment opportunities in the future. In a society where globalization is constantly in the headlines and where international democratic peace is sought, understanding conflicts and human rights is of utmost importance.”
Sally Dimachki, student
Interdisciplinary Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Sustainability
The Institute of the Environment offers two interdisciplinary MSc options in environmental sustainability: the MSc with thesis and the MSc with research paper. Both options train students to be among the scientists and professionals who will gain the necessary qualifications to develop effective regulatory and policy solutions to address the complex, multidimensional problems threatening the environment.
During your studies, you will discover key principles of sustainability in environmental science, economics, law and public policy. You will then create methodologies to integrate and apply this diverse knowledge to address some of the greatest environmental challenges and opportunities of our time.
You have the choice of two MSc options: the MSc with research paper and the MSc with thesis.
- The MSc with research paper (31.5 units) can be completed in 12 months of full-time studies. If you wish, you can enrol full time for one additional term as necessary to meet the program requirements.
- The MSc with thesis (19.5 units) can be completed in 24 months of full-time studies.
* Currently, compulsory program courses are only offered in English.
** If you have excellent academic standing and broad professional expertise in environmental studies, economics, law or public policy, you could be admitted to the part-time program.
At the beginning of your first term, you can request to add a CO-OP option. This will allow you to gain relevant work experience by completing two paid work term placements.
You can also work with the Smart Prosperity Institute, a national research network and think tank that’s part of the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment. The Smart Prosperity Institute produces world-class research and partners with the private and public sectors to promote the adoption of sounder, greener practices in the areas of public policy and the economy.
Deadline: February 1 (Canadian students) or December 1 (international students)
Master’s programs with specialization in environmental sustainability
The Institute of the Environment partners with master’s programs on campus to offer a specialization in environmental sustainability. These programs are for students looking to gain some environmental knowledge in addition to the knowledge gained in their main area of study, and who are already admitted to one of the participating University of Ottawa master’s programs. When you complete both your main program and the specialization, your diploma and transcript include a “specialization in environmental sustainability” mention.
For the specialization you must meet the following requirements:
- Take EVD 5100 — Seminar in Environmental Sustainability or EVD 5500 — Séminaire en durabilité de l’environnement (3 units)
An overview of environmental sustainability issues using climate change as an example. Application of integrated analysis based on concepts in science, law, economics and public policy. A look at the debate about the scientific evidence of climate change and at international efforts to negotiate agreements.
- Research paper or thesis on an environmental sustainability-related topic.
- Depending on the master’s program you choose, one optional course in environmental sustainability (3 units).
See the list of pre-approved Institute of the Environment courses.
* EVD 5100 is offered every year. ** EVD 5500 is offered every second year. The list of pre-approved optional courses includes both courses given in English and those given in French.
For program requirements and general information, see these descriptions of the participating programs.
Telfer School of Management
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Engineering
- Master of Applied Science Environmental Engineering
- Master of Science in Systems Science and Engineering
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Sciences
- Master of Arts Public Administration
- Master of Arts Public and International Affairs
- Master of Arts International Development and Globalization
- Master of Arts Political Science
Deadlines vary by program. For more on deadlines, see the specific program requirements.
PhD in Environmental Sustainability
The Institute of the Environment offers a PhD in Environmental Sustainability. The goal of this interdisciplinary program is to educate new leaders and professionals able to develop, analyze and effectively evaluate public policies and institutions addressing the multiple challenges associated with the transition to sustainability. You will learn to look at environmental problems from the perspective of various disciplines, such as science, law, economics and public policy, all of which are critical to the development, implementation and evaluation of sustainable solutions.
You will also deepen your understanding of environmental issues, heighten your critical awareness of the broad range of contributing factors to consider and sharpen your methodological and communication skills in order to present solutions.
You can also work with the Smart Prosperity Institute, a national research network and think tank that’s part of the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment. The Smart Prosperity Institute produces world-class studies and partners with the private and public sectors to promote adoption of sounder, greener practices in the areas of public policy and the economy.
This program is offered in English and in French.
Deadline: March 1 (Canadian students) or February 1 (international students)
Microprogram in Public and International Affairs
Provide students with an introduction to the analytical tools required to draw insights from data in order to help inform public policy.
- API 5136 Research Methods in Public Policy (3 credits) (Winter)
Introduction to the various methods used in policy research and to the use of multivariate quantitative methods to conduct a research project. Research design, data sources and analysis. The qualitative methods examined include the use of focus groups and interviews; quantitative methods include simple and multiple regression, logistic regression, and factor analysis.
This course is offered in the winter term and has multiple sections. Regular professors are Prof. Maral Kichian and Prof. Ravi Pendakur.
- API 6319 Special Topics in Public Policy: Quantitative research methods for public policy (3 credits) (Fall)
This course provides students with skills in data science and causal inference required to take a project from conception to completion.
This course is usually offered in the fall term. Regular professors are Prof. Ravi Pendakur and Prof. Nicholas Rivers.
- API 6399 Capstone Seminar (3 credits) (Spring or Winter)
Working with a public or private sector partner, students will help to inform a real-world public policy problem using techniques learned from the previous 2 classes. Possible partners include Environment and Climate Change Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Crown Indigenous Relations, Employment and Social Development Canada, and Statistics Canada. The topic for the course will change annually and in consultation with the partner agency. Students will present the results of their research to the partners in the final week of the class.
This new course will be offered for the first time either during the winter or spring term of 2022. Regular professors Prof. Ravi Pendakur and/or Prof. Nicholas Rivers will teach this course.
MA in Public and International Affairs
The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs offers a rigorous multidisciplinary curriculum, which combines the study of international affairs and domestic policy-making. Benefiting from its prime location in the heart of Canada’s National Capital, a stone’s throw away from Parliament Hill, foreign embassies and government departments, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs offers students an exceptional learning environment, where the benefits of talented teachers and cutting-edge academic research are complemented by the opportunity to engage experienced professionals about today’s challenges in public and international affairs.
- General information and program requirements - Public and International Affairs - uOttawa Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Deadline: February 1 (Canadian), December 1 (international)
Note: Based on availability in the program, strong applications will continue to be examined and admission scholarships are available for all eligible candidates.
The purpose of this guide is to provide students with the information they need for the duration of their graduate studies at GSPIA.
Master's in Public and International Affairs
Important information regarding the program
- Program requirements (from the Fall 2015 until now)
- Program requirements (Before 2015)
- GSPIA Course Exemption Request
- Specialization in Science, Society and Policy
- Specialization in Environmental Sustainability
- Institute of the Environment - List of Elective Courses 2020-2021
- Description of elective Seminars Fall 2021 and Winter 2022
- Major Research Paper
- Language requirement
- Co-op option
- Beware plagiarism!
International students and exchanges abroad
- International Students (International office)
- International exchange program
- Admission equivalencies for international students
- Student Mobility program at Kobe University
- Student Mobility program at Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Science Po Paris
- International experience at GSPIA
Academic forms and documents
- uOttawa Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Forms
- Internal academic forms and documents at GSPIA
- uOttawa card
- University Fees (tuition)
- Payment of fees
- Grading Criteria
- General Regulations
- Housing Service
- Obtain your degree (Convocation)
- Writing and Style Guide for University Papers and Assignments
- Student Hub - Useful links
Ressources available to students
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Masters in Public and International Affairs
Students enrolled full-time in the M.A. in Public and International Affairs, whose admission average is 8.0 / 10 or more, will receive a Graduate Scholarship worth $6,000 per year ($2,000/session), for up to two years of study.
In exceptional cases, the Faculty of Social Sciences will also offer a merit scholarship, ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 at the time of the offer of admission.
The Faculty of Social Sciences holds a competition for the allocation of different types of awards and financial support for international students. A committee considers applications submitted by the program to which the student has been admitted. Funding is not guaranteed to all students who meet the eligibility criteria. Scholarships are awarded until the funds are all allocated.
Visit the Faculty of Social Sciences Website for information on all scholarships, research grants and assistantship positions offered to graduate students.
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs' students can apply to the following scholarships:
- Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) Imagination Scholarship
- Pearson Scholars
Also, as a Faculty of Social Sciences undergraduate and/or graduate student, you have access to faculty-wide scholarships, regardless of your program of study.
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