Discover our Graduate Studies Microprograms

Microprograms in Public Administration

Ethics and Cultural Heritage Policy

9 credits

All students must successfully complete the course PAP 6520 and must be able to speak French and read texts in French and in English.

Two major partners will be directly involved in this graduate microprogram: the Research Chair in International Francophonie on Cultural Heritage Policies and the Centre on Governance. These two partners offer research and training activities that will make it possible to animate this Graduate Studies Microprogram in different ways.


Governance and Public Management

9 credits


All students must successfully complete the course PAP 6502 and must be able to speak French and read texts in French and in English.


Governance and Public Policy Analysis

9 credits

All students must successfully complete the course PAP 6502 and must be able to speak French and read texts in French and in English.

Microprogram in Public and International Affairs

Data analysis for public policy

Provide students with an introduction to the analytical tools required to draw insights from data in order to help inform public policy.

9 credits

  • 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.

Microprograms in Sociology

Advanced analysis of qualitative and quantitative data

6 credits

Combines the Advanced Quantitative Methodology and Advances Qualitative Methodology courses

The two courses can be taken independently as part of this microprogram or as an intrinsic component of the master’s programs in sociology.


Methodology applied to the professional context

9 credits

For students who need to improve their skills in identifying valid data sources, analyzing social research data and their communication.

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