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Graduate Studies in Public Administration

MA in Public Administration

General information and program requirements - Master of Arts Public Administration | Handbook

Study how policy decisions are implemented.

The program looks at complex problems connected to public policy and public management. You will develop critical thinking skills and acquire conceptual tools related to areas such as democratic governance, public participation and public ethics. The program offers two choices of specialization: Feminist and Gender Studies, and Environmental Sustainability. Some career options? Manager or policy analyst in the public service, an international organization or a consulting firm.

Work and network at the centre of Canada’s public service.

You can include two paid work placements during your master’s, letting you work where national policy decisions are made and implemented. Furthermore, the school’s professors promote the study of real cases. They will help you discover professional networks through leading speakers and joint projects with a variety of partners.

Make the most of funding opportunities that also enrich your experience.

You can qualify for a teaching assistant position that guarantees you $12,500 a year. As well, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, the Centre on Governance and the International Francophonie Research Chair on Cultural Heritage Policies offer a pool of relevant jobs right in the school.

Your master's degree any way you wish: full-time or part-time, in French or English. Two paths lead to a Master's degree in public administration.


  • Research paper - 1 year (short duration master's)
  • Thesis - 2 years

Co-op experience: No matter which path you choose, you can participate in the co-op program and gain valuable (and paid) work experience in government or non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

In collaboration with the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies and the Institute of the Environment, you can obtain the following specializations:

  • Specialization in Women's Studies
  • Specialization in Environmental Sustainability

Scholarships and research and teaching assistantship available.

Doctorate (PhD) in Public Administration

General information and program requirements - Doctorate in Philosophy Public Administration | Handbook

The School of Political Studies offers a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Public Administration. The PhD program aims to prepare students for academic and research careers. The various components of the doctoral program (courses, comprehensive examination, thesis proposal, thesis and defence) are all designed to develop the student’s capacity for high level independent research in social sciences.

The program offers two fields or concentrations in public administration: public management and public policy. The Ph.D. program is offered only with a thesis profile.

Scholarships and research and teaching assistantship are available.

Deadline: January 15 (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.

Contact us

School of Political Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private
Social Sciences Building
Room 7005
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

Personnel (POL) | Professors (POL)

Tel.: 613-562-5754


Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)

Supervisor of M.A. and Doctoral Studies (Public Administration)

Louis Simard
Social Sciences Building
Room 6080
Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 1958


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