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Graduate Studies in Public Administration

MA in Public Administration

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The School of Political Studies offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Public Administration. The main objective of the master programs is to provide students with leading-edge theoretical and conceptual knowledge to enable them to understand and analyze public administration, as well as equipping them with the know-how and skills necessary for success in a constantly changing organizational environment. The program offers two profiles: public management and public policy.

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.

 Master's scholarship with thesis

Master's scholarship with Research paper

Doctorate (PhD) in Public Administration

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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: May 1 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

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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.)

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