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Public Administration


Honours in Public Administration

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

Joint Honours in Public Administration and Political Science

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

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The study of public administration seeks to advance our understanding of how governments work and of their role in contemporary societies. The program examines public management principles from various perspectives (administration, financial management, human resources, ethics, administrative reforms, governance, etc.) and the processes involved in designing public policies (policy cycle, roles of various stakeholders, ideologies, contextual factors, etc.).

The program offers a high-quality education to students seeking a career in the public or para-public sectors, as well as those wanting to work in the private or community sectors, or in government relations.

General admission requirements

Province Prerequisites Admission averages
Ontario English or Français 4U ± 75 %
Quebec – CEGEP English (603) or Français (601) ± 65 %
Quebec – Secondary V English or Français 84 %

Program highlights

  • A solid education in public policy and public management.
  • A flexible program that students can choose to customize: focus specifically on public administration or choose to complement it with other related disciplines (political science, economics, history, etc.).
  • A distinct geographical advantage: our students get to study next door to the federal public service, which is not only an employer, but also a university partner and the subject of much university research.
  • The program is offered in a bilingual environment where students can choose to study in one or both languages. This is a great opportunity for those wishing to enhance their bilingualism, an essential requirement to advance in today's federal public service.

Career opportunities

  • Public administration manager
  • Manager in community organizations
  • Public policy analyst
  • Consultant in business-government relations
  • Public relations officer



Course examples

International opportunities

This program provides students with international opportunities as of their third year of study.

Éveline Bruck


“Public administrators can make decisions that will help transform cities and make them more functional and pleasant places. This ability to make a difference in a community is one of the many reasons I enrolled in this program.”

Éveline Bruck, student

Jonathan Paquette

“Our professors are interested in a wide range of subjects, including policies on families and energy use, public finances, cultural policies, administrative reforms and human resources management. Much of our research is concerned with Canada, but we’re also interested in international administration and policies. Our program is growing and offers many opportunities for both students and graduates.”

Jonathan Paquette, professor

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