Public Policy and Administration Minor
Students enrolled in any degree program or plan may pursue a minor designation in Public Policy and Administration.
Housed in the Department of Political Science, this minor is intended to appeal to students with an interest in Canadian government and politics, and particularly those interested in a career in areas such as public service, policy analysis, program evaluation and policy advocacy. The courses selected for the Minor build students’ knowledge of the machinery of government, the relationships between elected officials and appointed administrators, and the actors, interests and institutions involved in the development and implementation of public policy.
The Public Policy and Administration Minor requires successful completion of a minimum of four academic course units (eight courses) with a minimum cumulative average of 65%, including:
- one of ECON 100, ECON 101, ECON 201, ECON 290
- ECON 102
- four of PSCI 100, PSCI 260, PSCI 302, PSCI 331, PSCI 334
- one of ARTS 280, ECON 221, ENVS 278, PSCI 314, PSYCH 292, REC 371, SDS 250R, SMF 230, SOC 280/LS 280, STAT 202, STAT 206, STAT 211, STAT 221, STAT 231, STAT 241
- one of ECON 241, ECON 341, ECON 342, ECON 361, ECON 363, ECON 441, PSCI 303, PSCI 360, PSCI 431, PSCI 433, PSCI 434, PSCI 461, PSCI 463, PSCI 472, SDS 311R, SDS 312R, SDS 331R, SDS 400R
The department of Political Science also offers a professional Masters program in Public Service.
Master of Public Service (MPS)
The Master of Public Service program is a professional graduate degree, which prepares students from different undergraduate backgrounds to be effective public service employees. It aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and experience to effectively design and implement policies and deliver services to Canadians, at all levels of government.
MPS students take ten graduate courses from September to April. From May to December, they complete up to eight months of co-op employment. Our students have successfully served as policy analysts, program advisors, business analysts, research analysts, and in many other capacities. In the final term, students work collaboratively in teams to research a public issue and prepare a professional, comprehensive report that draws on the expertise they have developed throughout the program.
Graduate courses offered in the MPS program
- Communicating with Diverse Audiences
- Economics and Public Policy
- Effective Leadership and Management
- Government, Business, and Civil Society
- Government, Politics and the Public Service
- Politics of Difference in Canada
- Project Management in Government
- Public Policy Development
- Research Methods and Data Analysis