Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:College of the Humanities
Field of Study:Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $8,275
National: $8,691
Careers:LegislatorsNatural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers


For six decades, the School of Public Policy and Administration has been the leading centre for Canadian scholarship and graduate education in policy and administration – examining what governments do, why, and how they could do it better. The Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) is a professionally relevant academic degree. It provides a comprehensive and rigorous preparation for careers that will engage with the public sector, recognizing that those careers may span the public, private, and non-profit sectors.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*77
Test Scores:
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
Applicants must have an undergraduate or post-graduate degree (or equivalent), with an average of B+ or higher. The level of academic performance and potential demonstrated within the degree is more important than the discipline. Indeed, students enter the program from a wide variety of backgrounds in the social sciences, humanities, sciences and engineering.

The School also considers mid-career applicants who do not satisfy this degree requirement, but who have demonstrated professional excellence over at least five years. Such applicants may use their high achievement in several designated university courses as evidence of their academic potential. These university courses are determined on an individual basis in consultation with the M.P.P.A. Supervisor. Contact the School for details.

All applicants must have completed, with a grade of B+ or higher, a 0.5-credit university course covering microeconomic theory ( ECON 1001 [0.5] or equivalent), a 0.5 credit university course in macroeconomic theory ( ECON 1002 [0.5] or equivalent), and a 0.5-credit university political science course at the second-year level or higher, dealing with institutions and processes by which governments legitimize and exercise power, ideally in a Canadian setting (PSCI 2003 or equivalent). A working knowledge of algebra is also expected.

In some cases, applicants may be admitted to the program despite not having completed one of these prerequisite courses in economics or political science, on the condition that the course be extra to the degree requirements and be completed (with a grade of B+ or higher) in the first year of the program. Nevertheless it is strongly recommended that students complete the prerequisites before starting the program, to ensure that their progress through the core courses is unimpeded.

Applicants to the Master of Public Policy and Administration may be considered for admission to an Advanced Completion Option of the Master of Public Policy and Administration based on their demonstrated academic excellence in university courses deemed equivalent to the core courses of the program. This option will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with the M.P.P.A. Supervisor and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and pursuant to Section 6.1 of the General Regulations section of this Calendar. Admission to the Master of Public Policy and Administration Advanced Completion Option may require courses in addition to the 5.0 credit program requirements.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 01, 2022