University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Public Administration (MA)

University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Graduate Programs
Degree:Master; Co-op
Field of Study:Public Administration
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,739


The School of Political Studies located in the Faculty of Social Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Public Administration. The main objective of the master’s program 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. Emphasis is placed on the development of research skills.

The program aims to familiarize students with critical methods of knowledge production and to develop their capacity for conducting basic and applied research. Furthermore, they will develop the ability to extract from research the learning necessary for undertaking their responsibilities as public managers and policy analysts. The program offers two fields or concentrations in public administration: public management and public policy. These fields are not mutually exclusive, but constitute the two main components of public administration studies.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Students who have a BA with honours in political science or its equivalent with a minimum average of 70 % (B), calculated in accordance with FGPS guidelines, may be admitted directly to the MA program. Students who do not have a BA with honours in political science, but who have a BA with a minor in political science or a BA in a related discipline, and a minimum average of 75 % (B +), may be accepted for a qualifying year, the content of which will be decided in consultation with the director of graduate studies in the political science.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based)
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Two reference letters, letter of intent describing the applicant's research interest and knowledge of English and French, and official transcripts of all previous universities attended are required.

    * 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 October 13, 2022