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Public and International Affairs

Master’s programs

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs offers a rigorous multidisciplinary curriculum, which combines the study of international affairs and domestic policy-making. Benefiting from its prime location in the heart of Canada’s National Capital, a stone’s throw away from Parliament Hill, foreign embassies and government departments, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs offers students an exceptional learning environment, where the benefits of talented teachers and cutting-edge academic research are complemented by the opportunity to engage experienced professionals about today’s challenges in public and international affairs.

The Master in Public and International Affairs leads to one of the top 10 best jobs in Canada.

General information and program requirements - Master of Arts Public and International Affairs



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Conditional upon approval by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The Master of Arts in Security and Defence Studies (MASD) is an interdisciplinary, French and English, practice-oriented degree that provides students with a comprehensive approach to security and defense. Because working in this field requires an understanding of the connections between international, national and human security, and because security and defence issues touch upon several different disciplines, the MASD will offer an interdisciplinary degree that examines the multiple dimensions of security as well as the practical challenges of preventing and responding to threats. Students will also benefit from unique opportunities to interact with Ottawa based security professionals. Students will emerge from this multi-faceted degree with an advanced understanding of contemporary issues pertaining to international, national, and human security, as well as the analytical and practical skills needed to succeed in the security and defence fields.

General information and program requirements - Master of Arts in Security and Defence Studies

Data analysis for public policy

Provide students with an introduction to the analytical tools required to draw insights from data in order to help inform public policy.

9 credits

  • API 5136 Research Methods in Public Policy (3 credits) (Winter)
    Introduction to the various methods used in policy research and to the use of multivariate quantitative methods to conduct a research project. Research design, data sources and analysis. The qualitative methods examined include the use of focus groups and interviews; quantitative methods include simple and multiple regression, logistic regression, and factor analysis.

    This course is offered in the winter term and has multiple sections. Regular professors are Prof. Maral Kichian and Prof. Ravi Pendakur.

  • API 6321 Quantitative Research Methods Policy (3 credits) (Fall)
    This course provides students with skills in data science and causal inference required to take a project from conception to completion. This course is usually offered in the fall term. Regular professors are Prof. Ravi Pendakur and Prof. Nicholas Rivers.

  • API 6322 Doing Data-based Projects (3 credits) (Spring)
    This course introduces students to the art, practice, and excitement of searching, visualizing, and manipulating data to analyze economic, social, and policy issues. It has a set of empirical projects based on publicly available and carefully curated data. It gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with real-word data in areas of pressing importance to contemporary societies (e.g., inequality, well-being, public goods and the 'tragedy of the commons', climate change, public health issues -e.g., diabetes, or pandemics, measuring the cost of unemployment, comparing banking systems or management practices around the world, etc.). Each project takes students on a step-by-step journey of investigation using easily-available software. Two tracks are available - using a spreadsheet application (e.g., Excel, Google sheets) or a (freely available) programming language (e.g., R and/or Python) depending on the student's level and interest. 

    The course will be taught by professor Patrick Georges.

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The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is Canada’s leading school of public and international affairs.
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Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private
Social Sciences Building
Room 6005
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5689

[email protected]

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.)

Supervisor of Graduate Studies in Public and International Affairs

Ravi Pendakur
Social Sciences Building
Room FSS6027
Phone : 613-562-5800 ext. 4162
[email protected]