Advance your understanding of how governments work and 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.). It prepares you for a career in the public or para-public sector, for work in the private or community sectors, or in government relations.

Why choose the School of Political Studies

Just steps from Parliament Hill, in the heart of the nation’s capital, the School benefits from a rich network of contacts developed by its professors and alumni. You 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.

Part of your learning experience

You can choose to customize your program to focus specifically on public administration or to complement it with other related disciplines such as political science, economics, history, or many more.

Province Prerequisites Admission averages
Ontario English or Français 4U mid 70s
Quebec – CEGEP English (603) or Français (601) mid 60s
Quebec – Secondary V English or Français 82-84%
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The School of Political Studies

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4 years120 units
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Honours in Public Administration

4 years120 units
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Joint Honours in Public Administration and Political Science

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Major in Public Administration

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Minor in Public Administration

Chai Lenaduwa
Student Voices

“Political science teaches about power relations, and they affect the public. Then, Public Administration allows you to understand how those power relations intersect with governing and management.”

Chai Lenaduwa

— 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.”

Jonathan Paquette

— Professor

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