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Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Welcome to 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. It’s a place that brings together excellence, multidisciplinary studies, theory and practice, bilingualism as well as unique opportunities for students outside the classroom (embassy internships, summer schools abroad). GSPIA counts among its faculty a number of world-class scholars doing cutting-edge research and senior fellows who contribute to enriching the intellectual life of the School.

Why study public and international affairs?

At GSPIA, we educate policy leaders for Canada and the world.

The first year of the MA in Public and International Affairs provides students with a multidisciplinary grounding in the concepts and practice of national and international policy as well as professional development workshops on essential skills such as writing effectively and delivering presentations. Then, students specialize and gain hands-on experience by taking elective courses, pursuing co-op work experiences or internships, and writing their major research paper to deepen their expertise on a subject that interests them.

Learn more about studying public and international affairs.

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One-of-a-kind opportunities

When we thought about the Master’s programme in Public and International Affairs, one of our main objectives was to create a challenging, multidisciplinary academic programme that would include a host of opportunities to allow our students to experience unique opportunities likely to prepare them well for the job market.
Learn about the student experience at the GSPIA.
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The Institute of the Environment (IE) is the University’s hub for environmental sustainability-related research, teaching and other activities. The cross-cutting nature of environmental problems means that there is a critical need for innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.
Learn more about our interdisciplinary activities.

Contact us

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

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


Please note our services and our personnel are available by MS Teams and by email.

The Social Sciences (FSS) and Vanier (VNR) buildings are open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Indigenous Affirmation

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. 

We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. 

We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future. 

Learn more about the Indigenous Affirmation.