School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

About the Queen's School of Policy Studies

At Queen's SPS, we are constantly adapting to the changing world of public policy.  At a time when making and executing public policy engages all sectors of society in new and faster ways, we aspire to create learning experiences and results for our students.

In adapting our curriculum for the Master of Public Administration, we will integrate innovative learning with the depth, strength and proven performance of our faculty in delivering one of Canada's premier programs in public administration.

Who We Are

A rich tradition of service to the nation through strength in public policy.

Queen's School of Policy Studies graduates have made a significant contribution to the public life, working in all sectors - public, private and voluntary - and around the world.

We offer a professional Master of Public Administration to students from diverse academic backgrounds who are interested in solving complex policy challenges facing governments, institutions and organizations, in Canada and globally.  Our program incorporates practical application of skills as a major component of the learning experience.

Our program places policy in a broader social, economic, legal, political and institutional context.

Our students' diversity is a valuable asset that strengthens their learning experience.

Our faculty members are leaders in their respective fields, with strong connections to the public sector, the private sector and the community

Our Mission
Through high quality interactive teaching and integrated learning, we enhance leadership in public policy by providing students the inspiration, skills, competencies and connections to become better contributors to the public good.

 

We do this by:

  • Taking an integrated approach to the graduate learning experience in public policy and administration.
  • Developing skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and integration across multiple disciplines and perspectives; communicating for purposes of public engagement and policy decision-making; developing effective partnerships and teams; leadership; and linking policy and execution.
  • Bridging theory and practice, moving from the academic to the applied. Preparing students for the rigours of a career in public policy.
  • Working in teams and across disciplines.
  • Embracing a strong set of public sector values and ethics focused on integrity and service.
  • Fostering global connections through international exchange partnerships in Sweden, in Ghana and in China.
  • Enabling students to pursue coop opportunities in order to gain work experience.
  • Offering a comprehensive career support program.