Queen's Professional MPA is a part-time, multidisciplinary program, designed expressly for mid-level managers and senior professionals who are seeking to enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence for leadership roles in public service and other policy-making roles.
The program’s emphasis is on public policy, and the broad social, economic and political context within which public organizations operate. The program aims to develop policy leaders. Policy leadership requires skills in policy analysis and the capacity to implement new solutions. Policy and management are clearly interdependent. Without an understanding of the basic purposes that public organizations seek to achieve through policy, management is an empty process. Without the management skills to translate commitment into action, policy goals are empty promises.
The PMPA curriculum includes core courses in economics, policy analysis, governance, management and quantitative methods. Through elective courses and an optional master's project, students apply their skills to the analysis and resolution of concrete policy and management problems.
Students take optional courses across a broad range of policy and management topics. Building on faculty strengths and student interest, the School normally offers a minimum of three courses every two years in the areas of health policy, defence management, the third sector, social policy, and global governance, as well as courses in other policy areas, from instrument choice and budgeting to environmental policy.
The PMPA class schedule allows students to combine full-time professional responsibilities with part-time graduate studies. Students attend classes in Kingston one Friday and Saturday each month from September to April and for one week in May and one week in June. Electronic resources facilitate research as well as regular contact between faculty and students between class meetings. The fee structure, with an optional monthly payment plan, makes this executive program accessible even to students who must rely on personal resources.
The Queen’s PMPA offers a rich and rewarding learning experience, with faculty who are leading scholars and prominent policy leaders, among accomplished and ambitious student colleagues who are committed to making a significant difference in their workplace and their community for the benefit of others.
With graduates holding positions as ministers and senior officials in all three levels of government, as well as leadership roles in hospitals, community organizations and national associations across Canada, the Queen’s PMPA program has demonstrated its value for more than three decades.