Policy Studies

Group of Policy Studies students

The Public Administration graduate program is a bridge between the academic world and the world of public affairs.  Our multi-disciplinary MPA programs are focused on policy analysis, development and implementation, preparing new and experiences professionals for rewarding careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  Our graduates have gone onto hold positions as ministers and senior officials in municipal, provincial and federal governments.  They also provide leadership in hospitals, community organizations and national associations across Canada.  Others still work for consulting firms in the private sector.  

The School of Policy Studies offers a rich and rewarding learning experience that is unsurpassed in Canada and matched only by the best public policy programs in the world.  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.  The MPA curriculum includes core courses in economics, policy analysis, governance, management and quantitative methods.  Through elective courses, students apply their skills to the analysis and resolution of concrete policy and management problems.

Top 5 reasons to get your MPA from Queen’s:

1. Combines well with any undergraduate degree to create unique career opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

2. Innovative and cutting edge educational experiences provided through a combination of experiential learning opportunities, study tours, international exchanges, and coop opportunities.

3. Prepares students for working in highly collaborative and team-based environments, bringing in multidisciplinary perspectives to policy analysis.

4. Offers a practical-oriented program that prepares students for a meaningful career tackling some of today’s most pressing public policy challenges such as health care, environment, defense, and fiscal policy, as well as emerging areas of interest including artificial intelligence and privacy issues. 

5. Provides students opportunities to showcase their competencies and skills to better transition into employment through on-going and in-depth career support?

Robert Sutherland Hall
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Director/Associate Dean: 
Warren Mabee
Departmental Assistant: 
Gail MacCallister
Graduate Administrator: 
Fiona Froats

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

One-year, multidisciplinary program for full-time students.
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Professional Master of Public Administration (MPA)

2.5 year, part-time program for mid-career professionals
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MPA and PMPA students enrolled at Queen's University may be permitted to take up to two elective courses at another institution, as a visiting student or on exchange study, with permission of the MPA Program Director and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS).

  • Within Canada

      • Through a number of existing exchange agreements at the department and faculty level, MPA/PMPA students may pursue off-campus study at another Canadian institution. Specific application and registration procedures are governed by the terms of the formal agreements.
      • Learn more about this option
  • International Interchange

      • The School has exchange or interchange study agreements with two universities that permit MPA/PMPA students to complete their spring course credits abroad. An Information Session will be held in the fall term, when study opportunities for the subsequent spring have been confirmed with the exchange coordinators at these institutions. 
        • Fudan University, Shanghai, China
        • University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
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Alumni Career Statistics

  • 25% Government of Canada
  • 24% Government of Ontario
  • 16% Private Sector - includes consulting, financial services, professional associations
  • 11% Education - includes colleges, university, schools, school boards
  • 9% Health -  includes community health and health institutions
  • 4% Other Provincial/Territorial Governments
  • 4% Not-For-Profit
  • 1% Other

Full-time Program

MPA admission candidates will hold a four-year undergraduate degree, with a minimum B+ standing (3.3 GPA) in EACH of their last two years of study (or the equivalent). However, to be truly competitive, candidates should have an A- standing (3.7 GPA) in their last two years of study.  Candidates who earned their previous degree from a university outside of Canada or U.S. must submit a GRE or GMAT score as part of their application.  See Full Admission Requirements

Part-Time Program

Typically, we require candidates hold a four-year undergraduate degree, with a minimum B+ standing (3.3 GPA) in their last two years of study, or the equivalent.  They should also have five years of full-time work experience related to public policy or public management.

Applicants with significant, relevant employment experience, with a bachelor's degree of less than four years or equivalent will be considered on a case by case basis.  See Full Admission Requirements

The School of Policy Studies and Queen's University are committed to equality in education, and invite applications from Aboriginal and visible minority candidates.