School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Public Administration



"The MPA program at Queen’s provides the perfect balance between theory and practice, equipping students to be fully prepared for their chosen career path after graduation, and/ or further educational pursuits. There was a real sense of community during my time at Queen’s that has extended beyond the duration of the program. Students, faculty and alumni support each other long after graduation throughout their career, academic paths, and the relationships that I established with peers while at Queen’s are still strong today!”

Julia Danos, MPA

MPA Program Contact

(including PMPA and MPA/JD)
Fiona Froats,
Program Coordinator
E-mail (JD Program):


Program Overview

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 experienced professionals for rewarding careers in the public and on-profit 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.

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.  The MPA curriculum includes core courses in economics, policy analysis, governance, management and quantitative methods.  Through elective courses in the School, students apply their skills to the analysis and resolution of concrete policy and management problems.


Our students have the opportunity to participate in exchange agreements with Fudan University in China and the University of Ghana.

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • Policy analysis with governments of all levels (federal, provincial, municipal)
  • Private sector
  • Non-profit sector
  • International development
  • 15% of graduates go on to pursue further graduate studies.
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Administration: 1 year

Professional Master of Public Administration: 2 years, part time

Combined Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctorate: 4 years

Method of Completion

MPA Program: 12 half-credit courses or 10 courses plus a research project PMPA.: 10 courses

MPA/J.D.: course work and the opportunity to participate in the certificate program at the Queen’s International Study Centre in Public International Law at Queen’s Herstmonceux castle in England or an international study exchange to pursue broader opportunities. For more details you can also visit the Law website.

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Candidates accepted by April 15th will be considered first for Queen’s.

Top ranked candidates will be eligible to receive entrance awards and scholarships. Incoming students who win a CGS-M scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR will automatically receive a $5,000 top-up award from Queen’s.

PMPA students are not eligible for Queen’s graduate awards. 

MPA/J.D. candidates can apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship during your first year only.

We also have internal awards and a small number of research assistantships available.

Academic Prerequisites

MPA admission candidates will hold a four-year undergraduate degree. They must have a minimum B+ standing (3.3 GPA) standing at least in 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.

Competitive MPA/J.D. applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s honours degree, with an A- average or 3.7 GPA in the last two years and an LSAT score above the 80th percentile.

Other Requirements

  • Statement of interest
  • For MPA only - a GRE test examination is required if previous degree is from a non-Canadian university

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have he minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

MPA Program: February 1

MPA/J.D. Program:) January 15 (through School of Graduate Studies for MPA), November 1 (through OLSAS for Law)

Notification of Acceptance: No later than April 15

Learning Outcomes

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website