School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

MPA Courses

Students in the MPA program must complete 12 courses (3.0 credits), normally taking 5 courses in each of the fall and winter terms and 2 in the summer term. They may choose to complete a Master's Research Project, in lieu of 2 elective courses.  

Core Courses

MPA students normally complete seven required courses from the following three groups:

1. Political and Institutional Analysis

2. Economic and Quantitative Analysis

And at least one of:

3. Management

4.  Policy Process

  • MPA 810 - Introduction to Public Administration (Fall)

    This course introduces basic policy concepts, the policy process and elements of the machinery of government in the first term, showing the links between the foundations of policy analysis and contemporary public issues.  In the second term this course creates a framework to integrate the concepts of policy analysis with those of policy implementation.

2020-2021 Elective Courses

Students may take at least six elective courses, typically, four in the winter and two in the spring. Students may choose to take elective courses offered by the School of Policy Studies or related graduate courses offered by other academic departments or professional schools at Queen's University, with prior approval of the School.


    Previously Offered Electives
    • MPA 814 - Intergovernmental Policy
    • MPA 843 - Trade Policy 
    • MPA 848 - Immigration Policy in Canada
    • MPA 851 - Public Policy and the Third Sector 
    • MPA 852 - Stakeholder Management 
    • MPA 853 - Population Health & the Third Sector
    • MPA 857 - Public Policy in China (Fudan Exchange)
    • MPA 858 - Dynamics of Chinese Economy (Fudan Exchange)
    • MPA 861 - Indigenous Governance 
    • MPA 864 - Policy and Development in Africa (Ghana Exchange)
    • MPA 867 - Canadian Cultural Policy 
    • MPA 870 - Public Policy Issues in Africa (Ghana Exchange)
    • MPA 871 - Conflict Resolution 
    • MPA 875 - Budget Planning 
    • MPA 880 - Canadian Foreign Policy
    • MPA 883 - Science & Justice
    • MPA 886 - Leading Change in the Public Sector 
    • MPA 893 - Data Analytics