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

  • MPA 800: Governing Institutions (Fall) [PDF 359KB]
  • MPA 802: Approaches to Policy Analysis (Winter) [PDF 257kb]

2. Economic and Quantitative Analysis

  • MPA 804 - Principles of Economics (Fall) [PDF 613kb]
  • MPA 805 - Quantitative Analysis (Fall) [PDF 612kb]

And at least one of:

  • MPA 815 - Economic Analysis (Winter) [PDF 337kb]
  • MPA 816 - Quantitative Program Evaluation (Winter) [PDF 163kb]
  • MPA 840 - Economics of Social Policy (Winter) [PDF 407kb]
  • MPA 844 - Canadian Economic Policy (Fall) [PDF 621kb]
  • MPA 849 - Behavioural Public Finance [PDF 347kb]

3. Management

  • MPA 809 - Management in the Public Sector (Winter) [PDF 213kb]

4.  Policy Process

  • MPA 810 - Policy Challenges (Fall) [PDF 622kb]

    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.

2019-2020 Elective Courses

Students may take at least five elective courses, typically one in the fall term, two 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.

  • EPID-807 Introduction to Health Economics (Requires instructor approval - limited spaces) - Fall 2019
  • MPA 812 - Law and Public Policy (Winter 2020) [PDF 144kb]
  • MPA 826 - Ethics in Public Service (Winter 2020)  [PDF 341kb]
  • MPA 827 - Financial Management in Canada's Public Sector (Summer 2020) [PDF297kb]
  • MPA 836 - Health and Public Policy in Canada (Summer 2020) [PDF 120KB]
  • MPA 838 - Economic Analysis of Health Policy (Winter 2020) [PDF 145kb]
  • MPA 840 - Economic of Social Policy (Winter 2020) [PDF 407kb]
  • MPA 844 - Canadian Economic Policy (Fall 2019) [PDF 621kb]
  • MPA 847 - Environmental Policy (Fall 2019) [PDF 608kb]
  • MPA 860 - Reconciling Indigenous Policy (Summer 2020) [PDF 117kb]
  • MPA 868 - Business, Government and Global Economy (Summer 2020) [PDF 263kb]
  • MPA 876 - Institutions of Public Finance (Fall 2019) [PDF 611kb]
  • MPA 877 - Energy Policy (Summer 2020) [PDF 611kb]
  • MPA 878 - Guide to Parliamentary Process (Winter 2020) [PDF 245kb]
  • MPA 880 - Canadian Foreign Policy (Fall 2019) [PDF 206kb]
  • MPA 884 - Development Economics (Winter 2020) [PDF 396kb]
  • MPA 887 - Public Sector Reform (Summer 2020) [PDF 81kb]
  • MPA 888 - Program Evaluation (Summer 2020) [PDF 146kb]
  • MPA 890 - Internship
  • MPA 894 - Professional Placement
  • MPA 897 - Directed Reading [PDF 150kb]
  • MPA 898 - Master's Research Project [PDF 47kb]

 

    Previously Offered Electives
    • MPA 814 - Intergovernmental Policy
    • MPA 832 - Defence Policy & Strategy 
    • 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 883 - Science & Justice
    • MPA 886 - Leading Change in the Public Sector 
    • MPA 893 - Data Analytics