School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

MPA Courses

Students in the MPA program must complete 12 half-course credits, normally taking five courses in each of the fall and winter terms and two in the summer term. They may choose to complete a Master's Research Project, in lieu of two optional 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 145kb]

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 611kb]
  • MPA 844 - Canadian Economic Policy (Fall) [PDF 621kb]
  • MPA 849 - Behavioural Public Finance (not offered 2019/20) [PDF 347kb]

3. Management

  • MPA 809 - Management in the Public Sector (Winter) [PDF 310kb]

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.

Elective Courses

Students may take at least five optional courses, typically one in the fall term, two in the winter and two in the spring. Students may choose to take optional 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 Program Director .

Elective courses vary from year to year. A list of summer electives is normally available in early winter; a list of fall/winter electives is normally available in the late spring. The complete list of possible course offerings is listed here.

EPID-807 Introduction to Health Economics (Requires instructor approval - limited spaces) - Fall 2019

MPA 812 - Law and Public Policy (Offered Winter 2020) [PDF 214kb]

MPA 814 - Intergovernmental Policy (Not offered 2019-2020) 

MPA 826 - Ethics in Public Service (Winter 2020)  

MPA 827 - Financial Management in Canada's Public Sector (Summer 2020) [PDF715 kb]

MPA 832 - Defence Policy & Strategy (Not offered 2019/20) 

MPA 836 - Health and Public Policy in Canada (Offered Summer 2020) [PDF 235KB]

MPA 838 - Economic Analysis of Health Policy (Offered Winter 2020) [PDF 145kb]

MPA 840 - Economic of Social Policy (Offered Winter 2020) [PDF 282kb]

MPA 843 - Trade Policy (Not offered 2019-2020)

MPA 844 - Canadian Economic Policy (Offered Fall 2019) [PDF 621kb]

MPA 847 - Environmental Policy (Offered Fall 2019) [PDF 608kb]

MPA 848 - Immigration Policy in Canada (Not offered 2019-2020) [PDF 129kb]

MPA 851 - Public Policy and the Third Sector (Not offered 2019-2020) [PDF 129kb]

MPA 852 - Stakeholder Management (Not offered 2019-2020)

MPA 853 - Population Health & the Third Sector (Not offered 2019-2020) [PDF 281kb]

​MPA 857 - Public Policy in China (Fudan interchange - summer term)

MPA 858 - Dynamics of Chinese Economy (Fudan interchange - summer term)

MPA 860 - Reconciling Indigenous Policy (Offered Summer 2020)

MPA 861- Indigenous Governance (Not offered 2019-2020) [PDF 174kb]

MPA 864 - Policy and Development in Africa (Ghana interchange - summer term)

MPA 867 - Canadian Cultural Policy (Not offered 2019-2020) [PDF 239kb]

MPA 868 - Business, Government and Global Economy 

MPA 870 - Public Policy Issues in Africa (Ghana interchange - summer term)

MPA 871 - Conflict Resolution (Not offered 2019-2020)

MPA 875 - Budget Planning  [PDF 191kb]

MPA 876 - Institutions of Public Finance (Offered Fall 2019) [PDF 611kb]

MPA 877 - Energy Policy (Offered Summer 2020)

MPA 880 - Canadian Foreign Policy (Offered Fall 2019) [PDF 206kb]

MPA 881 - Government Communications (Offered Summer 2020)

MPA 882 - Comparative Social Policy 

MPA 883 - Science & Justice (Not offered 2019-2020) [PDF 583kb]

MPA 884 - Development Economics (Offered Winter 2020) [PDF 396kb]

MPA 885 - Strategic Planning (Not offered 2019-2020) [PDF 338kb]

MPA 886 - Leading Change in the Public Sector (Not offered 2019-2020)

MPA 887 - Public Sector Reform 

MPA 888 - Program Evaluation  [PDF 156kb]

MPA 890 - Internship

MPA 893 - Data Analytics (Not offered 2019-2020) [pdf 144kb]

MPA 894 - Professional Placement

MPA 897 - Directed  Reading [PDF 150kb]

MPA 898 - Master's Research Project [PDF 47kb]