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 267KB]
  • MPA 802: Approaches to Policy Analysis (Winter) [PDF 257kb]

2. Economic and Quantitative Analysis

  • MPA 804 - Principles of Economics (Fall) [PDF 62kb]
  • MPA 805 - Quantitative Analysis (Fall) [PDF 283kb]

And at least one of:

  • MPA 815 - Economic Analysis (Summer 2021) [PDF 337kb]
  • MPA 816 - Quantitative Program Evaluation (Winter) [PDF 163kb]
  • MPA 840 - Economics of Social Policy (not offered 2020-2021) [PDF 407kb]
  • MPA 844 - Canadian Economic Policy (Fall) [PDF 621kb]
  • MPA 849 - Behavioural Public Finance (not offered 2020-2021)[PDF 347kb]

3. Management

  • MPA 809 - Management in the Public Sector (Fall) [PDF 128kb]

4.  Policy Process

  • MPA 810 - Policy Challenges (Fall) [PDF 107kb]

    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.

  • MPA 812 - Law and Public Policy (Winter 2021) [PDF 144kb]
  • MPA 826 - Ethics in Public Service (Winter 2021)  [PDF 341kb]
  • MPA 832 -  Defence Policy (Winter 2021)
  • MPA 836 - Health and Public Policy in Canada (Winter 2021) [PDF 120KB]
  • MPA 844 - Canadian Economic Policy (Winter 2021) [PDF 621kb]
  • MPA 847 - Environmental Policy (Winter 2021) [PDF 608kb]
  • MPA 862 - Indigenous Research Methods (Winter 2021)
  • MPA 876 - Institutions of Public Finance (Winter 2021) [PDF 611kb]
  • MPA 890 - Internship (Summer 2021)
  • MPA 894 - Professional Placement (Summer 2021)
  • MPA 897 - Directed Reading [PDF 150kb]
  • MPA 898 - Master's Research Project [PDF 47kb]

 

    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