School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

The Queen's Professional MPA Experience [PMPA]


Are you ready to advance your career?

Established in 1976, the Queen's Professional Master of Public Administration was a forerunner to many of today's executive degree programs. Its original vision was to provide "in-service" professionals in government, the broader public sector and not-for-profit organizations with the opportunity to fully combine formal classroom-based learning with student-focused learning through informal discussion and debate outside the classroom.

Nearly 40 cohorts and over 1000 alumni have now completed the program and are engaged in senior roles at all levels of governments and other organizations across Canada and beyond. You will greatly benefit through the personal contact with faculty and new colleagues, who are tremendously diverse in their academic, professional and personal experience. Part of the excitement of the program, is that you are part of a learning community and an expansive network of policy expertise.  It provides experienced policy professionals with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take their career to the next level.

Here are a few more reasons why Queen's Professional MPA may be the answer:

Policy Leadership

A new integrated curriculum, being implemented in Fall 2017, focuses on the policy process - from problem identification, through analysis, stakeholder consultation and communications, implementation and evaluation, to deliver intended outcomes. New courses on leadership concepts and practice heighten professional and personal leadership development; a final "capstone" team project creates an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in policy development and implementation and integrate other learning to the resolution of real-world issue.

Across the curriculum, PMPA participants learn through the real experience of course instructors and distinguished guests as well as case analysis and team projects. 

An Engaged Faculty

PMPA Faculty members are engaged in policy matters in the classroom and the community. They bring their real-world experience and direct knowledge of contemporary policy issues into the classroom. As dedicated teachers, they appreciate the experience that PMPA participants bring to the classroom; they know that professionals have different learning needs and seek to integrate their learning into the classroom.

Rachel Laforest [image]
Rachel Laforest
Program Director and Associate Professor



Andrew Graham [image]
Andrew Graham
Adjunct Professor 

MPA 809 Management in the Public Sector (Year 2)



Eugene Lang [image]
Eugene Lang
Adjunct Professor

MPA 802  Approaches to Policy Analysis (Year 2)



Arthur Stewart [image]
Arthur Stewart
Adjunct Professor

MPA 804 Principles of Economics (Year 1)



Lori Turnbull [image]
Lori Turnbull
Adjunct Professor

MPA 800 Governing Institutions (Year 1) 

The Cohort Model

PMPA students enter and continue through the program as part of a cohort, building new relationships with others who share a commitment to professional development and are ready to embrace change in their lives and their workplaces. In-class meetings, complemented by online communications between classes, enhance learning and strengthen professional and personal networks that endure well beyond graduation.

Co-curricular Activities

Classroom learning is supplemented by other extraordinary learning activities. 

On campus, visiting speakers share "insider" perspectives on critical policy issues ranging from the local to global levels as part of the regular Queen's Policy Studies Speakers Series. The School's many annual and occasional conference programs are also open to PMPA students at a modest registration fee.

Off-campus PMPA participants may join annual two-day "capital briefings" with senior government and other executives in Ottawa and Toronto.  In their second term, PMPA students may choose to participate in interchange studies at Fudan University, Shanghai or the University of Ghana, Accra.