School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

The PMPA Program


What is the difference between the Professional Master of Public Administration (P.M.P.A) and the full-time Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) programs?

The degree is the same; the learning experience and class schedule are different.

  • The PMPA program is designed for individuals with significant employment experience in the public sector or policy-making roles who wish to continue in full-time employment, while pursuing graduate studies in public policy and administration with other in-career professionals.
  • The MPA program is a one-year, full-time program. The majority of MPA students are recent university graduates who are looking to develop their skills and knowledge in governance and policy analysis for entry-level roles in the public and not-for-profit sectors.