The Master of Public Administration is the flagship professional program of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. The program builds on the reputation and experience of a province renowned for innovation and professionalism in public policy and administration.

The M.P.A. is an exciting program designed to prepare students for success in such diverse areas as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry associations and, of course, the public service. Students in the program build their knowledge and skills in three critical areas: evidence and strategic thinking, connection and collaboration, and implementation and improvement.

For more information on this field of study, see the Master of Public Administration website.

Admission Requirements

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. A minimum overall TOEFL score of 86 is required with a minimum score of 20 in each area, or a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each area, or another approved test as outlined in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies.
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a four-year degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • a current resume that includes background and relevant employment history
  • a letter of intent
  • three letters of reference

Course Option - Degree Requirements

Students in the M.P.A. program must achieve a minimum of 70% in each course to earn course credit and progress through program completion.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects
  • JSGS 990.0

A minimum 36 credit units, including the following:

  • JSGS 801.3
  • JSGS 802.3
  • JSGS 805.3
  • JSGS 806.3
  • JSGS 807.3
  • JSGS 808.3
  • JSGS 838.3
  • JSGS 882.3
  • JSGS 891.3
  • JSGS 892.3
  • a minimum 6 credit units electives. Elective courses taken outside of JSGS course offerings require approval of the Graduate Chair.