Public Policy and Administration, Master | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
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Public Policy and Administration

24 months
22301 CAD/year
8275 CAD/year
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For six decades, the Public Policy and Administration MPPA program from Carleton University has been the leading centre for Canadian scholarship and graduate education in policy and administration – examining what governments do, why, and how they could do it better. 


The Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from Carleton University is a professionally relevant academic degree. It provides a comprehensive and rigorous preparation for careers that will engage with the public sector, recognizing that those careers may span the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Capital Advantage

The national capital offers an array of learning and professional opportunities, complemented by ready access to government departments and agencies, parliamentary institutions, media and non-governmental organizations. There are unparalleled career opportunities in the public sector, and a master’s degree has become the essential entry requirement.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Why a public drug insurance plan would increase Canadians’ access to medicines, improve health outcomes and save more than $10 billion.
  • New forms of non-state governance, such as certification programs in the forest, fisheries and coffee sectors.
  • How governments can make the transition to an environmentally-sustainable economic & social system.
  • Low-carbon energy technologies & their application in the developing world.
  • Community engagement in urban planning and emergency management and preparedness.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the MPPA work in governments; consulting firms specializing in public policy; corporate government relations divisions; and governmental and non-governmental organizations at the national or international level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Modern Challenges to Governance
  • Policy Analysis: The Practical Art of Change
  • Public Management: Principles and Approaches
  • Public Management in Practice
  • Law and Ethics
  • Qualitative Methods for Public Policy
  • Quantitative Methods for Public Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate or post-graduate degree (or equivalent), with an average of B+ or higher.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22301 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22301 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    8275 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8275 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

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