Queen’s University School of Policy Studies

Why Queen's University School of Policy Studies?

Our Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate programs are a bridge between the academic world and the world of public affairs. They are focused on policy analysis, development, and implementation, preparing new and experienced professionals for rewarding careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Queen's University School of Policy Studies offers a rich and rewarding learning experience that is unsurpassed in Canada and matched only by the best public policy programs in the world. Through high quality interactive teaching and integrated learning, we enhance leadership in public policy by providing students the inspiration, skills, competencies, and connections to become better contributors to the public good.

We do this by:

  • Taking an integrated approach to the graduate learning experience in public policy and administration.
  • Developing skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and integration across multiple disciplines and perspectives; communicating for purposes of public engagement and policy decision-making; developing effective partnerships and teams; leadership; and linking policy and execution.
  • Bridging theory and practice, moving from the academic to the applied. Preparing students for the rigour of a career in public policy.
  • Working in teams and across disciplines.
  • Embracing a strong set of public sector values and ethics focused on integrity and service.
  • Enabling students to pursue co-op opportunities to gain work experience.

The curriculum includes core courses in economics, policy analysis, governance, management, and quantitative methods. Through elective courses, students apply their skills to the analysis and resolution of concrete policy and management problems.

With two MPA streams to choose from, the Queen's University School of Policy Studies offers students the flexibility to complete their degree by studying full- or part-time.

  • The one-year MPA program provides multi-disciplinary curriculum for full-time students. The program has been preparing students at the entry and mid-career levels for leadership roles in public service and policy-making for more than 40 years. Our graduates have gone onto hold positions as senior officials in municipal, provincial, and federal governments. They also provide leadership in hospitals, community organizations and national associations across Canada, while others work for consulting firms in the private sector.The program's emphasis is on public policy, and the broad social, economic, and political context within which public organizations operate. The program aims to develop policy leaders.
  • The Professional MPA (PMPA) program allows working professionals to study part-time and acquire their degree over 3 years while continuing to work. This program prepares students for new leadership roles, to take on more responsibility, and to have a greater impact on the world of public policy. PMPA students are talented, highly motivated professionals from a variety of backgrounds and this program builds on their practical work experience, and fosters strong, collaborative relationships with other professionals committed to public service.Students will greatly benefit through contact with faculty and new colleagues who are tremendously diverse in their academic and professional experience. The program provides experienced policy professional with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take their career to the next level.

What will you learn?

A Queen's University MPA degree can equip you with valuable and versatile skills, such as:

Strategic Thinking:

  • Articulate the political, institutional, legal, and administrative context in which policy is made and implemented.
  • Recognize the values and principles of Canadian democracy.

Engagement & Communication:

  • Engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders and partners.
  • Demonstrate high quality, professional, verbal and written communication skills.

Analysis & Application:

  • Apply relevant theories, principles, and techniques of policy analysis to identify and assess public policy issues and develop options to resolve them.
  • Identify, synthesize, analyze, and integrate relevant and appropriate sources of information.

Professionalism, Collaboration, & Leadership:

  • Demonstrate and apply the ethics and values of public service integrating the core tenets of equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity.
  • Develop and complement creative and collaborative approaches to public service leadership.
Queen’s University School of Policy Studies
Ontario, Canada