Public policy decisions shape daily life and well-being. Many essential services, such as health care and education, are provided by the public sector. Using their regulatory powers, governments establish the framework for competition between firms and they protect the environment. In return for public services, individuals and firms must pay taxes. This interdisciplinary program, which draws on the tools of economic analysis, gives students a better understanding of the challenges linked to public-sector economics (federal, provincial, municipal). Domains of application include the labour market, health care, education, environment and taxation.

This program is offered in English and in French.

Co-operative education is available with this program.

The French immersion is available with this program.

ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
ECO 1102Introduction to Macroeconomics3 Units
ECO 1104Introduction to Microeconomics3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Mathematical Methods I 1
Introduction to Calculus
MAT 1302Mathematical Methods II3 Units
ECO 2142Macroeconomic Theory I3 Units
ECO 2143Macroeconomic Theory II3 Units
ECO 2144Microeconomic Theory I3 Units
ECO 2145Microeconomic Theory II3 Units
PAP 2300Introduction to Public Policy Analysis3 Units
POL 2101Introduction to Canadian Politics3 Units
ECO 3150Probability and Statistics for Economists 23 Units
ECO 3151Introduction to Econometrics 23 Units
PAP 3350Sectoral Issues in Public Policy3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Sociology of Ethics
Sociology of Work and Organizations
6 course units from:6 Units
Microeconomic Analysis of the Public Sector
Analysis of Economic and Social Data
Application of Cost-Benefit Analysis to Public Projects
Public Economics
6 course units from:6 Units
Economics of Women's Issues
Introduction to Labour and Population Economics
Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resources Economics
Introduction to Health Economics
12 course units from:12 Units
Industrial Organization I
Introduction to Regional and Urban Economics
Labour Economics
Public Economics
Research Seminar in Economics of the Environment
Industrial Organization II
Health Economics
6 optional course units in public administration (PAP) at the 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses6 Units
42 elective course units 342 Units
or 12 elective course units plus a minor
Total: 120 Units


List of Optional Courses

PAP 3310Research Methods in Public Administration3 Units
PAP 3325Gender and Public Policy3 Units
PAP 3340Human Resources in Public Organizations3 Units
PAP 3345Governance and the Nonprofit Sector3 Units
PAP 3355Budgetary Policy and Public Finance3 Units
PAP 3360Managing Difference3 Units
PAP 3365Law and Public Administration3 Units
PAP 3370Theory of Public Organisations3 Units
PAP 4310Principles, Processes and Methods of Evaluation3 Units
PAP 4315Public Policy Analysis3 Units
PAP 4320Negotiation, Collaboration and Private-Public Partnerships3 Units
PAP 4330Administrative Reforms3 Units
PAP 4340Selected Topic in Public Policy3 Units
PAP 4350Project Management in the Public Sector3 Units
PAP 4355Ethics and Public Affairs3 Units