The study of public administration seeks to advance our understanding of how governments work and of their role in contemporary societies. It examines public management principles from various perspectives (administration, financial management, human resources, ethics, administrative reforms, governance, etc.) and the processes involved in designing public policies (policy cycle, roles of various stakeholders, ideologies, contextual factors, etc.). The program offers a high-quality education to students seeking a career in the public or para-public sectors, as well as those who seek to work in the private or non-profit sectors, or in government relations.

This program is offered in English and in French.

The table below includes only the discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the Honours bachelor's with double major and the Honours bachelor's with major and minor.

Co-operative education is available when taken as part of an honours degree.

French immersion is available when taken as part of an honours degree.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2017-2018 calendars for the previous requirements.

Compulsory course at the 1000 level
PAP 1301Introduction to Public Administration3 Units
Compulsory courses at the 2000 level
PAP 2300Introduction to Public Policy Analysis3 Units
PAP 2320Introduction to Public Management3 Units
POL 2101Introduction to Canadian Politics3 Units
SCS 2150Introduction to Methodology in the Social Sciences3 Units
Compulsory courses at the 3000 level
PAP 3310Research Methods in Public Administration3 Units
PAP 3350Sectoral Issues in Public Policy3 Units
PAP 3355Budgetary Policy and Public Finance3 Units
PAP 3370Theory of Public Organisations3 Units
Optional courses
3 optional course units in public administration (PAP) at the 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses3 Units
6 optional course units in public administration (PAP) at the 4000 level from the list of optional courses6 Units
6 optional course units from the list of optional courses6 Units
Total: 42 Units

List of Optional Courses

ECO 1102Introduction to Macroeconomics3 Units
ECO 1104Introduction to Microeconomics3 Units
ECO 2110Microeconomic Analysis of the Public Sector3 Units
ECO 2111Economics of Women's Issues3 Units
ECO 2113Canada and the World Economy3 Units
ECO 2114Introduction to Labour and Population Economics3 Units
ECO 2115Introduction to Money and Banking3 Units
ECO 2118Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resources Economics3 Units
ECO 2121Economics of Globalization3 Units
ECO 2147Analysis of Economic and Social Data3 Units
FEM 2107Diversities of Women: Gender, Race, Class and (Dis)ability3 Units
PAP 3325Gender and Public Policy3 Units
PAP 3340Human Resources in Public Organizations3 Units
PAP 3345Governance and the Nonprofit Sector3 Units
PAP 3360Managing Difference3 Units
PAP 3365Law and Public Administration3 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
PAP 4360Seminar in Strategic Public Management3 Units
PAP 4365Integration Seminar in Public Administration3 Units
POL 1101Introduction to Political Science3 Units
POL 3125Urban Politics in Canada3 Units
POL 3159Indigenous Politics in Canada3 Units
POL 4134Law, Politics, and the Constitution in Canada3 Units
POL 4154Parliamentary Government in Canada3 Units
POL 4162Health Politics and Policy in Canada3 Units
SOC 2101Sociological Approaches to Health, Illness and Medicine3 Units
SOC 2104Women, Men and Society3 Units
SOC 2312Political Sociology3 Units
SOC 2309Canadian Society3 Units
SOC 3105Environmental Sociology3 Units
SOC 3116Technologies, World and Societies3 Units
SOC 3137Sociology of Minority Groups3 Units
SOC 3308Sociology of Work and Organizations3 Units
SOC 4135Local and Global Economic Relations3 Units
SOC 4139Sociological Analysis of Social Policy3 Units
SVS 2520État-providence, politiques sociales et service social3 Units
SVS 3555Service social auprès des populations autochtones3 Units
SVS 4565Politiques familiales et service social3 Units