The Public Administration graduate program is a bridge between the academic world and the world of public affairs.
For over 35 years, we have prepared students like you for rewarding careers in public service and policy making.
Our graduates have gone on to hold positions as ministers and senior officials in municipal, provincial and federal governments.
They also provide leadership in hospitals, community organizations and national associations across Canada.
Due to its highly concentrated nature, our MPA/JD program allows you to earn two degrees in just four years. (Articling takes place after graduation.)
Because our graduates are highly sought-after by employers, almost all of them find suitable job placements within three months of graduation.
Notification of Acceptance is no later than April 15.
"The MPA program at Queen's provides the perfect balance between theory and practice, equipping students to be fully prepared for their chosen career path after graduation, and/or further educational pursuits. There was a real sense of community during my time at Queen's that has extended beyond the duration of the program. Students, faculty and alumni support each other long after graduation throughout their career, academic paths, and the relationships that I established with peers while at Queen's are still strong today!"
We have exchange agreements with Lund University in Sweden, Fudan University in China and the University of Ghana.
Graduates from our programs have found work in: policy analysis with federal or provincial government, research with federal or provincial government, private sector consulting, and non-profit sector consulting. About 15% of graduates continue on to study in other professional programs.
Candidates accepted by April 15th will be considered first for Queen’s Graduate Fellowships, typically valued at $10,000, and other awards. We also have funding available for new full-time students through the Queen’s Graduate Awards, the Dean’s Aboriginal Students and Canadian Visible Minority Students Awards, also valued at $10,000. Queen’s automatically issues a $5,000 top-up award to all federal government Tri-Council Award winners.
PMPA students are not eligible for Queen’s graduate awards. However you may apply for needs-based bursary support.
MPA/J.D. candidates can apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship during your first year only. We also have internal awards and a small number of research assistantships available.
MPA admission candidates will hold a four-year undergraduate degree. They must have a minimum B+ standing (75% or 3.3 GPA) standing at least in their last two years of study (or the equivalent). However, to be truly competitive, candidates should have an A-standing (80% or 3.7 GPA) in their last two years of study.
Competitive MPA/J.D. applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s honours degree, with an A- average or 3.7 GPA in the last two years and an LSAT score above the 80th percentile.
If required, TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
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