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Public Administration

Deepen your knowledge of Canadian politics and political institutions while developing in-demand critical, analytic, management and research skills. You’ll learn from committed professors with experience in the field.

What do professionals need to be successful in this area?

  • Strong communication skills – verbal and written
  • Well-developed presentation skills
  • Institutional knowledge – legislative and organizational aspects of Canadian government
  • Research skills
  • French language competency for federal government jobs

Sample Courses

Course offerings depend on the instructor and room/resource availability.

  • AP/PPAS 3190 Public Administration (Recommended First Course)
  • AP/PPAS 3135 Public Law I: The Constitution and the Courts in Canada
  • AP/PPAS 3136 Public Law II: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Limits of Public Administration
  • AP/PPAS 3300 Statistics for Social Sciences
  • AP/PPAS 4052 Race, Ethnicity and Social Policy
  • AP/PPAS 4110 Regional Economic Development
  • AP/PPAS 4115 The Political Economy of the State and Finance
  • AP/PPAS 4310 Program Evaluation: Background and Theory
  • AP/PPAS 4320 Advanced Program Evaluation
  • AP/PPAS 4390 Public Administration of Ontario: Sub-National Governance in Comparison

Experiential Courses

The School of Public Policy & Administration offers a variety of courses with experiential educational (EE) components. They range from research/project collaboration with external partners to placements or internships.

  • PPAS 3480 Political Economy of Public Policy
  • PPAS 3524 Public Sector Budget Process
  • PPAS 3995 Community Service Learning: Leadership Development and Community Engagement
  • PPAS 4111 The International Refugee Protection Regime 1: Critical Problems
  • PPAS 4112 The International Refugee Protection Regime II: Research Seminar
  • PPAS 4310 Program Evaluation: Background and Theory
  • PPAS 4320 Advanced Program Evaluation
  • PPAS 4995 Practicum in Public Administration


  • Course list is subject to change.
  • Access may be rationed by GPA. Therefore, it is important to get good grades in the foundations courses.

I am extremely grateful for York University because studying here was exactly what I needed to start my Canadian career. The bridging program did exactly what its name says. It helped me see my background from a Canadian perspective and customize my job search strategy and my resume to better fit the requirements. The IEP program provided me information about networking opportunities and career options that are relevant to my previous experiences; in one word it helped me build a bridge between my past and my future.

— Reka Tokes
Manager, Research & Analysis, OPS Centre for Public Sector Labour Relations and Compensation

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