Public Policy and Administration (MA)
Part of the Faculty of Arts
- Completion of a four-year undergraduate (or equivalent) degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study (3.33/4.33 GPA (B+) strongly recommended)
- Statement of interest
- Two letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency requirement
More information on admission requirements. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program.
Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.
See application dates.
- Global policy and development
- Governance and citizenship
- Public administration
- Public policy
In addition to core faculty from the Department of Politics and Public Administration, the program includes adjunct faculty from a variety of graduate programs who contribute to a richer graduate education.
Affiliated faculty with practitioner backgrounds from different sectors add an experiential dimension to the curriculum. Currently, the MA program benefits from an Ontario Public Service Fellow and a Public Servant-inResidence. The program also has access to deputy minister champions from the Ontario and federal governments.
- Citizen-Oriented Governance in Canada
- Indigenous Law and Policy in Canada
- International Development Policy and Politics
- Policy Analysis and Challenges
- Public Administration and Governance
- Public Sector: Diversity and Equity
- Research Methods
- Urban Governance
- Competitive entrance scholarships, teaching and research assistantships for eligible full-time students
- Downtown Toronto location enables students to network with leaders in the public, non-profit and private sectors
Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.
Dr. Carolyn Johns
Graduate Program Director
PhD, (Comparative Public Policy): McMaster University
Research areas: environmental policy, water policy, intergovernmental administrative relations, public administration, network analysis, and policy capacity issues in the public sector
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6146
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7855
“Ryerson’s MPPA program helped cultivate a skill set that opened the door to many opportunities I otherwise would not have had. The program combines theoretical content and practical application of public sector issues while learning from leading scholars and senior public servants. I could not have made a better decision to launch my career in the public service.”