Launched in 2005, this program offers students the unparalleled advantage of engaging with public, non-profit and private sector organizations in Canada’s largest metropolis. Our downtown Toronto location is a significant asset in supporting student research, networking and elective placement/internship opportunities. In 2007-08, the program received the highest possible evaluation from an Ontario Council of Graduate Schools (OCGS) review, and in 2008 was the first program in Canada to earn accreditation from the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA). The program is offered in full- and part-time options.
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.
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 E-Mail: email@example.com
Julia Macan Program Administrator Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7855 Fax: 416-979-5153 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.”
Tara Muzumdar (master of public policy and administration alumna) reflects on how the program gave her an excellent understanding of policy development and decision-making processes within government, resulting in her securing a policy advisor role with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.
Finding a Supervisor
Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.