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Graduate Programs

Located in the heart of Canada’s largest metropolitan centre, Ryerson University offers exciting and innovative graduate programs through the Yeates School of Graduate Studies. The Department of Politics and Public Administration offers full-time and part-time study options leading to a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration. Faculty in the Department are also major partners in the delivery of the interdisciplinary Policy Studies PhD program housed in the Faculty of Arts.

Public Policy and Administration, MA

This innovative program (offered in both full- and part-time configurations) was launched in 2005.  It gives students the extraordinary advantage of proximity to, and engagement with, business, government and community agencies. This proximity is a significant asset in supporting student research, networking and placement/ internship opportunities.  The program integrates the fields of public policy and public administration to reflect the theoretical and practical realities in the political context of policy development, implementation and analysis.  It prepares graduates for further academic pursuits, and for careers in the public service at all levels of government, in the third (non-profit) sector, and in private sector organizations with significant relationships with government and in international organizations.

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Policy Studies, PhD

The PhD in Policy Studies is Canada’s first and only interdisciplinary doctoral program in policy studies. Faculty in the Department of Politics and Public Administration work with faculty in various other Departments to deliver this unique program, which is housed in Ryerson’s Faculty of Arts.  The program offers students the opportunity to study almost any aspect of public policy, with the program loosely organised around three fields: Public Policy and Administration; Immigration Settlement and Diaspora Policies; and Social Policy.

Societal need for policy research has grown in response to the realities of the knowledge economy and the complex policy challenges facing communities, cities, regions, nations and the world. While policy studies as an area of study has found its disciplinary home in political science, policy research requires an understanding of the historical, cultural, political, institutional, geographic and economic aspects that frame policy fields. Traditional policy fields are increasingly interconnected, have domestic and international dimensions and involve policy actors from the public, non-profit and private sectors. These innate features of public policy require interdisciplinary knowledge and research collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. 

Ryerson’s recognized strength in combining theory and practice, growing reputation in policy-relevant research and location in Canada’s largest and most culturally diverse cosmopolitan centre provides students with the extraordinary opportunity to engage with government and community agencies in conducting domestic and international policy research. 

This interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare a new generation of researchers for positions in academe and the public, non-profit and private sectors at the local, regional, national and international levels.

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