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Public Policy and Administration, MA


There are many exciting and dynamic career opportunities for graduates of the Politics and Public Administration M.A. program.

Here are just a few possibilities:

  • a policy unit of a federal, provincial or municipal government department
  • the decision-making structure of a third (voluntary/nonprofit) sector organization (remember, “voluntary” refers only to the Directors, not the staff; and “nonprofit” simply means that there are no shareholders who collect dividends)
  • the private sector, particularly where private companies have extensive interactions with domestic or foreign governments
  • international governmental organizations (e.g., UN, OECD, World Bank)
  • international non-Government Organizations (NGOs)
  • a political aide to an elected official
  • private companies engaged in public research
  • interest/pressure groups
  • community-based organizations, particularly those that interact with the federal, provincial, or municipal government

In addition to employment directly upon graduation, you’ll also be prepared to apply to law school or further graduate studies in disciplines such as Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, Government, and more. A higher graduate degree can lead to additional career choices.

For further career information

  • Consult the External News section of this site to review recent researching demonstrating the value of a degree in the social sciences.
  • Visit the Ryerson Career Centre
  • The Government of Canada maintains a listing of (internal) specialized recruitment that may be of particular interest to recent graduates
Where are our Graduates Today?  
A good indication of career opportunities is to look at where our graduates are today. They are working in:
Government of Ontario
  • Health Services Appeals and Review Board
  • Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
  • Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure
  • Ministry of Government Services
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Government of Canada

  • Canadian Heritage
  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • Citizenship Immigration Canada
  • Health Canada
  • House of Commons
  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
  • Public Safety Canada


  • Toronto Fire Services
  • Toronto District School Board
  • The Regional Municipality of York Health Services

Private Sector

  • Innovative Research Group
  • Insurance Board of Canada
  • KPMG
  • Rogers Communications
  • Rogers Publishing

Other Organizations

  • Canadian Arab Federation
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community
  • HomesAway
  • Institute of Public Administration of Canada
  • LinkUp Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities
  • Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto
  • Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
  • Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
  • Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
  • Ryerson University
  • Senior Peoples Resources In North Toronto (SPRINT)
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Toronto East General Hospital
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • World Security Institute
  • World Vision

Further Education

  • Doctoral studies
  • Law school