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Like all programs at Ryerson University, Public Administration and Governance has a tripartite curriculum structure. This structure was developed in order to ensure that all Ryerson University students are exposed to a body of material from within their own discipline (Professional courses), a body of material relevant to their own discipline but delivered by other disciplines (Professionally-Related courses), and a breadth requirement in the form of material deliberately not from their own discipline (Liberal Studies). The goal is a well-rounded total package intended to emphasize a particular base of applied knowledge, but also to broaden the horizons of the student. Each level of the Public Administration and Governance program requires courses from each category of the tripartite curriculum.
For your convenience, two checklists are provided below in MS-Excel format so they can be completed electronically and saved for future reference and additions. An up-to-date checklist is very helpful when doing course selection, or when seeking advice from the Department.
Schedule of Program (Professional) courses offered on Ryerson campus:
Evening, Continuing Education, Distance Ed, and Spring/Summer Offerings of Professional, Professionally Related, and Liberal Studies
Spring course offerings will be available in March of each year;
Fall course offerings will be available in June of each year
|Level 1 Certificate in Public Administration and Governance|
Level 1 comprises eight one-semester courses* which introduce the fundamentals of public administration. The program focuses on the organization of government; the unique institutional role of government in society; the structure, processes, and issues characterizing Canadian public administration; and human rights and employment equity issues.
NOTE 1: Students intending to proceed to further levels of the program should familiarize themselves with prerequisites pertaining to professionally related elected courses at all levels of the program, including options leading to a minor.
NOTE 2: Upon successful completion of Level 1 students may apply for a Certificate in Public Administration and Governance.
* A one-semester course typically consists of a three-hour class one evening per week for 12 or 13 weeks, during the fall, winter, spring or summer terms. Some intensive mode and distance education options are also available. For Distance Education offerings, consult the Chang School calendar.
|Level 2 Certificate in Public Administration and Governance|
Level 2 of the program emphasizes public policy through eight one-semester courses. Required courses analyze public policy, public sector union-management relations, research methodology, and the ideological basis of administrative institutions. Students also have the opportunity to continue their study of specific administrative functions and skills.
NOTE: Upon successful completion of Level 2 students may apply for a Level 2 Certificate in Public Administration and Governance.
|Level 3: Bachelor Arts (Hon.)
Public Administration and Governance
Courses taken in the third level of the program offer more sophisticated investigations of specialized areas in public administration. Successful completion of Level 3 leads to a Bachelor of Arts - Honours [B.A. (Hon.)] in Public Administration and Governance.
Students admitted prior to Fall 2011 should be guided by the Calendar in effect at the time of their admission. Click here for the specific requirements of Level 3 as of the 2010-11 academic year.
Specific requirements of Level 3 for students admitted in or after Fall 2011:
Normally, Level 3 consists of 24 one-semester courses, culminating with a major Public Policy Research Paper (PPA 51A/B). However, students with significant public sector experience may be eligible to enrol in the Practicum Option (PPA 50A/B), which reduces the number of courses required at this level to 17 one-semester courses.
To determine eligibility to enrol in the Practicum Option, please complete both a Work Experience Assessment Form and a Checklist (which serves as an Academic Assessment Form) and submit them to the Undergraduate Program Director (UPD), who will advise as to whether the cited work experience satisfies the criteria of the Practicum Option. This should be done following successful completion of 3 out of the 8 courses in Level II. Although the Practicum should be the last thing taken in the Public Administration and Governance program, eligibility must be determined early, in order to plan the orderly satisfaction of the degree requirements.
Note that enrolment in PPA 50A/B requires a cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.67 or higher following the completion of Level 1, Level 2, PPA333, and at least six (6) of the eight (8) “Required Group 1” courses at Level 3.
|Course Renumbering and Program Redesign|
Effective Fall 2011, some changes to the Public Administration and Governance program took effect. Please consult the Calendar for details.
In terms of program structure, features include:
Students admitted prior to Fall 2011 who wish to follow the new curriculum should contact the Department of Politics and Public Administration and complete a Term Requirement Change Form. The form is available in hard copy only from the Program Administrator in the Department.