University of Manitoba - Faculty of Arts - Political Studies - Master of Public Administration Program
Master of Public Administration Program

All students entering the MPA Program complete a program of 36 credits.  Students will complete 8 core courses (24 credits, all 3 credits) and 12 credits as options for a total of 36 credits. The MPA is course-based program so there is no thesis option or comprehensive examination. No advance standing will be accepted (i.e. transfer credits). The co-operative education program (Co-op Program) will be mandatory for all students, with approved waivers for those who meet eligibility criteria.
Students will be required, however, to complete a major paper as part of the Capstone Seminar. The required courses are:

  • GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial
  • POLS 7136/POLS 9260 Governance and Administration
  • POLS 7132/POLS 9250 Public Policy Process and Issues
  • POLS 7140/POLS 9420 Principles of Public Finance for Policy Analysis
  • POLS 7138/POLS 9630 Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
  • POLS 7134/POLS 9640 Qualitative Methods and Communications in the Public Sector
  • POLS 7980/POLS 9620 Professional Development Workshops
  • POLS 7130/POLS 9040 Theories and Issues in Public Administration
  • POLS 6500 & POLS 6510 Co-op Education
  • POLS 7990/POLS 9610 Capstone Seminar

The joint Master’s Program is supervised by the Joint Disciple Committee (JDC) consisting of members from both the faculty of the University of Manitoba, the Faculty of Graduate Studies as well as their Department/Program of study.
See below for Admission Requirements, Application Procedures for Deadlines and additional Program Requirements.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MPA Program is limited. The required GPA for admission is 3.0 (B), but candidates with a GPA of 3.5 (B+), or with a combination of career experiences and a GPA between 3.0 and 3.5 may be competitive. An undergraduate degree consisting of 120 credits is required.

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Application Procedures and Deadlines

JANUARY 15th - International and Canadian applications deadlines for September registration. September is the only admission date. There is no admission in January.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Public Administration program, students forward the following to the Faculty of Graduate Studies:

  • The following must be completed by January 15.
  • Application Fee $100.00 (non refundable) – must be paid
  • the Faculty of Graduate Studies Application for Admission form and all documents and fees that it requires, must be paid and uploaded by January 15. (University of Manitoba students may request a history instead of a transcript);
  • Upload a unofficial transcript first, then send by mail one copy of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that the student has attended. These transcripts must be received by the Faculty of Graduate Studies in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. Where academic records are produced in a language other than English, the applicant must arrange for the submission of official literal English translations of all records;  Degree Certificates – All international transcripts must be accompanied by degree certificates that indicate that the degree has been awarded.
  • two letters of reference. During the application you will add the references names and contact information.  They will receive an email and link and will upload their letter of reference.  Please note they must complete and upload the letter of reference before January 15th deadline.  These letters must be included with the on-line application;
  • upload a brief letter of intent (500 word letter). The letter is an opportunity for you to tell the committee how the MPA program fits for you and how you fit the MPA program. This should include why the MPA is the relevant degree for your career plans, and what experiences you bring to the program that would make you a good contributor to the seminar discussions.
  • Upload a sample of your written work, preferably a recently completed essay previously graded.
  • Upload a copy of birth certificate or passport (for those students who have never previously registered at the University of Manitoba)
  • We ask that all applicants come prepared financially to pay the full Tuition amount without financial awards and funding.  Our awards and funding are limited, and are not a guarantee.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Susan Prentice (PhD

Chair, Joint Masters in Public Administration Program

Duff Roblin Professor of Government

329 Isbister Building