Public Administration


Application Fee: $100 CDN (non-refundable)

All applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

An acceptable English Language Proficiency test score is required, if applicable.

For initial assessment purposes only, copies of unofficial transcripts (uploaded to your application) are acceptable and preferred. Transcripts are required from each institution for the entire academic history, whether or not degree has been awarded, including institutions attended on an exchange. If the English copy is a translation, please include the original language as well.

Degree Certificates – All international transcripts must be accompanied by degree certificates that indicate that the degree has been awarded.

Master of Public Administration

All students must complete 36 credit hours of study, including 24 credit hours of required courses and 12 credit hours of optional courses, all of which would be at the 7000-level (normally), and a mandatory co-op placement (POLS 6500). Students with demonstrated professional-work experience with a public sector organization in the area of health or public administration, may request a waiver of the requirement for a co-op placement.

There is no thesis option or comprehensive examination. Students are required, however, to complete a major paper as part of the Capstone Seminar.

The Joint Master's Program in Public Administration is supervised by the Joint Discipline Committee (JDC) consisting of members of the faculty of the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.

Expected Duration

  • 2 years

Program Fees (Full Time)

Application Requirements

  • Four-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from:
    a) Canadian institutions empowered by law to grant degrees; or
    b) Colleges and universities outside Canada, which are officially recognized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Statement of Intent
  • Publication/Writing Sample
  • Letters of Recommendation: 2

Application Deadlines

Canadian / US / International Applicants
Term Start Date Deadline*  
Fall 2022 September January 15, 2022 Apply



*Applicants should submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

Candidates with a GPA of 3.5 (B+), or with a combination of career experiences and a GPA between 3.0 and 3.5, would normally expect to be competitive.

Academic Calendar, Public Administration, M.P.A.

Department Website

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University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
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