MPA students have many ways to get involved in research at the School of Public Administration.
Second year research scholarships
Each year the SPA offers research scholarships to almost 10% of its second year students, based on performance in the first year in the program. Students on research scholarships are matched with a professor in the SPA. Tasks are defined by the professor.
Grant-funded research assistantships
In most years, professors in the SPA hold research funds from SSHRC, CIHR or other funding institutions. Professors often hire MPA students to assist with research projects. Tasks are defined by the professor.
Consulting research assistantships
On occasion, professors engage in consulting activities with the public sector or another client. When needed, professors hire students to assist with consulting research projects. Tasks are defined by the professor.
A number of courses in the MPA program incorporate an applied research component. These courses include Research Methods and Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Practicum, Projects, Issues in Applied Economics, Management Without Borders, and others. Applied research components typically require that students work with external stakeholders in some capacity.
Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management
The Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management (DJIM) is a student-led initiative aimed at publishing Dalhousie graduate student work of the highest quality and significance in all areas of management. Find out more at the DJIM website.