What classes comprise our MPA (Management) program?

You are required to complete 13 courses (9 core courses and 4 electives) for the MPA (M) program.

Core Courses

Government Structure and Organization

This class focuses on the Canadian system of government and addresses basic organizational theory and design as well as fundamental issues of public management.

Policy Formulation and Analysis

This class covers the techniques, theory and contextual underpinnings central to effective policy management. It explores strategic approaches to policy design and the role of the policy analyst in modern government.

Managerial Economics

This class elucidates basic microeconomic theories and principles and applies these to economic decision-making. With a focus on public sector applications, this class is designed to increase your understanding of the relationship between economic theory and policy.

Research Methods

This class provides a practical setting for understanding the purchase, management and evaluation of research products. Applied research methods, research services and best practices are discussed in depth.

Business and Government

This class presents the relationship between government and business in North America. It offers a practical approach to understanding the differences in how government and business operate, highlighting the techniques each side uses to influence the other.

MGMT 5250     Strategic Financial Management

This class focuses on the financial public policy and management issues of governance, budgeting and accountability. It emphasizes development of the skills necessary to assess financial management approaches, develop business plans and implement performance measurement.

Managing Information Resources

This class examines the complex technological changes public administrators have to grapple with. It provides broad-based information about the technological advances underway in Canada, while fostering understanding of the opportunities and problems these changes present.

Human Resource Management

This class explores the evolving practices and challenges faced by organizations seeking to excel in HR.

Strategic Management in the Public Sector

This class explores the concepts, potential and dynamics of strategic management in modern public administration. It analyzes a wide variety of management instruments and techniques. We highly recommended you take this class as close to the end of your program as possible.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites, but we recommend that you complete this course toward the end of your program.


Elective courses

Managing People in Diverse Organizations

This class explores how managers can deal effectively with human problems in their organizations. Topics include motivation, leadership, communications perception and group dynamics.

Intergovernmental Relations

This class focuses on a wide array of policy areas and uses case studies to show how intergovernmental issues – such as fiscal federalism and coordination of service delivery – are successfully resolved.

Public Economics

This class introduces the basic principles of public finance and macroeconomics. The class places a special emphasis on the role of government in the economy and on the application of economic theory in public policy analysis within the framework of the Canadian federation.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites, but we strongly adives that you take complete Managerial Economics before taking this class.

Program Evaluation

This class examines the theory, methods and issues of this growing field. It emphasizes the skills necessary to design a program evaluation and to assess its feasibility. Topics also include underlying values, alternative approaches and implementation and utilization.

MGMT 6400     Municipal Government

The course looks at local government's position in the broader public governance structure, its powers and responsibilities, structure and resources interaction with the public, and advocacy role. The course emphasizes the municipal manager's perspective which is to both understand an issue and develop and promote workable solutions for the municipality.

MGMT 6745     Risk Management in Public Service

This course offers students the opportunity to analyze, understand and manage risk in the public sector. The approach combines risk management theory and practice from several disciplines. It aims to help public managers and policy analysts understand, assess and manage, complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity more effectively.

MGMT 6735     21st Century Public Service Leadership

High intensity leadership for improved governance, management, and service delivery is vital to public services in Canada. This course helps develop public service leaders by exploring the latest theory and best practices, emphasizing the latest concepts and approaches, visioning and strategic thinking, management excellence, team building, engagement, and ethics.

MGMT XXXX     Master of Information Management Class

See a list of Master of Information Management courses.

*Subject to availability and approval of school Director and course Instructor

MGMT XXXX     MBA Financial Services or Leadership Class

See a list of MBA Financial Services and Leadership courses.

*Subject to availability and approval of school Director and course Instructor

MGMT 6XXX Management Skill Development (New)

This course will focus on organizational and managerial theory and practice relative to how human beings function in organizations. This course provides the student with an introduction to the practical application of theory in managing people for success, all within the context of the external and organizational forces that impact management.

Current Schedule

View the most recent version of the MPA (M) class schedule.