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Program Overview

Our online/blended program's optimal blend of theory, analysis and day-to-day practical learning gives you a unique framework to address the complex national and global issues that leaders and executives face today and in the future.

Building on your existing expertise, we will help you strengthen your ability to respond effectively to complex policy and management issues – and to think strategically in order to anticipate and plan for future challenges.

Designed and delivered by internationally recognized academics and senior public service practitioners, Dal's MPA M program is flexible and convenient. Take 90 percent of your coursework online, and gain valuable opportunities to develop lifelong relationships with other public and not-for-profit sector professionals during the classroom-based intensives held at the end of each course.

Program Details

Master of Public Administration (Management)

Program at a Glance

  • The Master of Public Administration (Management) is offered by Dalhousie University’s School of Public Administration. Founded in 1936, the school is part of the university’s award-winning Faculty of Management, which includes the Rowe School of Business, the School for Resource and Environmental Studies and the School of Information Management
  • Our program partners include the Department of National Defence, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Canada School of Public Service and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration. These partnerships help ensure our program remains tailored not only to your needs but to those of the public and non-profit sectors
  • Our current students work in organizations as diverse as the Canada Revenue Agency, Justice Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada, Natural Resources Canada, provincial governments – and a wide range of municipalities and education and health sector bodies

Important Dates

The application deadlines for our three (3) annual intakes are:

June 1 for the fall term 

October 31 for the winter term 

February 28 for the summer term

See our Important Dates page for more details.

Information Sessions

Find out about upcoming information sessions in your area.

Cost

There are 13 courses in the MPA (M) program and fees are charged per course as you register.  Each course costs $2,250 which includes tuition, textbooks and any other materials needed for the course.  There are no HST fees applied to courses.

Advanced standing opportunities are available. See our program prerequisites page for details.

Structure, duration and workload

  • All 13 of our program’s classes are mandatory
  • Each class consists of an online component and a mandatory onsite "intensive" (face-to-face) component, conveniently delivered in cities across Canada. Find out more about program delivery.
  • Once you begin our program, you have up to seven years to complete it. Most of our students complete within three or four years
  • As a very approximate guide, our students usually devote 12 to 15 hours a week to each class, depending on their qualifications and abilities
  • Students choosing not to register for classes in the fall and winter terms must request a continuance from our Faculty of Management’s Centre for Advanced Management Education (CFAME) before the registration deadline. A small fee is charged.

Graduate Diploma in Public Administration

The Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (Management) is a 21 credit hour program that will strengthen the public policy and public management skills of working professionals in the public sector.

Providing graduate-level instruction and knowledge in public policy and managing human, financial and information resources, the program focuses on enhancinganalytical, critical thinking and strategic capabilities, providing a solid basis in theoretical frameworks and latest-wave thinking in public administration, while strengthening your managerial and leadership competencies. Recipients of the Graduate Diploma – MPA(M) may elect to continue studies in the master’s program.