Our Mission and Governing Principles

The School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University offers both graduate and undergraduate programs and a variety of research, development and consultative services. It is a constituent unit of the Faculty of Management along with the Rowe School of Business and the School of Information Management.

Our mission

The School of Public Administration develops public sector professionals with the integrity, knowledge, and competencies necessary to promote innovative public policy, values-based leadership, and good governance – in an effort to enhance the public interest. The School’s research, teaching, and community outreach are marked by creative program design, effective delivery, and collaborative relationships.

Our vision

The School of Public Administration is recognized regionally and nationally as a dynamic, innovative center for public sector research, teaching and service. The school provides an environment which fosters the development of inspired public service professionals who make meaningful contributions at all levels of government, all across Canada and the globe.

Our values

  • We value public service and recognize the importance of public sector organizations as cornerstones of Canadian democracy.
  • We value the contributions our graduates make in public service, both to their communities and to society at large.
  • We value ethical and responsible leadership.
  • We value the co-production of knowledge and knowledge transfer that is relevant to public service.
  • We value public service oriented, innovative teaching that prepares and inspires graduates to contribute positively to the public service, their communities, their country and the world.
  • We value practices and a culture that support research.
  • We are committed to working in partnership with governments and public service professionals.
  • We believe an effective public service is a critical component of a well-functioning society

Our guiding principles

As a core School in the Faculty of Management, we are guided in our decisions and actions by the principles of:

  •  Integrity
  •  Diversity
  •  Excellence
  •  Action
  •  Sustainability


 1. Cutting-Edge Research

 2. Excellence in Teaching

 3. Enriching Student Experience with an Emphasis on Experiential Learning

 4. Building the Profession

 5. Building Dalhousie