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Université Laval, Département de science politique (DSP) - MAP in Public Management

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Maîtrise en affaires publiques (MAP) is offered by the Département de science politique (DSP), within the Faculté des sciences sociales.

Curriculum Design:  The University of Laval offers four variations of the Maîtrise en affaires publiques (MAP), with concentrations in Analysis & Evaluation, Public Finance, Public Management [the focus of this page], and a variation requiring a research thesis. The MAP – Analysis & Evaluation requires students to analyze public policies by studying the process of developing, implementing and evaluating the actions of the state. Students also examine the relationship between public policy interventions, democratic values, and the effects of these programs on society. The MAP – Public Finance is designed to teach students how to use management instruments to analyze quantitative data and financial information. The MAP – Thesis prepares students to conduct research that will enrich the theoretical and empirical foundations of the public administration domain. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students taking the MAP – Public Management take about 55% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 45% in management-oriented subjects. Typical students take about 16% of their course work in subjects with high math-economics content. This places the Laval MAP – Public Management in the "medium course requirement, management-oriented, lower math-economics content" curricular type, along with such programs as the York Glendon MPIAA and the Oregon MPA (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). The competency gap analysis below suggests that a Laval MAP – Public Management student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with a shortfall of 41 course-weeks in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies.

Professional Program Features: The website of the Département de science politique (DSP) does not provide detail on matters such as the number of current and former practitioners on the teaching staff, or career services for MAP students. The website for the Faculté des sciences sociales lists the following research centres at http://www.fss.ulaval.ca/?pid=369: Centre d'analyse des politiques publiques (CAPP); Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la mondialisation et le travail (CRIMT); Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales dans l'économie sociale, les entreprises et les syndicats (CRISES); Groupe interuniversitaire d'étude et de recherche sur la société africaine (GIERSA); Groupe de recherche en intervention cognitive et sociale (GRICS); Groupe de recherche en psychologie cognitive (GRPC); Observatoire démographique et statistique de l'espace francophone (ODSEF).

Program Summary

Website: http://www.map.pol.ulaval.ca/  and  http://www2.ulaval.ca/les-etudes/programmes/repertoire/details/maitrise-en-affaires-publiques-gestion-publique-ma.html.

University: Université Laval

Location: Laval, Quebec

Degree: Maîtrise en affaires publiques (MAP)

Marketing Approach: "Un programme spécialement conçu pour allier apprentissage et ancrage au milieu professionnel. La maîtrise en affaires publiques s’adresse aux étudiants bacheliers et aux professionnels, se destinant à tenir des rôles de responsabilité dans les secteurs public, parapublic ou privé (ex. ONG, organismes communautaires). Le programme privilégie une approche multidisciplinaire qui repose sur la science économique, la science politique, les relations industrielles, le droit et le management. Il peut compter sur l’expertise et l’expérience de l’Université Laval ainsi que de sa Faculté des sciences sociales, qui donnent une place importante aux méthodes de recherche et aux connaissances de pointe dans le domaine des affaires publiques." (At http://www.map.pol.ulaval.ca/programme#titre_section_90, accessed 11 May 2015.) 

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD

Academic Unit within University: Département de science politique (DSP), within the Faculté des sciences sociales

Language of Instruction: French

Posted Tuition: $1,406.58 (Quebec students), $6,823.86 (non-Quebec Canadian students), $15,537.96 (International students) per full-time semester for students entering in 2013 (at http://www2.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/ulaval_ca/gabarit/images_futurs/Couts-fees/Droits-scolarite_Cyclessup.gif ). [Amounts represent tuition only, other fees not included. The University charges tuition on a per-course basis].

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The MAP from the University of Laval is designed to train public managers and analysts. The program offers an approach covering several disciplines, notably economics, political science and management. There is a significant emphasis placed on research methods and interpretation. The program is designed for those who have or wish to pursue roles in public management, analytical roles in the planning and evaluation of services, or conduct research in the public, semi-public or private sectors. During the first year of the program, students take a series of mandatory courses. In the second year of the program, students pursue optional courses and participate in an intervention project with a public sector organization. Students with prior experience in the public sector also must pass an additional examination. The MAP – Public Management is designed for public managers who must find innovative solutions to provide high-quality citizen services. Students in this program will be familiarized with concrete challenges faced by public managers and will master the way in which to address them. PEACO scores calculated on this page refer to this variation of Laval University’s MAP degree. The University of Laval offers four variations of the MAP, with concentrations in Analysis & Evaluation, Public Finance, Public Management [the focus of this page], and a variation requiring a research thesis. The MAP – Analysis & Evaluation requires students to analyze public policies by studying the process of developing, implementing and evaluating the actions of the state. Students also examine the relationship between public policy interventions, democratic values, and the effects of these programs on society. The MAP – Public Finance is designed to teach students how to use management instruments to analyze quantitative data and financial information. The MAP – Thesis prepares students to conduct research that will enrich the theoretical and empirical foundations of the public administration domain. This degree focuses on skills that provide an excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue further doctoral studies in public administration, or conduct research at Universities. In each of the four variations of the University’s MA in Public Affairs, students may choose to concentrate their optional courses, intervention project and thesis (if applicable) in one of eight concentrations: industrial organization, international economy, public economy, econometrics, the analysis of public policy, foreign policy and international relations, political philosophy and sociology, and public management. In all non-thesis variations of the MAP, students are offered the opportunity to complete an “international profile” which provides students with financial and logistical support to complete a semester abroad at a partner university. The University of Laval notes that each of its MAP degrees opens doors to various public functions for students as a result of partnerships with various government organizations. Further, the University notes that large public sector retirements contemplated by the Gouvernement du Quebec’s 2004-2007 human resource management plan will likely provide students with many employment opportunities. The MAP degree is aimed at teaching a wide range of skills that apply to managers in multiple positions in various organizations, from junior managers to senior managers to diplomats, in local as well as international organizations, in the public, semi-public or private sectors. Research projects based on human and social development are promoted by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Students within the MAP program are provided with research supervisors should they wish to conduct research in the fields of public affairs analysis and evaluation of public policy public foreign policy and international relations, public administration, finance, public economics, and international economics. (Unofficial translation by Dave Marshall from http://www.map.pol.ulaval.ca/programme#titre_section_90 and http://www.map.pol.ulaval.ca/perspectives-emploi.)     

Summary: Students of the MAP – Public Management must complete 8 required full-semester equivalent courses and an internship (equivalent to three full-semester courses) along with 4 full-semester elective courses in order to graduate from the program. Required courses include Methods of Political Analysis I (ECN-6957), Quantitative Analysis (POL-7004), Ethics and Public Administration (POL-7012), Public Management (POL-7025), Theories of Institutions, Administrations and Organizations (POL-7046), Law, Politics and Public Administration (POL-7058), Political Science & Analysis (POL-7061) and Management of Human Resources: Strategic Aspects (RLT-7013).

Duration: 4 semesters (plus internship): degree can be taken full- or part-time.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 15 (including internship)

Number of Required Courses: 11 (including internship)

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 4

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 32

Comprehensive Examination: Only if candidate possesses prior experience in the public sector.

Thesis Required: No. A variation of the degree that requires a thesis is offered.

Internship Required: Yes

International Study Required: No, but available (4 full-semester course equivalent)

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Students within the program are supported by the University’s Employment Service (http://www.spla.ulaval.ca/a-propos).

Student-run Journal: Unknown

Applied Projects: Unknown

Pro Bono Consulting: Unknown

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-2014 courses for students in the MAP – Public Management is available at http://www2.ulaval.ca/les-etudes/programmes/repertoire/details/maitrise-en-affaires-publiques-gestion-publique-ma.html#description-officielle&structure-programme. The courses offered by the school in conjunction with the MA degree in public management have been assigned to Atlas subjects in the map below. Required courses are indicated by (R).

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm. 

 

Laval

MAPA

Curricular Type Parameters

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

15.0

Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)

16.2%

Policy-Oriented Subjects

55.4%

Management-Oriented Subjects

44.6%

Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution

Analysis and Skill Subjects

34.6%

  - Policy and Management Analysis

20.0%

  - Economic Analysis

3.1%

 

  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods

11.5%

  - Leadership and Communication Skills

0.0%

Institutions and Context Subjects

27.7%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

20.0%

  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability

1.5%

  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts

6.2%

Management Function Subjects

14.6%

  - Public Financial Management

3.1%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

1.5%

  - Other Management Functions

10.0%

Policy Sector Subjects

23.1%

  - Macroeconomic Policy

3.1%

  - International Development

3.1%

  - Health

6.2%

  - Other Policy Sectors

10.8%

                              Total

100%

Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)

Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student

141

Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement

  - Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks)

18

  - Economic Analysis (CCR = 12)

-6

  - Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12)

6

  - Analytic Methods (CCR = 6)

-3

  - Leadership Skills (CCR = 9)

-9

  - Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses)

-3

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18)

18

  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses)

-3

  - Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6)

-6

  - Global Context (CCR = 3)

8

  - Public Financial Management (CCR = 6)

0

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6)

-3

  - Human Resource Management (CCR = 3)

12

  - Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3)

-3

  - Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6)

0

  - Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3)

-3

Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls)

-41

Additional Parameters

Total Courses Listed

42

Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs)

9.0

Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)

53.1%

Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (I&GC, ID, DS&FR)

10.8%

Source: http://www2.ulaval.ca/les-etudes/programmes/repertoire.html?tx_oful_pi1%5Bdiscipline%5D=71, http://www2.ulaval.ca/les-etudes/programmes/repertoire/details/maitrise-en-affaires-publiques-gestion-publique-ma.html#presentation-generale, http://www2.ulaval.ca/les-etudes/programmes/repertoire/details/maitrise-en-affaires-publiques-gestion-publique-ma.html#description-officielle&structure-programme (accessed 23 December 2013).

Page Created By: Dave Marshall on 23 December 2013 and updated by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015 and by Ian Clark on 11 May 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above. Content appears originally in French: errors in translation are attributable solely to the authors.

Laval MAP Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c   P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Multiple Subjects

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  POL-7025 Management public [Public Management] (R)
  ECN-6957 Méthodes d'analyse des politiques I [Policy Analysis Methods I] (R)
  POL-7038 Politiques publiques [Public Policy]
  POL-7039 Politiques publiques comparées [Comparative Public Policy]

 Economic Analysis

  ECN-6600 Économie publique I [Public Economy I]
  ECN-6090 Histoire de la pensée économique [History of Economic Thought]

 Quantitative Methods

  POL-7004 Analyse quantitative [Quantitative Analysis] (R)
  ECN-6952 Économétrie appliquée [Applied Econometrics]

 Analytic Methods

  POL-7061 Science et analyse des politiques [Science and Analysis of Policy] (R)

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

 Internships, Capstones, Major Projects, etc.

  POL-6005 Stage en administration publique [Internship in Public Administration] (3R)
  EHE-6AFP Études - Profil international - Maîtrise en affaires publiques [International Study/Exchange]

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  POL-7046 Théories des institutions, administrations et organisations [Theory of Institutions, Administrations and Organizations] (R)
  POL-7058 Droit, politiques et administrations publiques [Law, Politics and Public Administration] (R)
  ECN-6956 Économie internationale et firmes multinationales [Global Economics and Multinational Firms]
  POL-7056 Enjeux contemporains de l'administration publique [Contemporary Issues in Public Administration]

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  POL-7012 Éthique et administration publique [Ethics and Public Administration] (R)

 Social and Political Context

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  ECN-7951 Séminaire sur le commerce international [Seminar on Global Commerce]
  POL-7001 Analyse de la politique étrangère [Foreign Policy Analysis]
  POL-7028 Politiques du Canada et du Québec dans l'environnement international [Canadian and Quebec Policy in the International Context]
  POL-7036 Écopolitique mondiale [Global Ecopolicy]

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  POL-7037 Politiques et finances publiques [Policy and Public Finance]
  POL-7057 Principes et processus budgétaires [Budgeting Principles and Processes]

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  POL-7013 Évaluation des politiques [Policy Evaluation]

 Human Resource Management

  RLT-7013 Gestion des ressources humaines: aspects stratégiques [Human Resource Management: Strategies] (R)

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  ECN-7600 Analyse économique de la réglementation [Economic Analysis of Regulation]

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  ECN-6950 Analyse des politiques macroéconomiques [Macroeconomic Analysis I]
  ECN-7220 Macroéconométrie [Macroeconomics]

 International Development

  ECN-7260 Théories du développement économique [Theories of Economic Development]
  ECN-7160 Modélisation du développement économique [Modelling Economic Development]

 Public Finance and Social Policy

  ECN-6958 Pauvreté et développement économique [Poverty and Economic Development]
  ECN-7150 Économie du travail [The Economy of Work]
  ETI-7015 Economics of Poverty [Offered in English]

 Health

  ECN-6953 Économie de la santé [Health Economics]
  MNG-6004 Organisation des services de santé : les fondements [Health Organizations - Foundations]
  MNG-6005 Gestion des établissements de santé [Management of Health Organizations]
  MNG-6021 Système de santé et gestion [Health Systems and Management]

 Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  ETI-7016 École internationale d'été sur les Amériques [Summer International School on the Americas]

 Environment and Sustainability

  ECN-6951 Développement durable, ressources et environnement [Sustainable Development, Resources and the Environment]
  MNG-6009 Systèmes de gestion du développement durable [Managing Systems of Sustainable Development]

 Agriculture and Resources

  ERU-7004 Politique agroalimentaire [Agricultural Policy]
  ECN-7140 Économie des ressources naturelles [Natural Resource Economy]
  FOR-7009 Politiques forestières [Forestry Policy]

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  ETI-7017 École internationale d'été sur les terrorismes [Summer International School on Terrorism]

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors


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