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MPP and MPA Programs

Dalhousie University, School of Public Administration (SPA) - MPA

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Dalhousie MPA is taught by the School of Public Administration within the Faculty of Management.

Curriculum Design: With an 18-course degree, the Dalhousie MPA has one of the higher course requirements among the MPP/MPA programs. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students take about 59% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 41% in management-oriented subjects. Typical students take about 15% of their course work in subjects with high math-economics content. This places the Dalhousie MPA in the "high course requirement, management-oriented, lower math-economics content" curricular type, along with such programs as the Melbourne MPPM and the Manitoba-Winnipeg MPA (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). The Dalhousie MPA has a relatively high proportion of required courses and a high proportion of courses taught within the school. The competency gap analysis below suggests that a Dalhousie MPA student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 22 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies. This is one of the lowest shortfalls of any program we have reviewed. The 22 course-weeks include: 6 in Ethics, Rights and Accountability; 5 in Leadership Skills; and 3 each in Communication Skills and Environment and Sustainability. On the other hand, this student would graduate with well over the minimum competency requirements in Policy and Management Analysis, and particularly in Information and Technology Management.

Professional Program Features: The Dalhousie SPA makes extensive use of current and former practitioners in its teaching and professional development programming. It has longstanding internship partnerships with public sector employers. The School's Research page can be found at

Program Summary


University: Dalhousie University

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: "The MPA program seeks to equip students with the management skills required by public service organizations and an understanding of the organization, processes and policies of government, its public agencies and the policy groups that work in the public sector. This dual focus is a unique characteristic of the MPA program and makes it highly suited for those interested in a career in the public sector. It is specifically designed for highly motivated and dedicated individuals interested in pursuing a career in the service of the public, making it possible to realize advanced educational objectives and achieve academic ambitions in public policy and public management." (At, accessed 17 November 2013)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information to be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: School of Public Administration within the Faculty of Management

Related Academic Units and Degrees: Dalhousie University's graduate programs are listed at: The four degrees offered through the School of Public Administration are:

MPA: The Master of Public Administration degree is a two-year full-time course of study (total of 18 one-semester courses); it can also be completed part-time over a maximum of 6 years.

MPA (M): The Master of Public Administration (Management) is a 14 one-semester course, part-time-study, blend of online and face-to-face, degree designed for students with at least five years of professional and relevant workplace experience. Program partners include the Department of National Defence, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and the Canada School of Public Service (at .

MPA/MLIS:  The Master of Library Information Sciences/Master of Public Administration combined degree is a three-year full-time course of study (total of 27 one-semester courses) leading to the degrees Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and Master of Public Administration (MPA). A total of 12 one-semester MLIS courses and 15 one-semester MPA courses is needed to complete the MLIS/MPA program (at accessed 18 November 2013).

MPA/JD: The combined MPA-JD program is a four-year regime designed for students who intend to practice law but would like to acquire a background in public administration before doing so or for students who are interested in a public service career in departments or agencies where a knowledge of the law is desirable as a requirement for career placement and/or advancement (at

Outside the School of Public Administration, the most strongly related degrees are those delivered by three of the other units within the Faculty of Management: Rowe School of Business (MBA), the  School of Information Management (MIM), and School for Resource and Environmental Studies (MES and MREM), and the Faculty of Law. Other units delivering related graduate education include the Department of Economics (MA, Master of Development Economics, PhD) in the Faculty of Science, the Department of Political Science (MA, PhD) and the Department of International Development Studies (MA) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Health Professions (MHA).

Posted Tuition (MPA) $12,113 per year for two years (at, accessed 17 November 2013)

Concentration/Curriculum Overview (MPA)  

Degree Requirements (MPA) 

Summary: A total of 18 courses are needed for the Master of Public Administration program. There are 10 required courses (at, accessed 13 January 2014). In addition there is a required, non-credit, Professional Development Certificate course of lectures, seminars, collaborative learning groups and an individual development project.

Duration: 2 years

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 18

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes.

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: Yes

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of required and elective courses is found on the at and in the Graduate Course Calendar (downloaded to the Atlas at They have been entered on the Course Map below. Required courses for the MPA degree are indicated by (R).

Course Outlines and Syllabi Online: No (although Dalhousie has provided syllabi to be put online on the Atlas).

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile) for MPA: 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. 




Curricular Type Parameters

Number of Courses Required for Graduation


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


Policy-Oriented Subjects


Management-Oriented Subjects


Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution

Analysis and Skill Subjects


  - Policy and Management Analysis


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods


  - Leadership and Communication Skills


Institutions and Context Subjects


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Function Subjects


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sector Subjects


  - Macroeconomic Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)

Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student


Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement

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


  - Economic Analysis (CCR = 12)


  - Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12)


  - Analytic Methods (CCR = 6)


  - Leadership Skills (CCR = 9)


  - Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses)


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18)


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


  - Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6)


  - Global Context (CCR = 3)


  - Public Financial Management (CCR = 6)


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6)


  - Human Resource Management (CCR = 3)


  - Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3)


  - Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6)


  - Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3)


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


Additional Parameters

Total Courses Listed


Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs)


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


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


Source: At and (accessed 13 January 2014).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 18 November 2013, last updated 10 May 2015. .

Dalhousie MPA Course Map
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Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  MGMT-5000: Management without Borders (R)
  PUAD-5120: Introduction to Public Policy (R)
  PUAD-6050: Strategic Management in the Public Sector

 Economic Analysis

  PUAD-5130: Managerial Economics (R)
  PUAD-6235: Issues in Applied Economics

 Quantitative Methods

  PUAD-5140: Quantitative Methods for Public Sector Management (R)

 Analytic Methods

  PUAD-5180: Research Methods and Policy Analysis (R)

 Leadership Skills

  PUAD-6010: Issues in Public Administration - Strategic Management and Leadership

 Communication Skills

Multiple Subjects

 Internships, Capstones, Major Projects, etc.

  PUAD-5200: Professional Development Certificate Year 1 (R, non credit)
  PUAD-6525: Practicum in Policy Analysis and Management
  PUAD-6855: Internship (0.5)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PUAD-5100: Organizational Designs for Governance and Public Management (R)
  PUAD-6500: Business and Government

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PUAD-6000: Ethics, Public Service and Governance (R)

 Social and Political Context

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  PUAD-6630: Intergovernmental Relations in Canada

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

PUAD-5250: Strategic Financial Management (R)

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  PUAD-6520: Programme Evaluation Seminar

 Human Resources Management

  PUAD-5170: Public Sector Human Resources (R)
  PUAD-6560: Organizational Culture and Human Resources in Public Administration Instututions
  PUAD-6570: Equity and Diversity in the Public Sector
  PUAD-6625: Special Topics in Human Resource Management
  PUAD-6630: Issues in Human Resources Management

 Information Management and Technology

  PUAD-6555: E-Government - Information Technology and Public Administration
  PUAD-6925: Management Information Systems
  PUAD-6300: Alternative Programme Delivery
  PUAD-6556: E-Government - International Experiences and Perspectives

 Program and Service Delivery

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 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PUAD-6505: Interest Groups - Function and Management

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  PUAD-5131: Public Economics (R)

 International Development

  PUAD-6780: Comparative Development Administration

 Social Policy and Welfare


  PUAD-6450: Economics of Health Policy


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  PUAD-6400: Local Government
  PUAD-6420: Municipal Finance
  PUAD-6540: Canadian Regional Economic Development (listed on MPA Electives site but not in 2013-14 Graduate Calendar)

 Environment and Sustainability

  PUAD-6537: Issues in Environmental Policy

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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