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MPP and MPA Programs

University of Manitoba / University of Winnipeg, Joint MPA Program - MPA

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The MPA is a joint Master's Program, supervised by the Joint Discipline Committee (JDC) consisting of members of the faculty of the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.

Curriculum Design: The Manitoba-Winnipeg joint MPA is, like the Saskatchewan-Regina MPA and MPP, unusual in being provided jointly by two distinct universities. The joint program provides about 30-semester-courses worth of program-specific courses with the other courses listed being undergraduate and graduate courses from the Economics Department of the University of Manitoba and the Political Studies Department of the University of Manitoba and the Political Science Department of the University of Winnipeg. For honours graduates who have take many of the listed courses in their undergraduate years, the MPA can be completed in one year with 8 one-semester courses. For other applicants the degree requires 16 one-semester course equivalents, taken over two years. Our PEACO analysis below is based on the two-year program, and we calculate that typical students take 5% of their coursework in subjects with high math-economics content and that the split between coursework in policy-oriented and management-oriented subjects is 48% to 52%. This places the Manitoba-Winnipeg MPA in the "high course requirement, management-oriented, lower math-economics content" curricular type, along with the Melbourne MPPM (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). We estimate that typical Manitoba-Winnipeg MPA students take about 68% of their coursework in the program-specific courses delivered by the program. The competency gap analysis below suggests that a Manitoba-Winnipeg MPA student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 69 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including a shortfall of 15 course-weeks in Policy and Management Analysis, 10 course-weeks in Quantitative Methods, and of 9 course-weeks each Economic Analysis and Leadership Skills. On the other hand, this student would graduate with well over the minimum competency requirements in Democratic Institutions and Policy Process, Socioeconomic and Political Context, and Global Context. 

Professional Program Features: The program website does not make reference to involvement of current and former practitioners in the program or to career services for students. The Manitoba Institute for Policy Research ( is based in the Political Studies Department of the University of Manitoba.

Program Summary


University: University of Manitoba (joint MPA program with the University of Winnipeg).

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)

Degree: MPA

Marketing Approach: "The program is designed to meet the needs of two types of students, individuals who are presently employed and wish to add to their formal educational status; and individuals interested in a career in either public administration or public policy and who are proceeding from undergraduate to graduate studies. The objective is to provide students with a sound knowledge in Public Administration. The orientation is interdisciplinary, although the majority of courses are in politics and government. The core courses expose all students to a common set of ideas designed to encourage both innovative and integrative perspectives. Optional courses allow pursuit of individual career interests. The intent is to allow students to obtain a knowledge of both the theory and the practice of government organizations, including an awareness of the political, economic, and social contexts in which they operate. The program offers significant opportunities or specialization in a range of policy areas such as health care, human resource management, social welfare, aboriginal government, and organizational change.
(At, accessed 1 October 2014.)

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

Academic Unit within University: Faculty of Graduate Studies (Manitoba)/Faculty of Political Science (Winnipeg). The program is supervised by the Joint Discipline Committee (JDC) of the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The University of Manitoba’s graduate degree programs are listed at 

Posted Tuition: Canadian Students pay a program fee of $4,351.30 for the first year, and a continuing fee of $702.15 for each subsequent year, up to six years. International students pay $8, 702.60 for the first year, and a continuing fee of $ 702.15 for each subsequent year, up to six years.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The MPA program offers students the choice of three streams: the Comprehensive Stream, culminating in comprehensive oral examinations; the Thesis Stream, culminating in the submission of a 100-150 pages double spaced Master’s thesis and oral examinations, the Co-op stream, which is open to students who one full academic year of the MPA program, and have found a suitable employer  

Degree Requirements  
Summary: Students enter the program in either a two-year (48 credit hour) program or a one-year (24 credit hour) program. Students admitted with a general Bachelor's degree, or those who do not hold a Bachelor's degree, are required to complete an academic program consisting of a minimum of 48 credit hours – 27 credit hours must be taken from among core courses and a further 21 hours of credit from among the approved options. All students must complete up to 18 credit hours at the 700/7000 level. A student may elect with permission to write a Master's thesis in lieu of 12 hours of 700/7000 level credits. Students who are admitted as graduates of an Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) are required to complete an academic program consisting of a minimum of 24 credit hours. Student who, prior to admission, have not completed 24 credit hours in courses equivalent to those designated at 400/4000 level core or option courses will normally be required to complete the appropriate courses(s) in addition to the 24 credit hour program minimum. In this context, POLS 3950 counts as a 400 level course. All students must complete, depending on the credits at which they are admitted into the program, up to 18 credit hours at the 700/7000 level, including the core courses.
Duration: 2 years (for the Two-Year MPA Option). The Course Map and Instructional Distribution on this page is based on this option.

Note 1: There is a One-Year MPA Option for students who have previously obtained 24 credit hours (8 one-semester course equivalents) in specified fourth-year undergraduate courses. There is also a Co-op Education Option whereby students take one year of full-time study followed by work terms with an employer.

Academic Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree. As indicated in Note 1 above, Honours Bachelor’s degree grants the student an advanced standing in the graduate program.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 16

Number of Required Courses: 9

Number of Electives Typically Taken: (difference between above two entries): 7

Number of Courses Offered within Program: 30

Comprehensive Examination: Yes for comprehensive route option. For the thesis option there is a thesis and an oral defence. 

Thesis Required: For the thesis option, a Master's thesis can be written in lieu of 4 courses (12 credit hours) at the 700/7000-level.

Internship Required: Co-op Placement Optional

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes.

Student-run Journal: Not referenced on website.

Applied Projects: Research projects available through the Co-op placement program and the Thesis stream.

Pro Bono Consulting: Not referenced on website.

Courses Offered: The list of 2014-2015 courses offered within the program is found at: In the Course Map below, required courses are indicated by (R). The approved optional courses are listed in the University of Manitoba Catalogue, the relevant pages of which can be found at

Course Material Online: Course descriptions for many courses, including some syllabi, are available to the public online at

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. 




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:, and (accessed 3 January 2014).

Page Created By: Khilola B. Zakhidova on 3 January 2014 and updated Dave Marshall on 4 April 2015 and last updated by Ian Clark on 11 May 2015.  


Manitoba-Winnipeg Joint MPA Course Map
Courses Listed, organized by Public Policy and Management Subject

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  ECON 3160 Managerial Economics
  POLS 3470 Canadian Public Management
  POLS 4470 Managing Modern Government

 Economic Analysis

  ECON 3700 Microeconomic Analysis 2
  ECON 3730 Topics in Mathematical Economics
  ECON 3742 Industrial Organization and Firm Strategy

 Quantitative Methods

  ECON 3170 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics
  ECON 3180 Introduction to Econometrics

 Analytic Methods

  POLS 3950/7910 – Research Methods (R)

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice


Multiple Subjects

 Internships, Major Projects, Theses, Capstones, etc.

  POLS 9380/POL 7325 – Seminar in Public Policy Issues
  POLS 6010 – Manitoba Legislature Internship
  POLS 7300 - Industry Project/Capstone Paper
  POLS-7280 - Directed Readings in Politics
  POLS 9606 UW GPOL-7385 Special Topics in Public Administration

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  POLS 3600 Political Concepts
  POLS 3570 Administrative Theory in the Public Sector
  POLS 3670 Canadian Political Parties
  POLS 3810 Introduction to Marxism
  POLS 4070 Advanced Seminar: Canadian Government
  POLS 4080 Advanced Seminar: Canadian Democracy
  POLS 4510 Advanced History of Political Ideas
  POLS 4610 Contemporary Political Theory
  POLS 4660/7290 – The State in the Economy (2R)
  POLS 4860 – The Canadian Policy Process (2R)
  POLS 7280 – Directed readings in Politics
  POLS 7300 - Theory of Public Administration
  POLS 7350 – Canadian Democracy
  POLS 9010/POL 4301 - Administrative Theory (2R)
  POLS 9350/POL 7305 – Theory and Practice of Public Administration (R)
  POLS 9370/POL 7320 - Seminar in Public Policy Process (R)
  POLS 9606/POL 7385 – Canadian Criminal Justice System

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  POLS 3160 Human Rights and Civil Liberties
  POLS 3170 The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

 Socioeconomic and Political Context

  POLS 7330 - State-Civil Society Relations
  POLS 4170 – Comparative Indigenous Politics
  POLS 9590/POL 4440 – Seminar in Aboriginal Politics (x2)
  POLS 9030/POL 4415 – State and Economy (2R)
  ECON 3300 Canadian Economic History
  POLS 3240 Feminist Political Theory
  POLS 3510 Political Doctrines of the Twentieth Century (x2)
  POLS 3710 Distributive Justice
  POLS 3960 Canadian Politics (x2)
  POLS 4140 Canadian Political Ideas
  POLS 4150 Indigenous Governance
  POLS 4180 Provincial Politics in Canada
  POLS 4190 Manitoba Politics and Government
  POLS 4710 Political Theory and the Family

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  POLS 3220 Globalization and the World Economy
  POLS 3250 International Political Economy
  POLS 3270 Theories of the Capitalist World Order
  POLS 3330 Politics of the European Union
  POLS 3340 Middle East Politics
  POLS 3342 Arab-Israeli Conflict
  POLS 3720 Politics, Government and Society in Ukraine
  POLS 3840 Approaches to the Study of International Relations
  POLS 3860 Canadian Federalism
  POLS 3880 Comparative Foreign Policy
  POLS 3920 American Politics (x2)
  POLS 3930 Foreign Policy Decision-Making (x2)
  POLS 4530 Regionalism in International Relations
  POLS 4730 Strategic Studies (x2)
  POLS 4940 American Foreign Policy (x2)
  POLS 7230 Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial States

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  POLS 9606/POL 7385 – Financial Management and Cost Analysis in the Public Sector

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  ECON 3374 Public Expenditure Analysis and Policy Evaluation

 Human Resource Management

  POLS 9604/POL 4385 – Equity and Human Resources

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  ECON 3650 Monetary Macroeconomics and Policy
  ECON 3680 International Finance
  ECON 3800 Macroeconomic Analysis 2
  ECON 3810 Alternative Approaches to Macroeconomic Analysis

 International Development

  ECON 3392 An Introduction to Development Economics
  ECON 3394 Development Economics: Problems and Policies
  POLS 4200 Politics of Development

 Public Finance and Social Policy

  ECON 3376 Taxation, Tax Policy and Inter-government Public Finance Issues


  ECON 3690 Economic Issues of Health Policy
  ECON 3692 Economic Determinants of Health


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

  ECON 3362 Labour Economics 1
  ECON 3364 Labour Economics 2
  ECON 3510 Industrial Relations

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  POLS 9240/POL 4505 – Politics of Urban Planning
  POLS 9540/POL 4515 – Inner City Seminar
  ECON 3720 Urban and Regional Economics and Policies

 Environment and Sustainability

  ECON 3710 Sustainable Development: Issues and Policy

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

  ECON 3670 International Trade

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  POLS 4160 – Defence Administration
  POLS 3200 International Security and Conflict Management
  POLS 3520 Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy (x2)

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

  ECON 3640 Economics of the Financial System

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