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Ryerson University, Department of Politics and Public Administration (DPPA) - MAPPA

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Ryerson Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration (MAPPA) degree is offered by the Department of Politics and Public Administration, a department within the Faculty of Arts.

Curriculum Design: As a one-year program, Ryerson's Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration (MAPPA) is at the low end of course requirements among MPA and MPP programs. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students take about 56% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 44% in management-oriented subjects, and about 4% in courses with high math-economics content. This places the Ryerson MAPPA in the "low course requirement, management-oriented, lower math-economics content" curricular type, along with such programs as the Pennsylvania MPA and the York MPPAL (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). The competency gap analysis below suggests that a Ryerson MAPPA student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 51 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including shortfalls of 12 course-weeks in Economic Analysis, 9 course-weeks in Leadership Skills, 8 course-weeks in Quantitative Methods,  and 6 course-weeks in each of Evaluation and Performance Measurement and Macroeconomic Policy. On the other hand, this student would graduate with well over the minimum competency requirements in Socioeconomic and Political Context.  

Professional Program Features: The program hosts an annual Major Research Project (MRP) Conference to "to encourage students to become active scholars in their community:  presenting their ideas and critically and constructively commenting on the ideas of others."  The Research page of the Department of Politics and Public Administration is found at:

Program Summary


University: Ryerson University

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Degree: Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration (MAPPA)

Marketing Approach: "The mission of the graduate program in Public Policy and Administration is to provide a high quality, professionally-relevant educational program that recognizes the unique character of the public service and its role in democratic governance to full-time students considering careers in the public and para-public sectors, and to part-time learners already in the public service interested in furthering their education." (At, accessed 11 May 2015.)   

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

Academic Unit within University: Department of Politics and Public Administration within the Faculty of Arts 

Related Academic Units and Degrees: Ryerson University's Master's programs are listed at: Those dealing with related subject matter include Business Administration in the Ted Rogers School of Management and Urban Development in the School of Urban and Regional Planning and Social Work in the School of Social Work (both in the Faculty of Community Services).

Posted Tuition: For 2014-15: $10,268.20 for full-time domestic students; $20,515.19 for international students (at and, accessed 11 May 2014)  

Concentration/Curriculum OverviewThe Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration is a 10-semester-course program  available in both full-time and part-time study options.

Degree Requirements

Summary: Students must complete 10 courses or equivalent: four required core courses, and six elective courses or equivalent. There are two options: a course option or a research option. The course option requires completion of 10 one-semester courses. The research option requires 8 courses and a major research paper/professional project (2 course equivalents), or, 6 courses and a master's thesis (4 course equivalents). Depending on the path of study, most full-time students will complete the program in 12-18 months (the maximum time for completion is 24 months) and most part-time students in 20-28 months (the maximum time for completion is 36 months).

Duration: 1 year (two semesters for full time)

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 10

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No, for the course option; yes, for research option.

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 for the course option.

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The courses are described at

Course Outlines and Syllabi Online: There are no syllabi posted on the program website.

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: At and related sites (last accessed 11 May 2015).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 18 November 2013 and last updated on 11 May 2015.

Ryerson MAPPA 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  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PA-8101: Policy Analysis and Challenges (R)
  PA-8203: Comparative Public Policy

 Economic Analysis

 Quantitative Methods

  SS8000: Statistical Analysis in Social Science Research

 Analytic Methods

  PA-8103: Research Methods (R)

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

Multiple Subjects

 Internships, Capstones, Major Projects, etc.

  PA8211: Selected Topics - Public Administration
  PA8212: Directed Studies - Public Aministration
  PA8213: Field Placement
  PA8214: Topics in Public Policy

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and the Policy Process

  PA-8100: Public Administration and Governance (R)
  PA-8200: Bureaucracy and Organization
  PA-8203: Comparative Public Administration

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PA-8215: Values, Political Culture and Governance
  PA-8217: Accountability and Ethics

 Social and Political Context

  PA-8201: Citizen Oriented Governance in Canada
  PA-8205: Provincial Goverment & Politics in Ontario
  PA-8210: Public Sector - Diversity & Equity
  PA-8218: Indigenous Law and Policy in Canada

 Global Context

  PA-8204: Intergovernmental Relations

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

PA-8207: Public Sector Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resources Management

  PA-8208: Public Sector Union-Management Relations

 Information Management and Technology

 Local Government Management

  PA-8206: Urban Governance

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PA-8209: Changing Boundaries - The Third Sector

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

  PA-8216: International Development Policy and Politics

 Public Finance and Social Policy

  PA-8102: The State & the Economy (R)



 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Financial Markets

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