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University of Victoria - School of Public Administration

Victoria Graduate Calendar, January 2014
Source: http://web.uvic.ca/calendar2013/GRAD/GPROGS/PuAd/PrRe.html (accessed 9 January 2014)

Public Administration
Master's Programs

Students are admitted into either the MPA On Campus or the MPA Online program. The MPA On Campus and the MPA Online require the same number of units to complete the program.

* based on review of students' prior academic history, they may be streamed into an alternate course

** MPA On Campus program only

Students may not transfer between the On Campus and Online MPA programs, or take core courses from the other program that are not specifically open to students from both programs, without the permission of the Graduate Adviser.

Students have the opportunity to focus their studies on specific areas of public policy and administration through their selection of electives, their Co-op work term placements and the topic of their final report or thesis.

At the end of their program, all MPA students choose between completing a Master's Project (ADMN 598), or a Thesis (ADMN 599).

Because ADMN 599 is 6.0 units while ADMN 598 is 4.5 units, thesis students' programs will total 21.0 units, while project students' programs will total 19.5 units. More detailed information on the thesis option requirements is included on the School of Public Administration website.

Program Length

The full-time MPA On Campus program can be completed in just over 1.5 years, including two co-operative work terms. The part-time MPA Online program can be completed in two years.

MPA On Campus Program

The MPA On Campus program consists of five compulsory terms: two full-time, residential academic terms, two co-operative work terms, and a third academic term. The third academic term may be completed on campus, online or through a combination of the two. Students must complete all program requirements, including a third Co-op term (if taken) by the same semester in which they defend their Project or Thesis.

Term 1 (Fall Term, Sept-Dec)
ADMN 502A (1.5) Research Design: Critical Appraisal of Information
ADMN 504 (1.5) Public Sector Governance
ADMN 509 (1.5) Public Sector Economics
ADMN 551 (1.5) Administrative Justice System in Canada
ADMN 589 (0.0) Co-op Seminar: Introduction to Professional Practice

Note: Some term 1 courses may include pre-course assignments.

Co-op Work Term I (Spring Term, Jan-Apr)
Students are strongly encouraged to register in one online course elective during their co-operative work term (1.5 units)
Term 2 (Summer Term, May-Aug)
ADMN 502B (1.5) Statistical Analysis
ADMN 507 (1.5) Public Sector Leadership: Teams, Self and Organization
ADMN 512 (1.5) Financial Management, Accountability and Performance Measurement
ADMN 556 (1.5) The Public Policy Process
Co-op Work Term II (Fall Term, Sept-Dec)
Students are strongly encouraged to register in one online course elective during their co-operative work term (1.5 units)
Term 3 (Spring Term, Jan-Apr)
Students register in either:
ADMN 598 (4.5) Master's Project
or
ADMN 599 (6.0) Master's Thesis
Students selecting either option will be expected to attend the preparation seminar and/or review online resources during this term. If required to complete their program, students also have the option to register in an online course elective (1.5 units).
Optional Co-op Work Term III
To be completed by the same term in which the Project or Thesis is defended. Please see "Co-operative Education".

MPA Online Program

Courses in the MPA Online program are offered year-round. MPA Online students may only take more than two courses per term with the permission of the Graduate Adviser. Students will also need the permission of the Graduate Adviser to take elective courses before completing core courses.

Term 1 (Fall Term, Sept-Dec)
ADMN 502A (1.5) Research Design: Critical Appraisal of Information
ADMN 504 (1.5) Public Sector Governance

Note: Some term 1 courses may include a pre-course assignment.

Term 2 (Spring Term, Jan-Apr)
ADMN 507 (1.5) Public Sector Leadership: Teams, Self and Organization
ADMN 509 (1.5) Public Sector Economics
Term 3 (Summer Term, May-Aug)
ADMN 502B (1.5) Statistical Analysis
ADMN 551 (1.5) Administrative Justice System in Canada
Term 4 (Fall Term, Sept-Dec)
ADMN 512 (1.5) Financial Management, Accountability and Performance Measurement
ADMN 556 (1.5) The Public Policy Process
Term 5 (Spring Term, Jan-Apr)
Students register in two course electives
Term 6 (Summer Term, May-Aug)
Students register in either:
ADMN 598 (4.5) Master's Project
or
ADMN 599 (6.0) Master's Thesis
Students selecting either option will be expected to review the online ADMN 598/599 resources during this term.
Capstone Project
Students may complete a Master's Project (ADMN 598) or a Master's Thesis (ADMN 599) to complete their MPA requirements.

 

 


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