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Title: Public Administration at York University

Public Administration at York University
  • Presentation by Ian Greene
  • Professor teaching public administration at York
    University since 1985

  • York University Founded 1959
  • Faculty of Administrative Studies (now the
    Schulich School of Business) founded in 1966 with
    a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and
    Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.
    The MBA grew much faster than the MPA. The MPA
    is the only masters combination of business and
    public administration in Canada. It accepts 5-10
    students a year. In 1966, there were only 4
    other MPA programs in Canada.

  • Glendon College, located on the east side of
    Toronto, was founded in 1966 as a bilingual
    faculty of arts focusing on public affairs. It
    has always offered excellent undergraduate public
    policy and administration courses as part of its
    political science degree. As well, it offers a
    bilingual certificate in public administration,
    and add-on to a political science degree.

Undergraduate Programs
  • A 4-year undergraduate program in Public Policy
    and Administration was started in the Department
    of Political Science in 1982 for day students in
    the Faculty of Arts. It accepted 50 students a
    year. It was one of only 5 undergraduate
    programs across Canada. Many graduates now have
    senior positions in government.
  • Until 2009, York had a separate faculty the
    Atkinson Faculty -- specializing in programs for
    part-time and mature students. In 1999, the
    Atkinson Faculty created an evening public
    administration program for part-time and mature
    students similar to the Faculty of Arts program.

Recent Developments
  • 2005 York Council on Public Administration
    formed to coordinate public policy and
    administration offerings across campus, and
    promote new offerings. Faculties were encouraged
    to develop new programs distinct from other
    programs on campus, and attracting distinctly
    different student bodies. One result is three
    distinct graduate programs.
  • 2006 Arts and Atkinson undergraduate programs
    merged into the School of Public Policy and
    Administration (SPPA). In 2009, the SPPA has
    about 800 undergraduate students.
  • 2007 The SPPA began accepting graduate students
    into its new Masters program in Public Policy,
    Administration and Law program (MPPAL). The
    first 42 students graduated in October, 2009, and
    there are currently 90 students in the program.

More recent developments
  • 2006 the School of Public and International
    Affairs (SPIA) was created at Glendon College.
  • 2008 The Master of Public and International
    Affairs program (MPIA) in the SPIA accepted its
    first 20 students. The program currently has
    about 45 students in first- and second-year.
  • There has been an explosion of interest in public
    policy administration programs across Canada,
    and in particular at York University, since 2005.
    York now has more graduate and undergraduate
    students in public policy and administration than
    any other Canadian university.
  • There are now 24 Masters programs in public
    policy administration in Canada, and 25
    undergraduate programs.

Reasons for recent student interest
  • At graduate level, many people in the public
    sector realize that they need further education
    to be successful in their careers. Governments
    encourage more education in order to offer better
    quality services.
  • At undergraduate level, students have become more
    interested in programs with practical
    applications so they can more easily find
    employment. As well, careers in business are not
    as attractive to many students as they previously
    were, and a career in the public sector offers
    the opportunity to tackle the serious problems
    faced by the world.

Programs of Study
  • The following slides will present an overview of
    the curriculum at the undergraduate level and
    then the graduate level.
  • Three-year undergraduate degrees require students
    to take 90 credits of coursework, which means
    fifteen full-course equivalents over three years.
    A full-course equivalent is 6 credits.
    Four-year undergraduate degrees require 120
    credits, or 20 full-course equivalents.
  • Of these 15 (3 year degree) or 20 (4 year degree)
    courses, between 5 and 12 are specific required
    courses for particular programs. The remaining
    courses are general education courses, elective
    courses, or courses for other majors or minors.
    Only the required courses for public
    administration programs will be listed in the
    following slides.

MISSION of SPPA Educate for Good Governance
Bachelor of Public Administration School of
Public Policy and Administration This program,
beginning in 2010, replaces the three programs
that SPPA inherited from the Faculty of Arts and
the Atkinson Faculty
  • Core Curriculum (42 credits, or 7 full-course
  • Introduction to Administrative Studies (3
  • Introduction to Micro and Macro Economics (6)
  • Analysis and Use of Financial Information or
    Intro to Fin. Accounting (3)
  • Canadian Government (6)
  • Introduction to Empirical Theory (6)
  • Public Law II (The Charter of Rights) (3)
  • Federalism Public Policy, or Public Law I
    (Courts Constitution) (3)
  • Public Administration (6)
  • Statistics for Social Sciences (6)
  • For students taking the Specialized Honours in
    Public Administration, in addition to the above
    courses, they must take 5 more full-course
    equivalents in one of three streams shown on the
    next slide, for a total of 12 full-course
    equivalents for the Specialized Honours Degree

BPA Streams
  • 1. Law, Justice and Public Policy Stream
  • Communities Public Law (3)
  • Community Policing (3)
  • Sociology of the Law (6)
  • Politics, Law and the Courts (6)
  • Sociology of Crime and Social Regulation (6)
  • 6 additional 3rd or 4th year elective credits in
    the School of PPA or Political Science.
  • 2. Management Stream
  • Introduction to Organizational Behaviour (3)
  • Human Resources Management (3)
  • Project Management (3)
  • Public Sector Budget Process (3)
  • Advanced Public Policy Analysis or Comparative
    Theories of Policy Analysis (6)
  • Program Evaluation (3)
  • 9 additional elective credits in Administrative
    Studies and/or Human Resources Management at 3rd
    or 4th year level
  • 3. Policy Analysis Stream
  • Human Resources Management (3)

Other options in BPA
  • Honours major in public administration 10
    full-course equivalents instead of 12. No
    streams. Core curriculum plus three 3rd or 4th
    year PPA courses.
  • Minor in public administration students taking
    a major in another subject can do a minor in
    public administration by taking the courses in
    the core curriculum except for the statistics and
    economics courses, plus 6 credits in 4th year in
    the SPPA (42 credits).
  • Three year degree students can do a three-year
    BPA by taking the core curriculum, plus 3 credits
    in human resources management, and 3 credits in

Professional Certificate in Public
Sector Management
  • At York, an undergraduate Certificate is a
    value-added component to a degree, taken at the
    same time as a degree. At present, students from
    any program can earn the Certificate in Public
    Sector Management by completing 42 credits (7
    full-course equivalents) from specified BPA
    courses. Eighteen credits (3 full-course
    equivalents) must be over and above their degree
    requirements. However, given that a Minor in
    Public Administration will exist starting in 2010
    likely more attractive than this Certificate --
    there are discussions about the possibility of
    reducing the Certificate to 24 or 30 credits (4
    or 5 full course equivalents) so that the
    Certificate is accessible to students from many
    disciplines who want to earn a basic proficiency
    in public policy and administration.

Glendon bilingual certificate in public
administration public policy
  • Students must complete 30 credits (5 full-course
    equivalents) as follows
  • Macro and micro economics (6)
  • Introduction to Political Studies or Intro. to
    Canadian Politics (6)
  • Introduction to Public Administration (6)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods (6)
  • An upper-year course in public administration (6)
  • An elective course from a list of courses
    relevant to public policy and administration (6)
  • At least one of these courses must be taken in
    French and one in English.

Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law
(MPPAL) School of Public Policy Administration
  • The MPPAL is an interdisciplinary program
    designed primarily to provide people working in
    the public sector with the skills needed for
    effective public administration and public policy
    analysis, with an emphasis on the themes of
    constitutional and administrative law, social
    justice, and public sector ethics. The
    curriculum was developed in close consultation
    with senior government officials in all orders of
  • Most students take the program part-time over 2
    years one evening a week and one Saturday a
  • 25 students are admitted each year for courses at
    our downtown campus (near govt offices), and 25
    are admitted each year for courses here on the
    Keele campus.

MPPAL Courses
  • Module 1 Public Management and Finance
  • PPAL 6000 3.0 - Public management
  • PPAL 6010 3.0 - Leadership and human resources
  • PPAL 6020 3.0 - Public finance and accounting
  • Module 2 Law and Ethics
  • PPAL 6100 3.0 - Canadian constitutional and
    administrative law
  • PPAL 6120 3.0 - Ethics, privacy, and access to
  • PPAL 6130 3.0 - Equity, policy, law and planning
  • Module 3 Public Policy and Analysis
  • PPAL 6200 3.0 - Program evaluation and public
    policy analysis
  • PPAL 6210 3.0 - Research methods and information
  • PPAL 6230 3.0 - Topics in public policy or PPAL
    6250 3.0 Major research paper

Master of Public and International Affairs
Glendon School of Public and International
  • The MPIA program offers a unique, high-quality
    bilingual education that prepares students for
    leadership roles in public life. Through this
    two-year, full-time degree, students become
    well-versed not only in public policy and
    administration, but in public affairs a broader
    examination of Canadian public institutions and
    the domestic and international settings in which
    they function. The program equips students to
    analyze the key challenges in Canadian public
    life, place Canadas public institutions in their
    global setting, apply the core knowledge and
    tools of public management and policy, and work
    effectively in both official languages. Students
    are required to be proficient in at least one
    language (English or French) with at least
    working knowledge of the other language.  Courses
    are taught in English or French, or both. Most
    students are recent graduates from undergraduate
    programs with little public sector experience.

Courses in the MPIA
  • Students must complete 45 credits (7.5
    full-course equivalents) as follows
  • Required Courses PAIA 6000 3.0 Public
    Management PAIA 6001 3.0 The Policy Process PAIA
    6002 3.0 Economics and Public Policy PAIA 6003
    3.0 Research Methods PAIA 6004 3.0 Canadian
    Political and Social Structures PAIA 6005 3.0
    International Context of Policy-making PAIA 6100
    3.0 Capstone Seminar PAIA 6200 1.5 Colloquium
    Canada and its Place in the World
  • Internship PAIA 6400 6.0 Internship 
  • Elective Courses 15 credits from the
    following PAIA 6300 3.0 State and Society PAIA
    6301 3.0 Government-Business Relations PAIA 6302
    3.0 Political Philosophy PAIA 6303 3.0 Global
    Immigration and Canadian Law and Policy PAIA 6304
    3.0 Science and Technology Policy PAIA 6305 3.0
    Politics of Sustainability PAIA 6306 3.0 The
    Global Economy PAIA 6307 3.0 Canada and the
    World PAIA 6308 3.0 International Law and
    International Organizations

Master in Public Administration Schulich School
of Business
  • The Schulich MPA degree is the only one in Canada
    that combines both public and business
    administration. Students can choose to graduate
    with and MBA or an MPA. Students can take the
    program full-time during a minimum of 16 months,
    or part-time over a maximum of six years. Most
    students have had some experience in the public
    or private sector. The program consists of
    twenty 3 credit courses (10 full-course
    equivalents) as follows

First-year MPA required courses
  • Financial Accounting for Managers (3)
  • Management Accounting (1.5)
  • The Economic Environment of Business (3)
  • Managerial Finance (3)
  • Skills for Leadership (3)
  • Managing for Value Creation (3)
  • Information Systems (1.5)
  • Quantitative Methods (1.5)
  • Operations Management (1.5)
  • Marketing Management (3)
  • Organizational Behaviour (3)
  • Public Policy and Public Management (3)

Second-year MPA courses
  • Strategic Management in the Public Sector (3)
  • Strategy Field Study (3)
  • Canadian Public Law (3)
  • Program Evaluation (3)
  • Business and Government (3)
  • Judicial Administration in Canada (3)
  • Ethical Politics (3)
  • The Provincial and Municipal System of Government
    in Ontario (3)
  • Democratic Administration (3)
  • International Business and National Governments
  • Public Administration and the Law (3)
  • Plus 12 credits of Optional Recommended
    Electives, such as Accounting and Control of
    Nonprofit Organizations, Cultural Policy,
    Economic Forecasting and Analysis, Macroeconomics
    and the Supply Side, Applied International
    Economics, Not-for-Profit Marketing, Labour
    Relations, Cross-Cultural Management, The
    Management of Change, Systems of Justice, and
    Creating Modern Capitalism Comparative

MBA Concentration in Public Management
  • MBA students can specialize in public
    administration by completing four 3-credit
    courses, as follows
  • Public Policy and Public Management Canadian
    Public Law
  • Program Evaluation
  • One other course from the list of MPA required,
    optional or recommended courses.
  • --20 to 30 MBA students complete the
    Concentration in Public Management each year.

Graduate Diplomas
  • A graduate diploma is an additional qualification
    students can earn while completing a degree
  • Graduate Diplomas available
  • Justice System Administration (one extra course
    12 week internship)
  • Democratic Administration (one extra course)
  • Major Research Paper must be relevant to diploma

Continuing Education Schulich Masters Certificate
in Public Management
  • 15 days over 5 months (not for academic credit)
  • MODULE 1 (1 day) Globalization and Trends in
    Public Management
  • (Wed. Jan 13, 2010)
  • MODULE 2 (1 day) Critical Thinking (Thurs. Jan
    14, 2010)
  • MODULE 3 (2 day) Leadership and Stewardship Jan
    27-28 (Wed, Thurs)
  • MODULE 4 (2 day) Enterprise Risk Management Feb
    10-11 (Wed, Thurs)
  • MODULE 5 (2 day) Strategic Performance Mar 3-4,
    2010 (Wed, Thurs)
  • MODULE 6 (1 day) Policy Execution and
    Implementation Mar 24 (Wed)
  • MODULE 7 (2 day) Managing Partnerships and
    Strategic Alliances Apr 7-8 (Wed, Thurs)
  • MODULE 8 (2 day) Appreciative Leadership Apr
    21-22, 2010 (Wed, Thurs)
  • MODULE 9 (1 day) Group Projects Presentation May
    12, 2010 (Wed)
  • MODULE 10 (1 day) Case Presentations and
    Graduation May 13 (Thurs)

  • York University has developed an array of
    undergraduate and graduate programs in public
    policy and administration
  • To provide analytical and practical skills to
  • Students with little work experience
  • Students with significant public sector
  • This is possible because of the contributions and
    cooperation of several Faculties Liberal Arts
    Professional Studies, the Schulich School of
    Business, Glendon College, and the Faculty of
    Law. As well, the Faculty of Environmental
    Studies offers a good many policy-related
  • York has a Research Centre for Public Policy and
    Law, and a Research Centre in Practical Ethics,
    to facilitate continuing research for faculty
    members teaching public policy administration,
    and to facilitate links with all orders of
  • Credibility of our programs in the public service
    is key. Many of our faculty have experience
    working in government.