General Information- Admission Requirements
- Program Requirements
- Co-Operative Education
- Faculty Members
Since 1974, the School of Public Administration has been offering innovative and diverse programs for current and prospective practitioners in the public and non-profit sectors. We aspire to be a leading community of students, practitioners, alumni, faculty and staff developing knowledge through teaching, research and professional development.
School of Public Administration
Location: Human and Social Development Building, Room A302
Mailing Address:PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
Courier Address:3rd floor, HSD Building
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2
Telephone Number: 250-721-8055
Fax Number: 250-721-8849
Director: Evert A. LindquistEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Adviser: James C. McDavidEmail: email@example.com
Graduate Administrative Assistant: Judy SelinaEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The School of Public Administration offers the following graduate programs:
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs are designed for full-time students (MPA On Campus) and for part-time students (MPA Online). Also, in partnership with the Faculty of Law, the School offers a full-time double degree JD+MPA program.
The School offers an on campus Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution (MADR) for full-time students. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the development of diverse, peaceful societies through their work with public sector and civil society organizations. The MADR program recommends participation in Co-operative Education. For details, see Dispute Resolution.
Focused on the Community Economic Development, Co-operative, and Non-profit sectors, the Master of Arts in Community Development program (MACD) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their capacities in transformational change, governance, leadership, analysis, and management in order to better meet the challenges and opportunities that are facing communities at various levels. The program is offered through a combination of residential and online learning, allowing students from across Canada and internationally to participate. For details, see Community Development.
The School offers specialized credential programs via distance methods intended to strengthen the skills of working professionals. The program requirements draw upon the Master of Public Administration curriculum.
Graduate Professional Certificate in Library Sector Leadership
This program is a 5-course, part-time program which includes an on-campus orientation course (ADMN 517A); students must also complete four specified 500-level ADMN online courses. Registering in one course per term, it is possible to complete the program in 16 months.
Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Sector Leadership
This program is intended to strengthen the capacity of cultural sector professionals to serve in management and leadership roles in museums, art galleries, the performing arts, heritage sites and heritage conservation. This program includes an on-campus orientation course (ADMN 517B); students must also complete HA 488T and four specified 500-level ADMN online courses. Students may complete the program over two years.
Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Graduate Diploma in Evaluation
The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Evaluation are designed for early- or mid-career professionals working in the evaluation field as government or non-profit employees or consultants. The Graduate Certificate in Evaluation consists of four specified 500-level ADMN courses. Upon completion of the four courses required for the Certificate, students may apply to receive their Certificate, or they may apply for admission to the Diploma program, which requires completion of a capstone project (4.5 units). Both programs are delivered entirely online and are completed on a part-time basis.
The School offers a PhD program that prepares students for scholarly and leadership roles in universities, government, non-profit organizations, research institutes and other settings where knowledge and research skills in public administration and policy are needed.
The administrative office of the School of Public Administration is located in Room A302, Human and Social Development Building. Student's final Master's projects and theses are archived within the administrative office of the School of Public Administration.
Students of the School of Public Administration share a number of designated study spaces, including designated computer and meeting rooms.
A number of awards, scholarships and bursaries are available to full-time graduate students from the School of Public Administration and UVic. The Faculty of Graduate Studies provides a list of available awards and necessary applications online at <www.uvic.ca/graduatestudies/finances> or through their office in the University Centre. Information on bursaries and scholarships is available at the UVic Student Awards & Financial Aid Office, located in the University Centre, or through their website at <registrar.uvic.ca/safa>. In addition, the provincial and federal governments each offer student loans to full-time candidates who meet the requirements. Students are advised to apply for student loans only during their academic terms (i.e., not during co-op work terms).
The School of Public Administration also actively supports students seeking Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada fellowships (SSHRC) and Canada Graduate Scholarships.
In addition to being able to compete for UVic Graduate Awards and School of Public Administration awards for their first year, on-campus full-time students can use the income from up to three Co-operative Education work terms to help fund their studies.
Employers of many of our online students are willing to financially support their employee's professional development by providing reimbursement for tuition and, in some cases, reimbursement for texts and instructional materials.
Teaching and research assistantships are open to applications from online and on campus MPA students, generally after the first term of core courses is completed. Students are encouraged to inquire directly through professors, or to apply for positions that are advertised on the School's email distribution list.
In addition to being able to compete for University of Victoria Fellowships for their first year as PhD students, the School provides opportunities for more senior PhD students to teach or assist faculty members or the School with teaching or research-related projects. These opportunities will vary from year to year and will be available on a competitive basis. School of Public Administration Awards may also be available to supplement the income from these jobs. Contact the Graduate Adviser for more information about funding opportunities.
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