Public Administration : Program Requirements
Students in one Option may not take core courses from the other Option unless (1) the course is specifically open to students in both Options or (2) the student has approval from the Graduate Adviser.
Students in both Options have the opportunity to focus their studies on specific areas of public policy and administration through their selection of electives. Thesis Option (On Campus) students may focus their programs based on their Co-op work term placements and the topic of their thesis.
Master of Public Administration Thesis Option (On Campus)
ADMN 504, 509 or other specified course*, 512, 557; PADR 504, 505, 589
MADR (DR) or MACD (CD) courses (first preference is given to students in those programs)
or from other academic programs: with permission of the instructor of those courses and the School Graduate Adviser.
* based on a review of students' prior academic history by the Graduate Adviser, the student may be able to substitute an alternate course if prior academic work covers the content of a given core course.
Master of Public Administration Course-based Option (Online)
ADMN 502A, 504, 507, 509 or other specified course*, 512, 531, 550, 556
MADR (DR) or MACD (CD) courses (first preference is given to students in those programs)
or from other academic programs: with permission of the instructor of those courses and the School Graduate Adviser.
* based on a review of students' prior academic history by the Graduate Adviser, the student may be able to substitute an alternate course if prior academic work covers the content of a given core course.
MPA Thesis Option (On Campus) Schedule
The Thesis Option (On Campus) consists of a minimum of five compulsory terms: two full-time, residential academic terms, two co-operative work terms and one or more further academic terms spent completing the Master's Thesis (which may be taken concurrently with the second and/or third work term). The terms spent completing the thesis may be completed on campus, online or through a combination of the two. Students must complete all program requirements, including any Co-op work term by the same semester in which they defend their thesis.
Thesis Option Term 1 (Fall Term, Sep-Dec)
ADMN 504 (1.5)
ADMN 509 (1.5)
PADR 504 (1.5)
PADR 589 (0.0)
Thesis Option Term 2: First Co-op Work (Spring Term, Jan-Apr)
Thesis Option Term 3 (Summer Term, May–Aug)
ADMN 557 (1.5)
PADR 505 (1.5)
ADMN 512 (1.5)
ADMN 599 (6.0)
Thesis Option Term 4: Second Co-op Work Term (Fall Term, Sep-Dec)
Final Oral Examination: Thesis Option
Courses in the Course-based Option (Online) are offered year-round on a cyclical basis. Students must follow the program as listed in the calendar. Students taking only one course per term should consult the School staff and/or the website for the recommended sequencing. Normally, students in the Course-based Option may not take more than two courses per term. Any exceptions must be approved by the Graduate Adviser.
Course-based Option Term 1 (Sep-Dec)
ADMN 504 (1.5)
ADMN 507 (1.5)
Course-based Option Term 2 (Jan-Apr)
ADMN 502A (1.5)
Course-based Option Term 3 (May-Aug)
ADMN 509 (1.5)
ADMN 550 (1.5)
Course-based Option Term 4 (Sep-Dec)
ADMN 512 (1.5)
Course-based Option Term 5 (Jan-Apr)
ADMN 531 (1.5)
ADMN 556 (1.5)
In partnership with the Faculty of Law, the School of Public Administration offers the JD+MPA Thesis Option (On Campus), for students wishing to pursue double degrees concurrently. Students who apply and are accepted into both the Faculty of Law JD and the School of Public Administration MPA Thesis Option (On Campus) may earn both degrees concurrently with modified requirements for each. Undertaken separately, the two degrees normally require five years of study, whereas the double degree may be completed in four years. The first year of the double degree program is devoted entirely to the first year law curriculum. The second year of the program requires the completion of the required core public administration courses offered in the fall and summer terms. In consultation with the Graduate Adviser, these courses can be completed in combination with law courses, if scheduling permits. MPA courses take priority in the second year. The remaining two years entail the completion of all other law and public administration course requirements. Students may reduce the time in the program by enrolling in some MPA courses during the third Summer Term. Alternatively, students may participate in the Co-operative Education program. For information about the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ rules governing the JD+MPA double degree program, see Registration in Double Degree Programs. Further information on the program may also be obtained from either the School of Public Administration or the Faculty of Law.
Students enrolled in the JD+MPA double degree program must submit two formal applications for graduation when registering in their final Summer or Winter session. Both graduation applications should be submitted through My page ( Application deadlines are July 1 for the November convocation and December 1 for the June convocation. Both degrees must be conferred at the same Senate meeting, and be awarded at the same convocation.
Students enrolled in the JD + MPA double degree program will not be eligible to enrol in the Law Co-op Program. Law students admitted to the Law Co-op Program during first year law who subsequently enrol in the JD+MPA double degree program shall withdraw from the Law Co-op Program. Students enrolled in the JD+MPA double degree program will be required to complete any mandatory work terms as specified by the School of Public Administration.
The first year of the program is a full-time course of studies consisting of a minimum of 9.0 units of coursework, a non-credit doctoral seminar and language training (if required for the student's dissertation research). Students must be in residence to complete the following coursework, their PhD candidacy examinations, and the oral defence of their dissertation research proposal:
ADMN 605 (1.5)
ADMN 608 (1.5)
ADMN 602 (1.5)
Research Design and Methods in Public Administration
and a further graduate-level quantitative or qualitative methods or methodologies course with the approval of the Graduate Adviser (1.5)
two elective course (3.0)
The elective courses could be either a substantive specialization or a combination of methods and substantive specialization. Students may take graduate-level courses offered by the School of Public Administration, the Department of Political Science, other UVic departments, or other universities with the approval of the Graduate Adviser.
ADMN 600 (0.0) Doctoral Seminar
Students will be required to register in this non-credit seminar course for the duration of their PhD program. The Doctoral Seminar will provide essential knowledge, skills, and research proposal development guidance.
PhD students are expected to have mastery of additional language(s) if germane to their chosen fields of study. They will be expected to acquire needed language skills in addition to their PhD coursework. No PhD credit will be given for language training.
ADMN 693 (3.0) Candidacy Examination
Within two terms of completing course work (normally in November of the second year of study), the student will complete one written candidacy examination on the foundational studies and methods/ methodologies of public administration. This model assumes a generalist orientation to the exam.
A student who passes the candidacy examination and successfully defends the dissertation proposal is admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree.
ADMN 699 (30.0) Dissertation
Only when the student's supervisory committee is satisfied that the dissertation proposal meets the standards of the program, may the student register in the dissertation (ADMN 699).
Program Operation and Length
The part-time online Graduate Certificate in Evaluation consists of four specified ADMN 500-level courses. Upon successful completion of the four courses, students can opt to apply for and receive their Graduate Certificate, or they may apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Evaluation.
The Diploma requires completion of a final project, ADMN 596 (4.5 units). Students who undertake the project, which will be supervised by a faculty member, will have an evaluation client, an agreed-upon project design, and a timeline to complete the project. A written project report will be prepared and submitted to an examination committee. Completed reports will be assessed by a committee consisting of academic instructors and practitioners, including the client for the project.
ADMN 537 (1.5)
ADMN 580 (1.5)
ADMN 581 (1.5)
ADMN 582 (1.5)
ADMN 544 (1.5)
ADMN 596 (4.5)