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Dalhousie University Master of Public Administration
Dalhousie University

Master of Public Administration

Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

2 Years


Full time

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Sep 2024

CAD 30,000 / per year *


* domestic: $22,000 | international: $60,000



The MPA program seeks to equip students with the management skills required by public service organizations and an understanding of the organization, processes and policies of government, its public agencies and the policy groups that work in the public sector. This dual focus is a unique characteristic of the MPA program and makes it highly suited for those interested in a career in the public sector.

It is specifically designed for highly motivated and dedicated individuals interested in pursuing a career in the service of the public, making it possible to realize advanced educational objectives and achieve academic ambitions in public policy and public management.

Possible careers

Policy analystProgram manager
Communications advisorPerformance auditor
Evaluation analystClient service manager
Research and statistical officerConsultant
Operations & policy managerStaffing advisor

Length of program

The MPA degree is a two-year full-time course of study; it can also be completed part-time over a maximum of 6 years. A total of 54 credit hours (3 credit hours = 1 course) are needed for completion of the Master of Public Administration program.

- 30 credit hours from required courses
- 24 credit hours from graduate level electives

Plan of study

A. Required Courses

There are ten (10) required courses in the program.

Please see the MPA Courses page for a list of the required classes.

B. Elective Courses

MPA students choose graduate level electives to complete their programs. Students may choose any of the Public Administration electives (PUAD classes) listed on the MPA Courses page. They may also take up to three (3) graduate level courses, or 1.5 credits, outside the of these PUAD options if they are approved by the Program Manager.

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