Program list & descriptions

Public Administration ( Masters )

The MPA program is designed for full-time students (MPA On Campus) or part-time students (MPA Online). Also, in partnership with the Faculty of Law, the school offers a double degrees JD/MPA program (on campus only).

The On Campus program is designed for recent graduates preparing to launch their career in government and the non-profit sector. It will lead to careers in local, provincial, First Nations and federal governments as well as non-profit and international organizations. Students explore the theory and practicalities of both policy analysis and public management. The resulting mix of skills and knowledge opens doors to careers as managers, analysts and consultants. Graduates manage city governments, administer non-profit organizations, run large government ministries, and lead in the interface between business and government.

The Online program is for active professionals preparing to advance their careers in local, provincial, First Nations and federal governments, as well as in non-profit and international organizations. Students explore theory and practice in both policy analysis and public management. Students acquire a mix of skills that create career opportunities as managers, analysts and consultants. The online program supports part-time learners looking to combine graduate studies with work and family responsibilities.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

In partnership with the Faculty of Law, the School of Public Administration offers the JD+MPA graduate program, for students wishing to pursue double degrees.  Students who apply and are accepted into both the Faculty of Law JD and the School of Public Administration MPA programs may earn both degrees concurrently with modified requirements for each.  Undertaken separately, the two degrees normally require five years of study, whereas the double degrees may be completed in four years.

Prerequisite Minimum standing
BA B+ in final two years

Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Entry point Domestic students International students
September January 30 December 15

EXAMS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
General Office 250-721-8055 HSD A302
FAX 250-721-8849
Director Evert Lindquist 250-721-8084 HSD A302a evert@uvic.ca
Assistant to the Director & Office Mgr. Belle Young 250-721-8056 HSD A302 youngb@uvic.ca
A/Academic Administrative Officer Silvia Dulc 250-472-4196 HSD A312 paadmin@uvic.ca

Master of Public Administration

Graduate Student Advisor Jim McDavid 250-472-4293 HSD A336 jmcdavid@uvic.ca
Graduate Administrative Assistant Judy Selina 250-721-6448 HSD A302 jselina@uvic.ca

Co-operative Education

Co-op Coordinator Barbara Svec 250-721-8064 HSD A366 bsvec@uvic.ca
Co-op Assistant Christine Corr 250-721-8061 HSD A302 spacoop@uvic.ca

Undergraduate & Diploma Programs

FAX 250-721-8849
Program Manager Heather Kirkham 250-721-8067 HSD A306 hkirkham@uvic.ca
Undergraduate & Diploma Secretary Tara Da Silva 250-721-8074 HSD A302 spadipl@uvic.ca

Centre for Public Sector Studies (CPSS)

FAX 250-721-8849
Executive Director Thea Vakil 250-721-6442 HSD A314 tvakil@uvic.ca
CPSS Professional Development Support Jennifer Guest 250-472-4585 HSD A379 jsguest@uvic.ca

Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution

FAX 250-721-8849
Program Manager Heather Kirkham 250-721-8067 HSD A306 hkirkham@uvic.ca
Graduate Student Advisor Tara Ney 250-721-8199 HSD A316 tney@uvic.ca
Graduate Administrative Assistant Judy Selina 250-721-6448 HSD A302 madr@uvic.ca

Masters of Arts in Community Development

Program Manager Wendy Swan 250-721-8082 HSD A363 cdadmin@uvic.ca
Graduate Administrative Assistant Tara Da Silva 250-721-8074 HSD A302 macd@uvic.ca

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Administrative Assistant Tara Da Silva 250-721-8074 HSD A302 gradcert@uvic.ca

Co-operative education opportunities

Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op is mandatory for MPA on-campus students. You’ll complete co-op work terms as part of your program requirements. Contact the Public Administration Co-op Program for details.

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
What other career development support does UVic offer?

UVic Co-op and Career can support you through every stage of your career development, through:

Looking for work?

Apply for all types of job opportunities at learninginmotion.uvic.ca.

Apply for admission

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Professional development
Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
Graduate Students' Society

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