Our on campus programs are:
- MPA on campus, and
- Minor in Public Administration (restricted to students enrolled in an undergraduate program at UVic; however, most courses are still completed online).
Our online programs are:
- the undergraduate programs (diplomas, certificates)
- MPA online, and
- Graduate Certificate and Diploma (Evaluation)
The Master of Arts in Community Development (MACD) program is an online program with residency components each July.
Only the MPA online program and the Undergraduate programs are offered on a part time study basis.
- Graduate programs: applicants to our normally require a minimum B+ average (75-79 per cent) in the last two years of study. Please note that because of the number of applications received, possession of normal admission requirements doesn’t necessarily guarantee admission to the program. See admission requirements for the individual programs at our applications page. See also the UVic Graduate calendar for admission as a Mature Student.
- Undergraduate programs: Applicants to the Professional Specialization Certificates require work experience and a Bachelor’s degree. Applicants to the Diploma programs normally require work experience and two years of post-secondary education. While these programs are not capacity-limited (applicants who possess the requirements are normally granted admission), there are course capacity restrictions. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, and register as soon as they are able to do so. Within the undergraduate programs, there are additional applicant categories that may be applicable; see the Undergraduate calendar for details.
For Graduate programs, an Admissions Committee assesses your ability to successfully complete the program. Admission decisions are based on your academic record, an evaluation of the Letter of Intent, the Academic Assessment forms (included with the application package) or non-academic letters of reference, applicable test scores, and relevant work experience (paid or voluntary).
For Diploma and Professional Specialization Certificate programs, if you meet the academic and work experience requirements, you are normally admissible.
Graduate students: A number of awards, scholarships, and bursaries are available to full-time students from the School of Public Administration and the University of Victoria. Read more about funding through the financial aid section of the Graduate Studies website. Applicants to the MPA On-Campus program with a first class (A minus) average over the last two years of their undergraduate and graduate coursework (as applicable) are automatically considered for Graduate Studies Fellowships.
Master of Arts in Community Development (MACD) students are evaluated after the first two terms and the three students with the highest GPAs receive scholarships.
Undergraduate students: as most study these programs on a part-time basis, they are therefore not eligible for scholarships. However, students who work in local governments should inquire with the Board of Examiners for scholarships or seek reimbursement for tuition from their employer.
The initial supervisor for graduate students will be the School's Graduate Advisor, and as you work through your courses you will consult with the Graduate Advisor or the Graduate Administrative Assistant regarding program requirements or proposed changes to your program. As you near the end of your coursework, you will seek out a supervisor to guide you in the completion of your Master's Project (or Thesis, as applicable).
Undergraduate students receive guidance on course planning through the Administrative Assistant or the Program Manager; no academic supervisor is assigned to undergraduate students.
Students are able to complete the program within two and one quarter years. All students must complete the program within five years.
We ask that applicants have a minimum of four years of professional experience, paid or volunteer, within the larger community development sectors.
For the MACD program, the three on campus sessions held in the summer terms are referred to as residencies. In other words, during a residency you will be on campus. At every other point throughout the program you will be completing online course work from any location. The residencies are the only in-class components of the MACD program. All other course work is to be completed online using CourseSpaces, a Moodle learning management system. Students are expected to cover the cost of food, accommodation and travel for each residency. Although you are not required to stay at UVic during your residencies, acommodation may be available on campus.
From time to time we may have the capacity to offer a field study course at an International location such as Delhi, India. Please watch the website for future offerings or contact the program manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
As the MPA On Campus program is a full-time program, the majority of students are able to complete it in six terms (two years). During this period, you must complete two co-operative work terms and may choose to complete an optional third term. Typically, students require two semesters to complete their Master's project.
The part-time MPA Online program also takes just over two years to complete if you register in two courses per term.
Students must complete their degree within 5 years.
An explanation of program and other related fees for graduate students -and how fees relate to the length of program- is available through the following link to the Regulations Concerning Fees in the Graduate Studies calendar.
No, only the MPA on campus program is eligible for co-op work terms.
While the rate of pay varies according to the position, our students generally earn between $2,500 and $3,000 per month during a co-operative work term.
No, many of our students complete their work terms outside of Victoria. The availability of placements in a given geographic region is often tied to factors such as the economy and the hiring organization's institutional policies, so it is imperative that students are willing to relocate during the co-op term. This should not be seen as a disadvantage, but rather a tremendous opportunity to live and work in a location that you may not have been able to otherwise. Many students complete at least one work term in Ottawa. We also place students in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto. We have also had placements in other locales, such as Ireland, New York City, and South Africa.
Living in Victoria
While we can't answer this question for you, you may find the information below helpful, and we encourage you to visit the website of the City of Victoria for additional information.
For students planning to move to Victoria, it can be difficult to estimate living expenses. Beyond the initial move, you may wish to consider the expense of returning home for holidays or celebrations. Depending on the amount of things you wish to bring with you, there might be additional costs for shipping.
Housing costs in Victoria are comparable to many areas across the country. The biggest considerations are taste, expectations, and location. All of these factors will determine the price. An additional consideration is willingness to share accommodations, which will reduce costs.
It is can be difficult to negotiate a new rental on the phone or via internet, but not impossible. Among students that we consulted, the UVic Housing website was the most useful resource in searching for and finding a living space (and also a useful place to compare prices).
We use CourseSpaces, a version of Moodle, to deliver our online courses. Using CourseSpaces, you will:
- review your course notes
- join discussion forums
- submit your assignments
- keep track of your grades
- link to online readings
For some courses, you will meet fellow students online for a seminar or discussion. Other course materials can include text notes, powerpoint presentations, streaming audio, video or audio podcasts, and online debate tools.
All methods of communication are possible: email, text messaging or telephone. You can ask questions as part of the weekly online dialogue that shapes most online courses. If you would like to discuss an issue privately, you can e-mail or phone the instructor.
There are not many exams in the online programs. Grades in our program are mostly based on written assignments and online participation.
It depends on the subject matter, course material, and your habits and preferences. Some courses might require 8-10 hours per week, while others may require 10-15 hours per week - which we understand is a substantial time commitment.
Some online courses have paper course packs which means that all reading is done offline and only assignment submissions and asynchronous participation in weekly discussions and team project interaction is done online, while other courses have readings available online as well as multimedia presentations to assist students in their understanding of the concepts.