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Public Administration

Master of Public Administration (MPA) students are automatically enrolled in co-op.

Office & contacts

Our regular business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office: Human and Social Development A304

Co-op coordinator: 
Barbara Svec

Co-op assistant:

Program facts

Master of Public Administration Co-op

  • this is a mandatory co-op program (you're automatically enrolled as part of your academic program)
  • online MPA students are not eligible for co-op placements
  • there are 2 mandatory work terms; you may choose to complete 3 work terms
  • you can earn a co-op designation after 2 work terms


Co-op students pay a co-op tuition fee for each work term. It's free to join co-op and attend the preparation course—you'll pay your tuition fee after you secure a co-op work term.

You'll pay your fees according to the same tuition fee deadlines as regular course fees.

Fees per work term:

  • domestic students: $746.06
  • international students: $938.38

Note that the graduate co-op tuition fee is different than the graduate installment fee. If you are a grad student and register for a co-op work term, during that term, you'll pay:

  • the grad co-op program fee  
  • the grad ancillary fees

If you register for a course (e.g., thesis 596 or 598) and a co-op work term in the same term, during that term, you'll pay:

  • the grad co-op program tuition fee
  • the grad ancillary fees

Questions about co-op tuition fees? Email us or call 250-721-7032 for help.

Average salaries

You'll receive a salary from your employer during each co-op work term. Co-op salaries vary according to many factors, including:

  • your previous work experience
  • the industry you're working in
  • the responsibilities of your co-op job

Here is an average monthly salary for a full-time work term in public administration:

  • $3,680 

View salary estimates for all programs.

Work terms

 Example schedule:

Year Fall term Spring term Summer term
1 Study term 1 Co-­op term 1 + one elective (optional) Study term 2
2 Co­-op term 2 + One elective (optional) Co-op term 3 (optional) and/or 598 Capstone Project Co-op term 3 (optional—if not already completed)

You can take back-to-back co-op terms (upon approval from the co-op coordinator) after your second co-op term. You may not take back-to-back co-op terms after your first co-op term.

You may choose to continue with your current co-op employer for your back-to back co-op term, but we encourage you to try new work experiences.

Learn more about:

Sample jobs

Many MPA students secure placements in the public sector at the federal, provincial or local government level, including agencies and commissions.

Co-op opportunities are not limited to the Victoria area—you're encouraged to take placements throughout BC, elsewhere in Canada or abroad. 

Get support

If you identify as having a disability or a mental health condition, or if you belong to an equity group, we can support your co-op experience.

We'll help you with every step, from applying to co-op to making sure you're supported at work.