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Juris Doctor and Public Administration Double-Degree (JD + MPA)

We’ve partnered with the Faculty of Law to offer our JD+MPA program. You’ll study law and public administration while you work on your thesis. You’ll also get hands-on experience through our public administration work terms. You'll graduate a public administration specialist who’s certified to practice law in all provinces except Quebec.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
4 years Yes No

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Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Other: Mandatory co-op (MPA)

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You are not required to find a supervisor before applying to our programs. We recommend that you list three potential supervisors in your letter of intent.

Astrid Brousselle

Professor Evaluation approaches and methods, Planetary Health, theory-based evaluation, ecological transition, public health, health system analysis, collaborative/participative/community based approaches, qualitative methods

David Castle

Professor Science, technology and innovation policy , Open science and research data

Dr. Sarah Marie Wiebe (she/her)

Assistant Professor Environmental justice, Public engagement, Critical policy studies, Climate emergencies and displacement, States of emergency, Interpretive research and arts-based methods, Community development, Indigenous community engagement and governance

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (he/his)

Professor & Jean Monnet Chair Border studies: border disputes, border security, border management, management of cross border regions; European Union: regional and urban policies, immigration and border security policies; Canada - United States border policies

Evert Lindquist

Professor Public sector and public service reform, Designing and implementing policy interventions, Digital and collaborative governance, Horizontal governance and administration to support policy interventions, Organizing for policy and administrative innovation, Role and influence of think tanks in policy networks, Competing values in public sector leadership and reform

Heather Castleden

Professor, Impact Chair in Transformative Governance for Planetary Health Transformative governance; Planetary health; Decolonizing energy; Decolonizing the academy; Climate justice; Social justice; Environmental racism; Health equity; Indigenous-settler relations; Research ethics, relationality, and accountability; Community-based participatory research

Helga Hallgrímsdóttir

Acting Deputy Provost and Professor

J. Barton (Bart) Cunningham

Professor Human resource issues, Leadership, Organizational behaviour and change, Insight problem solving, Stress and mental health, Action learning and research

Jason Hicks

Assistant Professor Occupational Regulation, Public Policy, Labour Economics, Economic History

Katya Rhodes

Assistant Professor Multi-attribute climate policy analysis, Political economy of climate policy, Pro-environmental behaviour, Survey-based methods, Energy-economy modelling, Comparative climate policy

Kimberly Speers

Assistant Teaching Professor and Graduate Advisor

Lynne Siemens

Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Richard Marcy

Acting Director and Associate Professor

Rob Gillezeau

Assistant Professor Economic history, Labour Economics, Public Policy

Robert Lapper, KC

Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy Justice system policy and reform, Access to Justice, Indigenous law and legal issues, Technology and design in law and policy

Susanne Thiessen

Assistant Professor and Academic Undergraduate Advisor

Tamara Krawchenko

Assistant Professor Comparative public policy; regional development; sustainability transitions

Tara Ney

Associate Professor

Walter Lepore

Assistant Professor Organizational analysis and design, Organizational performance assessment, Program and policy monitoring and evaluation, Strategic planning, Transparency, accountability, corruption and conflict of interests in the public sector, Public sector reforms, Mixed methods research, Experimental research designs, Community-based participatory research, Capacity development in participatory research, Community-university research partnerships, Community development

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