School of Public Administration

Diploma in Indigenous Community Development and Governance

A new cohort will be joining the School for September 2018 entry. For information about this program, contact the program manager at Click here for the program brochure.

Maxine Bruce

How do you think your studies at SPA will impact your future? Thank-you to ICDG student, Maxine Bruce, for sharing her photo that illustrates this question.

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Leila Bautista

How do you think your studies at SPA will impact your future? Thank-you to MPA student, Leila Bautista, for sharing her photo that illustrates this question.

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Congratulations to the MACD, MADR, and MPA students who, during spring and summer 2018, defended their capstone reports to clients in the government, non-profit and community sectors. Browse through completed Master's reports.

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Message from Astrid Brousselle, Director and Professor

Hello! Bonjour!

This is a very challenging world of longstanding inequities and environmental threats; the essence of our role as human beings is questioned. When children ask us what we do in life, we would like to answer that we contribute to building a better world. Public administration and community development are key in this agenda.

We at the School of Public Administration contribute to the development of leading-edge thinkers and professionals who will have a positive impact on the different orders of government, nonprofit organizations, and communities in British Columbia, in Canada, and around the world. We support over 500 students, with 100+ graduating each year from our programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We offer a variety of programs on campus and also programs online that allow you to continue working while acquiring a new degree, diploma, or certificate.

As students in our School, you will benefit from being exposed to our rich, multi-disciplinary environment. You will be invited to contribute to identifying solutions to contemporary challenges by participating in case studies with people holding various perspectives. You will be able to navigate complex settings and capable of assessing whether and how programs and policies add value to society, in a way that respects the broader public interest and the ethics of your profession.

As members of the School of Public administration, we defend the values of integrity, engaged and courageous scholarship, sustainability, and inclusivity. We build on our values, research, and interdisciplinary expertise to offer high quality education to our students.

The School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria is situated on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish People. Our commitment as a School to build respectful relationships with the various Nations and diverse people, and to better respect our environment, creates an amazing momentum for contributing to social betterment.

I invite you to explore the variety of programs we offer and prepare to apply yourself and make a difference!

Astrid Brousselle