Graduate courses

We offer graduate-level courses in Community Development (CD), Dispute Resolution (DR), and Public Administration (PA). You may be eligible to take courses in another program; please check with your graduate administrative assistant.

Core courses
Course number Course name and link to calendar description
CD 501 Anchoring a Change Agenda: Foundations
CD 504 Practices and Perspectives on Forging Change
CD 505 Community-Based Research: Foundations
CD 506 Enterprise Development for Community Benefit
CD 510 Leadership, Management and Goverance within Organizations
CD 512 Program and Project Design, Management and Evaluation
CD 524 Leadership and Organizational Development for Communities
CD 525 Managing Organizations, Systems and Community Transformations
CD 526 Agenda for Social Change: Moving Forward
CD 530 Systems Thinking for Social Change
CD 531 Leadership and Transformation
Final Project
CD 596 Group Project
CD 598 Master's Project
Elective courses
Course number Course name
CD 509 Developing Capacities to Lead and Manage in the Non-profit Sector
CD 518 Citizen Participation and Democratic Governance
CD 522 Understanding and Mainstreaming Gender
CD 590 Directed Studies

Other elective courses may be selected, with permission of the Graduate Adviser, from approved courses in related fields of study offered by other departments.

Program requirements for students admitted prior to May 2013 will remain as detailed in previous calendars.

Core courses
Course number Course name and link to calendar description
DR 502  
Conflict, Culture and Diversity
DR 503  
Public Policy, Law and Dispute Resolution
DR 506  
Mediation Processes and Skills

DR 509

 

Dispute Resolution System Design and Public Interest Disputes
DR 511 Conflict Specialists as Leaders
DR 598 Master’s Project
DR 599 Master’s Thesis
Elective courses
Course number Course name
DR 507 International Human Rights and Dispute Resolution
DR 508 Dispute Resolution and Indigenous Peoples
DR 510 Special Topics in Dispute Resolution
DR 516 Access to Justice

Other elective courses may be selected, with permission of the Graduate Adviser, from approved courses in related fields of study offered by other departments.

Core courses
Course number Course name and link to calendar description
ADMN 502 A        Surveying, Appraising and Commissioning Information
ADMN 502 B    Data Analysis and Interpretation

ADMN 504        

Government and Governance
ADMN 507  
Leadership and Ethics in the Public Sector
ADMN 509   
Economics for Policy Analysis
ADMN 512        Public Financial Management and Accountability
ADMN 551          Administrative Justice System in Canada
ADMN 556         Managing Public Policy
ADMN 598 Master's Project
ADMN 599 Master's Thesis

Elective courses
Course number Course name and calendar description
ADMN 523   Special Topics in Public Sector Management
ADMN 531     Performance and Strategic Human Resource Management
ADMN 537      Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
ADMN 544     Economic Evaluation Methods and Applications
ADMN 547      Intergovernmental Relations in Canada
ADMN 548 Special Topics in Public Policy
ADMN 577      Strategic Planning and Implementation
ADMN 578 European Union Urban Region Policies
ADMN 580 Qualitative Evaluation Approaches and Methods
ADMN 581 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
ADMN 582     Topics in Evaluation and Performance Measurement
ADMN 589 Co-op Seminar: Introduction to Professional Practice
ADMN 590 Directed Studies (as approved by the Graduate Advisor)

MPA students can also take the following courses as electives:

  • approved upper level (400) undergraduate courses through our diploma programs.
  • graduate level courses in other disciplines. If electives are taken outside the program, students may need to complete prerequisites for those courses. Such prerequisites will not count towards completion of the MPA program.

Registering in courses outside of the MPA program requires permission from the School of Public Administration's Graduate Advisor and from the other program's instructor. You will need to submit a Graduate Course Change form; please see note related to this form prior to submitting it.

The following courses are shared between the Dispute Resolution and Public Administration on campus programs; links to the calendar descriptions will be added as they are made available.

Core courses
Course number Course name and link to calendar description
PADR 501 Collaboration and Engagement
PADR 504   Leadership, Management, Ethics
PADR 505  
Policy-making and Policy Communities