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Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (AP) – Public Administration

Location: School of Public Policy and Administration, 119 McLaughlin College; Tel.: 416-736-5384; Fax: 416-736-5382; E-mail:
Director of the School: D. Cohn
Undergraduate Program Director: A. Klimakova
University Professors: R. Drummond, I. Greene, B. Spotton Visano
Associate Professors: N. Canefe, D. Cohn, L. Foster, T. Hwong, A. Kimakova, T. Klassen, J. Magee
Assistant Professors: C. Dufour, S. Frederiksen, K. Ogata, J. Simeon, D. Soennecken
Sessional Professor: S. Rahnema
Sessional Assistant Professor: P. Constantinou

The mission of the School of Public Policy and Administration is to provide “Education for Good Governance.” The school’s programs are characterized by a strong emphasis on social justice, public ethics and commitment to democratic values. Students in the bachelor of public administration take courses from a mix of disciplines that provide a breadth of knowledge and opportunities to develop critical thinking, analytical capabilities and management skills. Students can choose to pursue an Honours degree (which can be combined with a minor in another discipline), as well a Specialized Honours degree in one of three different streams:

  • Law, Justice and Public Policy
  • Management
  • Policy Analysis

We also offer a 36-credit Minor in Public Administration which can be taken by students studying towards an Honours degree in other disciplines. Students interested in a certificate program rather than a degree should consider the Professional Certificate in Public Sector Management.

Staffed by an interdisciplinary faculty with strong research records and experience in active public service, the school provides a sense of community for students who share a fascination with questions of governance, administration, public ethics and the law. The school prepares graduates for careers ranging from the public to the not-for-profit and private sectors as well as for post-graduate studies in the social sciences and professional programs.

For specific program requirements, please consult the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Programs of Study section.