Public Administration (MA)

An investment that works

By hiring a CO-OP student from the University of Ottawa, you invest in a winning combination! You get a motivated and enthusiastic employee while giving a student the chance to put his or her academic training to the test. The University of Ottawa is the place to recruit CO-OP students!

Only the top students are admitted to the program. Each one has achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 7 out of 10 (a B+ average). Students begin their first work term after one complete year of study giving them a strong academic background to help them succeed on the job. You may choose French-speaking, English-speaking or bilingual students. The sequence of work and study terms is shown below.

Skills that are in demand
  • Policy research and analysis
  • Public and parapublic sector management
  • Public governance
  • Democratic governance
  • Organizational behaviour
  • Human resources
  • Government finance
  • Participate in policy consultations
  • Provide policy analysis
  • Develop policies
  • Manage in public and parapublic sectors
  • Work on public governance issues
  • Offer public administration consulting (private sector)
  • Write briefing notes, summaries or reports
  • Summarize public opinion research
  • Conduct preliminary research and planning for strategic initiatives
  • Review media coverage and analyze public opinion
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations
  • Prepare policy aspects of business cases
Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2StudyWork 2Study
3Study--

Sequence 2 - available to students hired for 8-month terms with the same company

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2Work 2StudyStudy
3Study--
Examples of tasks at work
  • Conduct preliminary research and planning for strategic initiatives
  • Develop policies
  • Manage in public and parapublic sectors
  • Offer public administration consulting (private sector)
  • Participate in policy consultations
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations
  • Prepare policy aspects of business cases
  • Provide policy analysis
  • Review media coverage and analyze public opinion
  • Summarize public opinion research
  • Work on public governance issues
  • Write briefing notes, summaries or reports
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