Public and International Affairs (MA)

Admission requirements
  • Be registered full-time in the GSPIA program
  • Have and maintain a minimum CGPA of 7.0 (B+ or 75%) in courses taken at the University of Ottawa
  • Start the program in the fall term (this is necessary due to CO-OP placement cycles)
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or an international student (authorization or diplomat)
  • Pay the required CO-OP fees (see below).

CO-OP programs have limited enrolment. Meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee you a place. Admission is based on your CGPA. We admit those with the highest CGPA first.

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--

CO-OP fees

As a CO-OP student, you also pay CO-OP fees (announced every year by the Registrar) for the session before your first work term and then for every work term, up to and including your last one.

Some of our employers include
  • Aga Khan Foundation
  • Conference and Defense Association Institute
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • PGF Consultants Inc.
  • Treasury Board of Canada
Examples of tasks at work
  • Assisting in the preparation of policy decks
  • Helping in the policy consultation process
  • Preliminary research on strategic initiatives
  • Reviewing media coverage and analyzing public opinion
  • Writing briefing notes, summaries and reports
  • Writing profiles for media
  • Writing synopses of public opinion research
Work term reports guidelines

You must submit your work term report through the CO-OP Navigator. The “Work Term Report” link can be found next to your work term, under the “My Evaluations” tab. The system will allow you to change or submit your report right up until the deadline for submission, and professors will be able to submit their comments and attach a corrected copy of your report online as well.

You must include a cover letter or letter of transmittal along with your CO-OP work-term report in one PDF file.

Academic coordinators
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