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
How to apply

Masters programs

Apply to CO-OP after you've started your studies at uOttawa. You must have an admission average of 75% (B+) or higher.
Steps to follow in order to apply from the University via UoZone:

  • UoZone
  • From the Applications menu, click on CO-OP Navigator

If you have any questions about your application, please contact our office by phone at 613 562-5741 or by e-mail at coop@uOttawa.ca.

Application Deadline: September 30 of your first year of studies

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