Political Science and Public Administration

Admission requirements
  • Be registered full-time in the joint honours bachelor of social sciences program in public administration and political science
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 6
  • Have completed all course requirements up to and including the fall term of second year
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or an international student (authorization or diplomat)

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 - by default, all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Study
4Work 3StudyWork 4
5Study--

Sequence 2 - available to students hired for 12-month terms with the same company

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Work 3
4Work 4Study-
5StudyStudy-

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
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Treasury Board Secretariat Canada
  • Veterans Affairs Canada
Examples of tasks at work
  • Helping in the policy consultation process
  • Preliminary research on strategic initiatives
  • Preparing PowerPoint presentations
  • Preparing the policy aspects of feasibility studies
  • Review media coverage and analyze 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.

For confidential Work-Term Reports, please make sure to submit your cover letter or letter of transmittal through the CO-OP Navigator by the deadline for submission.

Academic coordinators
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