Public Administration (MA)

Admission requirements
  • Be registered full-time in the Master of Arts Public Administration program (with research paper)
  • Have an admission average of (B+ or 75%) and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (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)

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

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

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2Work 2StudyStudy

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 Revenue Agency
  • Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
  • Service Canada
  • Shared Services Canada
  • Transport Canada
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)
  • Participation in public 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
Student salaries
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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