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
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

Application Deadline: September 30 of your first year of studies

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