Public Administration

About Program Admission Requirements

York’s program responds directly to the shortage of public administration recruits on all levels of Canadian government.

Become a leader in public policy and administration to advance and serve the public good

Public management leaders must have the critical skills and abilities to realize their vision to advance the public interest. At York, we prepare leaders for the public sector who can excel at all levels of governance and thrive in a dynamic multicultural environment. We offer a Management stream (along with two others: Law, Justice and Public Policy; Policy Analysis) to hone skills in human resources management, organizational behavior and budgeting & finance. Engage in real-world learning scenarios at all three levels of Canadian government.

Through courses in areas such as public administration, Canadian government and public law, you’ll examine current and emerging debates regarding public institutions, law, human rights and diversity. You’ll also gain a clear understanding of the theory and practice of government while acquiring expertise relevant to policy analysis, program evaluation and other public service functions.

Courses examine a range of contemporary perspectives and span a number of disciplines including economics, law, political science, public administration and management. As a student in the Specialized Honours program, you’ll have the option to gain advanced knowledge and skills by focusing on one of three streams:

  • Law, Justice and Public Policy
  • Management
  • Policy Analysis

Many courses involve simulations and exercises drawn from real world scenarios at all three levels of Canadian government. A limited number of practicum and internship placements are available for qualified students. 

  • You’ll have the opportunity to attend conferences such as “Cities and Public Policy” offered by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).
  • You’ll benefit from York’s membership in the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration – there are scholarships and accreditation programs available.
  • Staffed by faculty with strong research records and many years combined experience in active public service, the School provides a sense of community for students who share a fascination with questions of governance, administration, public ethics and the law.

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.