Public Administration

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Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
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Become a leader in public policy and administration to enjoy a rewarding career while advancing the public good 

Public management leaders must have multidisciplinary knowledge, critical skills and abilities to realize their vision to advance the public interest. At York, we prepare leaders for the broader public sector that spans all levels of government, public institutions and non-profit organizations, who can excel and thrive in a dynamic multicultural environment. Our graduates also work as policy analysts, legal and regulatory compliance officers, consultants and government relations managers in the private sector.

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 such as project management, human resources, budgeting and finance.

The Bachelor of Public Administration is an Honours only program and students also have the option to specialize in 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. 

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.

Questions?

Contact us at goyork@yorku.ca 

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • Introduction to Public Administration: Bureaucracy and Western Liberal Capitalist Democracy
  • Canadian Government
  • Introduction to Administrative Studies
  • Introduction to Accounting or Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • General Education courses in Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • Public servant (local, regional, provincial, national and international)
  • Public sector manager
  • Policy analyst
  • Registered lobbyist
  • Government relations officer
  • Community organizer
  • Public sector advocate
  • Non-profit manager

BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Senior-level math
  • And three additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

      BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

      Requirements for admission:
    • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
    • Senior-level math
    • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

        BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

        Requirements for admission:
      • Baccalauréat Général
      • Terminale math
          • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

          BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

          Requirements for admission:
        • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
          • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
          • Some programs require a higher GPA.
        • Senior-level math
          • BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

            Requirements for admission:
          • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
            • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
          • 2-unit math
              • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

              BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

              Requirements for admission:
            • One year of CEGEP
            • 2 semesters of English/anglais
            • Senior-level math
            • And nine additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                Requirements for admission:
              • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
              • Grade 12 math
                • BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Lise Diplomasi
                • Senior-level math
                  • BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                  • A-level math
                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                      To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

                      BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                    • Twelfth Year math
                      • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.

                        BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                        • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                      • Standard or higher-level math (Math Studies will not satisfy this requirement)
                          • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                          To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

                          BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • Completion of one of the following:
                          • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                          • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                          • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                          • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                          • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                        • Grade XII math
                          • BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Manitoba High School Diploma
                          • English 40S
                          • Senior-level math
                          • And three additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                              BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                            • English 120, 121 or 122
                            • Senior-level math
                            • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                              • English 3201
                              • Senior-level math
                              • And seven additional credits at the 3000 level
                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                  BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                • English 12
                                • Senior-level math
                                • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                    BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                  • Senior-level math
                                  • And three additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                      BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                    • Senior-level math
                                    • And three additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                        BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                      • ENG4U
                                      • 4U math
                                      • And four additional 4U or M courses
                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
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                                          BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                        • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • 4U math*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                        • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                        • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                        • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                        • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                        • Requirements for admission:
                                        • 4U math*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                        • Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • 4U math*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                        • English 621
                                        • Senior-level math
                                        • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                            BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                          • Grade 12 English
                                          • Senior-level math
                                          • And four additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                              BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                            • English A30 and English B30
                                            • Senior-level math
                                            • And two additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                              • Senior-level math
                                                • BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • High School Diploma
                                                • Senior-level math
                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                                                    BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                  • Senior-level math
                                                    • BPALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                    • Senior-level math
                                                    • And two additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.