Public Administration

Public Administration

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

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 of Public Policy & Administration provides a sense of community for students who share a fascination with questions of governance, administration, public ethics, and the law.


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Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

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Winter entry


Summer entry



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