Academic Programs Committee Reports
AGENDA ITEM NO: 10.1
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS COMMITTEE
REQUEST FOR DECISION
PRESENTED BY: Gordon Hill, Vice-Chair, Academic Programs Committee
DATE OF MEETING: Feb. 28, 2008
SUBJECT: College of Graduate Studies & Research: Proposal for Master of Public Administration
That Council approve the Master of Public Administration program
The Master of Public Administration is a new academic program which requires Council approval.
A Master of Public Administration (MPA) program will be an integral part of the research and outreach/engagement work of the School of Public Policy and will contribute significantly to developing the School as a key location for public policy work in Canada. The specific mission of the MPA is to develop an educational program that ensures policy makers have the knowledge and expertise necessary to devise and examine public policy in a world where innovation - in everything from new technologies to new institutional and organizational structures - is a distinguishing feature. The University of Saskatchewan has a number of areas of significant research strength in public policy, as well as areas in which it would like to develop strengths. The five areas that stand out are: (1) health, education and social policy; (2) the social economy; (3) agriculture and the new rural economy; (4) science and trade policy; and (5) resources and the environment.
Master of Public Administration program requirements: Students must have completed a bachelor's degree from a recognized university. An average of 75 percent or better must be maintained during the final two years (60 credit units) of the undergraduate program (or in the graduate program if students are coming to the MPA after a graduate degree). Students from a wide variety of disciplines - e.g., everything from the fine arts to the social sciences to the physical sciences to the professional college disciplines - are eligible. While it is not necessary, some knowledge of economics, statistics, and calculus is generally an advantage.
Total Minimum Credit Units Required: 30 credit units, plus the PUBP 990 seminar. For those students
that choose the project-based option, the 30 credit units include the project course PUBP 992.6.
Core Courses: All students are required to take the five core program courses (or their equivalents) and PUBP 990.
Following are the core courses:
PUBP 801.3 - Governance and Policy (GSPP 801 Governance and Administration)
PUBP 802.3 - Fiscal Policy and Federal Provincial Fiscal Relations (GSPP 802 Public Finance)
PUBP 804.3 - Public Policy Analysis and Methodology (GSPP 804 Research Writing)
PUBP 805.3 - Political Economy of Public Policy (GSPP 805 Economics for Public Policy Analysis)
PUBP 806.3 - Public Policy Processes (GSPP 806 Public Policy Analysis)
PUBP 990.3 -- Public Policy Seminar
PUBP 992.6 -- Public Policy Project
The courses in brackets are the equivalent University of Regina courses.
The remaining 15 credit units - i.e., electives - will be chosen based on the student's area of interest and
must be approved by the student's advisory committee and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Courses may be taken outside the School of Public Policy, as long as they are related to the student's area of interest.
In reviewing this program, the Academic Programs Committee received information from the School confirming its capacity to offer these courses. This response is included in pages 32 to 34 of the attachments.
Proposal documentation and memos