Public Administration (Management) MPA (M), Master

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Designed and delivered by internationally recognized academics and senior public service practitioners, the program's optimal blend of theory, analysis and day-to-day practical learning gives you a unique framework to address the complex national and global issues that leaders and executives face today and in the future.


Building on your existing expertise, we’ll help you strengthen your ability to respond effectively to complex policy and management issues – and to think strategically in order to anticipate and plan for future challenges.

The program also offers valuable opportunities to develop lifelong relationships with other public and not-for-profit sector professionals.

Program at a Glance
  • The Master of Public Administration (Management) is offered by Dalhousie University’s School of Public Administration. The school – founded in 1936 – is part of the university’s award-winning Faculty of Management, which includes the School of Business Administration, the School for Resource and Environmental Studies and the School of Information Management.
  • The program partners include the Department of National Defence, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Canada School of Public Service and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration. These partnerships help ensure our program remains tailored not only to your needs but to those of the public and non-profit sectors?.
  • The current students work in organizations as diverse as the Canada Revenue AgencyJustice CanadaVeterans Affairs CanadaNatural Resources Canadaprovincial governments – and a wide range of municipalities and education and health sector bodies?.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University is a large (enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Dalhousie University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Government Structure and Organization
  • Policy Formulation and Analysis
  • Managerial Economics
  • Research Methods
  • Business and Government
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Managing Information Resources
  • Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management in the Public Sector
  • Managing People in Diverse Organizations
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Public Economics
  • Program Evaluation
  • Municipal Government
  • Risk Management in Public Service
  • 21st Century Public Service Leadership
  • Master of Information Management Class
  • MBA Financial Services or Leadership Class

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Most successful applicants possess at least five years of professional and relevant workplace experience and hold a four-year equivalent degree with at least a second class standing (B average, 3.0 GPA) from a university recognized by the Senate of Dalhousie University.With this in mind, we will need at least two copies of the official transcripts of your academic record from the university or universities you’ve attended.

Advanced standing

The nationally renowned and respected School of Public Administration recognizes the value of the work experience students bring to our Master of Public Administration (Management) program. That is why students in the MPA (M) program need only 13 half-credits to obtain their degree, rather than the 18 half-credits required by our on-campus MPA.Working with the Canada School of Public Service, we offer further advanced standing to eligible graduates of the Canada School’s Direxion Program.In addition, graduates of the specific provincial (NS & ON) or territorial (NU) Leadership Development programs and the Joint Command and Staff Program from the  Canadian Forces College of the Department of National Defence may also be eligible for advanced standing.Finally, candidates with an outstanding record at the graduate or senior undergraduate levels in the subject areas covered by our curriculum may also apply for advanced standing.


We consider applications from people without a university degree on a case-by-case basis. If you choose to apply without a degree, you’ll need to create a portfolio of the learning you’ve achieved through formal education or training, workplace experience or other activities. When considering your application, we will pay particular attention to analytical skills and competencies relevant to advanced study in public administration.

Tuition Fee

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    17159 CAD/year
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  • National Applies to you

    7694 CAD/year
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