Western’s Masters of Public administration (MPA) is designed for mid-career local government administrators who wish to further their public management skills, as well as for future professionals looking to enter the field. Our Part-time students are usually administrators in municipal government, but some are employed by separate boards, provincial ministries, not-for-profit organizations or in the private sector. Our full-time students usually come directly from undergraduate degrees in the social sciences. The resulting student mix creates a unique classroom environment that combines the energy of fresh academic minds with the experience of working professionals. The MPA is Canada’s only public administration program with a local focus. MPA courses offer specialized education in local administration and policy analysis, thoroughly preparing our students for the challenges of modern community, urban and regional governance and administration.
The MPA has been offered annually since 1990. Our program’s alumni society includes many of Canada’s senior municipal officials, and is one of Western’s most active alumni associations. The annual alumni conference is an academic and networking event not to be missed.
The unique course schedule offered in Western's MPA makes the program highly accessible to students working full time in demanding careers. Many courses are taught in week-end and week-long formats in order to maximize accessibility to those working full time. Please visit our website for a full list of the course schedules.