Program Comparison Highlights
Institutional Structure: The MPA is a joint Master’s Program, supervised by the Joint Discipline Committee (JDC) consisting of members of the faculty of the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.
Curriculum Design: The Manitoba-Winnipeg joint MPA is, like the Saskatchewan-Regina MPA and MPP, unusual in being provided jointly by two distinct universities. The joint program provides about 30-semester-courses worth of program-specific courses with the other courses listed being undergraduate and graduate courses from the Economics Department of the University of Manitoba and the Political Studies Department of the University of Manitoba and the Political Science Department of the University of Winnipeg. For honours graduates who have take many of the listed courses in their undergraduate years, the MPA can be completed in one year with 8 one-semester courses. For other applicants the degree requires 16 one-semester course equivalents, taken over two years. Our PEACO analysis below is based on the two-year program, and we calculate that typical students take 5% of their coursework in subjects with high math-economics content and that the split between coursework in policy-oriented and management-oriented subjects is 48% to 52%. This places the Manitoba-Winnipeg MPA in the “high course requirement, management-oriented, lower math-economics content” curricular type, along with the Melbourne MPPM (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). We estimate that typical Manitoba-Winnipeg MPA students take about 68% of their coursework in the program-specific courses delivered by the program. The competency gap analysis below suggests that a Manitoba-Winnipeg MPA student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 69 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including a shortfall of 15 course-weeks in Policy and Management Analysis, 10 course-weeks in Quantitative Methods, and of 9 course-weeks each Economic Analysis and Leadership Skills. On the other hand, this student would graduate with well over the minimum competency requirements in Democratic Institutions and Policy Process, Socioeconomic and Political Context, and Global Context.
Professional Program Features: The program website does not make reference to involvement of current and former practitioners in the program or to career services for students. The Manitoba Institute for Policy Research (http://umanitoba.ca/centres/mipr/index.html) is based in the Political Studies Department of the University of Manitoba.
University: University of Manitoba (joint MPA program with the University of Winnipeg).
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)
Marketing Approach: “The program is designed to meet the needs of two types of students, individuals who are presently employed and wish to add to their formal educational status; and individuals interested in a career in either public administration or public policy and who are proceeding from undergraduate to graduate studies. The objective is to provide students with a sound knowledge in Public Administration. The orientation is interdisciplinary, although the majority of courses are in politics and government. The core courses expose all students to a common set of ideas designed to encourage both innovative and integrative perspectives. Optional courses allow pursuit of individual career interests. The intent is to allow students to obtain a knowledge of both the theory and the practice of government organizations, including an awareness of the political, economic, and social contexts in which they operate. The program offers significant opportunities or specialization in a range of policy areas such as health care, human resource management, social welfare, aboriginal government, and organizational change. (At http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/programs/public_admin.html, accessed 1 October 2014.)
Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]
Academic Unit within University: Faculty of Graduate Studies (Manitoba)/Faculty of Political Science (Winnipeg). The program is supervised by the Joint Discipline Committee (JDC) of the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.
Related Academic Units and Degrees: The University of Manitoba’s graduate degree programs are listed at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/programs/index.html.
Posted Tuition: Canadian Students pay a program fee of $4,351.30 for the first year, and a continuing fee of $702.15 for each subsequent year, up to six years. International students pay $8, 702.60 for the first year, and a continuing fee of $ 702.15 for each subsequent year, up to six years.
Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The MPA program offers students the choice of three streams: the Comprehensive Stream, culminating in comprehensive oral examinations; the Thesis Stream, culminating in the submission of a 100-150 pages double spaced Master’s thesis and oral examinations, the Co-op stream, which is open to students who one full academic year of the MPA program, and have found a suitable employer
Summary: Students enter the program in either a two-year (48 credit hour) program or a one-year (24 credit hour) program. Students admitted with a general Bachelor’s degree, or those who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree, are required to complete an academic program consisting of a minimum of 48 credit hours – 27 credit hours must be taken from among core courses and a further 21 hours of credit from among the approved options. All students must complete up to 18 credit hours at the 700/7000 level. A student may elect with permission to write a Master’s thesis in lieu of 12 hours of 700/7000 level credits. Students who are admitted as graduates of an Honours Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) are required to complete an academic program consisting of a minimum of 24 credit hours. Student who, prior to admission, have not completed 24 credit hours in courses equivalent to those designated at 400/4000 level core or option courses will normally be required to complete the appropriate courses(s) in addition to the 24 credit hour program minimum. In this context, POLS 3950 counts as a 400 level course. All students must complete, depending on the credits at which they are admitted into the program, up to 18 credit hours at the 700/7000 level, including the core courses.
Duration: 2 years (for the Two-Year MPA Option). The Course Map and Instructional Distribution on this page is based on this option.
Note 1: There is a One-Year MPA Option for students who have previously obtained 24 credit hours (8 one-semester course equivalents) in specified fourth-year undergraduate courses. There is also a Co-op Education Option whereby students take one year of full-time study followed by work terms with an employer.
Academic Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree. As indicated in Note 1 above, Honours Bachelor’s degree grants the student an advanced standing in the graduate program.
Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 16
Number of Required Courses: 9
Number of Electives Typically Taken: (difference between above two entries): 7
Number of Courses Offered within Program: 30
Comprehensive Examination: Yes for comprehensive route option. For the thesis option there is a thesis and an oral defence.
Thesis Required: For the thesis option, a Master’s thesis can be written in lieu of 4 courses (12 credit hours) at the 700/7000-level.
Internship Required: Co-op Placement Optional
International Study Required: No
Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree
Professional Development and Career Support: Yes.
Student-run Journal: Not referenced on website.
Applied Projects: Research projects available through the Co-op placement program and the Thesis stream.
Pro Bono Consulting: Not referenced on website.
Courses Offered: The list of 2014-2015 courses offered within the program is found at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/political_studies/media/MPA_Course_Offerings.pdf. In the Course Map below, required courses are indicated by (R). The approved optional courses are listed in the University of Manitoba Catalogue, the relevant pages of which can be found at http://portal.publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/Documents/MPA_Pages_from_Manitoba_2014-2015_Catalogue_8Sep2014.pdf.
Course Material Online: Course descriptions for many courses, including some syllabi, are available to the public online at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/political_studies/course_outline/2050.html
Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.
|Curricular Type Parameters|
|Number of Courses Required for Graduation||16.0|
|Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)||5.1%|
|Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution|
|Analysis and Skill Subjects||9.4%|
|– Policy and Management Analysis||1.5%|
|– Economic Analysis||1.5%|
|– Quantitative and Analytic Methods||6.4%|
|– Leadership and Communication Skills||0.0%|
|Institutions and Context Subjects||79.4%|
|– Democratic Institutions and Policy Process||49.3%|
|– Ethics, Rights and Accountability||1.0%|
|– Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts||29.0%|
|Management Function Subjects||1.5%|
|– Public Financial Management||0.0%|
|– Evaluation and Performance Measurement||0.5%|
|– Other Management Functions||1.0%|
|Policy Sector Subjects||9.7%|
|– Macroeconomic Policy||2.0%|
|– International Development||1.5%|
|– Other Policy Sectors||5.1%|
|Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)|
|Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student||178|
|Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement|
|– Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks)||-15|
|– Economic Analysis (CCR = 12)||-9|
|– Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12)||-10|
|– Analytic Methods (CCR = 6)||4|
|– Leadership Skills (CCR = 9)||-9|
|– Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses)||-3|
|– Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18)||77|
|– Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses)||-4|
|– Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6)||30|
|– Global Context (CCR = 3)||17|
|– Public Financial Management (CCR = 6)||-6|
|– Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6)||-5|
|– Human Resource Management (CCR = 3)||-2|
|– Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3)||-2|
|– Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6)||-2|
|– Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3)||-2|
|Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls)||-69|
|Total Courses Listed||97|
|Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs)||9.0|
|Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)||53.4%|
|Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (I&GC, ID, DS&FR)||13.3%|
Source: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/political_studies/master_pa/index.html, and http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/political_studies/media/13R_MPA_Course_Offerings.pdf (accessed 3 January 2014).
Page Created By: Khilola B. Zakhidova on 3 January 2014 and updated Dave Marshall on 4 April 2015 and last updated by Ian Clark on 14 December 2015.
Image: Screenshot of school website on 14 December 2015.
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