University of Manitoba / University of Winnipeg, Joint MPA Program – MPA
Program Comparison Highlights
Institutional Structure: The MPA is a joint Master’s Program, supervised by the Joint Discipline Committee (JDC) 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 8 one-semester, program-specific core 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. All students entering the MPA Program complete a program of 12 one-semester-equivalent courses (36 credits) plus two 13-week co-op work terms. The course of study is two terms of courses, followed by two co-op work terms, and completed with one term of full-time study, which includes the capstone seminar core course. If, for comparative purposes, we take each coop work term to be 2 one-semester-course-equivalents, the total requirement for the Manitoba-Winnipeg MPA would be 16 one-semester-course equivalents. This places the Manitoba-Winnipeg MPA in the “high course requirement, management-oriented, lower math-economics content” curricular type, along with the MPAs at the Schools of Public Administration at Dalhousie University and the University of Victoria (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types).
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: “Students in the program acquire in-depth knowledge of both the theory and the practice of government organizations, including knowledge of political, economic, social and other contexts in which they operate. MPA students have the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience through the Cooperative Education option in the program. The objective of the joint MPA program is to provide students – both full- and part-time – with a sound knowledge of public administration. The approach is interdisciplinary, although courses in Political Science (at UWinnipeg) and Political Studies (at UManitoba) are emphasized. The core program exposes all students to a common set of courses designed to encourage both innovative and integrative perspectives. There are also opportunities to take a range of policy courses in the areas of health care, public finance, aboriginal government, and organizational change.” (At https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/factsheets/docs/factsheet-ma-public-admin.pdf, accessed 16 April 2019.)
Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]
Academic Unit within University: Department of Political Studies within the Faculty of Arts (Manitoba)/Department of Political Science within the Faculty of Arts (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: For the 2018-19 academic year, Canadian Students pay a program fee $206.72 per credit hour (= $7,442 for the 36 credit hours of the full two-year program) and International Students pay a program fee $454.79 per credit hour (= $16,372 for the 36 credit hours of the full two-year program), at http://umanitoba.ca/student/records/fees/1033.html, accessed 16 April 2019.
Summary: “All students entering the MPA Program complete a program of 36 credits. Students will complete 8 core courses (24 credits, all 3 credits) and 12 credits as options for a total of 36 credits. The MPA is course-based program so there is no thesis option or comprehensive examination. No advance standing will be accepted (i.e. transfer credits). The co-operative education program (Co-op Program) will be mandatory for all students, with approved waivers for those who meet eligibility criteria. Students will be required, however, to complete a major paper as part of the Capstone Seminar. The required courses are:
GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial
POLS 7136/POLS 9260 Governance and Administration
POLS 7132/POLS 9250 Public Policy Process and Issues
POLS 7140/POLS 9420 Principles of Public Finance for Policy Analysis
POLS 7138/POLS 9630 Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
POLS 7134/POLS 9640 Qualitative Methods and Communications in the Public Sector
POLS 7980/POLS 9620 Professional Development Workshops
POLS 7130/POLS 9040 Theories and Issues in Public Administration
POLS 6500 & POLS 6510 Co-op Education
POLS 7990/POLS 9610 Capstone Seminar”
Duration: 2 years
Academic Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree.
Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 16 (12 courses plus two 13-week work terms, each assigned an equivalent of 2 courses)
Note 1: Our assignment of 2 course equivalents to each of the two 13-week work terms is double that assigned formally in University of Manitoba’s 2018-19 Academic Calendar, which gives each a value of 3 credit-hours.
Number of Required Courses: 8
Number of Electives Typically Taken: 4
Number of Courses Offered within Program: Approximately 40 (i.e., those listed in the University of Manitoba Graduate Academic Calendar 2018-19, pages 282-285, available at http://umanitoba.ca/student/records/media/Faculty_of_Grad_studies_V3.pdf (accessed 16 April 2019) plus those offered at the University of Winnipeg, described in https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/academics/graduate-calendar/docs/grad-mpa.pdf (accessed 1 May 2019).
Comprehensive Examination: No.
Thesis Required: No.
Internship Required: Yes, two 13-week work terms
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 2018-19 required courses is found at courses offered within the program is found at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/political_studies/master_pa/index.html. In the Course Map below, required courses are indicated by (R). The full list of courses is found at the University of Manitoba Graduate Academic Calendar 2018-19, pages 282-285, available at http://umanitoba.ca/student/records/media/Faculty_of_Grad_studies_V3.pdf (accessed 16 April 2019) and uploaded to the Atlas at http://www.atlas101.ca/pm/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/University-of-Manitoba-Graduate-Academic-Calendar-2018-19.pdf and those offered at the University of Winnipeg, described in https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/academics/graduate-calendar/docs/grad-mpa.pdf (accessed 1 May 2019).
Course Material Online: Course descriptions can be found at the University of Manitoba Graduate Academic Calendar 2018-19, pages 282-285, available at http://umanitoba.ca/student/records/media/Faculty_of_Grad_studies_V3.pdf (accessed 16 April 2019) and uploaded to the Atlas at http://www.atlas101.ca/pm/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/University-of-Manitoba-Graduate-Academic-Calendar-2018-19.pdf. Outlines for many courses are available to the public online at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/political_studies/course_outline/index.html.
Course Map for Manitoba-Winnipeg MPA
(R) indicates required course; (x2) indicates 6-credit-hour course
http://umanitoba.ca/student/records/media/Faculty_of_Grad_studies_V3.pdf (accessed 16 April 2019) and uploaded to the Atlas at http://www.atlas101.ca/pm/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/University-of-Manitoba-Graduate-Academic-Calendar-2018-19.pdf.
Page Created By: Ian Clark, last updated on 27 May 2019.
Image: Screenshot of program website on 16 April 2019.