Ottawa GSPIA

OttawaGSPIAUniversity of Ottawa, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) – MA-PIA

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) was created within the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences in 2007 to deliver the Master’s program in public and international affairs. Although not expressed this way on University of Ottawa websites, the GSPIA appears to be the “professional school” complement to two other schools in the faculty that also offer Master’s degrees in public affairs and international affairs: the School of Political Science (http://socialsciences.uottawa.ca/pol, analyzed on the Atlas at Ottawa SPS) offering the Master of Arts Public Administration and the School of International Development and Global Studies (http://socialsciences.uottawa.ca/dvm) offering the Master of Arts in Globalization and International Development.

Curriculum Design: As its name implies, the University of Ottawa’s Master of Administration in Public and International Affairs (MAPIA) provides a mix of content found in other universities’ Master’s programs in public affairs programs and Master’s programs in international affairs. (See Comparisons with International Affairs Programs.) Our PEACO calculations below estimate that the typical students in this 15-course program take 30% of their coursework in subjects with high maths-economics content and that the split between coursework in policy-oriented and management-oriented subjects is 81% to 19%. This places the Ottawa MAPIA in the “medium course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-economics content” curricular type, along with such programs as the Syracuse MPA and the Carleton MAPA (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). Comparisons can also be made with respect to the proportion of coursework that the typical students take in what we call archetypal public affairs subjects and archetypal international affairs subjects. Our PEACO calculations suggest that, on average, Ottawa MAPIA students take 28% of their coursework in archetypal public affairs subjects and 41% of their coursework in archetypal international affairs subjects. The latter number is much higher than most public affairs programs (for example, it is 8% for the Carleton MAPA, 12% for the Toronto MPP, 12% for the Syracuse MPA). Indeed, as illustrated in Exhibit 2 of Comparison with International Affairs Programs, it is higher than some of the explicitly international affairs degrees offered by members of the some of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). The competency gap analysis below suggests that an Ottawa MAPIA student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 62 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including shortfalls of 18 course-weeks in Policy and Management Analysis, 9 course-weeks in Leadership Skills and 6 course-weeks in each of: Analytic Methods; Public Financial Management; and Evaluation and Performance Measurement. On the other hand, this student would graduate with well over the minimum competency requirements in Global Context; Ethics, Rights and Accountability; and Macroeconomic Policy.

Professional Program Features: The School highlights the role of current and former practitioners in the curricular and co-curricular programming (For example, “A School where theory meets practice: Our Senior Fellows are renowned practitioners. At the School, we have the privilege to have in our ranks former ambassadors and deputy ministers as well as former politicians and journalists. Because at GSPIA, we are not just observing and analyzing, we are also in the loop,” at http://socialsciences.uottawa.ca/api/why-study-public-affairs-international-study#excellence, accessed 3 April 2015.) It highlights its internship and exchange opportunities at http://socialsciences.uottawa.ca/api/gspia-opportunities-environment. Its Research page refers to the philosophy of the Faculty of Social Sciences and lists two Research Initiatives of the School: Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI) and Ottawa Dialogue.

Program Summary

Website: http://www.socialsciences.uottawa.ca/api

University: University of Ottawa

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Degree: Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs (MAPIA)

Marketing Approach: “The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is Canada’s leading school of public and international affairs. It’s a place that brings together excellence, multidisciplinary studies, theory and practice, bilingualism as well as unique opportunities for students outside the classroom (embassy internships, summer schools abroad). GSPIA counts among its faculty a number of world-class scholars doing cutting-edge research and senior fellows who contribute to enriching the intellectual life of the School.” (At http://www.socialsciences.uottawa.ca/api, accessed 3 April 2015.) “A School of Excellence: At GSPIA, excellence is more than a virtue; it is a philosophy, a modus operandi. In research and teaching, we are aiming for the summit. That is why our professors are amongst the most renowned in the country. We want our graduates to be ready not only to face a career, but to face the world. The largest bilingual School of Public and International Affairs in Canada: At GSPIA, all of the courses are taught in both official languages. In a competitive world, we believe bilingualism is a huge asset for our students.” (At http://socialsciences.uottawa.ca/api/why-study-public-affairs-international-study#excellence, accessed 3 April 2015.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD

Academic Unit within University:

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The University of Ottawa’s Master’s programs are listed at: http://www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=1727&monControl=ListeProgs&Type=M. The most strongly related are those delivered by three of the other units within the Faculty of Social Sciences: the School of Political Studies (MA in Public Administration, MA in Political Science), the Department of Economics (MA), and the School of International Development and Global Studies (MA in Globalization and International Development, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Law). Other units delivering related graduate education are the Tefler School of Management and the Faculties of Civil Law, Common Law, Medicine, and Health Sciences.

Posted Tuition: For full-time students entering in Fall 2014, tuition plus incidental fees are $3,263.33 per semester for domestic students and $6,941.90 per semester for international students (at http://www.registrar.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=4717#SocialSciences, accessed 3 April 2015).

Degree Requirements

Summary: The MA in Public and International Affairs requires the successful completion of 15 one-semester course equivalents: 6 compulsory courses; 6 elective courses; a capstone seminar; and  a research paper (worth 2 one-semester course equivalents). There is a co-op option requiring successful completion of 17 one-semester course equivalents: 8 compulsory courses; 3 elective specialized seminars; 2 internships and an internship report (worth 4 one-semester course equivalents) and a research paper (worth 2 one-semester course equivalents). All students must take at least one course in the second official language. With the permission of the program director, up to two courses may be replaced by courses offered by other academic units.

Required Courses (all in First Year): The first year of study is essentially dedicated to the core courses that will allow students to gain a strong multidisciplinary foundation in public and international affairs. Students must complete four courses, involving different disciplines, in each of the fall and winter sessions. Through these eight courses, students acquire the foundations required to understand contemporary issues in the formulation of public policy and the conduct of international affairs, and allowing them to take seminars on more specialized topics in the second year of the program.

API5105 CONCEPTS AND ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (3cr.) API5116 DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC MANAGEMENTPOLICY (3cr.) API5125 MACROECONOMIC POLICY (3cr.) API5126 MICROECONOMICS FOR PUBLIC POLICY (3cr.) API5135 ETHICS AND MORAL REASONING FOR PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (3cr.) API5136 RESEARCH METHODS FOR PUBLIC POLICY (3cr.)

Elective Courses (all in Second Year): The second year of the program is designed to allow students to acquire deeper knowledge. It requires the student to complete three sets of requirements: a set of four elective seminars, a capstone seminar, and a research paper.

API6311 PUBLIC ECONOMICS (3cr.) API6312 PUBLIC FINANCE (3cr.) API6313 MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC POLICY (3cr.) API6314 HEALTH POLICY (3cr.) API6315 SOCIAL POLICY (3cr.) API6316 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY (3cr.) API6317 IMMIGRATION, DIVERSITY AND PUBLIC POLICY (3cr.) API6319 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC POLICY (3cr.) API6331 INTERNATIONAL FINANCE (3cr.) API6332 INTERNATIONAL TRADE (3cr.) API6333 INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ETHICS (3cr.) API6334 REGIONALISM AND INTEGRATION (3cr.) API6335 CANADIAN FOREIGN POLICY (3cr.) API6336 DEFENSE POLICY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS (3cr.) API6337 PEACE OPERATIONS AND POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION (3cr.) API6339 SPECIAL TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (3cr.) API6351 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (3cr.) API6353 HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRATIZATION (3cr.) API6356 ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (3cr.) API6357 CONFLICT AND HUMAN SECURITY (3cr.) API6360 Multilateralism and International Institutions (3cr.) API6361 US Foreign Policy (3cr.) API6362 Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (3cr.) API6363 Politics and Conflict in the Middle East (3cr.) API6364 War and Organized Violence (3cr.) API6365 Contemporary Security Studies (3cr.)

Duration: 2 years (four semesters)

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 15 (17 for co-op option)

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: Research Paper worth 2 one-semester course equivalents

Internship Required: No (but Internship option exists, see above)

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes.

Student-run Journal: Not referenced on program website.

Applied Projects: Research Paper

Pro Bono Consulting: Not referenced on program website.

Courses Offered: The course are listed above and a brief description of each can be found under the Courses tab at http://www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=1727&page=SubjectDetails&Kind=M&SubjectId=18 (accessed 3 April 2015). Required courses are indicated by (R) and those included as illustrative courses to generate teaching topics for the Atlas are marked with an asterisk (*).

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.

Ottawa
MAPIA
Curricular Type Parameters
Number of Courses Required for Graduation 15.0
Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets) 29.6%
Policy-Oriented Subjects 81.0%
Management-Oriented Subjects 19.0%
Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution
Analysis and Skill Subjects 19.0%
  – Policy and Management Analysis 0.0%
  – Economic Analysis 10.5%
  – Quantitative  and Analytic Methods 8.5%
  – Leadership and Communication Skills 0.0%
Institutions and Context Subjects 37.8%
  – Democratic Institutions and Policy Process 8.5%
  – Ethics, Rights and Accountability 10.5%
  – Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts 18.7%
Management Function Subjects 0.0%
  – Public Financial Management 0.0%
  – Evaluation and Performance Measurement 0.0%
  – Other Management Functions 0.0%
Policy Sector Subjects 43.2%
  – Macroeconomic Policy 10.5%
  – International Development 8.2%
  – Health 2.0%
  – Other Policy Sectors 22.4%
                              Total 100%
Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)
Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student 121
Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement
  – Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks) -18
  – Economic Analysis (CCR = 12) 7
  – Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12) 3
  – Analytic Methods (CCR = 6) -6
  – Leadership Skills (CCR = 9) -9
  – Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses) -3
  – Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18) -3
  – Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses) 13
  – Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6) -2
  – Global Context (CCR = 3) 27
  – Public Financial Management (CCR = 6) -6
  – Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6) -6
  – Human Resource Management (CCR = 3) -3
  – Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3) -3
  – Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6) 13
  – Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3) -3
Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls) -62
Additional Parameters
Total Courses Listed 34
Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs) 9.0
Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP) 27.6%
Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (I&GC, ID, DS&FR) 41.2%

 

Course Outlines and Syllabi Online: There are some course syllabi available on the websites of the GSPIA’s faculty.

Source: At http://www.socialsciences.uottawa.ca/api and http://www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=1727&monControl=Admission&ProgId=678 (accessed 3 April 2015).

Page created by: Ian Clark on 17 November 2013, updated 12 May 2015, and last modified 14 December 2015.

Image: Screenshot of school website on 14 December 2015.

Course Map

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Analysis
and Skills

Policy and Management Analysis
Economic Analysis
Quantitative Methods
Analytic Methods
Leadership Skills
Communication Skills

Multiple Subjects

Capstones,  Internships, Theses, etc.

Institutions
and Context

Democratic Institutions and Policy Process
Ethics, Rights and Accountability
Socioeconomic and Political Context
Global Context

Management
Functions

Public Financial Management
Evaluation and Performance Measurement
Human Resource Management
Information and Technology Management
Regulatory Policy and Management
Local Government Management
Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy
Sectors

Macroeconomic Policy
International Development
Public Finance and Social Policy
Health
Education
Employment, Labour and Immigration
Cities, Urban and Regional Development
Environment and Sustainability
Agriculture and Resources
Science, Technology and Innovation
Industry, Trade and Investment
Energy, Transport and Infrastructure
Defence, Security and Foreign Relations
Policing and Justice Administration
Arts and Culture
Financial Markets

 

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Analysis and Skills

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Institutions and Context

Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

Ethics, Rights and Accountability

Social and Political Context

Intergovernmental and Global Context

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Human Resources Management

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Health

Education

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