Queen’s SPS

QueensQueen’s University, School of Policy Studies (SPS) – MPA

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Queen’s School of Policy Studies (SPS) is a separate academic unit, reporting to the Dean of the School of Business, and overseen by a Policy Council chaired by the Provost.

Curriculum Design: The Queen’s MPA degree requirement of 12 courses is in the lower quartile of the programs reviewed. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students take about 69% of their coursework in policy-oriented subjects and 31% in management-oriented subjects. Typical students take about 23% of their coursework in subjects with high math-economics content. This places the Queen’s MPA in the “low course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-economics content” curricular type, along with such programs as the Maryland MPM and the King’s College London MAPP. Among peers in its curricular type, the Queen’s MPA has an average proportion of required courses, a relatively high number of program-specific courses on offer and a high proportion of the coursework of a typical students is in program-specific courses taught within the school. The competency gap analysis below suggests that a Queen’s MPA student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 34 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including shortfalls of 8 course-weeks in Leadership Skills, 6 course-weeks in Analytic Methods, and shortfalls of 3 course-weeks in: Ethics, Rights and Accountability; Public Financial Management; and Human Resource Development.

Professional Program Features: The Queen’s MPA has many former practitioners among its teaching faculty. Courses (such as MPA 814 – Federalism) are occasionally taught in collaboration with government ministries. Its Works For You career support program includes career coaching and alumni networking links. There is an active public policy research program, including through the SPS Centres, Institutes and Programs listed on the School’s Research page: Canada Opinion and Research Archive (CORA); Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIPD)Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (IIGR); Multiculturalism Policy Index (MCP); Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy (QIEEP); Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy (QIEEP); and the Third Sector Program.

Program Summary

Website: http://www.queensu.ca/sps/

University: Queen’s University

Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: “Queen’s MPA is a one-year, multidisciplinary program for full-time students. The program has been preparing students at the entry and mid-career levels for leadership roles in public service and policy-making for more than thirty-five years. Graduates hold positions as ministers and senior officials in all three levels of government, as well as providing leadership in hospitals, community organizations and national associations across Canada. The program’s emphasis is on public policy, and the broad social, economic and political context within which public organizations operate. The program aims to develop policy leaders. Policy leadership requires skills in policy analysis and the capacity to implement new solutions. Policy and management are clearly interdependent. Without an understanding of the basic purposes that public organizations seek to achieve through policy, management is an empty process. Without the management skills to translate commitment into action, policy goals are empty promises.” (At http://www.queensu.ca/sps/degrees/pa/mpa.html, accessed 11 May 2015.)

Degree’s Awarded per Year: TBD

Academic Unit within University: The Queen’s School of Policy Studies (SPS) is a separate academic unit, reporting (since July 1014) to the Dean of the School of Business, and overseen by a Policy Council chaired by the Provost. (At http://www.queensu.ca/sps/news/stories/spsfuture/SPSAnnouncement2014-04.pdf, page 1, accessed 11 May 2015.) The School is also home to the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (IIGR), the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP), and the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy (QIEEP).              

Posted Tuition: Tuition and Fees 2014-15: $11,445.77 for domestic students and $23,517.02 for international students (at http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/sites/webpublish.queensu.ca.uregwww/files/files/Tuition_2014_2015_GRAD_Domestic.pdf and http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/sites/webpublish.queensu.ca.uregwww/files/files/Tuition_2014_2015_GRAD_Intl.pdf, accessed 11 May 2015).

Degree Requirements

Summary: Students in the MPA program must complete 12 one-semester course credits, normally taking five courses in each of the fall and winter terms and two in the summer term. They may choose to complete a Master’s Research Project, in lieu of two optional courses. Six one-semester courses must come from their core course offerings. Core courses are grouped into Political and institutional analysis, economic and quantitative analysis, and Management. The remaining 6 half credit courses come their elective course options. Following 3 terms of academic study, students can participate in a non credit internship program.

Duration: 10 Months

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 12

Number of Required Courses: 6 (Unless student can demonstrate background in MPA 800, MPA 804, MPA 801 and MPA 808 or 809)

Number of Electives Typically Taken: 6

Number of Courses offered within program: 57

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship required: No, but available as MPA 890.

International Study Required: No, but optional. The School of Policy Studies has an established relationship with Fudan University, China.

Co-Curricular Activities Supportive to Degree      

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes

Student Run Journal: Yes, Queen’s Policy Review at: http://www.queensu.ca/sps/publications/ejournal.html

Applied Projects: Not referenced on the School website.

Pro Bono Consulting: Yes, through the MPA896 Policy Pro Bono course.

Courses Offered: The full list of 2014-2015 Queens’ University core courses are found at http://www.queensu.ca/sps/degrees/pa/mpa/corecourses.html and electives are found here http://www.queensu.ca/sps/degrees/pa/mpa/electives.html. With permission, students can also select graduate-level courses offered by other units at Queen’s University. The courses offered by the School of Public Policy and Administration have been assigned to Atlas subjects in the map below. Required courses are indicated by (R).

Course Outlines and Syllabi Online:  Queen’s SPA provides online syllabi for many of its courses. Those publicly available on 11 May 2015 are noted in the Course Map below.

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.

 

Queen’s
MPA
Curricular Type Parameters
Number of Courses Required for Graduation 12.0
Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets) 22.7%
Policy-Oriented Subjects 68.6%
Management-Oriented Subjects 31.4%
Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution
Analysis and Skill Subjects 42.8%
  – Policy and Management Analysis 20.6%
  – Economic Analysis 11.3%
    – Quantitative  and Analytic Methods 8.8%
  – Leadership and Communication Skills 2.1%
Institutions and Context Subjects 24.2%
  – Democratic Institutions and Policy Process 10.8%
  – Ethics, Rights and Accountability 2.1%
  – Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts 11.3%
Management Function Subjects 8.8%
  – Public Financial Management 2.1%
  – Evaluation and Performance Measurement 2.6%
  – Other Management Functions 4.1%
Policy Sector Subjects 24.2%
  – Macroeconomic Policy 2.6%
  – International Development 2.1%
  – Health 5.2%
  – Other Policy Sectors 14.4%
                              Total 100%
Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)
Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student 110
Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement
  – Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks) 12
  – Economic Analysis (CCR = 12) 4
  – Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12) 1
  – Analytic Methods (CCR = 6) -6
  – Leadership Skills (CCR = 9) -8
  – Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses) -2
  – Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18) -2
  – Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses) -3
  – Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6) 1
  – Global Context (CCR = 3) 6
  – Public Financial Management (CCR = 6) -3
  – Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6) -2
  – Human Resource Management (CCR = 3) -3
  – 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) -34
Additional Parameters
Total Courses Listed 57
Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs) 6.0
Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP) 51.5%
Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (I&GC, ID, DS&FR) 9.3%

Source: At http://www.queensu.ca/sps/ (accessed 11 May 2015).

Page Created By: Kyle Richardson on 13 October 2013, updated by Ian Clark 11 May 2015, last modified by Ian Clark on 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

Policy and Management Analysis

Economic Analysis

Quantitative Methods

Analytic Methods

Leadership Skills

Communication Skills

Multiple Subjects

Professional Practice

Institutions and Context

Democratic Institutions and the Policy Process

Ethics, Rights and Accountability

Socioeconomic and Political Context

Global Context

Management Functions

Public Financial Management

Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Human Resources Management

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Information Management and Technology

Local Government Management

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Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

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International Development

Public Finance and Social Policy

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Environment and Sustainability

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