Concordia DPS

ConcordiaConcordia University, Department of Political Science (DPS) – MPPPA  

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Concordia MPPPA is delivered through the Department of Political Science within the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Department offers three degrees: BA in Political Science, Master in Public Policy and Public Administration (MPPPA), and PhD in Political Science (see

Curriculum Design: The curriculum of MPPPA degree reflects the fact that it is offered by a single-discipline department. All the listed courses are 600-level POLI courses with similar names to those in the 100-400-level baccalaureate courses and the 800-level doctorate courses. Virtually no study in economics or quantitative analysis is required for the degree. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students take about 67% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 33% in management-oriented subjects. This places the Concordia MPPPA in the “medium course requirement, policy-oriented, lower math-economics content” curricular type, along with such programs as the York MPIAA and the Oregon MPA (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). The Concordia MPPPA offers three rather distinct options for academic- or practice-related research and internship. The Department of Political Science lists 54 courses at the Master’s level and the MPPPA is the only Master’s program offered by the department, which means that the ratio of program-specific courses listed to total courses listed is 100%. The competency gap analysis below suggests that a Concordia MPPPA student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 59 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including shortfalls of 12 course-weeks in both Economic Analysis and Quantitative Methods, 7 course-weeks in Leadership Skills and 6 course-weeks in each of: Public Financial Management; Evaluation and Performance Measurement; and Macroeconomic. On the other hand, this student would graduate with well over the minimum competency requirements in Socioeconomic and Political Context, Global Context; and Democratic Institutions and Policy Process.

Professional Program Features: The program website does not provide details on use of practitioners, career services, or research initiatives.

Program Summary


University: Concordia University

Location: Montreal, Quebec

Degree: Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration (MPPPA)

Marketing Approach: “The MA in Public Policy and Public Administration (MPPPA) dynamically blends academic excellence with professional expertise for those who wish to become creative participants in the shaping of their community.” (At, accessed 2 January 2014.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: Not Stated

Posted Tuition: The Tuition Fee Calculator at on 30 March 2015 provides the following results for Total Fees (over two years): Quebec Resident: $5,424.50, Non-Quebec Canadian Student: $11,962.55, International student: $26,276.17.

Concentration/ Curriculum Overview

Degree Requirements:

Summary: All students are admitted to the MPPPA into Option A (MPPPA with Courses). Once in the program, students may have the opportunity to transfer to Option B (MPPPA with Internship) or Option C (MPPPA with Thesis). Transfer into the Internship or Thesis Option is not guaranteed and requires permission of the MPPPA Director (Internship) or GPD (Thesis).  In order to be considered, students must complete the prescribed number of courses and achieve an acceptable level of academic excellence. A fully qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits (15 one-semester course equivalents). The MPPPA program (all Options) is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study. Students are expected to register for three-credit courses per fall/winter term. Option A and B students should also take 2 courses during the summer terms.  Option C students are expected to register in their proposal course. The School of Graduate Studies requires that the degree be completed in a maximum of four years (full-time) and five years (part-time) from the beginning of the degree. A French language exam is required for students in Option B who have not completed their Bachelor’s degree or CEGEP in French. To pass the French language exam, students must demonstrate an ability to translate literature relevant to their field of study from French into English (a French-English dictionary is allowed).

For purposes of comparison with other MPP/MPA programs, the Course Map below is based on Option A, which requires concentration courses in Public Policy and Administration. The 2014-15 Graduate Calendar describes the requirements as follows:

  • Core Courses (3 courses) POLI 636 Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration POLI 644 Research Methods one of the following five courses: POLI 600 or 604 or 618 or 622 or 624
  • Concentration Courses (4 courses from the following list in the field of Public Policy and Administration) POLI 600 Public Policy and the Governmental Process in Canada POLI 604 Comparative Public Policy  POLI 605 Environmental Policy and Governance  POLI 607 Ageing and Public Policy POLI 610 Economic Policy After Keynes  POLI 612 Public Policy and Business Cycles  POLI 617 Knowledge in International Relations POLI 618 Canadian Public Administration  POLI 622 Comparative Public Administration  POLI 624 Public Administration of Intergovernmental Affairs POLI 628 Ethics and Values in Public Policy Making  POLI 630 Organization Theory  POLI 634 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation  POLI 635 Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Policy POLI 645 Indigenous Peoples and the State POLI 648 Feminist Critiques of Public Policy  POLI 652 Science, Technology and Power POLI 683 Special Topics in Public Policy and Administration POLI 695 Directed Studies
  • Approved Elective and Cognate Courses. (4 courses chosen from any of the following subfields: Canadian and Quebec Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Political Theory, or POLI 601 (Research Design), or from cognate courses offered in related disciplines. For cognate courses, approval of the Director is required. In some cases approval for registration in cognate courses must be obtained from the department involved (12 credits).
  • Extended Research Essay. POLI 691. (4 course equivalents) The Extended Research Essay is a directed study supervised by a faculty member with whom a student completed a course in their area of concentration. Requiring additional research, this degree requirement builds on a term paper submitted at the graduate level in a concentration course and is considered to be a significant revision and extension of that paper, with an extensive bibliography (12 credits).

Duration: 2 years

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 15

Number of required courses: Option A: 10 (including Extended Research Essay worth 4 courses)

Number of Typically Taken Electives: Option A: 5

Number of Courses offered within program: 54

Comprehensive examination: No

Thesis required: Yes, with type of essay or dissertation dependent on option selected.

Internship required: Option A and C: No, Option B: Yes

International study required: No

Co-Curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional development and career support: Not referenced on program website.

Student run journal: Not specific to MAPPPA, although there is a Political Science Graduate Student Journal. See:, accessed 30 March 2015.

Applied Projects: Not referenced on program website.

Pro Bono Consulting: Not referenced on program website.

Courses Offered: The full list of 2014-2015 Concordia courses are found at and many have short course descriptions. With permission, students can also select graduate-level courses offered by other units at Concordia University. The courses offered by the Department of Political Science have been assigned to Atlas subjects in the map below. Required courses are indicated by (R). Courses for which the Option A students must select 4 out of 19 courses are marked (4R/19).

Course Material Online: Short course descriptions are found at but few if any syllabi are available to the public online.

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 15.0
Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets) 0.0%
Policy-Oriented Subjects 65.7%
Management-Oriented Subjects 34.3%
Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution
Analysis and Skill Subjects 18.1%
  – Policy and Management Analysis 7.7%
  – Economic Analysis 0.0%
  – Quantitative  and Analytic Methods 9.3%
  – Leadership and Communication Skills 1.1%
Institutions and Context Subjects 67.4%
  – Democratic Institutions and Policy Process 22.7%
  – Ethics, Rights and Accountability 3.9%
  – Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts 40.9%
Management Function Subjects 2.8%
  – Public Financial Management 0.0%
  – Evaluation and Performance Measurement 0.0%
  – Other Management Functions 2.8%
Policy Sector Subjects 11.6%
  – Macroeconomic Policy 0.0%
  – International Development 2.1%
  – Health 0.0%
  – Other Policy Sectors 9.5%
                              Total 100%
Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)
Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student 164
Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement
  – Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks) -4
  – Economic Analysis (CCR = 12) -12
  – Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12) -12
  – Analytic Methods (CCR = 6) 11
  – Leadership Skills (CCR = 9) -7
  – Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses) -3
  – Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18) 23
  – Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses) 1
  – Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6) 38
  – Global Context (CCR = 3) 26
  – Public Financial Management (CCR = 6) -6
  – Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6) -6
  – Human Resource Management (CCR = 3) 2
  – Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3) -3
  – Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6) -6
  – Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3) 2
Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls) -59
Additional Parameters
Total Courses Listed 54
Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs) 10.0
Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP) 30.4%
Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (I&GC, ID, DS&FR) 18.4%


Source: At and and related sites (accessed 30 March 2015).

Page created by: Kyle Richardson on 30 December 2013 and updated by Ian Clark on 10 May 2015, last modified by Ian Clark on 14 December 2015, except for main website on 5 July 2019. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program’s structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation.

Image: Screenshot of school website on 14 December 2015.

Course Map

and Skills

Policy and Management Analysis

POLI 604 Comparative Public Policy (4R/19)

POLI 606 Policy Making and the National Purpose in Canada

POLI 630 Organization Theory (4R/19)

POLI 643 Rational and Public Choice

Economic Analysis
Quantitative Methods
Analytic Methods

POLI 644 Research Methods (R)

Leadership Skills

POLI 621 Political Leadership and Decision Making

Communication Skills

Multiple Subjects

Capstones,  Internships, Theses, etc.

POLI 691 Extended Research Essay (4R)

POLI 695 Directed Studies (4R/19)

and Context

Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

POLI 600 Public Policy and the Governmental Process in Canada (4R/19)

POLI 618 Canadian Public Administration (4R/19)

POLI 622 Comparative Public Administration (4R/19)

POLI 636 Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration (R)

POLI 632 Seminar in Political Theory

POLI 683 Special Topics in Public Policy and Administration (4R/19)

POLI 685 Special Topics in Political Theory

Ethics, Rights and Accountability

POLI 623 Ethics, Morality and Justice

POLI 628 Ethics and Values in Public Policy Making (4R/19)

Socioeconomic and Political Context

POLI 607 Ageing and Public Policy (4R/19)

POLI 610 Economic Policy After Keynes (4R/19)

POLI 611 Judicial Politics and Policy

POLI 612 Public Policy and Business Cycles (4R/19)

POLI 613 Political Socialization: A Comparative Perspective

POLI 615 The Politics of Citizenship in Canada

POLI 631 Political Texts

POLI 638 Seminar in Canadian and Quebec Politics

POLI 645 Indigenous Peoples and the State (4R/19)

POLI 646 History of Thought in Political Economy

POLI 648 Feminist Critiques of Public Policy (4R/19)

POLI 654 Concepts of the State

POLI 657 Nationalism and Ethnicity

POLI 658 Authors of the Political Imagination

POLI 684 Special Topics in Canadian and Quebec Politics

Global Context

POLI 603 International Relations Theory

POLI 608 Globalization and Regional Integration

POLI 614 Political Economy of Advanced Industrial Nations

POLI 616 Theories of Foreign Policy

POLI 617 Knowledge in International Relations (4R/19)

POLI 619 International Peacekeeping

POLI 624 Public Administration of Intergovernmental Affairs (4R/19)

POLI 647 International Human Security

POLI 649 Gender and Global Politics

POLI 659 International Organizations

POLI 662 International Political Economy

POLI 687 Special Topics in International Politics


Public Financial Management
Evaluation and Performance Measurement

POLI 634 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (4R/19)

Human Resource Management
Information and Technology Management
Regulatory Policy and Management
Local Government Management
Nonprofit Management and Advocacy


Macroeconomic Policy
International Development

POLI 629 Critical Perspectives in Development

POLI 637 Democracy and Regime Change

Public Finance and Social Policy
Employment, Labour and Immigration
Cities, Urban and Regional Development
Environment and Sustainability

POLI 605 Environmental Policy and Governance (4R/19)

Agriculture and Resources

POLI 635 Agriculture, Biotechnology and Food Policy (4R/19)

Science, Technology and Innovation

POLI 625 Policy Discourse of Biotechnology

POLI 652 Science, Technology and Power (4R/19)

Industry, Trade and Investment
Energy, Transport and Infrastructure
Defence, Security and Foreign Relations
Policing and Justice Administration
Arts and Culture
Financial Markets