Toronto Metropolitan University DPPA

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Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), Department of Politics and Public Administration (DPPA) – MAPPA

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The TMU Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration (MAPPA) degree is offered by the Department of Politics and Public Administration, a department within the Faculty of Arts.

Curriculum Design: As a one-year program, TMU’s Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration (MAPPA) is at the low end of course requirements among MPA and MPP programs. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students take about 56% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 44% in management-oriented subjects, and about 4% in courses with high math-economics content. This places the TMU MAPPA in the “low course requirement, management-oriented, lower math-economics content” curricular type, along with such programs as the Pennsylvania MPA and the York MPPAL (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). The competency gap analysis below suggests that a TMU MAPPA student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 51 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including shortfalls of 12 course-weeks in Economic Analysis, 9 course-weeks in Leadership Skills, 8 course-weeks in Quantitative Methods,  and 6 course-weeks in each of Evaluation and Performance Measurement and Macroeconomic Policy. On the other hand, this student would graduate with well over the minimum competency requirements in Socioeconomic and Political Context.

Differentiating Features: The differentiating features that the TMU Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration (MAPPA) emphasizes in its promotional materials include its:

  1. Location in Canada’s largest metropolis: “Located in the heart of Canada’s largest metropolitan centre, … the program gives students the extraordinary advantage of proximity to, and engagement with, business, government and community agencies. This proximity is a significant asset in supporting student research, networking and co-op placement/internship opportunities.” (https://www.torontomu.ca/politics/graduate/public-policy-administration/, accessed 14 April 2023)
  2. Integration of public policy and public administration: “This innovative program integrates the fields of public policy and public administration to reflect the theoretical and practical realities of the political context of policy development, implementation and analysis; and, prepares graduates for further academic pursuits and careers in the public service at all levels of government, in the non-profit sector, in private sector organizations with significant relationships with government and in international organizations.” (https://www.torontomu.ca/politics/graduate/public-policy-administration/, accessed 14 April 2023)
  3. Politics and administration scholars in same academic unit: “[The university’s] Department of Politics and Public Administration is strongly committed to excellence in research. Students and researchers … have direct access to political institutions at the national, provincial, and local levels. Scholars are also engaged in the study of politics in society (“governance”) from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The Department of Politics and Public Administration has produced ground-breaking work in diverse subjects within the discipline including public administration; many areas of public policy; third sector activity; global and international relations, development politics, government-society relations (with foci including women, trade unions, and pressure groups); and parties, elections and political behaviour. (https://www.torontomu.ca/politics/research/, accessed 14 April 2023)

Overview paragraph: “Launched in 2005, this program offers students the unparalleled advantage of engaging with public, non-profit and private sector organizations in Canada’s largest metropolis. Our downtown Toronto location is a significant asset in supporting student research, networking and elective placement/internship opportunities. In 2007-08, the program received the highest possible evaluation from an Ontario Council of Graduate Schools (OCGS) review, and in 2008 was the first program in Canada to earn accreditation from the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA). The program is offered in full- and part-time options.” https://www.torontomu.ca/graduate/programs/public-policy-administration/, accessed 14 April 2023)

Examples of distinctive courses: PA8210 Diversity & Equity in the Public Service; PA8217 Ethics and Communication in Public Policy; PA8220 Gender, Politics and Policy.)

Professional Program Features: The program hosts an annual Major Research Project (MRP) Conference to “to encourage students to become active scholars in their community:  presenting their ideas and critically and constructively commenting on the ideas of others.” The Research page of the Department of Politics and Public Administration is found at: https://www.torontomu.ca/politics/research/.

Program Summary

Website: https://www.torontomu.ca/graduate/programs/public-policy-administration/

University: Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Degree: Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration (MAPPA)

Marketing Approach: “Launched in 2005, this program offers students the unparalleled advantage of engaging with public, non-profit and private sector organizations in Canada’s largest metropolis. Our downtown Toronto location is a significant asset in supporting student research, networking and elective placement/internship opportunities. In 2007-08, the program received the highest possible evaluation from an Ontario Council of Graduate Schools (OCGS) review, and in 2008 was the first program in Canada to earn accreditation from the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA). The program is offered in full- and part-time options.” (At https://www.torontomu.ca/graduate/programs/public-policy-administration/, accessed 14 April 2023.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information to be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: Department of Politics and Public Administration within the Faculty of Arts 

Related Academic Units and Degrees: Ryerson University’s Master’s programs are listed at: https://www.torontomu.ca/graduate/programs/. Those dealing with related subject matter include Business Administration in the Ted Rogers School of Management and Urban Development in the School of Urban and Regional Planning and Social Work in the School of Social Work (both in the Faculty of Community Services).

Posted Tuition: For 2022-23: $10,427.74 for full-time domestic students; $25,513.62 for international students (at https://www.torontomu.ca/current-students/tuition-fees/programs/graduate/, accessed 14 April 2023).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration is a 10-semester-course program  available in both full-time and part-time study options.

Degree Requirements

Summary: Students must complete 10 courses or equivalent: four required core courses, and six elective courses or equivalent. There are two options: a course option or a research option. The course option requires completion of 10 one-semester courses. The research option requires 8 courses and a major research paper/professional project (2 course equivalents), or, 6 courses and a master’s thesis (4 course equivalents). Depending on the path of study, most full-time students will complete the program in 12-18 months (the maximum time for completion is 24 months) and most part-time students in 20-28 months (the maximum time for completion is 36 months).

Duration: 1 year (two semesters for full time)

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 10

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No, for the course option; yes, for research option.

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes.

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects:  Yes for the course option.

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The courses are described at https://www.torontomu.ca/content/dam/graduate/Calendar/2022-23-program-calendars/PUBLIC-POLICY-AND-ADMINISTRATION.pdf, accessed 14 April 2023.

Course Outlines and Syllabi Online: There are no syllabi posted on the program website.

Source: At https://www.torontomu.ca/graduate/programs/public-policy-administration/ and related sites (last accessed 14 April 2023).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 18 November 2013, updated on 11 May 2015 and last updated on 15 April 2023.

Image: Screenshot of school website on 14 April 2023.

Course Map

Analysis
and Skills

Policy and Management Analysis

PA-8101: Policy Analysis and Challenges (R)

PA-8203: Comparative Public Policy

Economic Analysis
Quantitative Methods

SS8000: Statistical Analysis in Social Science Research

Analytic Methods

PA-8103: Research Methods (R)

Leadership Skills
Communication Skills

Multiple Subjects

Capstones,  Internships, Theses, etc.

PA8211: Selected Topics – Public Administration

PA8212: Directed Studies – Public Administration

PA8213: Field Placement

PA8214: Topics in Public Policy

Institutions
and Context

Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

PA-8100: Public Administration and Governance (R)

PA-8200: Bureaucracy and Organization

PA-8203: Comparative Public Administration

Ethics, Rights and Accountability

PA-8215: Values, Political Culture and Governance

PA-8217: Accountability and Ethics

Socioeconomic and Political Context

PA-8201: Citizen Oriented Governance in Canada

PA-8205: Provincial Government & Politics in Ontario

PA-8210: Public Sector – Diversity & Equity

PA-8218: Indigenous Law and Policy in Canada

Global Context

PA-8204: Intergovernmental Relations

Management
Functions

Public Financial Management

PA-8204: Intergovernmental Relations

Evaluation and Performance Measurement
Human Resource Management

PA-8208: Public Sector Union-Management Relations

Information and Technology Management
Regulatory Policy and Management
Local Government Management

PA-8206: Urban Governance

Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

PA-8209: Changing Boundaries – The Third Sector

Policy
Sectors

Macroeconomic Policy
International Development

PA-8216: International Development Policy and Politics

Public Finance and Social Policy

PA-8102: The State & the Economy (R)

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