Undergraduate Program

The mission of the School of Public Policy and Administration is to provide “Education for Good Governance.” The school’s programs are characterized by a strong emphasis on social justice, public ethics and commitment to democratic values. Students in the Public Administration program take courses from a mix of disciplines that provide a breadth of knowledge and opportunities to develop critical thinking, analytical capabilities and management skills.

Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) Degree Options:

  • Specialized Honours BPA: 120 Credits
  • Honours BPA: 120 Credits
  • Honours Major/Minor BPA
  • Honours Minor

Students can choose to pursue an Honours degree (which can be combined with a minor in another discipline), or a Specialized Honours degree in one of three different streams:

  • Law, Justice and Public Policy
  • Management
  • Policy Analysis

Prior to entering the BPA program, students are required to have completed one 4U mathematics course from high school, or the equivalent such as an online course offered through the Ontario Independent Learning Centre which costs only $40 for Ontario residents. The most convenient course is Mathematics for Data Management – MDM4U (fully online preparation and grade components).

To satisfy the math admission requirement, interested students may also take Advanced Functions (MTH196) or Statistics 1 (MTH197) courses at Seneca College.

Note: Our Minor in Public Administration and Certificate programs do not require a 4U mathematics course for admission.

We offer a 36-credit Minor in Public Administration, which can be taken by students studying towards an Honours degree in other disciplines at York University.

Students interested in taking a certificate program rather than a degree should consider the two 24 credit professional certificates offered:

Staffed by an interdisciplinary faculty with strong research records and experience in active public service, the school provides a sense of community for students who share a fascination with questions of governance, administration, public ethics and the law. The school prepares graduates for careers ranging from the public to the not-for-profit and private sectors as well as for post-graduate studies in the social sciences and professional programs.