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Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management

Carleton University
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Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management

Program description

Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management

The influence of public policy is pervasive in our society. It affects the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. It affects prosperity and the extent of poverty, as well as our access to education and medical care. It shapes the impact and pace of technological change. It determines the duties and powers of our officials at home and overseas. It influences the pace of technological change, the reach and practical meaning of our rights, and the extent of poverty. As a student in the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management program (BPAPM), you will examine a wide variety of issues facing society today, as well as institutional challenges, and develop the necessary skills and knowledge to address them.

Program content

The BPAPM does this through a curriculum that combines interdisciplinary study of civic institutions and processes with rigorous study of public policy. A selection of courses in political science, economics, law, communications, and history is combined with exclusive courses in public policy. Together, these courses will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of what government, civil and business organizations do, why they do it, and how they might do it better.

The BPAPM program is located in the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs, which provides an academic home for our students who come from across Canada and abroad. The university college is ancient in conception, characteristic of universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, and following this model our students belong to a select scholarly community. They have exclusive and direct access to academic advising, dedicated student meeting space and an electronic resource centre.

With an average of B or better after first year, you can apply for a student exchange. This involves spending one or two terms studying public affairs at one of Carleton’s partner institutions around the world.

Ottawa provides an unparalleled range of practical policy-related co-op opportunities with governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Our students also have access to a wide range of internships, including international placements in locations such as Peru, China, and Ghana.

Our program offers four specializations, each containing concentrations that reflect specific policy areas within the broader specialization field.

Communication and Policy Studies

  • Concentration in Communication Technologies and Regulation
  • Concentration in Strategic Public Opinion

Development Policy Studies

  • Concentration in Rights and Human Development
  • Concentration in Global Economic Relations

International Policy Studies

  • Concentration in International Relations and Conflict
  • Concentration in Security and Intelligence

Public Policy and Administration

  • Concentration in Social Policy
  • Concentration in Economic Policy
  • Concentration in Environmental and Sustainable Energy Policy

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Carleton is planning for a safe and gradual return to campus in fall 2021. We are offering a flexible learning model, allowing students the option of attending sessions in the classroom, online or a hybrid of both. Please visit the Carleton University website to find out more about course delivery for September 2021.

Tuition fees

Tuition for one full academic year (September 2021 - May 2022): CAD 33,031

Career opportunities

Graduates of the BPAPM have a wide choice in where they go next.

Some have decided to enter the work force immediately upon graduation, accepting employment offers from political parties, government departments, the armed forces, private corporations and a range of both national and international agencies.

Others decide to continue their studies, following the academic or professional interests they confirmed or discovered during the BPAPM program. At universities in Canada and abroad, they have entered law schools, as well as graduate programs in a variety of policy-related fields that include communications, international relations, legal studies, political science, public administration, business and urban studies.

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Carleton University

Carleton University is located in beautiful Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Carleton is committed to giving back through education while pursuing contributions to the common good. These founding values are at the heart of the university’s focus on research, community...

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Why study at Carleton University

Why Carleton?

  • A large percentage of Canada’s major medical, clinical and life science research centres are located in the Ottawa area, as well as a growing technology industry with over 1,900 companies.
  • The majority of their programs feature work-study opportunities (known as “co-op”), that allow students to gain full-time, paid employment related to their academic program.
  • Carleton is a close-knit, supportive and diverse community. This includes academic support, help with jobs and career, health and counselling, student life, athletics, and 300+ student-run clubs and societies. Students come from 140+ countries and have many opportunities to get involved in community-building activities both on and off-campus.
  • Campus is a green oasis, nestled between the Rideau River, Rideau Canal and Dow’s Lake. Their self-contained campus and focus on community encourage student interaction, which can provide you with both valuable communication skills and lasting friendships.
  • Qualified applicants are automatically offered entrance scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $16,000 CAD over four years, and a place in one of Carleton’s on-campus residences.

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Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive
K1S 5B6 Ottawa Ontario

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