The School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University is developing two new and unique graduate programs in Indigenous Policy and Administration: a concentration in the School’s Master of Arts in Public Administration, or a Graduate Diploma.

The Master of Arts in Public Administration at Carleton is a fifteen course program that can be completed by four terms of full-time study or through part-time study.  The Indigenous Policy and Administration concentration requires that students take at least four and at most eight elective courses in Indigenous Policy and Administration.

The Indigenous Policy and Administration Graduate Diploma consists of six courses delivered through the IPA Summer Institute and online.  The graduate diploma will be offered initially on a part-time basis, with students taking 1-2 courses per semester for three terms, including the Summer Institute.


In 2012, the Province of Ontario opened a competition for development funding to create a graduate program in the area of public administration “anchored in both mainstream and Indigenous governance models, practices and world-views.”  Carleton University was successful in the competition for the development funding. Additional funding comes from the university.  A fund-raising campaign is underway to supplement these sources, to fund student bursaries and program enhancements.


Students may apply for admission now, in fall 2014, for courses beginning in May 2015. Master’s students will be eligible for graduate student funding; bursaries may be available for Diploma students.

Potential students for the IPA programs include:

  • Professionals already working in Inuit, First Nation, Métis, federal, provincial and other levels of government, as well as industry and non-governmental organizations.
  • Those seeking advanced studies in public policy and administration through a flexible hybrid online delivery model with limited on-site course instruction that allows them to study from home.

For more information on the IPA and information about the application process, please visit the program’s web site at:  or write to