Why Study the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management?

The Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management (BPAPM) degree is a policy studies program, housed in the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs. It combines the interdisciplinary study of institutions and public issues in local, national and international contexts with the rigorous study of public policies and their administration.The BPAPM was created as a direct response to the challenges faced in civic society and the growing need for university graduates who can work effectively in different policy environments. Our graduates have pursued a wide range of policy-related careers that influence public life and make a difference.

This multifaceted program is structured around a core curriculum of exclusive courses in political and economic theory, policy design, policy management and policy research. This core of policy studies is complemented by a broad selection of courses offered by contributing departments in the Faculty of Public Affairs (Political Science, Journalism and Communication, the School of Public Policy and Administration, the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Economics, Law and Social Work) as well as the Sprott School of Business. These courses provide a solid foundation for understanding civic life and the various factors that come into play in shaping society. Students have the choice of four specializations offering nine policy areas for further study.

The BPAPM provides a wide array of experiential learning opportunities (co-op, internships, placement intensives) that take full advantage of Carleton’s location in the national capital. The BPAPM is a versatile degree that opens doors to a wide range of policy related careers domestically and internationally in public service, politics

Beyond the BPAPM

Graduates of the versatile BPAPM program 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. For more information on what some of our grads are doing, check out our Alumni page.

Faculty of Public Affairs

The Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management is part of Carleton’s Kroeger College of Public Affairs within the Faculty of Public Affairs, a group of academic units that deal directly with matters of importance to government and civil society. FPA offers its students a number of valuable opportunities, including:

  • International learning experiences
  • Carleton University Research Opportunity (CUROP) (undergraduate)
  • IPAF 4900 research mentorship opportunity (undergraduate)
  • Dean’s Honour List Reception (undergraduate)
  • FPA Ambassadors (undergraduate)
  • Emerging Perspectives: FPA Graduate Conference (graduate)
  • Events, including the FPA Research Series