The Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) is the only Faculty of its kind in Canada.

Created in 1997, FPA brings together the academic units at Carleton that deal directly with government and civil society, including non-governmental organizations that work on behalf of citizens.

And what better city for studying these topics than in Ottawa, Canada’s capital?

We benefit greatly from our location, where so many of our students pursue internships, co-op placements, and eventually careers in the government offices, embassies and national headquarters based in Ottawa.

Our close ties with the federal government and civil society enrich our classrooms, which benefit from professional instructors and frequent visiting experts.

We are also fortunate to invite many prominent speakers onto campus, including United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Rosemary Barton, Host of CBC’s Power & Politics.

Our Faculty offers an engaging, dynamic learning and work environment that reflects our mission to foster informed citizenship and to prepare students who will help build better democracy and better societies.

You can learn more about our academic offerings, our public events, and our inspiring researchers and alumni at

If you have any questions about the Faculty, please don’t hesitate to contact us.





André Plourde
Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs