Policy is the engine that drives democracy. Policies affect the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. They can change our access to education and medical care. They limit or expand the duties and powers of our officials at home and overseas. Policies influence the pace of technological change as well as the reach and practical meaning of our rights. As a student in the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management program (BPAPM), you will examine a wide variety of public policy issues faced locally, nationally and internationally and develop the necessary skills and knowledge to address them.

Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management

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

Specializations include Communication and Policy Studies (regulation of communication technologies and strategic policy advocacy), Development Policy Studies (human rights, global economic relations), International Policy Studies (international relations and security), and Public Policy and Administration (social, economic and environmental policies).

Arthur Kroeger College

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. They have exclusive and direct access to academic advising, dedicated student meeting space and an electronic resource centre.

Carleton’s Capital Advantage

Our proximity to Parliament Hill allows students to work as House of Commons or Senate Pages or on the staff of federal politicians.

The presence of many federal departments and agencies, along with the offices of private corporations, and the head offices of nongovernmental and non-profit organizations, provide a wide range of opportunities for co-op and contract work.

These institutions, together with a host of foreign embassies and high commissions, enrich the academic environment, offering immediate access to information, expertise and a range of on-campus speakers.

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Where can a degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management take you?*

The graph under “All Records” shows outcomes from all BPAPM alumni we followed. For a focus on more recent alumni, see the graph under “Since 2005.”

Examples of Alumni Job Titles (all records)

-federal government
-municipal government
-provincial government
Associate Deputy Minister:
-provincial goverment
Chief of Staff
Communications Specialist:
-federal government
-political party
Community Outreach Worker
Deputy Minister:
-federal government
-health agency
-media organization
-political party
Elected Official/Member
of Parliament

Embassy Clerk
-financial sector
-trade association
Financial Advisor
Human Resources

Legislative Coordinator
-consulting firm
-federal government
-media organization
Policy Analyst
School Principal
Senior Vice-President
-crown corporation
Technical Analyst
-federal government
-provincial government
University Professor
-federal government
-high-tech firm
-pharmaceutical company
Youth Worker

Alumni Experience

John Nater

Jennifer Breakspear

David Coletto

Kevin Mason

Ryan Androsoff

Robyn Gibbard

Roberta Kramchynsky

Nicola Sandhu

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*The information represented in these displays is drawn from databases maintained by Carleton’s Alumni Services. Some degree names have changed over time; current degree names are used here. The information was voluntarily provided by some of our graduates and does not represent a scientific sample of all graduates. Some students in this sample will have also completed other degrees, including at more advanced levels. Individual experiences and outcomes can differ from those represented here.

Program Information

  • Required Courses: English (ENG4U)
  • Cut off Range: 83-86%
  • Co-op Option: yes

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