Public Affairs and Policy Management

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. 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.


Student Quote: Lil Morton

The BPAPM is important because of the variety of skills the interdisciplinary program gives you that can be applied to so many subjects. It forces you to keep an open mind to new ideas and subjects while showing you just how wide the impacts of public policy really are.

The program provided me with so many great opportunities and friendships that would have only been possible because of the small size and interdisciplinary format of the program.

Carleton’s Capital Advantage

Living in the national capital enables you to combine the study and practice of public affairs. 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 government-relations 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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Program Highlights

  • National Reputation
  • Rigorous
  • Competitive
  • Student Mentors
  • Cohesive Community
  • Strong Alumni Network

Program Information

  • Required Courses: English (ENG4U)
  • Cut off Range: 85-88%
  • Co-op Option: yes

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