Please note: The Indigenous Policy and Administration Graduate Diploma program will not be accepting any applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Stay tuned for 2023-24.

The Indigenous Policy and Administration program builds effective leadership and management in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities on the path towards social justice and resurgent Indigenous societies.


Prospective Students




Impact

The Indigenous Policy and Administration program builds effective leadership and management in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities on the path towards social justice and resurgent Indigenous societies. Whether working within First Nation, Métis or Inuit governments and organizations, or in the governments and NGOs that work with these communities, our graduates contribute a keen understanding of the complex historical, economic and social contexts and work towards shaping policies for a better future.

The Program

The Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration will develop your understanding of Indigenous-Canada history, leadership, policy research methods, financial management, as well as current issues affecting First Nation, Métis and Inuit governance. A variety of electives extend your study to include such subjects as Indigenous peoples and urban policy; community and economic development in Indigenous territories; and Indigenous legal traditions and Canadian Aboriginal law.

Within the Master of Public Policy and Administration, the concentration in Indigenous Policy and Administration allows you develop the same background by taking selected diploma courses.

The Experience

Students entering the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration include both experienced and aspiring professionals from across Canada. The program opens with a two-week intensive Summer Institute in June. An important aspect of the Summer Institute is the opportunity to visit and learn from neighbouring communities, as well as from First Nation, Métis and Inuit leaders and managers. The Summer Institute is followed by online and intensive one-week courses. This format enables you to complete the diploma while employed, without the need to relocate to the National Capital Region.

Courses are delivered by Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty from the School of Public Policy and Administration, as well as seasoned professionals with particular expertise.

Degree Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration comprises five required single-semester courses and one elective. It is designed to be completed in three consecutive terms of part-time study (two courses per term), but the pace is flexible.

With the exception of the Summer Institute, the program’s courses are delivered online.

The Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration is also available to students who are registered in other graduate programs at Carleton University.

Please see the Graduate Calendar for detailed information on the MPPA-IPA and DIPA degree structures.

Core Program Degree Options
Indigenous Policy and Administration Graduate Diploma in IPA
Master of Public Policy and Administration Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) with a Concentration in IPA

Information on Admissions

Please see the Graduate Calendar for admission requirements.
For an estimate of tuition fees, please use the fee estimate calculator.


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