Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Public Administration

Master of Public Administration (MPA)



Meet Melissa Bauman, MPA candidate in Public Administration

“I chose Western for my graduate degree, as unlike many other MPA programs, Western focuses on local government. In addition to providing a unique lens of study, the program also brings together aspiring, and new public servants, as well as experienced mentors.”

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The program offers diverse courses, striking a balance between practical, work ready courses, and those that offer more theoretical, big picture thinking. Also, the ability to network and learn from other new professionals, as well as those who were living the day-to-day challenges of working in government enhanced the learning experience.

What’s your favourite book?
Non-Polici-Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, 1984 by George Orwell, Americanah by Ngozi Adichie.

Describe your research?
I examined varying conceptions and implementation of open government programs in Canada and the US. Through a case study approach, I sought to better understand how local governments are responding to the evolving nature of government through the use of open government initiatives supported by technology and community collaboration.

What is your “dream” career?
I striving to become a Chief Administrative Officer, as this position would allow me to apply my knowledge from all areas of a municipality. Over the next few years I am looking to diversify my experience by working in a number of municipal program areas, in both policy and operations.

What idea, suggestion, or comment would you like to share with the Western graduate community?
Work life balance is key. The program workload can feel overwhelming at times, however, you have a great group of equally ambitious peers that are there to support you through this learning experience.

Program Websites


Program Contact

Josh Morgan (localgov@uwo.ca)
Recruitment and Development Officer

Department of Political Science

Western University
Social Science Centre, Rm 4154
London, Ontario N6A 5C2

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 80501
f. 519-661-3904

Western's Masters of Public Administration (MPA) is designed for mid-career local government administrators who wish to further their public management skills, as well as for future professionals looking to enter the field. The MPA is Canada’s only public administration program with a local focus. MPA courses offer specialized education in local administration and policy analysis, thoroughly preparing students for the challenges of modern community, urban and regional governance and administration.

Times to Completion

  • 3 terms (1 year) - Full-time
  • 9 terms (3 years) - Part-time

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time or part-time study
  • Course-based

Funding Details

  • Full-Time Canadian students receive a scholarship of at least $5,000 to cover the costs of tuition.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants without relevant employment experience must possess a four year honours degree in the social sciences (with at least a B+ average) and demonstrate that they have taken at least two senior undergraduate courses concerned with local government, public administration and/or urban studies.
  • Applicants who have at least five years of Canadian local government employment experience are also expected to have an undergraduate or professional degree, but recommendations for special admission can be made in exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Applicants without an undergraduate or professional degree must submit a one-or two-page statement explaining how they think their experience compensates for their lack of formal academic qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • January 18 - Applicants will be notified in early March