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Public Administration and Political Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #145 (WUR) Ottawa, Canada
Do you wish to learn how politics work at all levels? Do you want to hone your skills of critical thought and evaluation? Do you want to do all of this in a bilingual, multicultural environment that is just steps away from Parliament Hill? Then the Public Administration and Political Science program at University of Ottawa is for you !
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Located in the heart of the nation's capital neighbouring Parliament Hill and the Quebec border, the Political Science program is the perfect place to study all aspects of contemporary politics. With an undergraduate program that allows students to take their courses in either official language and that has a diverse and multicultural student body, it is truly a microcosm of Canadian society. This context ensures that students who enrol in Political Science will get a distinctive view of the institutions, structures, norms and forces that make up contemporary politics. 

University of Ottawa students also benefit from the opportunities to work, volunteer, or hold co-op placements in a variety of public service, government and non-governmental organizations.

Are you interested in public policy, in management or reforms of the public sector, in relationships between governments and private or community sectors? Would you like to pursue a career in the public service? The program in Public Administration and Political Science at the University of Ottawa offers the distinct advantage of allowing you to study next door to the federal public service, which is not only an employer, but also a university partner and the subject of much university research.

Through the courses, research and readings that make up this program, students can acquaint themselves with the operation of public organizations, the development of public policy, the management of public finance, the principles of general management and the principles of governance.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Workshop in Essay Writing
  • Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
  • Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
  • Research Methods in Public Administration
  • Qualitative Analysis in Political Science
  • Quantitative Analysis in Political Science
  • Principles of Public Administration
  • Public Management
  • Public Policy Development
  • Budgetary Policy and Public Finance
  • Theory of Public Organisations
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Integration Seminar in Public Administration

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Before submitting an application, you must meet or intend to meet all of the admission requirements, namely, have a secondary school diploma (or the equivalent if you’ve studied outside Canada), attain the minimum average, meet the language requirements and take all the prerequisite courses for the program. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36160 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18080 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6088 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3044 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Ottawa

  • 1168 - 1930 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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