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Public Administration and Governance (BA (Hons))

Matthew Chisholm, acting as the minister of health, addresses other IFL participants, who serve as members of parliament.

The Institute of Future Legislators (IFL) program, run by Toronto Metropolitan University's Faculty of Arts in collaboration with the University of British Columbia, enables participants to hone their political skills and learn from notable politicians and journalists. The program culminates in a live simulation of a parliamentary session in the Senate chamber. Here, Matthew Chisholm, acting as the minister of health, addresses other IFL participants, who serve as members of parliament.

Photo by John Beebe

Is It for You?

This part-time program for public administration professionals in the public, non-profit or private sectors provides the knowledge and skills necessary to advance careers. You’ll learn how governments make decisions, how to develop, analyze and manage policies, and how the latest developments, issues and initiatives in the public sector affect society as a whole. Your access to research scholars, practicum options, specialized program options for First Nations administrators, and a variety of class formats (evening classes, online distance education and hybrid delivery) will prepare you to make a difference.

This part-time program allows students to take courses at their own pace. You can complete as few as one to two courses per semester, or you can complete three courses or more per semester (making it full-time, OSAP eligible).

 Faculty
Faculty of Arts

 Program Format(s)
Part Time: First-Year Entry

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

 Grade Range

 Non-Academic Requirements

 Experiential Learning
Optional practicum

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What You Need to Know

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2023 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2022/2023

Part-Time Format (One to Eight or More Courses)
Domestic Ontario Students Fees Range:
 $913.16 - $5,438.18
Domestic Out-of-Province Students Fees Range: $962.81 - $5,836.50
International Students Fees Range: $3,313.90 - $24,629.86

For detailed fees information visit Tuition and Fees by Program.

Academic Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
  • Note: the minimum grade required in the subject prerequisite (normally in the 70% range) will be determined subject to competition
  • The ability to meet Toronto Metropolitan University Mature Student Guidelines

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at: Admission Requirements.

After Graduation

You will use in-depth understanding of policy and administration to effect change in federal, provincial or municipal government; social service agencies; non-profit organizations; or the private sector. You may work as a policy analyst, public relations officer, issues manager, political analyst, speech writer, political/campaign strategist, compliance officer, constituency manager, communications officer, or partnerships consultant. You can also pursue professional programs such as public policy, public administration and law; or an advanced degree in social sciences.

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