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Public Administration and Governance - BA (Hons)

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.

 Go at your own pace:

  • 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).

Program info

Faculty of Arts

Program format(s): 
Part time: First-Year Entry

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Grade range: 
Low 70s1


Experiential learning: 
Optional practicum

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
  • Note: Applicants will also be considered for admission under Toronto Metropolitan University's mature student guidelines

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available on the admission requirements page.

Tuition and fees range 2024-2025

For detailed fees information, visit tuition and fees by program.

Part-time format (one to eight or more courses)

Ontario students fees range: $976 - $5,395
Out-of-province students fees range: $1,094 - $6,335
International student fees range: $3,684 - $27,058


This part-time program allows you to take courses at your own pace. Here is a preview of the required courses based on the available undergraduate calendar information. Please visit the undergraduate calendar for the full list of courses.


  • PPA 101 Cdn Public Administration I: Institutions
  • PPA 102 Cdn Public Administration II: Processes
  • PPA 125 Rights, Equity and the State

REQUIRED GROUP 1: Two courses from the following:

  • PPA 120 Canadian Politics and Government
  • PPA 121 Ontario Politics and Government
  • PPA 122 Local Politics and Government
  • PPA 124 Indigenous Politics and Governance

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

OPEN ELECTIVE: Two  Open Electives

Your future

Use your in-depth understanding of policy and administration and effect change in:

  • Federal, provincial or municipal government
  • Social service agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Private sector
  • Policy analysis
  • Public relations
  • Issues management
  • Political/campaign strategy
  • Communications
  • Speech writing
  • Graduate studies or professional programs in public policy, public administration, social sciences or law

Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.

Student spotlight

Community, growth and achievement — recent grad reflects on undergraduate experience

Nikki van Oirschot received the 2023 TMU Gold Medal for the Faculty of Arts. The university’s highest academic honour, it’s awarded to one student from each faculty in recognition of their academic excellence and community involvement. 

Read more: Meet TMU Gold Medal Award winner, Nikki van Oirschot

Photo by Alyssa K. Faoro

TMU President Mohamed Lachemi and Nikki van Oirschot.

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  1. Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2024 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.


While every effort is made to ensure accuracy on this site, in the event of a discrepancy, TMU's current Undergraduate Calendar is the official reference.