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Public Administration

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off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

This program is under review. Please note that no new students will be accepted into this program in 2015-16. Students already accepted as majors in this program will be allowed to complete the program. Please consult with the Department of Political Studies and/or the Undergraduate Student Office for more information.

Experience real politics as an assistant to a member of the Legislative Assembly. Understand how the Canadian system of government works. Learn from a former Premier of Saskatchewan. Participate in the Work Experience Career Internship Program and learn first-hand about a career in public administration.

Program Options

Bachelor of Arts - Public Administration

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Honours

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What is Public Administration?

Public administration combines courses in several disciplines including business, economics, law, political studies and sociology.

The program provides students with an understanding of the structures and operations of the public sector in Canada at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. Students examine the institutions and processes through which policies and programs are formulated and implemented in the Canadian public sector. Students develop their analytical capabilities and judgement, which are useful in policy research and management-related positions.

Public Administration: Is it for you?

  • The University of Saskatchewan is one of few universities in Canada that offer an undergraduate program in public administration. Professors have excellent reputations in teaching, publication and research.
  • Former Saskatchewan Premier, Roy Romanow, is a member of the Department of Political Studies. One of his principal roles is to share his extensive insights with students on various aspects of governance, including public administration, public policy and public management.
  • New to the program is the Legislative Internship Program. Senior and graduating public administration students may apply for this program, which provides them with an opportunity to work as assistants for individual members of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. Students may also apply for similar internship programs with other governments and national and international organizations.
  • Public administration students may also apply to the Career Internship Program to gain practical skills and experience in a workplace setting while receiving credit by completing projects relevant to various potential career options.

Sample Classes

  • POLS 205: Politics in Canada
    Introduces students to the societal context of, and individual and group participation in, Canadian political life. Covers the Canadian political culture, the politics of regionalism, language, ethnicity and federalism, and the main processes of political participation, including political parties, elections, pressure groups, and the mass media.
  • POLS 326: Introduction to Comparative Public Policy
    Introduction to the approaches and methods for comparing the public policies of various countries. Introduction to the nature and determinents of the similarities/differences in the substance of their respective policies, and the structures and processes used to produce them.
  • ECON 227: Wage Determination
    A study of the theories of wage determination in various institutional settings. Analysis of the general level of wages and employment will also be considered. Emphasis will be on theoretical models.

Career Opportunities

  • Public Policy Researcher
  • Business Administrator
  • Community Worker
  • Executive Assistant
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Government Administrator
  • Government Relations Manager
  • Legislative Aide
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Policy Advisor
  • Public Affairs Consultant

Skill Sets Gained

  • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting data
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Decision-making skills
  • Organizational / Planning skills
  • Personal management/Motivational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills

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