PREPARING FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY SCHOOL

If you are considering pursuing public administration and policy studies in Canada, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school. Public administration and policy programs can be competitive and are rigorous, so it's important to plan your high school courses accordingly. Public administration and policy students need to be good communicators, so make sure you have English (or French) and speech/communication classes. Since this field deals with so many aspects of society, social sciences courses are also often required, and languages may also be helpful.

There are several additional things that international students can do to prepare and increase their chances of being accepted into the public administration and policy program of their choice:

  • Undertake to read and study independently. This is a good way for international students to develop interests, expand knowledge and improve the vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for school in Canada. This will also help you if admission requirements include a personal essay, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and issues specific to this area of study.


  • Admissions committees are often interested in international students' personal qualities, which can be developed through participating in extracurricular activities. Consider joining or even starting school clubs related to your area of interest. This is also a good way to develop demonstrated leadership skills, which are an important aspect of any competitive application.


  • Work experience - paid or volunteer - can also increase your chances of being admitted, particularly to programs involving internships, and is an achievement often regarded highly by admissions committees.