Preparing public policy and administration graduates for social change leadership

Preparing public policy and administration graduates for social change leadership

Public Policy and Administration Overview

Adler University’s Master of Public Policy and Administration program is uniquely designed to prepare graduates who can lead government and community efforts that advance social change—crucial to creating more equitable, just and healthy communities throughout Canada and globally.

This professionally oriented master’s degree prepares students with core theory, research methods, applied skills, and field experience in social policy development and analysis, program evaluation, management, and governance. In addition to addressing content areas for public policy and administration programs defined by the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), our program provides training in domains including community psychology and communications—not found in other programs.

Unlike any other public policy or administration program in Canada, ours is uniquely guided by Adler University’s hallmark social justice mission and focus on social change. Our goal is to graduate socially responsible practitioners who can lead social policy reform; government and non-profit administration; and social service planning and delivery in today’s rapidly changing world.
Graduates of this program will be well-prepared for a range of management and consultant positions in Canada’s large and highly regarded government and non-profit sectors—in social policy development, analysis, and reform; government and non-profit administration; and social service.

Career opportunities include positions in research and analysis; positions as leaders and advocates in community development, administration, and management; and in other positions influencing policy at the local, provincial, and national levels with governments, policy research centers, consulting and community agencies, NGOs, and direct-service providers.

Social Change Leadership Concentration

Canada offers its citizens and residents the experience of living in a society that strives for social justice, equitable opportunity and greater inclusion. Yet, many people in Canada remain in marginalized, oppressed, and disenfranchised life circumstances. Significant progress must yet be achieved to create a society that fully provides equitable and just opportunity for all members of our diverse range of communities.

Through our Social Change Leadership concentration, students study the history of social change movements and develop the specific knowledge and skills to advocate effectively for policy and programmatic reforms that are needed to address current social inequities and injustice.