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What will I learn?

The MBA with specialization in Public Policy and Management is designed for individuals aspiring to careers in public administrations and not-for-profit organizations. It is designed to give students experience in addressing the challenges and applying analytical skills to deliver effective consensus-building strategies for success in public management and administration.

Students are required to complete a minimum of ★60 in coursework, including a ★3 capping exercise.

Coursework (★57):

BUS 501

MBA core courses

One ★3 Strategic Management in the Public Sector course

Three ★3 Public Policy and Management electives (chosen from an approved list)

One ★3 project covering a public management topic

Four ★3 approved graduate-level electives

Capping Exercise (★3):

SEM 641 - Business Strategy

Ethics Requirement:

The FGSR Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement is fulfilled through registration in SEM 652.

Professional Development Requirement:

Students in the MBA with Specialization in Public Policy and Management fulfill the FGSR Professional Development Requirement through their program.

Length of Program:

Students enrolled in this program on a full-time basis can complete it in two calendar years however, it may be possible to accelerate studies with the completion of courses during Spring/Summer. Alternatively, this course-based MBA program may be taken on a part-time basis.

The maximum time to complete the course-based MBA program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six year.

Which department am I in?

Alberta School of Business

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$28,281.60 (US$ 20,821) per year
Non-instructional fees: CAN $1,800.00 / year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


Alberta School of Business

3-23 Business Building,

University of Alberta,


Alberta (AB),

T6G 2R6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are normally required to have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent) is required. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Total score of 90 with a score of at least 21 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) or equivalent; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.5, with at least 5.5 on each test band; Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall 70 with at least 60 on each subtest; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - 61 with a minimum band score of 60.

For international students

The Faculty's minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution.

English language requirement:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 100 with a minimum band score of 21 (internet-based) or equivalent.
  • Academic IELTS: 6.5, with at least 6.0 on each test band;
  • CAEL: overall 70 with at least 60 on each subtest;
  • PTE Academic: 61 with a minimum band score of 60.

Application Deadline: International Students: April 15, 2021


About University of Alberta

One of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, the University of Alberta has an international reputation for academic excellence.

  • Ranked among top 100 universities in the world (CWUR, 2021)
  • 18 faculties, offering more than 200 undergraduate programs
  • Students from over 150 countries
  • 81st in the world for research impact (NTU Ranking 2019)

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