Nature of Courses
Courses are generally of two kinds: one three-hour class each week (with a 20-minute break) and two 80-minute classes each week. Underlying all pedagogy is an emphasis on developing managerial effectiveness. Overall, there is an emphasis on student involvement and participation in the classroom, and on practical managerial application. Many courses involve real-time, real-life, in-company projects of one sort or another.
There is no overall teaching format, as the organization, pedagogy and style of classes is determined solely by the most effective way to teach a particular course. Many course instructors make extensive use of case studies, while others do not. Other approaches to delivering courses include in-class presentations, role-playing exercises and visiting speakers and business leaders.
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- 12.0 credit-hours of Required MPA Core Courses listed below
- at least 6.0 credit-hours of the Optional MPA Courses listed below, and
- 12.0 credit-hours of Optional Recommended Schulich School or Faculty of Graduate Studies courses listed below. (MPA 2 courses offered in the Schulich School are coded PUBL. Faculty of Graduate Studies courses are coded POLS.) Students may apply to take other graduate-level electives outside Schulich by special arrangements with the MPA Program Director.
Required MPA 2 Core Courses
Optional MPA Core CoursesPUBL 6140 3.00
Business and Government
POLS 5110 3.00 Judicial Administration in Canada
POLS 5605 3.00 Ethnical Politics
POLS 6155 3.00 Democratic Administration
PUBL 6210 3.00 Public Administration and the Law
Optional Recommended Courses
ACTG 6800 3.00 Accounting and Control of Nonprofit Organizations
ARTM 6300 3.00 Cultural Policy
ECON 6210 3.00 Economic Forecasting and Analysis
ECON 6220 3.00 Macroeconomics and the Supply Side
ECON 6510 3.00 Applied International Economics
MKTG 6480 3.00 Not-for-Profit Marketing
ORGS 6250 3.00 Labour Relations
ORGS 6320 3.00 Cross-Cultural Management
ORGS 6350 3.00 The Management of Change
POLS 5175 6.00 Canadian Federalism in Comparative Perspective
POLS 5601 3.00 Systems on Justice
SGMT 6950 3.00 Creating Modern Capitalism: Comparative Perspectives
PUBL 6100 3.00 Strategy Field Study
This study of an actual organization complements SB/PUBL 6000 3.00 Strategic Management in the Public Sector and SB/PUBL 6800 3.00 Program Evaluation. It requires a comprehensive description and evaluation of an organization, together with appropriate recommendations for improved performance. Students in the MPA program prepare their strategy study on: a federal, provincial or municipal government, agency or program; (or) a nonprofit agency which receives government subsidies. Students work in groups to conduct an availability assessment of the agency, and will then develop a research design for a formative evaluation or a needs study (whichever approach is appropriate to the agency). After approval of the research design by the agency and by faculty advisors, students undertake the research and prepare a final report with recommendations for improved performance. Students review the literature on effective group work, and apply these principles in their research teams. An essential component of the course is effective writing and presenting the team's work.
Prerequisites: All 5000-series of Required Foundations of Management Core Courses (or equivalent)
Corequisite: SB/PUBL 6000 3.00
Course Credit Exclusion: SB/MGMT 6100 3.00, SB/INTL 6200 3.00
NOTE: Students undertake their Strategy Field Study during the last two semesters of their program.
The Global Leadership Program
The Global Leadership Program (GLP) takes the place of a 601 project and involves creating a market entry strategy for a foreign company that is interested in entering the North American market or a Canadian company contemplating foreign markets. Students work in teams composed of five Schulich students, plus three to five students from the partnering schools. Previous partner schools include: the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in the U.S.; Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark; the Recanati School of Business, Tel Aviv University in Israel; the Management Development Institute of Argentina (IDEA) in Argentina; and the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico.
Individual projects follow a variant of the typical schedule. In early January, students travel to their partner school/country to meet the company, negotiate the type of research that will be conducted, and to see first hand the capabilities of the company. Team members return to Toronto where they conduct necessary research about the market and competition. In May, executives of the company and all team members from the schools involved meet again to review. Conclusions, recommendations and the suggested action plans are presented and discussed through a series of meetings during this time.
Neither knowledge of a foreign language nor direct ties to another country are necessary for participation in the program. Students though, are required to travel to the designated location and participate in these meetings. The sessions are very intensive and demanding. Yet, students learn a tremendous amount from the experience. Groups are formed with a balance of technical, market research and international business skills. All MBA, IMBA, Joint MBA/JD full-time and part-time students with good interpersonal and communication skills are eligible.
The program starts in mid-November and ends in late May. Students register for MGMT 6100 3.00
and standard MGMT 6100 3.00
eligibility requirements apply at the time of commencement of the projects. The program covers most of the students’ travel expenses and provides some research funds for their work.
The program follows the five phases of a regular MGMT 6100 3.00
structure, but meetings with faculty advisors are more frequent. In addition, students make presentations to a board of outside advisors in meetings which take the form of devil’s advocate sessions. These advisors typically provide valuable insights, as well as contacts and references to assist in the students’ research.
Application forms can be obtained from the Program Coordinator by sending an e-mail to: GLP@schulich.yorku.ca