Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

About the Local Government Program

Western’s Political Science Department is nationally known for its expertise in teaching and research in the areas of local government, multilevel governance, and public administration. Our department is home to Western’s Local Government Program which was established in 1974.

Our Local Government Program offers unique opportunities to study in the areas of local government and public administration, offering a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (GDPA) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA). Courses offered through the DPA provide specialized education in local administration and policy analysis, better preparing students for the challenges of modern community, urban and regional governance and administration. Our MPA Program is one of Canada’s leading graduate programs specializing in local level public administration. It is designed for mid-career local government officials wishing to further their public management skills as well as for future professionals seeking careers in municipal government.

We invite you to explore our Local Government Program website and to contact us with any questions you may have.