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2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Calendar 
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Public Policy

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General information

The Diploma in Public Policy is an undergraduate diploma offered by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (Political Science program). The program consists of 24 credit hours. This program may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. Taken full-time, the program can be completed in two semesters. The program is open to students who are currently enrolled in or who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Admission requirements

Admission is limited to students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Ontario Tech University or who have completed an undergraduate program in any discipline from an accredited university. Students who have completed an Ontario College diploma with a minimum 80 per cent average may be considered. Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.


With permission of the instructor and minimum GPA, a limited number of fourth-year students are granted an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, in-class seminars, a set of academic assignments and a major research paper and poster. As part of the pre-practicum process, students will be required to acquire a Vulnerable Sector check. For additional information, please refer to the course description for SSCI 4098U .

Diploma requirements

The Diploma in Public Policy requires the completion of 24 credit hours, as outlined in the program map below. Each year prior to course registration, the order and timing of course offerings will be released by the university and communicated to students.

Note: Not all elective courses are offered every year.


24 credit hours are required. Courses to be taken in the order they are scheduled.

Alternate program map

Students concurrently enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and who have taken the Political Science courses listed above as part of their degree program, must follow the path listed below.

Two of:

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