Schools, programs and departments engaged in public administration and public policy teaching and research are welcome to become members of CAPPA. Annual dues for membership during the fiscal year are $800 for programs with a graduate component and $500 for undergraduate and college programs.

  • To become a member, and for further information, please contact the CAPPA secretary. A list of member schools is available on the Member Schools page.
  • Members schools can also pursue accreditation. To learn about accreditation, and how to become an accredited school, visit the Accreditation page.

CAPPA represents the common interests of college and university-based public administrations, public management and public policy programs and scholars across Canada. CAPPA is associated with other organizations committed to the pursuit of excellence in public administration scholarship and practice, most notably the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS). CAPPA and IPAC have reciprocal memberships on their Boards.

CAPPA is an active organization and has launched a number of exciting initiatives in recent years. These initiatives include:

  • Establishing and revising an accreditation process for master’s level programs in public administration and public policy;
  • Holding an annual national conference on public management and public administration;
  • Creating a process to recognise three outstanding and innovative paper presentations at the conference; co-sponsoring with IPAC a national student case competition;
  • Working in partnership with the CSPS to offer a national student essay writing competition culminating in a televised awards ceremony;
  • Working in partnership with IPAC to ensure that academic work is featured at the annual IPAC conference to practitioners;
  • Facilitating relationships among the schools and with the public sector; holding an annual meeting of Directors to discuss issues of common concern;
  • Promoting academic scholarship in the public sector; and
  • A series of activities to promote excellent scholarship in our field.

Benefits of membership in CAPPA include:

  • Participating in the accreditation process for master’s level programs in public administration, public management and public policy;
  • Participating in the annual national student case competition;
  • Participating in the annual national student essay competition;
  • Engaging in a dialogue with other Directors about news, issues, challenges and solutions schools and departments are experiencing;
  • Communicating about your program on the CAPPA website;
  • Other exciting opportunities to contribute to the promotion of academic excellence in public administration.