Graduate Diploma in Public Administration


The Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (GDPA) is a graduate training opportunity for students interested in further developing their public management perspectives and skills at the graduate level. 

Offered during the summer through weeklong intensive courses, weekly online or in-person sessions during the fall and winter, medical students would take this program concurrently with their Doctor of Medicine studies. The GDPA consists of four courses and a final research report.

Students interested in learning more about the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration can visit the program website.

How to apply

Approval Process

  1. An application to the Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education and Chair of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program Competence Committee must initially be filed by the MD student to request a one-year Academic Leave of Absence.

  2. The MD Program Competence Committee will review the application to reach a decision.

  3. The student application must include:
    1. Personal Letter of Intent to apply for enrolment in the Ivey Master Program
    2. Professional Curriculum Vitae
    3. Letter of support from Learner Experience Decanal Lead

  4. The MD Program Competency Committee will make a recommendation to the Vice Dean Undergraduate Medical Education for endorsement of a one year Academic Leave of Absence.

    1. All Academic Leaves must be approved by the Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education (UME).
    2. The Chair of MD Program Competence Committee will notify the Vice Dean, UME in writing of the documents of intent from applicant and the decision of the Competence Committee.
    3. The Vice Dean, UME will review all information and may request to meet with the student.
    4. The Vice Dean, UME will reach a decision to support or deny the requested Academic Leave.
    5. A decision of support or denial will be communicated to the student in a letter signed by the Vice Dean, UME.
    6. All documents will be filed with the MD Program student file.

Contact: Dr. Shannon Venance, Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education.


The application window is open October to January each year. Admissions and application information is available through the program’s website.

Financial Support

No financial support is offered for these options.