Public Policy

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Course-based program

Program overview

The goal of the Master of Public Policy program is to train policy professionals to step into a wide variety of paid positions across government, private and not-for-profit sectors. This 12-month program fosters in students an appreciation of the importance of effective institutions, efficient regulation and the role that markets play in democracies. Program curriculum is guided by The School of Public Policy’s four focus areas: Social Policy and Health, Energy and Environmental Policy, Fiscal and Economic Policy and International Policy and Trade.

The MPP program offers many benefits to students, including: instruction and supervision by leading experts, engaging courses, exposure to innovative research, interactive professional/career development sessions across the year, generous awards and funding opportunities, numerous events and conferences in Calgary and beyond, plus mentorship opportunities with program alumni employed in a wide variety of organizations across Canada.

  • 94% of MPP graduates are employed in a policy-related role or are undertaking further education. Over the past two years, the placement rate remained over 90%.
  • 80% of admission offers made to students in 2017 were accepted. This testifies to our reputation for high-quality instructors, relevant course offerings, a unique student-alumni mentorship program and our high policy-specific job placement rate across business sectors.
  • Average GPA: The MPP program attracts high caliber students; the average entrance GPA of the 2017-2018 cohort was 3.6.
  • 225+ MPP alumni mentor current students, sit on interactive professional development panels and help drive our two annual capstone events that bring a large number of employers and alumni to campus. This enables students to quickly establish ties to foster employment.

The MPP can be completed in combination with the following course-based degrees:

  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Completing this program

  • Preparatory Courses: Two foundation courses and a writing/research skills course in August and/or the block week prior to the Fall semester.

  • Capstone Project: Students complete a project supervised by a faculty member. Capstone events involving employers and alumni in October and March enable students to inform their capstone with the perspectives of external policy professionals.

  • Courses: Topics include regulation and law, markets and public policy, public finances, decision analysis, health policy, energy and environment policy, foreign policy analysis, social policy, communicating policy and more.

  • MPP Speaker Series, Alumni Involvement and Networking Events: The School hosts a Speaker Series for students featuring prominent policy figures from across industry sectors. A mentorship program with MPP alumni is also offered as are numerous opportunities to attend professional events in Calgary and beyond.


2016-2017 MPP graduates have begun careers with organizations such as the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Canadian Geothermal Association, Devon Energy, Energy Efficiency Alberta, Environment & Climate Change Canada, Finance Canada, Global Public Affairs, Western Economic Diversification and the University of Calgary.

A course-based master’s degree in public policy is usually considered a final degree.

Course-based program

Three preparatory courses and 11 additional courses

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

One year full-time; four years maximum


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples



  • A personal statement outlining the applicant’s career goals and how the applied-for program would help achieve those goals.
  • A current resume / C.V.
  • Two official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

Canadians and permanent residents: Feb. 1 application deadline

International students: Feb. 1 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

School of Public Policy

Downtown Campus
906 8 Avenue SW, 5th Floor
Calgary, ABT2P 1H9

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the School of Public Policy website

Highlights of the MPP program

Downtown campus

Why choose the MPP?

MPP students are trained to step into leadership positions across business sectors. Recent graduates have worked for organizations such as the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the Calgary Homeless Foundation, Devon Energy, Finance Canada, National Public Relations, RBC and United Way CGY & Area

City of Calgary

Employment statistics for the MPP

MPP students enter the workforce ready to hit the ground running. 94% of MPP graduates are employed in a policy-related role or are undertaking further education within six months of graduation.

Downtown campus

The School of Public Policy connects industry, students and alumni

More than 60 business, government, not-for-profit organizations and MPP alumni attended the 3rd annual MPP Capstone Symposium.