The University of Calgary Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a one-year integrated program that hones skills through hands-on training. Graduates go on to policy careers in both the public and private sectors. The School of Public Policy’s mission is to offer a student-centered, transformative education that equips graduates with a comprehensive set of analytical and quantitative skills that enable them to formulate and implement meaningful public policy for a better world. As Canada’s leading policy school, we guarantee your education will be as dynamic and diverse as the world of public policy.
- Employment: With dedicated career support and a network of alumni and other supporters, well over 80% of MPP graduates are placed in policy-relevant positions within six months of graduation. Our alumni work in government, the private sector, and not-for-profit sector.
- Internships: The School of Public Policy has partnered with the Government of Alberta to offer an exclusive internship within the Alberta Public Service. Each spring, we place up to 10 interns in six-month paid positions. This opportunity gives students unique access to an experiential learning opportunity within the provincial government, helps build their public policy expertise and launches their careers.
- 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
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.
Learn more about graduate outcomes on the School of Public Policy website.
A course-based master’s degree in public policy is usually considered a final degree.
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.
A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.
- 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
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 105.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.5.
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 59, or higher (Academic version).
- Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL) score of 70 with no section less than 70.
- Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) score of A- in each course.
For admission on September 1:
Canadians and permanent residents: Feb. 1 application deadline
International students: Feb. 1 application deadline
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