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.
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
If you're interested in this program, you might want to explore other UCalgary programs.