About Us

Established in 2003, the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University consists of the Master's in Public Policy (MPP) graduate program and the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR). Simon Fraser University is one of Canada's leading universities, ranked first amongst comprehensive universities many times by Maclean’s Magazine.

Located at SFU's Harbour Centre Campus in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Master's in Public Policy is an innovative two-year graduate program that balances theory and practical application to develop the skills needed for public policy careers in public, private, and non-governmental organizations. The program mandate is to provide a rigorous professional graduate education with strong research and analytical skills for those who want to enter a variety of careers in service of the public. Our graduates have gone on to highly successful positions as policy analysts, managers, researchers, academics, and more.

Overview of Masters of Public Policy Program

Our program is founded on an educational model that is academically rigorous, cross disciplinary and professionally relevant. Our program combines a solid foundation in economics, political science, and qualitative and quantitative research methods at an advanced level with practical application to a wide range of important and topics public policy issues. Our graduates are expert at scrutinizing a problem, interpreting and analyzing relevant data, then evaluating alternative paths of action.

As a cohort-based program, our students learn through a combination of group and individual projects, assignments, and presentations that foster a collegial environment where we engage with external agencies and organizations in a variety of ways that keeps the program focused on the issues of the day.  The mandatory summer Co-op term between first and second year of the program provides students with a mid-course reality check, practical experience, and an introduction to future employers. Key elements of the MPP program are specialized field courses taken in the second year and the capstone research project that addresses a public policy problem and analysis of potential solutions.

The program attracts a diverse group of students in terms of area of study, age, cultural, and work experience backgrounds. This enhances the learning experience for all students in the cohort, strengthens relationships with civil society and assists in meeting employer demand for adaptability and collaboration among employees.

About Our Faculty

Experienced faculty tailor their courses to provide an integrated body of cross-disciplinary knowledge and analytical skills with clear relevance to modern policy problems. Our faculty are trained in political science, economics, law, sociology, and other relevant disciplines. Our experienced faculty have many years of academic success in research and publishing, along with very strong track records in advising and working for governments on challenging policy problems. Our newer faculty bring innovative research and teaching practices to the program. The faculty also produce extensive media comment and analysis on topical policy problems; many have been directly or indirectly responsible for policy innovations adopted by governments at all levels.