About Us

Who We Are

Established in Fall 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 four times in the past seven years, based on Macleans ranking process.

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 emphasizes development of techniques to undertake and manage public policy analysis and planning for public, private, and non-governmental organizations. The program mandate is to provide a professional graduate education that yields public policy analysts and managers who can scrutinize a problem, interpret and analyze relevant data, then evaluate alternative paths of action.

Overview of Masters of Public Policy Program

Our program is founded on an educational model that is academically rigorous, cross disciplinary and professionally relevant. We emphasize practical application of principles and analysis from the social science disciplines. Students will be expected to master a core set of skills in policy analysis, politics, economics, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. Whereas other programs emphasize technical and applied skills of immediate application to the work place, MPP students also receive a solid foundation in economics and political science at an advanced level, thus ensuring they are well grounded in the two key disciplines for policy studies and analyses.

A combination of group and individual projects, assignments and presentations fosters an environment that is collegial, engaging and informative, dealing with important and topical public policy issues. The summer Co-op term 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 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, and psychology with 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. 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.

Where an MPP Degree Can Take You

Graduates find employment in federal, provincial, and municipal governments, non-governmental agencies, research institutes, crown corporations, not for profit organizations and private-sector firms. Federal government departments, a major employer of MPP graduates and summer Co-op students, actively seek out our students because of the strength and versatility of the skills and abilities they bring to their work. Many NGO's, provincial government ministries, crown corporations and business organizations also recruit MPP students and alumni. In addition, a number of our graduates have pursued PhDs in top Canadian universities. The number of graduates selected for elite government programs intended to quickly advance promising young professionals has been proportionately higher than for other competing graduate programs. We consistently receive excellent feedback from senior managers attesting to the high quality of graduates and Co-op students as employees in an increasingly complex policy environment.