Program

Do you have a part-time program?

We do not have an official part-time program. The program is run as a full-time cohort program where student interaction and co-operative work both within and across classes, is encouraged. Under extremely special circumstances and after extensive consultation with the Program Director, 1 or 2 part-time students may be admitted per year. In this case, we usually require students to undertake 2 courses per semester. Students undertaking this option would complete their MPP degree in 3 years.

How long does it take to get an MPP degree?

The normal time to finish the MPP program is 5 semesters. 4 regular study semesters and one summer co-op semester. With full-time study, students normally complete their degrees in just under 2 years (for example: September 2013-April 2015).

How many courses does an MPP degree require?

Fourteen courses are required for the MPP plus a co-op/internship. These include ten core courses in economics, political analysis, quantitative methods, and policy analysis plus four electives to be taken in the MPP program or in related graduate courses in other departments. Under the Western Dean's Agreement, you may be able to take graduate courses at other Western Canadian Universities.

What are the areas of specialty of faculty?

Our program features faculty members specializing in many diverse areas of public policy such as:social policy, environmental policy, first nations policy, health policy, educational policy, tax policy and issues such as sustainability, governance, globalization, gender and cost-benefit analysis.

What types of careers do MPP graduates pursue with their degree?

Our graduates are highly coveted among public, private and NGO sectors. Most of our graduates have begun their careers as policy analysts in wide-ranging departments of both federal and provincial government departments including Employment and Skills Development Canada, Foreign Affairs and Trade Development Canada, Environment Canada and Finance.