MPP Careers

Students in the School of Public Policy are trained in small interactive classes and receive individual attention from highly qualified and experienced faculty. The MPP program prepares students for careers in the civil service at the national, provincial, and municipal levels, as well health authorities, Crown corporations, consultancies and private firms, research institutes, and diverse non-governmental organizations including industry, environmental, and advocacy groups.

Here are some highlights from a survey of our alumni (Classes 2005 to 2012):

  • 48% of our alumni found their first positions before they graduated, with an additional 34% securing work within six months of graduation. Within six months of graduation, 82% of our graduates were working in their fields of interest.
  • One reason for this success in securing meaningful employment is our program’s summer Co-op program. 29% of MPP alumni are working for their former Co-op employers or contact established during their Co-op work term. Of the respondents working for the federal government, 60% were recruited through the Bridging program. And 64% of MPP alumni noted that their Co-op work term definitely gave them a competitive advantage after graduation.
  • Specialized training in the School of Public Policy gives our graduates an edge on the job market. 97% of alumni respondents felt that our program’s academic coursework prepared them well for their future employment.

Here are a few other facts about graduate employment:

  • The top five organizations employing MPP alumni are: federal government, provincial/territorial governments, not-for-profit organizations, municipal governments, and educational institutions.
  • 23% of our alumni have pursued further post-secondary or professional development education, including in PhD programs.
  • The top four locations where our graduates are now employed are the Metro Vancouver area (43%), Ottawa/Gatineau region (23%), Toronto (14%), and Yukon and Northwest Territories (7%).