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Director’s Message

Welcome to the School of Public Policy & Governance

Welcome to the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) at the University of Toronto.

At SPPG we have two broad goals. The first is to be a hub of policy discourse at the University of Toronto.  We achieve this by taking advantage of our natural endowments – being located in Canada’s largest and truly global city, in Ontario’s provincial capital, and in Canada’s cultural and economic centre – and by drawing on the talented pool of faculty in Canada’s largest research university, as well as renowned policy practitioners and members of the broader policy community.  Each year we host numerous public policy oriented events, conferences, public lectures, and symposia including the annual the Cadario Visiting Faculty Lecture, the Peterson Leadership Lecture, and participation in the University of Toronto’s Big City, Big Ideas network. In addition to these events, our School boasts a number of dynamic and diverse student leadership initiatives which draw a wide audience of policy makers, scholars, and policy leaders from multiple sectors.

Our capacity as a hub of public policy research and study is further reinforced by The Mowat Centre which, as part of the School of Public Policy and Governance, serves as Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy. The Mowat Centre undertakes collaborative applied policy research, proposes innovative research-driven recommendations, and engages in public dialogue on Canada’s most important national issues.

Our second goal is to attract to our Master of Public Policy and undergraduate public policy programs top graduate and undergraduate students who are passionate about contributing to, and improving, the public good. Through a curriculum that both instructs on the core tenets of the policy process, as well as provides in-depth analysis on key policy topics and issues relevant to modern economies, polities, and societies, our innovative Master of Public Policy (MPP) program gives our students the necessary tools to become effective practitioners and leaders in public policy. In addition to our phenomenal graduate and undergraduate programs, our School offers executive education and professional development instruction that provides specialized education and training to policy professionals on key topics of policy concern.

Our School truly has a global reach in research and teaching. The MPP program provides students the option to study abroad in the fall semester of their second year through one of our international exchange partnerships with  the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po in Paris, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, or the National Graduate Institute for Public Policy in Tokyo.

In addition, students who wish to pursue advanced training in a particular discipline have the option of completing their MPP degree in collaborative study with another academic department at the University of Toronto. Currently, our collaborative programs include Asia-Pacific Studies, Environmental Studies, Ethnic and Pluralism Studies, Public Health Policy, and Women and Gender Studies. Our School also offers a combined MPP/Juris Doctor Joint Program that levers the considerable synergies between the study of law and public policy into a four-year combined degree.

The success of our program is demonstrated in our fantastic alumni who find themselves employed in a diversity of fields across government, not-for-profit, private, and research sectors. The careers of our MPP students are facilitated through our internship program.  Through our internship program, First Year MPP students have the opportunity to gain perspective on their classroom learning, clarify their career direction, and begin building their professional network. Our students are fully supported by our in-house career services staff and our graduating cohorts have continuously achieved employment success.

Facilitated by a remarkable staff team, faculty, and affiliated fellows who represent a diverse array of academics and policy practitioners, our School continues to be the flagship destination for public policy study and research in Canada.

Thank you for visiting our website. Please stay awhile and I invite you to explore all that SPPG has to offer.

Peter Loewen
Director, School of Public Policy & Governance
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

About the Director
director.publicpolicy@utoronto.ca