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Master of Public Policy Program

Become an effective public policy professional

Why Choose SPPG?

At SPPG you will gain the knowledge and experience you need to become a leader in addressing today’s complex policy problems. Located on the St. George campus in the heart of downtown Toronto and in close proximity to an extraordinary concentration of policy leaders, you will be in the center of a vibrant and engaged community and have constant access to the best minds in policy. However you aim to advance the public good, a SPPG education will empower you to achieve your professional and personal goals. University of Toronto is Canada’s largest university, recognized as Canada’s top university and one of North American’s best public research universities. U of T’s distinguished faculty, institutional record of groundbreaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around the world.

The two-year MPP program is highly interdisciplinary, bridging the spheres of domestic policy and international or global policy in order to address the complex issues facing modern governments and other policy-making organizations. The MPP program features core instruction on a small-group, cohort-based model. In addition to the core material considered essential for policy practice, students take electives both within the School and in the broader University. Invited visiting public sector leaders and external researchers bridge theory and practice, providing contact with senior professionals in government and the broader public, private and community sectors. The program also provides access to courses and research facilities available in many other graduate departments, centres and institutes across the University.

Admissions

Everything you need to apply to our innovative 2-year professional degree in public policy.
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Program Requirements

In the first year, students take seven core half-courses, and one integrating seminar worth one-half course for a total of four full-course equivalents.
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Courses

SPPG’s multi-disciplinary curriculum teaches students to analyze quantitative research, consider the socio-economic impacts of policy, and foresee how governance structures affect the modern policy environment.
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Internships

Students are required to complete a policy internship between the first and second year of study.
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International Exchange Program

MPP students have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester of their second year in the programme at one of SPPG’s exchange partner institutions.
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JD/MPP Joint Program

The combined JD/ MPP program levers the considerable synergies between the study of law and that of public policy.
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Collaborative Degrees

Incoming and current MPP students have the opportunity to complete collaborative programs involving the cooperation of two or more graduate units (departments, centres, or institutes). To this page

Student Leadership

Our MPP students are extremely active and engaged, and there are a variety of opportunities at the School of Public Policy and Governance to get involved.
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