At SPPG, students have an opportunity to pursue one of the 5 (of the approximately 40) graduate collaborative specialization, the University of Toronto offers. Collaborative specializations emerge from cooperation between two or more graduate units and their graduate programs. The collective experience of the participating graduate programs provides the student with a broader base from which to explore a novel interdisciplinary area or some special development in a particular discipline.
*In order to participate in SPPG’s collaborative specialization, the individual student must be enrolled in the MPP program at UofT.
The Collaborative Master’s Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies (MA CESEAS) [formerly Asia-Pacific Studies, or MAPS] is designed to provide graduates with advanced training in a particular discipline and in the historical and social science studies of modern East and Southeast Asia. The major topics of emphasis are political economy, modern and contemporary social history, international relations, gender, political and social change, economic development, and cultural studies. The program contributes to the development of an integrated and interdisciplinary research community in Asia-Pacific Studies at the University.
SPPG participates in the Collaborative Master’s Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. This program is administered by a Program Committee chaired by a Program Director.
Applicants are expected to meet the admission and degree requirements of both a home unit and the program in Asia-Pacific Studies.
The collaborative master’s degree specialization requirements can be met concurrently with, or in addition to, home unit requirements. In addition to their master’s degree from the home unit, students who successfully complete the requirements of the collaborative specialization will receive a certificate and the notation “Completed Collaborative Master’s Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies” on their transcript.
SPPG participates in the Environmental Studies (ES) Collaborative Specialization which is offered through the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. Graduate students admitted to the MPP program can apply to the collaborative specialization and pursue coursework and research in environmental areas. The School of the Environment offers a unique and comprehensive specialization of graduate study. By utilizing the University’s extensive library holdings and faculty resources, it offers one of North America’s most engaging and cross-disciplinary programs in the environment. One of the compelling strengths of the specialization is the interdisciplinary environment in which teaching and research are conducted. For example, in its core courses, professors from the humanities team teach with faculty from the social sciences, engineering, biology, and chemistry. Students are both able to specialize in an area of environmental research and gain exposure to a wide range of intellectual and methodological disciplines focused on environmental issues.
Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies” on their transcript and parchment.
The Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies at the University of Toronto aims to increase opportunities for graduate students to engage in interdisciplinary study in fields related to ethnic and pluralism studies. This is a wide and varied topic, and includes ethnic and race relations, international migration and immigration, cultural and linguistic communities, inter-group dynamics, nationalist movements, aboriginal affairs, and human rights. It also includes questions of policy arising from these issues.
Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies” on their transcript and parchment.
The Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy provides students with exemplary training in public health policy, which fosters synergies and cross-disciplinary learning. It gives students the capacity to engage in current events and contribute to the development, refinement, and evaluation of policies to address society’s pressing and emerging public health priorities. The collaborative specialization is cross-disciplinary, bringing together a broad range of disciplines, substantive foci, and theoretical and methodological underpinnings, to synergistically build an engaged community of practice of students and faculty focused on public health policy. It contributes to the creation of the next generation of public health policy research leaders and creative agents for change, able to address current health issues and challenges.
Through the direction of the stellar team of academics and policy-makers associated with the collaborative specialization, students are provided with real-world skills to address the complex and demanding task of public health policy-making (including insight into a wide array of legislative and regulatory interventions, administrative practices, financing and funding decisions, and various forms of soft law, such as guidelines and informal processes) which operate at the international, federal, provincial, and municipal levels in ways that are both cross-jurisdictional and cross-sectoral.
Upon successful completion of the master’s or PhD requirements of the home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy” on their transcript and a collaborative program parchment signed by the Dean, School of Graduate Studies and the Public Health Policy Specialization.
The Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies, offered by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, is a rigorously interdisciplinary program recognizing sexual diversity studies as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry. While it has emerged as an autonomous scholarly area, many of those who work within it engage questions of gender, ethnicity, race, Aboriginal status, (dis)ability, and class, to highlight the importance of exploring their interaction with sexual differences.
From their home departments, students may take up questions from their own disciplinary or programmatic perspective, but explore it through the theoretical and methodological lens of sexuality studies. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies” on their transcript and parchment.
For MPP students seeking admission to a collaborative specialization in which SPPG does not currently participate, please contact Petra Jory to discuss Non-Standard Collaborative Specialization Enrolment.