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All you need to know about our MPP Program admissions

 2017 MPP Admissions and MPP Applications 

2017 Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program Admissions and Applications are now closed. We are currently reviewing all MPP program applications. The School will send out first round offers of admission beginning March 15, 2017 and will continue to make offers until end of April 2017 until all spots are filled.

Please check back in the Fall of 2017 for updated information on MPP Admissions and the next application period for entry into the 2018 MPP Program, for entry in September 2018.

MPP Program Admission Requirements

Minimum Program Requirements

The following outlines the minimum requirements for admission to the MPP program at the University of Toronto. Additional Admission requirements for international applicants can be found in the ‘International Students’ section.

  • A four (4) year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent as recognized by University of Toronto).
  • A minimum CGPA of a B and a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of a B+ standing in the final year of undergraduate studies (3.3 out of a possible 4.0 grading scale). Please note that Admissions selection to the MPP program is competitive and meeting this minimum requirement does not guarantee admission. (Final Year grades are based on the last five (5) Full Course Equivalent or ten (10) half course equivalents.)

Please note that SPPG hosts a web-based Math and Statistics Boot Camp, which will be offered over the summer months for incoming MPP candidates that have a limited quantitative background. Participation is voluntary.

International Applicants

Degree Equivalence
If you have obtained your educational credentials at an institution outside of Canada, they will be assessed for equivalence with a University of Toronto degree by the School of Graduate Studies. (Please refer to the SGS International Degree Equivalencies Tool to assess your credentials.)

Proficiency in English
As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Toronto, applicants must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. It is important that these students follow SGS’ policies on ELP testing requirements and take one of the required tests for admission to a graduate program. See more details on English-language proficiency testing.

GRE General Test Score
International Applicants are required to submit a Graduate Entrance Exam Score for the GRE General Test. Please visit the GRE General Test webpage on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.

How Do I Apply?

1. Log in to the online application system.

2. Provide the biographical and education information requested.

3. Be prepared to submit institutional contact information and an institutional e-mail address for at least TWO referees. Be sure to inform your referees that you are applying to the MPP program, and that the University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies will be contacting them by email.

4. Submit your application fee of $120 Canadian dollars (online payment is the preferred method of payment but mail-in payment options are available). The application fee is required, non-refundable, and non-transferable. Please note that your referees will be contacted only after SGS receives payment for the online application.

5. Arrange to submit digital copies of official transcripts from each post-secondary institution that you have attended. Hard copies of your official transcripts will be required if you are offered admission to the program.

6. Be aware of the deadline dates for application and documents.

January 27, 2017 Fall 2017 MPP Admissions and Online applications close.

February 10, 2017 Deadline for receipt of supporting documentation and reference letters, either submitted digitally or in hard copy, for Fall 2017 applications.

MPP 2017 Program Application Check List - Five application components

The following five (5) supporting documents must be submitted to complete your application:

1. MPP Online Application form

Applications to the MPP 2017 program offered by the School of Public Policy & Governance (SPPG) must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), University of Toronto, through the SGS online admissions application. There is an application fee of $120 Canadian Dollars that is charged to all graduate applicants.

Applicants are encouraged to review the School of Graduate Studies Admissions FAQ page prior to beginning the online application for answers to questions that may arise, regarding the online application process.

*NOTE: The section “Proposed Area of Study” is a very small field where you may briefly list your policy field(s) of interest. It does not replace the Statement of Purpose, and is of low importance to the overall application.

2. Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is the applicant’s opportunity to convey to the Admissions Committee information that cannot be found in transcripts, letters of recommendation, or in a current resume or curriculum vitae. It should clearly explain the applicant’s reasons for wanting to pursue a Master of Public Policy, areas of policy interest, and why the School of Public Policy and Governance, in particular, is the best place to explore these interests. The statement should be approximately 500 words and should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to write effectively and communicate clearly.

3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

A current resume or curriculum vitae must be submitted that highlights any relevant voluntary sector experience, employment history, and academic or professional awards of achievement.

4. Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) letters of academic recommendation are required and should be from faculty members in the major discipline(s) of undergraduate study. You may submit up to an additional two letters of reference, which may come from other sources (for example, from an employer or volunteer organization).

We encourage applicants to submit letters of recommendation electronically. In order to do so, institutional e-mail addresses will be required – the system will not accept electronic references from ‘anonymous’ domains such as @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com, etc. Please see the online application for further instructions.

Please note that referees will be notified to provide a letter of support only after the online application fee has been processed. Hard copy letters of recommendation are also accepted and should be mailed directly to the School of Public Policy & Governance (see address below). Please note that the School does not have any special forms or a template that it uses for the letter of recommendation.

5. Transcripts

Please submit a digital copy of a transcript from your undergraduate degree-granting institution (digital transcript submission instructions are below), in addition to transcripts for any additional coursework or advanced degrees that may aid the applications review committee in making their admissions decisions to the School of Public Policy & Governance. (see address below).

Admission to the MPP 2017 program requires a four-year bachelor’s degree, with a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of a B and a minimum GPA of B+ overall standing in the final year of undergraduate studies, or its equivalent, from a recognized university.

Official copies of your transcripts will be requested if you are offered admission, but are not required for your application.

International Applicants – Please see the section International Applicant Requirements for more information on the additional required supporting documents  (English Language Proficiency Test score, GRE Test score and academic transcript translation.)

Digital Transcript Submission Instructions

All applicants are required to upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and must include the transcript “legend” which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript. The admissions committee will make its decision about your application based on this scanned transcript. Please ensure that the file is complete and readable before submitting.

The following option applies to transcripts from Canadian universities only: In lieu of a scanned copy of a paper transcript, applicants may upload a .PDF file of their academic history from their university’s student web service. Printing to .pdf directly from your web browser is ideal; if this is not possible you may copy and paste the information into a word processing program and print to pdf from there. Where possible, the file should include the university’s grading legend and your name. Some universities do not include the same information on the student web service as they do on the transcript (e.g., class size or average). If the admissions committee determines that the file is incomplete you may be asked to submit a copy of the transcript instead.

All supporting documents can be uploaded to the online application system, and this is the preferred submission method.

If necessary, applicants can arrange for official transcripts in hard copy (and other supporting documents) to be mailed directly to the School of Public Policy and Governance:

Attention: MPP 2017 Program Admissions
School of Public Policy and Governance
University of Toronto
Canadiana Building, 3rd floor
14 Queen’s Park Cres. West
Toronto, ON M5S 3K9
Canada

Please submit documents either online or in hard copy, not both, as this creates unnecessary processing demands for our office.

Technical Requirements

  • Please scan your transcript in grayscale at the lowest dots per inch (dpi) setting that results in a legible document. We recommend 72 dpi whenever possible.
  • The file must be in .PDF format. Image files, such as those in .jpg or .bmp formats, must be converted to .PDF before uploading.
  • The file size of each scanned transcript file to be uploaded must not exceed 3 megabytes (Mb).
  • If a transcript from a single institution has multiple pages, it must be scanned into a single PDF document before uploading. You will not be able to upload transcript pages individually.
  • If your transcript is double-sided, please be sure to scan the front and back of each page.
  • The transcript legend (usually printed on the back of a paper transcript) must appear at least once for every scanned transcript submitted.
  • Scanned documents must be clearly legible and print on standard CDN/U.S. 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.
  • Do not upload a document that is password-protected or that contains macros.

All supporting documents can be uploaded to the online application system, and this is the preferred submission method. If necessary, hard copies of supporting documents may be mailed to:

Attention: MPP 2017 Program Admissions
School of Public Policy and Governance
University of Toronto
Canadiana Building, 3rd floor
14 Queen’s Park Cres. West
Toronto, ON M5S 3K9
Canada

Please submit documents either online or in hard copy, not both, as this creates unnecessary processing demands for our office.

Documents other than the above required documents, additional requirements for international applicants (transcript translation, English language proficiency test score and GRE test score), and optional standardized test scores (eg. LSAT, GMAT) should not be submitted and will not be reviewed if submitted.

Combined JD/MPP Program Admissions

Students interested in the combined JD/MPP program may apply to both programs simultaneously before starting the JD program or in the fall term of their first year of the JD. Information on the combined program admission process can be found on the University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s website, or on our MPP/JD Joint Program page. In order to be admitted, applicants must satisfy the admission requirements for, and be accepted to, both programs.
For Admissions inquiries contact us at: sppg.admissions@utoronto.ca

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Master of Public Policy (MPP) 2017 Admissions Timeline

Online applications must be completed by January 27, 2017. All supporting documents, either submitted digitally or in hard copy, must be uploaded or received in our office by February 10, 2017.

Once all applications have been reviewed, we will begin making offers of admission. First round offers are typically made by early March, and admissions continue in rounds until the class is full, at which point unsuccessful candidates will be notified by e-mail. All Admissions communications will be done via e-mail, with prepared offer of admission packages sent in PDF format.

Please note that every year our School receives over 600+ applications for the Master of Public Policy program (MPP). We receive more than one-third of all graduate applications submitted to professional programs at the University of Toronto. Additionally, our School sets a later submission deadline (as compared to other policy schools in Canada) for the MPP program application and components, so as to allow fourth year undergraduates an opportunity to upload their academic transcripts from Fall 2016 semester courses.

We are currently reviewing all MPP program applications. The School will send out first round offers of admission beginning March 15, 2017 and will continue to make offers until end of April 2017 until all spots are filled.

Please do not call the School to request an update on the status of your application. We cannot respond to individual calls.

Please take some time to review the instructions on How Do I Apply and Application FAQs before beginning your online application. Additionally, the School of Graduate Studies Admissions FAQ page is a source for further answers to questions that may arise, regarding the online application process.

International Students

The School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) receives a large number of high quality applications from international students each year for a limited number of spaces. Funding from the University of Toronto (including teaching and research assistantships) for international students is limited and is only available to a few outstanding international applicants. Therefore, international students must have sufficient funds to support their study in Canada. Successful applicants to SPPG are notified towards the end of March.

For information regarding applying for a study permit, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

International Applicant Requirements

International Applicant Requirements
International applicants must complete all of the requirements listed above that includes the five supporting documents (MPP online application form and application fee, Statement of Purpose, Resume or Curriculum Vitae, Letters of Recommendation, Transcripts). International applicants are those applicants who require a study permit for study in Canada.

For information regarding applying for a study permit, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

In addition, International Applicants must submit an English language proficiency test score, GRE General Test score and a translation of transcripts from non-English speaking universities.

English Language Proficiency Requirement
A major requirement is that each applicant not only be fluent in conversational, day-to-day English, but also be able to handle the technical reading and writing requirements of our program. Unless international applicants have completed their undergraduate degree from an institution where English was the primary language of instruction, they must also submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). These results must be less than two years old. International applicants must obtain a satisfactory score on one of these tests, which are administered in numerous overseas areas. Please note that a high level of English language proficiency is required to be successful in the MPP program.

  • Please Note: Applicants who have completed programs of study at recognised universities in the following list of countries, are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency: Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Ghana, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaiziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe (For more information on Exemptions, please refer to the English Language Proficiency Testing webpage and scroll to the bottom of the page).
  • For more information on the English-Language Proficiency Testing and how to report an official test score, please click here to view the School of Graduate Studies webpage for detailed information on TOEFL, MELAB and IELTS.

Unofficial scanned PDF copies of required English Language Proficiency Test Scores are to be submitted for processing and inclusion in online applications, via e-mail to SPPG Admissions at e-mail: sppg.admissions@utoronto.ca with the subject line: 2017 MPP Application supporting documentation. Please include your online application number and your full name in your e-mail submission.

GRE General Test Score requirement

International Applicants are required to submit a GRE General Test score. Please visit the GRE General Test webpage on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.

The GRE General Test score provides the Admissions committee with an additional component of information regarding the strength of your candidacy and suitability for studies in the field of public policy. The relative strength of a test result is evaluated within the context of the entire application.

To report an official GRE test score:

U of T Institution Code: 0982 ; Department Code: 1902

Unofficial scanned PDF copies of required GRE General Test Scores are to be submitted for processing and inclusion in online applications, via e-mail to SPPG Admissions at e-mail: sppg.admissions@utoronto.ca with the subject line: 2017 MPP Application supporting documentation. Please include your online application number and your full name in your e-mail submission.

Transcript Translation
All transcripts that are not in English or French must include a translation with each copy of the transcript. All other application materials must be submitted in English, including letters of recommendation. For more information on University of Toronto’s international graduate applicant requirements, please consult the website of the School of Graduate Studies.  This online tool will also provide guidelines on international equivalencies of the minimum degree and grade requirements.

Application FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the application process.
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MPP Program Tuition Fee: 2016-2017

The 2016-2017 Tuition Fee Schedules for domestic and international students can be found below.

Domestic Students:

2015-16        2016-17

MPP-2 Year Program, Entering 2015   $16,990       $17,830

MPP-2 Year Program, Entering 2016         N/A        $17,830

International Students:

2015-16        2016-17

MPP-2 Year Program, Entering 2015   $34,150       $35,860

MPP-2 Year Program, Entering 2016   N/A              $35,860

Graduate Funding Resources

 

Prospective MPP students may wish to proactively explore funding resources for their graduate education.

School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto

Please take some time to visit the University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies (SGS), Financing your Graduate Education page for further information on scholarships and merit-based awards for graduate studies at University of Toronto.

For detailed information on Scholarships and Awards, please visit the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) webpage Scholarships and Awards. For a quick reference to scholarships and awards eligibility, please view the Graduate Awards Eligibility Chart .

International Students may visit the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) webpage for listings of International Student Awards

Further inquiries regarding financial counselling, please contact the SGS Graduate Awards Office by telephone at: 416-946-0808 or by e-mail: graduate.awards@sgs.utoronto.ca

 Ulife at the University of Toronto

For information on research opportunities and awards prospective students may wish to visit Ulife. Ulife is a one-stop website, listing a large and diverse directory of student clubs, organizations, activities and opportunities on all three campuses at the University of Toronto.

Contact the School of Public Policy and Governance Admissions:

2017 Master of Public Policy Program Admissions inquiries at sppg.admissions@utoronto.ca