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Frequently asked admissions questions

Application FAQs

1. What advice do you provide to applicants in completing the MPP 2018 program applications?
The overall MPP 2018 program application needs to be complete and well presented as a full package: please take care to do an excellent job of presenting all the following application components in a way that indicates a strong interest in pursuing the two-year year, full-time MPP: academic history + statement of interest + letters of strong support (please talk to your referees in advance about the MPP program and your strengths/interests) + CV. If we are able to determine a level of cohesion relating to the structure and learning objectives of the MPP program, it is considered to be a well-done application.

2. Please describe the MPP Internship component.
Students are required to complete a policy internship between the first and second year of study, or as otherwise tailored to meet the needs of the student and the placement setting. Under faculty supervision, the internship allows students to apply their knowledge to significant problems in the public, private or non-profit sectors, and provides students with the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in areas of professional interest. The internship helps students clarify their career direction, gives perspective on classroom learning, and assists students in gaining experience and establishing networks of great value in securing employment after graduation. Internships are paid work experiences that relate to any aspect of policy planning, analysis, decision-making and implementation. School faculty and staff work individually with students to help them build their capacity to secure an internship appropriate to their program of study and their career needs and goals. The school promotes and welcomes partnerships with government, community and private sector organizations seeking to provide internship opportunities to MPP students. Upon completion of the internship, each student submits a written research report to their faculty supervisor providing an original analysis of the policy and/or organizational issues dealt with during the internship. These reports, which may be in the form of case studies, will be evaluated by the faculty supervisor on a credit/no credit basis, and may be made available to first year students, teaching faculty, hiring organizations and other practitioners for review.

3. Are there any course prerequisites or “recommended preparation” courses for the MPP?
SPPG welcomes candidates from a broad range of disciplines, all of whom are interested in pursuing a two-year, full-time professional graduate program in public policy. Please let us know what interests you about the MPP in your statement of interest, the relevance of your undergraduate academic history, and your work/volunteer experience so that we can make a better assessment of your learning objectives in this program.

Most students have degrees in social sciences, with a smaller number having undergraduate majors in humanities, biological or physical sciences, mathematics or engineering. Some students already have advanced degrees. SPPG does not require prior quantitative training; however prior course work in introductory statistics or first-year calculus, and introductory economics, is strongly recommended.

There will be a mathematics/quantitative methods boot camp offered in the summer months, prior to the start of the MPP program, for those incoming students who are interested in an overview of the key concepts/tools required for the theoretical courses in public policy analysis offered in the first semester of the MPP program. If prospective students are interested in taking an additional preparatory course, some basic stats or micro might help them through their first semester.

4. Please provide additional details on references that are required to support the MPP 2018 application.
Referees are requested to write an letter of reference that supports the applicant’s learning objectives in the MPP program. We do not use a template or a form letter. We simply require a 1-2 page letter of reference that supports your application to the University of Toronto Master of Public Policy 2018 program.

Once you complete your online application and pay for the application, you will be prompted to supply the email addresses of your referees. When you enter this information referees will receive an automatic notification that you have applied to the MPP 2018 program and instructions on how to write a letter of reference in support of your application to the program. You can check the SGS application site online to ensure that your referees have sent in the online reference letter.

5. Please provide details on English language proficiency required to apply to the MPP 2018 program.
The MPP program is a rigorous and comprehensive professional graduate program that requires a high level of English language proficiency. Please visit the website of University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies at for all information pertaining to English language requirements.

6. Please provide details on taking the MPP program on a part-time basis.
Our MPP program is a two year, full-time graduate professional program and is organized and sequenced in a chronology over five consecutive semesters. The way that our MPP program and core courses are structured makes it very difficult to pursue this study on a part-time basis. We are very much aware of the demand that exists for the MPP and broader public policy education from the public service. Please visit our Executive and Professional Education program page to review our current course offerings.

7. If your professor/referee did not receive an email notification from the School of Graduate Studies at University of Toronto, or there was some other change/error in the referee information provided on the MPP 2018 program online application form, please follow the instructions below:

If your professor did not receive the email notification to send a letter of support, please advise your referee to email the letter to: to the Attention of: Anita K. Srinivasan, MPP 2018 Program Admissions

Addresses to which material should be mailed if the referee prefers to mail a hard copy of the letter is:
Attention: MPP 2018 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

**Reference Instructions: We do not use a template or a form. We simply require a 1-2 page letter of reference that supports your application to the University of Toronto Master of Public Policy 2018 program.