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Program Overview

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is an intensive, full-time two-year professional program. Founded in 2006, it continues the University of Toronto’s internationally recognized tradition of academic excellence and combines it with practical, real-world policy experience. Students graduate with a strong foundation of analytical and quantitative skills, core policy concepts, and overall management and leadership skills.

A mandatory and comprehensive policy internship program means that all MPP students at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy have the opportunity to transfer classroom theory into practical experience developing and implementing policy. Internship positions are available in a variety of organizations.​

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 5.0 full-course equivalents or 10.0 half-course equivalents.

Students may also be interested in the combined degree program in Law, Juris Doctor/Master of Public Policy (JD/MPP).


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MPP:

20-Jan-2022
Fall 2022 entry

MPP:

20-Jan-2022
Fall 2022 entry

Supporting documents deadline MPP:

31-Jan-2022

MPP:

31-Jan-2022

Minimum admission average MPP:

A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a B and a minimum GPA of a B+ standing in the final year of undergraduate studies

MPP:

A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a B and a minimum GPA of a B+ standing in the final year of undergraduate studies. Additionally, international applicants (i.e. applicants who completed their undergraduate degree outside of Canada) must submit GRE General Test score, an English language proficiency test score (if the language of instruction at institution was not English), and a translation of transcripts (from non-English speaking universities)

Program length (full-time only) MPP:

2 Year Program

MPP:

2 Year Program


Master of Public Policy

Program Description

The Munk School’s prestigious Master of Public Policy (MPP) brings together an impressive array of students and faculty for a two-year, full time program that bridges Canadian and global policy.

In addition to a paid summer internship and a wide range of career support services, students develop core competencies considered essential for policy practice and take electives from both within the Munk School and in the broader University.

Visiting public sector leaders along with a renowned multidisciplinary faculty bridge theory and real-world experience, providing contact with senior professionals in government and the broader public, private, and community sectors.

Students may also apply to the combined degree program Juris Doctor (JD) / Master of Public Policy (MPP) as well as pursue collaborative specializations with other graduate departments. A Munk School education, located in the heart of downtown Toronto and in close proximity to an extraordinary concentration of policy leaders, will empower students to achieve their professional and personal goals.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the School of Public Policy and Governance's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A four-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent as recognized by the University of Toronto).

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a B and a minimum GPA of a B+ standing in the final year of undergraduate studies (3.3 out of a possible 4.0 grading scale). 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 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) or 10.0 half-course equivalents.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • International applicants must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (general) score.

  • International applicants must also submit a translation of transcripts from non-English speaking universities.

  • The Munk School offers an in-depth Math and Statistics Prep course for students prior to starting Year 1 of the MPP. Details regarding the prep course are available to incoming students in the summer before Year 1. While participation is voluntary, students are encouraged to attend. All incoming students are required to complete the Math-Stats diagnostic.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 8.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • Year 1:

      • 3.5 required FCEs: PPG1000H, PPG10002H, PPG1003H, PPG1004H, PPG1005H, PPG1007H, and PPG1008H.

        • Students must complete the Math-Stats diagnostic at the start of the Fall session.

        • Students who do not pass PPG1002H, PPG1004H, and/or PPG1008H must retake the Math-Stats diagnostic with a grade of at least 60%.

      • 0.5 elective FCE: either GLA2029H or GLA2034H.

    • Summer between Year 1 and Year 2, or during Year 2:

      • PPG2006Y MPP Internship. The internship research report is graded on a Credit/No Credit basis.

    • Year 2:

      • 1.5 required FCEs: PPG2000H, PPG2002H, and PPG2003H.

      • 0.5 elective FCE: either PPG2011H or PPG2022H.

      • 0.5 elective FCE: either PPG2008H or an alternate international/global focus course as approved by the MPP program director.

      • 1.5 elective FCEs: one elective must be a PPG course; the remaining courses may be taken with other graduate units.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

Emphasis: Economics for Public Policy

MPP students who wish to complete the emphasis in Economics for Public Policy must successfully complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the following list:

GLA2001H, GLA2097H, JMG2020H, PPG2010H, PPG2013H, or other approved elective courses in the area.

 

Emphasis: Public and Non-Profit Management and Administration

MPP students who wish to complete the emphasis in Public and Non-Profit Management and Administration must successfully complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the following list:

LAW7030H, PPG2001H, PPG2012H, PPG2013H, PPG2014H, PPG2015H, PPG2018H, PPG2021H, or other approved elective courses in the area.

 

Emphasis: Social and Urban Policy

MPP students who wish to complete the emphasis in Social and Urban Policy must successfully complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the following list:

PPG2013H, PPG2017H, PPG2021H, CHL5300H, CHL5308H, HAD5778H, LAW7030H, SWK4803H, or other approved elective courses in the area.