Master of International Public Policy
The master of international public policy program offers graduate training for individuals looking to pursue or enhance careers in international or global policy development, implementation and evaluation. A multidisciplinary and integrated curriculum is combined with a team-teaching approach to achieve the program’s objectives. Students specialize in two of the four possible fields: international economic relations, global governance, international environmental policy, and human security.
In order to be admitted to the master's program, a student must meet the general admission requirements of the university. Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree at the honours level with a minimum of second class honours or B standing. All candidates are expected to have completed the equivalent of a one term undergraduate course in microeconomic theory, a one term undergraduate course in macroeconomic theory, an introductory statistics course and a relevant political science course. Applicants with inadequate preparation in any of these areas will normally be required to complete additional undergraduate courses before they are admitted to the master's program.
Students with undergraduate degrees in economics or political science or whose training and interests involve significant interdisciplinary research pertinent to the area of international public policy are encouraged to apply.
Each student is required to complete 12 one-term courses over three academic terms (Fall/Winter/Spring). In term one, students complete the four required core courses, IP601, IP602, IP603 and IP604. In each of the second and third terms, students elect one of the two fields offered in that term and take the suite of courses required for that field. A field consists of three required courses and a mandatory interdisciplinary seminar (IDS), all specific to the student’s choice of field. The courses required for each field are listed below.
The core courses in the first term provide students with knowledge in political theory, public sector economics, and quantitative and research methods necessary for public policy analysis in the global context. This common core also helps to ensure that students have a similar graduate experience. Three field courses provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of that area of international public policy.
The fourth field course, a team-taught, interdisciplinary seminar (IDS), provides students with the opportunity to analyze, interpret and discuss alternative theories and perspectives in their chosen field of international public policy. A substantive component of the seminar is the requirement that students undertake a research project relating to the field.
The Master of international public policy program is available through two options - a regular and an internship stream. Students in the regular stream complete all program requirements over three consecutive academic terms and do not participate in an internship program during their studies. Sequencing of courses for both regular and internship streams are illustrated below.
Students in the internship stream participate in an approved internship program after the successful completion of their first two academic terms. Students pursuing this option return to campus the following winter term to complete their second field term and finish the program. For students in the internship stream, the program takes 20 months to complete. Students should be aware that their field choices may be more limited since the same two fields (for example, global governance and human security) could be offered in the winter term in consecutive years.
The internship is optional and is undertaken at the initiative of the student. To pursue this option, students must:
Program Structure and Course Sequencing for Regular Option
Notes: see course listings for details on the specific courses required for each field. Students must achieve a minimum of a B- in all four courses in one term before proceeding to the next term.
Program Structure and Course Sequencing for Internship Option