Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2013/2014
Canadian Excellence

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

 
Program Requirements

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.

International Environmental Policy International Economic Relations Human Security Global Governance
IP611 - The Economics of Environmental and Resource Policy
IP612 - Contemporary Issues in Environmental Policy
IP613 - Special Topics in International Environmental Policy
IP614 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in International Environmental Policy
IP621 - International Trade
IP622 - Contemporary Issues in International Economic Relations
IP623 - Special Topics in International Economic Relations
IP624 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in International Economic Relations

IP631 - Economic Policy and Human Security
IP632 - Contemporary Issues in Human Security
IP633 - Special Topics in Human Security
IP634 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Human Security

IP641 - Macroeconomic Policy in an Interdependent World
IP642 - Contemporary Issues in Governance
IP643 - Special Topics in Global Governance
IP644 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Global Governance

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.

 
Format Options

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: 

  • submit a cover letter providing information on the internship program under consideration and a résumé to the MIPP Program Director by the end of the second week of the winter term, and 
  • must have a minimum of an A standing overall in the fall term.
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.

Term 1 (fall) Four required core courses
_P601
IP602 - Tools for Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
IP603 - Comparative Public Policy
IP604 - Politics, Policy and Globalization
Term 2 (winter)  Choose 1st field from a choice of 2
Complete required field courses
Term 3 (spring)  Choose 2nd field from a choice of 2
Complete required field courses 
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

Term 1 (fall)  Four required core courses
IP601 - Public Sector Economics and the Global Economy
IP602 - Tools for Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
IP603 - Comparative Public Policy
IP604 - Politics, Policy and Globalization
Term 2 (winter)  Choose 1st field from a choice of 2
Complete required field courses
Internship period (8 months)  No coursework 
Term 3 (winter) Choose 2nd field from a choice of 2
Complete required field courses
See the course listings for details on the specific courses required for each field. Students must achieve a minimum of an A standing overall in the fall term to participate in the internship option. As well, students must achieve a minimum of a B- in all four courses before proceeding to the next term.