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International Public Policy (MIPP)


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Are you passionate about international policy? Are you looking to pursue or enhance a career in international or global policy development? Our Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) at the Balsillie School of International Affairs gives you the ability to engage with leading scholars and policy practitioners in the field of global governance to follow your passion and turn it into a rewarding career. 

Our Multi-Disciplined and Team-Teaching Approach

As a MIPP student, you’ll complete three terms of intensive coursework – each building a specific skill set. Your first term emphasizes core skills in public sector economics, policy analysis and research tools, international relations and globalization. These core skills are then applied during your following two terms to the study of a selected field of concentration in international public policy.

Each field of concentration comprises an interdisciplinary suite of courses involving faculty members from political science, economics, global studies and environmental studies, among others. This ensures you gain a comprehensive understanding of the various perspectives and interests that shape international public policy. A team-taught seminar provides a unique forum for making those connections.

Guest lectures and workshops from policy experts and practitioners supplement your formal study and provide valuable insights on current issues and on the practice of international public policy.

Program Structure

Our MIPP program is a full-time program normally completed in 12 months.

In your first term, you’ll complete our four required core courses. In your second and third terms, you’ll choose one of the two fields offered in that term and take the suite of courses required for that field. The fields we offer include:

  • international environmental policy
  • international economic relations
  • human security
  • global governance

CIGI Graduate Fellowship

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Graduate Fellow program. As a fellow, you’ll gain mentorship and guidance from senior scholars and policy practitioners as they advance their own policy research and writing skills.

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Contact Us:

Paul Maxim, Graduate Coordinator

E: pmaxim@wlu.ca
T: 226.772.3148

General Inquiries

E: kbrown@wlu.ca
T: 226.772.3122


Funding

  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000). 
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive an average of $15,000 a year. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

Our faculty have a wide range of research interests and are housed in the departments of political science, economics and global studies. The courses our faculty teach are based on their research expertise and are divided into four fields:

  • international environmental policy
  • international economic relations
  • human security
  • global governance

Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Arts (honours) in economics, political science, or related degree, or training and interests that involve significant interdisciplinary research pertinent to the area of international public policy.
  • A minimum B average.
  • 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 or the successful completion of an approved preparatory program.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a writing sample and letters of reference.

Careers

MIPP graduates have a diverse range of interests and passions that they pursue after graduation. Our small and intimate alumni network is an effective way for our graduates to gain awareness of the opportunities available on a global level with great success.

Examples of jobs held by our graduate include:

  • trade commissioner, Canadian Embassy, Bogotá, Columbia
  • analyst, Financial Institutions Division, Finance Canada
  • project administrator, International Partnerships, Canadian Bureau for International Education
  • United Nations Development Program as part of the United Nations Association in Canada’s Junior Professional Consultant Program, Nepal
  • project manager, Climate Change and Energy, International Institute for Sustainable Development

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