|Description:||Our program is founded on an educational model that is academically rigorous, cross disciplinary and professionally relevant. We emphasize practical application of principles and analysis from the social science disciplines. Students will be expected to master a core set of skills in policy analysis, politics, economics, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. Whereas other programs emphasize technical and applied skills of immediate application to the work place, MPP students also receive a solid foundation in economics and political science at an advanced level, thus ensuring they are well grounded in the two key disciplines for policy studies and analyses.
A combination of group and individual projects, assignments and presentations fosters an environment that is collegial, engaging and informative, dealing with important and topical public policy issues. The summer Co-op term provides students with a mid-course reality check, practical experience and an introduction to future employers. Key elements of the MPP program are specialized field courses and the capstone research project that addresses a public policy problem and analysis of potential solutions.