Why Choose the MPP
Master of Public Policy Program
The goal of the Master of Public Policy Program is to train policy professionals who will find leadership positions in government and the private sector. Our students pursue careers in the civil service and areas of the private sector that involve public policy analysis. This includes corporate and private government relations experts, media, public relations experts, analysts for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private consultants, pollsters, etc.
Our students develop a comprehensive approach that enables them to collaborate with senior policy leaders from government, business and the community to address issues in a practical, focused and global manner. This 12-month program fosters in students an appreciation of the importance of effective institutions, efficient regulation and the role that markets play in democracies. The MPP program offers several benefits to students:
- Instruction and supervision by leading, renowned experts
- Employment opportunities including paid summer internships and a 95% placement rate following graduation
- Flexible, multidisciplinary program framework; engaging courses and exposure to innovative research
- Interactive professional development sessions and workshops across the year
- Generous awards and student funding opportunities
- Numerous events and conferences open to students in Calgary and beyond
- Mentorship opportunities with program alumni and working professionals across business sectors
A home in new, state-of-the-art facilities in downtown Calgary with quick and convenient access to the main UCalgary campus
Watch Dr. Jennifer Zwicker, Program Director, Health Policy, discuss her approach to teaching, research and the value of the MPP degree.
Watch Andrew Rodych, Director, Operations, Tourism Calgary and Chair of the MPP Alumni Council, explain how the MPP degree expands your professional opportunities
Recent graduate, Allison Robins on the MPP degree
The School of Public Policy holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) Capstone Symposium every year. More than 70 business, government, not-for-profit organizations and MPP alumni from across Alberta attend the event. Participants observe and connect with graduating students, all of whom present engaging and pertinent research-based capstone findings across a wide range of public policy areas. New students just beginning the MPP program are provided a first-hand opportunity to understand the relevancy of the MPP degree.
“My time at the School of Public Policy not only provided me with a solid theoretical understanding of the policy-making process, but also gave me the practical skills, tools, and connections that I needed to make a seamless transition from grad school to a professional career. I was able to pick the brains of leaders across business sectors; these discussions provided me the ability to anticipate and meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders. No other program that I researched prior to attending the MPP program offered a similar experience, let alone completing it in a year.”
–Allison Robins, Research Associate, The Conference Board of Canada, Calgary, AB (Class of 2015)
“The program was instrumental in preparing me to be able to analyze an issue from all sides involved, and prepare the best non-partisan advice possible. Every day I sit and chat policy with some of Canada’s most brilliant economists, and I can hold my own because of the lessons learned, and discussions I had at the School of Public Policy.”
-Tasha Taylor, Assistant Chief of Staff – Deputy Minister’s Office at Finance Canada / Finances Canada, Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON (Class of 2014)
“What sets The School apart is its hands-on curriculum and the opportunities it creates for students to network at the highest level.”
-Jasmine Brown, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations and Policy | Institute of Health Economics, Edmonton, AB (Class of 2012)
“In my current role, the MPP Program training has given me the necessary skills to dissect the myriad of economic regulations pertaining to my job and to understand the consequences of such regulation when pricing and negotiating commercial agreements.”
-Jason Fransoo, Market Manager, Fertilizer, Canadian Pacific, Calgary, AB (Class of 2013)