Professional Development

Your future in public policy starts at The School of Public Policy. The Master of Public Policy program offers a comprehensive and dynamic approach to professional development that will enable you to achieve your career goals. From identifying a career plan to perfecting your marketability to a range of employers for a successful job search, we ensure graduates can build career connections and thrive in a challenging job market.

A wide range of professional development workshops and events to help you clarify your career goals and get the skills you need to succeed in the job market. They include:

  • One-on-One Career Coaching Sessions
  • Strategic Resume Writing
  • Networking For Success
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Practice Interviews
  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Effective Presentation Skills
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Stress and Time Management
  • Leadership Development
  • The School of Public Policy Research Assistantships
  • Career Fairs
  • Professional Luncheon Series
  • Participate in Case Competition



Once admitted to the UCalgary MPP program, you will have access to Career Link, our jobs and career resources tool. Through this web enabled tool you can view and apply for job opportunities, schedule interviews, sign-up for events and career coaching appointments and access a range of career development resources.



The School of Public Policy offers a unique Speakers Series which brings in policy leaders from the public and private sector to speak with graduate students about the issues they are working on, as well as their own career development.

In the past, the speaker series has included the following speakers:

  • Marcia Nelson, Former Deputy Minister of Executive Council of the Government of Alberta
  • Gitane De Silva, Alberta’s Senior Representative to the U.S., Economic Development and Trade, CEO Canada Energy Regulator
  • Chima Nkemdirim, Vice President, Government Relations, Shaw Communications
  • Parliamentary Budget Officer, Yves Giroux
  • Garret Smith, Indigenous Activist
  • Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), University of Calgary



Expand your network before you finish the program by connecting with our active MPP Alumni through the UCalgary Mentor Link. Alumni provide Graduate Students with encouragement and advice to assist in achieving academic and career goals. Through this initiative, Alumni offer professional and personal development advice while providing insight about their academic and work experience.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentoring mentored, or mentoring, please contact



Make meaningful connections and learn from leading policy practitioners through a range of opportunities to engage with community leaders, senior public policymakers, journalists and politicians. Graduate students are invited to events across Calgary where policy leaders discuss a variety of public policy issues. In the past, students have attended forums such as the Enbridge Research in Action seminars, C.D. Howe’s ‘Essential Events’, Young Women in Energy forums, Chamber of Commerce and Calgary Economic Development speaker sessions involving individuals such as former Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley, City of Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, and ATB Chief Economist, Todd Hirsch. Past students have also volunteered with organizations such as, Equal Voice and Calgary Leadership Luncheon.