Public Policy and Governance

Public Policy and Governance: Introduction

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Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Public Policy


Combined Degree Programs

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in the participating degree programs listed below:

  1. Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies
    • Public Policy, MPP
  2. Environmental Studies
    • Public Policy, MPP
  3. Ethnic and Pluralism Studies
    • Public Policy, MPP
  4. Public Health Policy​
    • Public Policy, MPP
  5. Sexual Diversity Studies
    • Public Policy, MPP


The School of Public Policy and Governance is a professional school offering a two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree. The program is highly interdisciplinary and bridges the spheres of domestic policy and international or global policy, providing comprehensive coverage of the broad sweep of complex issues facing modern governments and other policymaking organizations.

Contact and Address

Telephone: (416) 978-5120
Fax: (416) 978-5079​​

School of Public Policy and Governance
University of Toronto
Canadiana Gallery
Third Floor, 14 Queen's Park Crescent West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K9

Public Policy and Governance: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Anand, Anita - BA, LLB, MA, LLM
Baker, Michael - BComm, MA, PhD
Benjamin, Dwayne - BSc, MA, PhD
Bobonis, Gustavo - BA, PhD
Cameron, David - PhD, FRSC
Frazer, Garth - BE, BM, MPH, MA, PhD
Green, Andrew - LLB, BA, LLM, MA, PhD
Haddow, Rodney - BA, MSc, PhD
Hansen, Randall - BA, MPH, PhD, CRC
Heath, Joseph - BA, MA, PhD, FRSC
Karney, Bryan - BSc, MEng, PhD, PEng
Macklin, Audrey - BSc, LLB, LLM, Chair in International Human Rights Law
MacLean, Heather L - BASc, MASc, MBA, PhD, PEng
Marchildon, Gregory - PhD
Miller, Eric - BASc, MASc, PhD
Nevitte, Neil - BA, MA, PhD, FRSC
Oreopoulos, Philip - BA, MA, PhD
Peng, Ito - BSW, BSc, MA, PhD
Pesando, James - BA, MA, PhD
Reeve, Douglas - BSc, MASc, PhD
Rittich, Kerry - BAMus, LLB, SJD
Schieman, Scott - BA, MA, PhD
Smart, Michael - BA, BA, PhD
Stabile, Mark - BA, MA, PhD
Stein, Janice - BA, MA, PhD, OC, FRSC
White, Graham - BA, MA, PhD
White, Linda - BA, MA, PhD
Williams, Melissa - AB, AM, PhD
Wong, Joseph - BA, MA, PhD, CRC
Zuberi, Daniyal - BA, MSc, PhD

Members Emeriti

Donnelly, Michael - BSc, MA, PhD
Gunderson, Morley - BA, MA, PhD
Myles, John - BA, BTh, MA, PhD
Stefanovic, Ingrid - BA, MA, PhD

Associate Members

Stark, Andrew - BA, MSc, AM, PhD

Public Policy and Governance: Public Policy MPP

​Master of Public Policy​

Program Description

The MPP program features core instruction on a peer-cohort learning model. In addition to the core material considered essential for policy practice, students take electives both within the school and in the broader university. Integrating seminars are led by faculty members. Invited visiting public sector leaders and external researchers bridge theory and practice, providing contact with senior professionals in government and the broader public, private, and community sectors. The program also provides access to courses and research facilities available in many other graduate departments, centres, and institutes across the University.


Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the School of Public Policy and Governance's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with an overall standing equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+ in the final year.

  • The program is open to applicants of all disciplinary backgrou​nds. A basic competency in mathematics and a basic understanding of the Canadian political system are assumed. Applicants without such preparation should consult with the Program Director. University-level courses in these areas are not required for admission.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 8.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 6.5 required core FCEs (see list of required core courses below)

    • 1.5 FCEs from the list of electives offered by University-wide graduate units, one of which must be a PPG course

  • Internship:

    • PPG 2006Y MPP Internship; a mandatory internship taken in the summer between Year 1 and Year 2 or during Year 2. The internship research report is graded on a credit/no-credit basis.

Program Length

5 sessions ​full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Public Policy and Governance: Public Policy MPP Courses

Course List

Required Core Courses

PPG 1000H
Governance and Institutions
PPG 1001H
The Policy Process
PPG 1002H
Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
PPG 1003H
Macroeconomics for Policy Analysis
PPG 1004H
Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
PPG 1005H
The Social Context of Policy-Making
PPG 1007H
Putting Policy into Action: Strategic Implementation of Public Objectives
PPG 1008H
Program Evaluation for Public Policy
PPG 2001H
Legal Analysis of Public Policy
PPG 2002H
Topics in Applied Economics for Public Policy
PPG 2003H
Capstone Course: Integrating Issues in Public Policy
PPG 2008H
Comparative Public Policy and Transnational Forces  

Choose one of:

PPG 2011H
Ethics and the Public Interest
PPG 2022H
Moral Foundations of Public Policy

Elective Courses

Offered by the School of Public Policy and Governance:

PPG 2010H
Panel Data Methods for Public Policy Analysis
PPG 2012H
Topics in Public Policy
PPG 2013H
Topics in Public Policy I
PPG 2014H
Topics in Public Policy II
PPG 2015H
Topics In Public Policy III
PPG 2017H
Topics in Public Policy: Urban Policy
PPG 2018H
The Role of Government
PPG 2020H
MPP Reading Course
PPG 2021H
Priority Topics in Public Administration

Offered by the Faculty of Law:

LAW 7030H
Issues in Aboriginal Law and Policy


PPG 2006Y
MPP Internship