About IPIS

The Infrastructure Protection and International Security (IPIS) program brings together the core principles of critical infrastructure engineering and multi-hazard threat risk assessment with an awareness of the geopolitical challenges and policy frameworks and options needed for better protecting national critical infrastructure systems.

The program combines the unique resources of the Faculty of Engineering and Design and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, housed within the Faculty of Public Affairs, to deliver an interdisciplinary graduate program specifically designed to bridge current gaps between these two groups.

As one of a few of its kind, the IPIS program offers three unique degrees: a Master of Infrastructure Protection and International Security, a Master of Engineering in Infrastructure Protection and International Security and a Graduate Diploma in Infrastructure and International Security.

Our Vision

We offer a unique and elite graduate program that attracts dedicated and motivated engineers and policy analysts who share a common interest in protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure. This vision requires excellence at all levels of the program, including the quality of academic offerings and the preservation of the integrity of the IPIS program.

Our task is to ensure that safe, secure and sustainable critical infrastructure protection is the joint responsibility of public and private partnerships. We provide well-rounded training and education to our students that combines knowledge from both engineering and social science. Our students are prepared to assess the state of critical infrastructure systems in Canada and abroad, and to learn and apply strategies to protect such systems from natural hazards and conflict. Our students develop mitigation strategies to minimize damage to critical infrastructure systems through engineering design and policy alternatives.