The application system is currently closed and will open for Summer 2020 in early October.

The deadline for completed applications for Summer 2020 will be January 15, 2020 to be considered for funding.
The portal remains open until April 1st and applications received after the deadline will be considered for admission and funding if space and funds remain.

The Summer Institute dates for Summer 2020 will be announced soon.

Please view the admission requirements here.

View the Program requirements here.

Please see the How To Apply page for more information on how to submit your application.

Both the MPNL and DPNL programs commence with an intensive on-campus two-week Summer Institute that run Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30pm.

Both programs can be completed through a mix of residential summer sessions (two summer institutes), in class courses, and online learning (which can be supplemented by regular on-campus classes).

The same admission requirements and application process apply to both degrees.

Awards Funding

For information on applying for Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and other Awards and Funding please click here.

Required documents

The following are a list of required documents for applications to be considered complete:

Transcript(s) (all post-secondary transcripts are required)

Letters of Reference (2 required)

Letters of Reference should come from someone who can comment on your academic preparation and potential for graduate study in public policy and administration. Note that the design of the Referee Appraisal Form (emailed to your referees) anticipates that they will be university faculty members who have recently taught or supervised your academic work. If you have been away from university for some time, you may select non-academic referees who are familiar with your professional work.

Statement of Intent (1 required)

Your Statement of Intent must include two distinct sections with the following details:

1. A Statement of Academic Research Interest (not to exceed one page, single-spaced). This statement should outline your academic interests – the research topics, questions and issues you wish to pursue in this program.

2. A Statement of Professional Interest (not to exceed one page, single-spaced). It should provide an overview of how your professional or volunteer experience is relevant to the master’s or diploma program and should identify your personal and professional goals and indicate how the program might help you in realizing these.


CV/Resumé (1 required)

Your CV/Resumé should provide biographical information, including your education, professional experience, voluntary activities, and note-worthy achievements.

Writing Sample (1 required)

Provide a sample of original academic or professional written work from the past year for which you are exclusively responsible. This sample should not exceed 20 pages, double-spaced. It could be a recent term paper, a chapter from a research essay, or an excerpt from a report.


Language Proficiency (ESL Test Scores)

Our department requires one of the following ESL test scores, if applicable. TOEFL IBT: 86 (22 in writing and speaking, 20 in reading and listening); TOEFL PBT: 580; CAEL: 70; IETLS: 7.0

“Canadian philanthropy is changing rapidly, becoming more innovative, more complex and more global.  The MPNL and Diploma will help professionals understand these changes and acquire the sophisticated skills needed to be successful in this sector. Carleton’s Masters is innovative, leading edge and will change the professional practice of philanthropy in Canada.    Canada Advancing Philanthropy is proud to endorse this program as Canada’s national program in this field.” – Guy Mallabone