I came to the Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program at Carleton from the University of Saskatchewan following my bachelor’s degree in political studies (hons.). Much of my interest in public policy came later in my undergrad after realizing the need to bolster my BA with a more professional degree. My experience working in government relations at the University of Saskatchewan and as a student executive at the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union grew my interest in policy and its influence in organizational functions, and advice from multiple mentors pushed me to seek further education in the field.
I chose the SPPA due to its location in Ottawa, its funding packages and its co-op program allowing for students to seek work largely within the federal and provincial governments. Reflecting as a second year in the MPPA program and as the current SPPA Student Society president, coming to Ottawa has been a great opportunity to meet like-minded students from across Canada and network as we continue into our careers. The co-op component not only opens doors for students but allows us to learn important professional skills to apply during our studies and post-graduation.
My advice for students is to come to the program with an open mind, the electives offered can sometimes expand your horizons and policy interests! Also get involved, not just because it’s a way to meet your classmates, but it also allows you to have a say in your student experience at the School.
Join SPPA online Friday, December 2 from 12-1:30 p.m. ET to learn more about all our programs at the SPPA Open House.