By Liam Vaillancourt

Double Rainbow - Rideau River

View from the School of Public Policy and Administration – Rideau River.

For more than sixty years, Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration has welcomed future policymakers into our Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program. After graduating, these students take their experience and expertise with them to the highest levels of the municipal, provincial and federal governments, as well as to industry and the non-profit sector. Our students become leaders in an ever-changing world, helping to solve our most pressing economic, environmental and social issues.

The MPPA consists of ten single-semester courses and four electives with the option of two paid co-op work terms and/or a thesis. The program prepares students to be exceptional policy writers who are both knowledgeable in the foundations of good policy and experienced in real-world issues. By making connections between the academic and professional worlds with our professors and guest lecturers, MPPA students quickly jumpstart successful careers in the public policy. The program is augmented with research opportunities and the potential for specialization in fields such as Indigenous policy and administration, data science, northern studies, sustainable energy, international security and public health.

The program includes a final-year capstone course, which places the students in a team to handle a pressing national policy issue and receive valuable feedback from experts in the field. This allows our students to make connections academically and professionally and gain valuable experience.

If you want to be part of this well-established community, apply today! The deadline for applications if you wish to be considered for funding is February 1 for Fall 2023 start. Applications received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis in the event that there are spaces still available.

Liam Vaillancourt, Work-Study 2022-23

Liam Vaillancourt is music student at Carleton and an SPPA work-study student. Liam came to Carleton from Algoma University, where he studied music and geography. While at Algoma University, Liam worked in the music department managing social media and events. When he’s not helping out in SPPA or the music program, you can find him practicing guitar or spending time outside exploring nature.

MPPA Student Experiences