Professional Master’s

What is meant by a professional Master’s program and degree

The MPP and MPA degrees and programs are generally considered to be “professional Master’s” degrees and programs. What does that mean?

As the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies at Simon Fraser University (reference below) notes, there is “no simple distinction between research-intensive and professional programs,” but goes on to say:

“However, there seems to be general agreement that professional programs have the following characteristics:

  1. Students acquire knowledge and skills relevant to defined career areas.
  2. The program provides exposure to a profession through one or more of the following: co-op/intern opportunities; case studies; interaction with members of professions; applied research opportunities.
  3. A requirement of the program is that students apply what they have learned to “real life” situations or problems, through theses, projects or other examinable media; the intent of such a requirement is to develop critical, inquiring attitudes in those pursuing a profession.
  4. Acquisition of a professional graduate degree is likely to enhance employment opportunities and/or salary levels.”

Reference:

Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, Simon Fraser University, Professional Master’s Programs, at https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/administration/curriculum-planning/creating-new-programs/professional-master-s-programs.html,¬†accessed 17 April 2019.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 17 April 2019.

Image: Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, Simon Fraser University, Professional Master’s Programs, at https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/administration/curriculum-planning/creating-new-programs/professional-master-s-programs.html,¬†accessed 17 April 2019.