… a summary of one of the Master’s Programs on the Atlas
McGill Bell – McGill University, Max Bell School of Public Policy, MPP
Program Comparison Highlights
Institutional Structure: In November 2017 it was announced that McGill University will create the Max Bell School of Public Policy within the Faculty of Arts and will enroll its first MPP students in fall 2019.
Curriculum Design: The School:
“offers a full-time and intensive 11-month Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, beginning in September 2019. The program is designed for participants who have been working for a few years after receiving their undergraduate degree. It combines insights regarding the theory of public policy with the many practical aspects that make the analysis, design, communication, and implementation of public policy so complex. The program also has an emphasis on developing the skills and perspectives essential for creating future leaders in the policy process, whether in government, business, or non-governmental organizations.”
The Master of Public Policy is a 45-credit program which includes five key components: Core Policy Courses; Policy Case Studies; Complexity Seminars; Skills Workshops; and a Policy Lab.
Professional Program Features: The School includes former practitioners among its teaching faculty and features Policy Case Studies; Complexity Seminars; Skills Workshops; and a Policy Lab.
University: McGill University
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Degree: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Marketing Approach: “Our goal with the Max Bell School’s MPP program is to break down silos, disrupt the status quo and challenge powerful opinions to help students understand and solve problems that really matter. The program takes an integrated approach to public policy, striking the right balance between policy theory and practical realities. By providing real-world skills and experience, we prepare students for public policy careers in the government, private and non-profit sectors at the local, national and international levels.”
Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD
Academic Unit within University: The Max Bell School is [TO BE CONFIRMED} an academic unit within the Faculty of Arts.
Posted Tuition: For the full 11-month program: $35,399 for domestic students and $36,229 for International Students (https://mcgill.ca/maxbellschool/mpp-program/tuition-scholarships accessed 2 October 2018).
The following is copied directly from the website, which notes that “The MPP Program details are pending approval within McGill University.”
“Students are challenged every day to improve their analytical abilities and enhance their policy toolkit. Given that many of the crucial challenges of public policy exist similarly in all countries, the program develops the essential skills for both international and Canadian students to shape policy in a constantly evolving global landscape.
MPP Timetable Fall 2019
|Fall Module #1|
|Sept 2 – Oct 11||PPOL 602: Microeconomics for Public Policy|
|PPOL 603: Comparative Government Structures|
|Oct 14 – Oct 18||Module #1 Exam Week|
|Fall Case Study Week|
|Oct 21 – Oct 25||PPOL 631-636: Policy Case Studies (Choose 2 of 6)|
|Oct 28 – Nov 1||Case Study Writing Week|
|Fall Module #2|
|Nov 4 – Dec 13||PPOL 604: Ethics, Rights, and Law|
|PPOL 605: Analytical Methods for Policy Evaluation|
|Dec 16 – Dec 20||Module #2 Exam Week|
|Dec 23 – Jan 5||Holiday Break|
MPP Timetable Winter 2020
|Winter Module #1|
|Jan 6 – Feb 14||PPOL 611-2-3: The Political and Policy Landscape (Choose 1 of 3)|
|PPOL 601: Global Macroeconomic Policy|
|Feb 17 – Feb 21||Module #1 Exam Week|
|Winter Case Study Week|
|Feb 24 – Feb 28||PPOL 631-6: Policy Case Studies (Choose 2 of 6)|
|March 2 – Mar 6||McGill Reading Week|
|March 9 – Mar 13||Case Study Writing Week|
|Winter Module #2|
|Mar 16 – April 24||PPOL 606: Experts, Science, and Evidence|
|PPOL 607: Information and Media Literacy|
|April 27 – May 1||Module #2 Exam Week|
MPP Timetable Spring/Summer 2020
|Spring Module: Complexity Seminars|
|May 4 – May 8||PPOL 640: Policy in a world of business
PPOL 641: The rhetoric and communication of policy
|May 11 – May 15||PPOL 642: Policy and globalization
PPOL 643: The ethical dimension of policymaking
|May 18 – May 22||Writing Week|
|May 25 – May 29||PPOL 644: Stakeholder management
PPOL 645: Partisan politics in the policy process
|June 1 – June 5||PPOL 646: Budgeting and fiscal policy
PPOL 647: Achieving policy transparency
|Summer Module: Policy Lab|
|June 8 – July 3||PPOL 620: Policy Lab (Teams Work on Projects)|
|July 6 – July 10||PPOL 620: Policy Lab (Final Team Presentations)|
|End of MPP Program|
Duration: 11 months.
Academic Prerequisite: “The MPP program is directed at early career professionals, normally with two to five years professional experience, who are interested in developing expertise in the field of public policy. Recent graduates with an exceptional academic record will also be considered. Specific requirements:
- A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent as recognised by McGill University) is required.
- The ideal applicant will have completed undergraduate courses in Political Science, Economics, Quantitative Methods, and/or Statistics.
- CGPA 3.6/4.0 or higher recommended.”
Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 15 (45 credits). If it is assumed that each of the 8 courses and the 4 complexity seminars is equivalent to a one-semester course, then the it implies that the remaining components (Policy Case Studies; Skills Workshops; and a Policy Lab) are deemed to be collectively equivalent to 3 one-semester courses.
Number of Required Courses: 8 (for the Political and Policy Landscape course of these, students can select between Canadian, US or Global)
Number of Electives Typically Taken: 4 (each of the four Complexity Seminars has a choice of two)
Number of Electives Offered within Program: 8
Comprehensive Examination: No
Thesis Required: No
Internship Required: No
International Study Required: No
Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree
Professional Development and Career Support: Policy Case Studies; Skills Workshops; and a Policy Lab.
Student-run Journal: Not referenced on School website
Applied Projects: Yes (Policy Lab)
Pro Bono Consulting: Not referenced on School website
Courses Offered: The full list of courses offered in 2019-20 is found at https://mcgill.ca/maxbellschool/mpp-program/mpp-detail/core-policy-courses.
Course Map for McGill MPP
(R) indicates required course
Source: At https://mcgill.ca/maxbellschool/ and related sites (accessed 2 October 2018).
Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 2 October 2018.
Image: Screenshot of school website on 2 October 2018.