McGill Bell

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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.

Program Summary


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.

Related Degrees:

Posted Tuition: For the full 11-month program: $35,399 for domestic students and $36,229 for International Students ( accessed 2 October 2018).

Degree Requirements


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
Skills Workshops
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
Skills Workshops
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
Skills Workshops
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
Skills Workshops
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

Course Map for McGill MPP

(R) indicates required course

and Skills

Policy Analysis and Process

Experts, Science, and Evidence (R)

Partisan Politics and the Policy Process (R/2)

Achieving Policy Transparency (R/2)

Information and Media Literacy (R)

Implementation and Delivery

Stakeholder Management (R/2)

Policymaking in a World of Business (R/2)

Economic Analysis

Microeconomics for Public Policy (R)

Quantitative Methods
Analytic Methods
Leadership Skills
Communication Skills

The Rhetoric and Communication of Public Policy (R/2)


Capstones,  Internships, Theses, etc.

Policy Case Studies (R)

Skills Workshops (R)

and Context

Governance and Institutions

Comparative Government Structures (R)

Ethics, Rights and Accountability

Ethics, Rights, and Law (R)

The Ethical Dimensions of Policymaking (R/2)

Socioeconomic and Political Context

The Canadian Political and Policy Context (R/3)

The U.S. Political and Policy Context (R/3)

The Global Political and Policy Context (R/3)

Global Context

Policy and Globalization (R/2)


Public Financial Management

Budgeting and Fiscal Policy (R/2)

Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Analytical Methods for Policy Evaluation (R)

Human Resource Management
Information and Technology Management
Regulatory Policy and Management
Local Government Management
Nonprofit Management and Advocacy


Macroeconomic Policy

Global Macroeconomic Policy (R)

International Development
Public Finance and Social Policy
Employment, Labour and Immigration
Cities, Urban and Regional Development
Environment and Sustainability
Agriculture and Resources
Science, Technology and Innovation
Industry, Trade and Investment
Energy, Transport and Infrastructure
Defence, Security and Foreign Relations
Policing and Justice Administration
Arts and Culture
Financial Markets



Source: At 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.