Program Benefits

UBC’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) is a professional, global public policy program, designed for high-performing professionals to enhance their careers or transition into senior roles in institutions, companies, non-governmental organizations, and various levels of government in all parts of the world.

As future policymakers and world leaders, MPPGA graduates are prepared with multidisciplinary skill sets in policy analysis and expertise in development, sustainability, global governance, and/or Asia.

MPPGA students can expect a highly challenging and rewarding program based on learning, research, innovation, and collaboration. You will have the opportunity to impact real world policy issues through creative problem-solving, global and local engagement.

Throughout the program, you will make meaningful connections with fellow students, faculty, and policy practitioners, creating an international network of contacts.

Faculty Expertise

Our faculty members are a diverse range of academics and policy practitioners. Benefit from their range of expertise, global connections, and interdisciplinary approach to teaching. Areas of faculty expertise include climate change action; Asia Pacific policy; Indigenous rights; governance around resources and energy; and democracy.

Experiential Learning

Expect a mix of case studies, field visits, workshops, case competitions, and other hands-on activities throughout the program to help shape you as a leading global change maker, while applying knowledge and developing practical skills through real-world professional experience.

A key component of the MPPGA is the Global Policy Project, an intensive capstone course where students directly engage with a client organization on a pressing policy challenge. The outcome of the Global Policy Project is rich experiential learning, teamwork, and the application of creative thinking and analytical skills.

Additionally, students will benefit from paid Work Term opportunities, including the Co-op program, personalized support for career planning, and professional skills training.

Studying at UBC

The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) at the University of British Columbia is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

UBC is consistently ranked as the number one university in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change, while SPPGA is renowned for its research strengths and policy influence in sustainability and the Asia Pacific. As an MPPGA student, you will study in a beautiful campus alongside leading academics and students from across the globe at one of the top research universities in the world. Join a university that’s known for its ability to translate ideas into action.

Living in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is a dynamic gateway city to the Asia Pacific region and is considered one of the greenest and most livable cities in the world.

New Skills

Our innovative program equips you with the analytical and technical skills you need to lead policy change in a rapidly transforming, globalized world.

MPPGA graduates are able to:

  • Apply multidisciplinary policy analysis and creative design skills to create, implement and evaluate public policy
  • Articulate ethical guidelines in conducting policy analysis to acknowledge and respect cultural differences
  • Assess alternatives and evaluate options in complex policy problems
  • Develop effective communications at all levels of an organization
  • Prioritize and rationalize resource allocation for innovative policy initiatives
  • Lead teams in implementing multi-layered solutions to real-world issues

New knowledge

Our faculty members and policy practitioners are experts in their respective fields. Expect rigorous knowledge acquisition in the classroom, through work experience and exchange among fellow students.

Options in our stream areas from which MPPGA students may choose to specialize include:

  • Policy challenges and solutions as they relate to sustainability, resources, and energy
  • A broad perspective of global development and social change
  • Proficiency in global governance and security issues

New Career Possibilities

The leadership skills you cultivate in the MPPGA program will help you succeed as a change maker in your organization and open up new career opportunities. Explore alumni careers and what areas of work and roles to expect.

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