Master of International Public Policy

Applications are still being accepted for 2014-15: Master of International Public Policy (WLU)

A Career in International Policy Development

Wilfrid Laurier University offers an interdisciplinary one year Master of International Public Policy (MIPP). The program provides graduate training for individuals looking to pursue or enhance careers in international or global policy development, implementation and evaluation. A multidisciplinary and integrated curriculum is combined with a team-teaching approach to achieve the program's objectives.

MIPP students complete three terms of intensive course work, each of which builds a specific skill set. The first term emphasizes core skills in public sector economics, policy analysis and research tools (statistics), and also in international relations and globalization. These core skills are then applied during the following two terms to the interdisciplinary study of a selected field of concentration in international public policy.

Each field of concentration comprises a multidisciplinary suite of courses – involving faculty members from political science, economics, global studies, environmental studies, among others – which ensures students gain a comprehensive understanding of the various perspectives and interests that shape international public policy. A team-taught interdisciplinary seminar provides a unique forum for making those connections. Guest lectures and workshops from policy experts and practitioners supplement the student’s formal study, providing valuable insights on current issues and on the practice of international public policy.

The MIPP program gave me a solid grounding in all aspects of international public policy including economics, statistics, international relations and Canadian policy. The practical knowledge and extra opportunities for engagement this program provides have given me a real head start in the job market.

Michael Mosier, 2009 MIPP Cohort

BSIA Masters Student Receives Award at the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Conference

The 2014 Annual Canadian Agri-Food Policy Conference held in Ottawa last week featured a research project by Master of International Public Policy student Johanna Wilkes, which was chosen as one of the top three projects from 25 submissions from across Canada. As one of the top three projects, Johanna was invited to present her paper in a special session at the conference and she also received a cash award. Her presentation, "What's Trade Got to Do with It?: Exploring the Impact of Direct Transfer Food Aid on sub-Saharan African Agricultural Producers and Agricultural Trade", focused on the intersection of international development and trade through an agricultural lens. She explored the effects of direct transfer food aid on recipient economy agricultural producers and international cereal grain trade flows to the region from 1991 - 2007.

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