MIPP students must complete a total of 12 courses over three consecutive semesters (fall, winter, and spring). Six of these 12 courses are mandatory courses: these include the four foundational fall-term courses:

  • IP601 – Public Sector Economics and the Global Economy
  • IP602 – Tools for Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
  • IP603 – Comparative Public Policy
  • IP604 – Politics, Policy and Globalization

and two interdisciplinary seminar (IDS) courses (IP605 and IP606) which are offered in the winter and spring terms, respectively.

In addition, in the winter and spring terms students will specialize in one particular area of public policy by completing all three courses offered in one of four thematic fields: international environmental policy, human security, international economic relations, and global migration. The required courses for each of the fields are as follows:

International Environmental Policy

IP608 – The Economics of Human Security and the Environment
IP612 – Earth Governance: The Politics and Law of Environmental Policy
IP613 – Special Topics in International Environmental Policy

International Economic Relations

IP607 – The Economics of International Trade and Migration
IP622 – Power and Policy in the Global Economy
IP623 – Special Topics in International Economic Relations

Human Security

IP608 – The Economics of Human Security and the Environment
IP632 – The Politics of Human Security
IP633 – Special Topics in Human Security

Global Migration

IP607 – The Economics of International Trade and Migration
IP642 – The Social Politics of Migration
IP643 – Special Topics in Migration

Finally, students complete three elective courses; electives can include any other IP courses outside of their chosen field of specialization, or other graduate courses offered at either Laurier or the University of Waterloo (with the written permission of the MIPP program director). Students may elect to specialize in two thematic fields, but should be aware that this will be easier for some combinations of fields than for others (some combinations may not be possible in any given academic year, depending on course scheduling), and that pursuing this option will reduce the number of elective courses they may take.

More information can be found on the MIPP page of Laurier’s Graduate Academic calendar.

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