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, geography, 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.
CIGI Graduate Fellowship Program
A unique feature of the Balsillie School of International Affairs’ experience, the CIGI Graduate Fellowship Program is a professional development program where students receive mentorship and guidance from senior scholars and policy practitioners as they advance their own research and writing skills. CIGI Graduate Fellows receive up to $15,000 over three terms, and are normally asked to conduct research for a CIGI or BSIA project and co-author a policy brief, which they present to senior policy makers at an end-of-year symposium. Briefs deemed to be of high quality are normally published as part of the CIGI Graduate Fellow Policy Brief Series.
“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