The Glendon School of Public and International Affairs


The Glendon School is Canada’s first bilingual graduate school of public and international affairs. A unique Canadian institution, it combines a comprehensive bilingualism with a focus upon both public and international affairs. Adopting a global perspective, the School explores the relationship between public institutions and their larger environment. Its purpose is to advance research on public and international affairs; provide a high-quality bilingual master’s program; and offer innovative professional development programming.

The Glendon School is located in mid-town Toronto on the fully bilingual Glendon Campus of York University. This picturesque setting is the ideal venue for bringing together public leaders and academic specialists to discuss and debate the challenges facing contemporary public life.

Master's in Public and International Affairs

The flagship component of the School, our Master’s program offers a uniquely bilingual education that will prepare students for leadership roles in public life. Students become well-versed not only in public policy and administration, but in public affairs – a broader examination of Canadian public institutions and the international environments in which they function.

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Program Highlights

  • Fully bilingual 2-year program prepares students for work in public affairs at all levels of government or in the voluntary and private sectors
  • Strong multidisciplinary faculty and national and international visiting professors combine scholarship ad practical experience
  • The Centre for Global Challenges brings in international experts, exposing students to international issues, particularly as they affect domestic policy
  • Core courses cut across traditoinal boundaries, exploring the links among social, economic and environmental policy, and between international and domestic issues
  • Optional courses address current issues of policy and public administration
  • Mandatory student internships expose students to direct practical experience in public affairs
  • Innovative approaches including team teaching, student conferences and opportunities to work through problems, individually and in teams, from preparing briefing notes to developing a memorandum to Cabinet
  • Small classes, an intensely personal experience

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Applications for Fall 2015 will be accepted at the end of September 2014

Recent 2013-14 guests have included:

Mr. David Mulroney, Mr. Dominique Wolton, Hon. Pierre Pettigrew, Dr. Clayton Ruby, Amb. Marie-Anne Coninsx, Mr. Paul Heinbecker, Ms. Marie-Lucie Morin, Senator David Smith, Mr. Robert Calderisi, Ms. Marianne McLean, Mr. Tony Giles, Mr. Craig Scott, Mr. Irvin Studin, Mr. Eric Morse.

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Upcoming & Recent Events


October 23, 2014
Fiddling while Rome burns? A Conference on Public Intellectuals and the Future of Canada
October 14, 2013
Les promesses déçues du printemps arabe: de la démocratie illibérale e Égypte à la guerre civile en Syrie
October 24, 2013
La communication, enjeu de la paix et de la guerre au XXIe siècle
September 26, 2013
Anti-discrimination Fallacies
November 8, 2012
Understanding theStudent Mobilization in Quebec: What Lessons for Ontario?
November 5, 2012
The Harper Doctrine: Understanding Canada's New International Posture
October 23, 2012
It's Greek to Me: On Deficits, Austerity and the Evolving Role of Government
October 11, 2012
The Challenge of Radical Islam: Fallacies of Religious Freedom
September 20, 2012

Transformations in the Middle East and North Africa: A closer look at Syria

April 12 , 2012

Breaking Barriers: New Directions and Strategies in Aboriginal Governance



November 3, 2011
The European Parliament's Trade Powers After the Lisbon Treaty
May 17, 2011
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April 7, 2011
People Power and the Age of Social Media: Can Canadians Mobilize?
January 27, 2011

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School of Public and International Affairs Glendon Campus, York University
2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 3M6 T: 416 487 6706 F: 416 487 6786