The Master’s in Public & International Affairs (MPIA) Program


Housed within Canada’s first bilingual School of Public and International Affairs, our Master’s program offers a unique, high-quality bilingual education that prepares students for leadership roles in public life. Through this two-year degree, students become well versed not only in public policy and administration, but in public affairs — a broader examination of Canadian public institutions and the domestic and international settings in which they function.

The program will equip you with the skills to analyze the key challenges in Canadian public life, place Canada’s public institutions in their global content, apply the core knowledge and tools of public management and policy, and work effectively in both English and French.


Some highlights:


  • Fully bilingual 2-year program prepares students for work in public affairs at all levels of government or in the not-for-profit and private sectors
  • Competitive funding package covering tuition fees available for eligible domestic students
  • Small classes (15 to 25 students), an intensely personal experience
  • Opportunity to tailor your studies by selecting elective classes of your interest and by choosing one of our 3 streams (course-work, research or dual degree with Strasbourg University)
  • Core courses exploring the links among social, economic and environmental policies, and between international and domestic issues
  • Student internship exposes students to direct practical experience in public affairs
  • Strong multidisciplinary faculty and national and international visiting professors 
  • The School brings in international experts, exposing students to international issues, particularly as they affect domestic policy
  • 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
  • Scholarships available for top-ranked students


The curriculum includes courses in policy analysis, public management and research methods. Students are introduced to such matters as financial management, organizational theory, project implementation and evaluation, and the techniques of policy-making.


Download the MPIA brochure here!