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Vic Wellington
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MPP and MPA Programs

University of British Columbia, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs - MPPGA

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The program is not currently the responsibility of any one academic unit (see http://mppga.ubc.ca/about/founding-mppga-partners/, accessed 14 March 2015). The program has been jointly developed on behalf of two faculties and three institutes within the University of British Columbia. It will enrol its first students in September 2015.

Curriculum Design:  Using the nomenclature of Comparisons with International Programs, the UBC MPPGA is a blended Public Affairs/International Affairs program, comparable in this respect to the Ottawa MAPIA and the York MPIAA, and different from, for example, the Carleton Patterson MAIA. The UBC MPPGA has a 15 course graduation requirement. Our PEACO calculations below place the MPPGA in the "medium course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-economics content" curricular type, along with such programs as the Syracuse MPA and the Carleton MAPA (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). The subject-matter emphasis differs among the three streams: 1) Development and Social Change; 2) Resources, Energy, and Sustainability; 3) Global Governance and Security. The typical student in Streams 1 and 3 would take about 31% of their courses in Archetypal International Affairs subjects while those in Stream 2 would take less than 10%. Thus, Stream 2 students could expect to receive subject-matter instruction with a profile more like those of typical Public Affairs (MPP) programs while those in Streams 1 and 3 are more similar to those in International Affairs programs. All students, but particularly those in Streams 1 and 3, take a substantial number of courses with an Asia Pacific focus. The UBC MPPGA program aspires (see http://mppga.ubc.ca/about/future-plans/) to join the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), where members commit to developing dual degree programs where "A dual Master degree programme in a subject related to public administration is offered by each of the four GPPN partners. Selected students have the opportunity to spend one year studying a Master degree at their ‘home’ institution and one year studying a corresponding Master degree at one other GPPN institution in New York, London, Paris or Singapore. At the end of the two years, students receive the corresponding Master degrees from each of the two institutions" (at http://www.gppn.net/?page_id=38, accessed 14 March 2015).

Professional Program Features: The MPPGA website notes that "The Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program is actively seeking partners for the Capstone Project and career placement for students. We seek to engage with clients from all sectors including business, government and non-profit." (At http://mppga.ubc.ca/partners/#sthash.OiwYuweL.dpuf, accessed 14 March 2015.) Links to the research conducted by its three founding institutes can be found at: http://mppga.ubc.ca/about/founding-mppga-partners/.

Program Summary

Website: http://mppga.ubc.ca/

University: University of British Columbia

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Degree: Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA)

Marketing Approach: "The Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program will incubate future policy makers with a deeper understanding of policy-making processes, the interconnectedness of global networks, and a cross-sectoral understanding that will foster a healthier, more sustainable future." (At http://mppga.ubc.ca/program/mission-vision/, accessed 14 March 2015.) "The world is in the midst of major and rapid transformation: dramatic technological change, instability in the system of globalization, dramatic rise of emerging powers and rebalancing of power, increased presence of systemic risk, climate crisis and urgent sustainability challenges. What is required is policy education with particular focus on global-domestic interactions, multi-sectoral interactions, sustainability issues and cross-Pacific functional capacity as well as a “learning-by-doing” environment that increases graduates readiness to enter employment productively from the standpoint of both the employer and employee." (At http://mppga.ubc.ca/program/, accessed 14 March 2015.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: The program will start its first year of classes in September 2015.

Academic Unit within University: The program is not currently the responsibility of any one academic unit. "The two-year, professional Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program is designed to cross discipline boundaries and employment sectors. This will be the first general professional degree in global public policy offered by UBC. The program was jointly developed on behalf of two faculties (Arts and Science) and three institutes, Institute of Asian Research (IAR), Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), and Liu Institute for Global Issues (Liu). (At http://mppga.ubc.ca/about/founding-mppga-partners/, accessed 14 March 2015.)

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The three founding partner institutes are described at http://mppga.ubc.ca/about/founding-mppga-partners/. The Institute of Asian Research currently offers a "boutique program offering training focused on the Asia Pacific region, is the  Master of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS)".

Posted Tuition: Tuition for domestic student is $21,500 per year and for an international student is $31,500 per year. (At http://mppga.ubc.ca/students/tuitionawardsfunding/, accessed 18 May 2015. 

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program consists of Year One required courses, a Capstone policy project course starting in April/May of Year 1, and Year Two required elective courses. Students will customize their learning in second year elective courses in one of three concentrations (called streams, which must be declared on application to the program): Development and Social Change; Resources, Energy, and Sustainability; Global Governance and Security. Students will also be exposed to global case studies in the areas of political, socio-economic and cultural change.

MPPGA Degree Requirements

Summary: The program is designed to be a two-year full-time 45 credit (15-one-semester course equivalent) degree: 8 core courses (24 credits); required Capstone Project (6 credits); 4 courses from a list in the elected stream (12 credits) and one elective course (3 credits).

Duration: 20 months

Academic Prerequisite: "All applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree from UBC, with either a minimum average of B+ (76% at UBC) in 3rd and 4th year courses, or academic standing with at least 12 credits of 3rd and 4th year courses in the A range (> 80% at UBC) or, alternatively, applicants who do not meet these requirements, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in the MPPGA program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs Director and approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

The program is unusual in placing the burden of competence in economics and statistics on students to acquire and demonstrate before commencing studies: "All applicants offered admission to the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program must demonstrate knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and statistics prior to the commencement of studies. ... If you do not have the necessary pre-requisites for the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program you may still apply to the program but you will need to take them before commencing your studies in September. You may take the courses at UBC in the summer, at your current post-secondary institution, at a post-secondary institution near to you or online." (At http://mppga.ubc.ca/students/prospective-students/key-elements-of-admission/, accessed 18 May 2015.)

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 15

Number of Required Courses: 11

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 4

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 27

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No (although a Capstone Project paper)

Internship Required: No (although a partnership experience is expected to be part of the Capstone Project)

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Not referenced on program website.

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of courses is found at http://mppga.ubc.ca/program/course-descriptions/, accessed 14 March 2015.

Course Material Online: There are no syllabi available online.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.   

UBC MPPGA

UBC MPPGA

UBC MPPGA

Stream 1

Stream 2

Stream 3

I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree

15

15

15

Number of required courses

14

13

14

Number of elective courses taken

1

2

1

Number of elective courses offered

25

26

25

Enrolment weight of elective courses

0.04

0.08

0.04

Number of courses provided from within the program

39

39

39

II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills

23.5%

23.8%

23.5%

  - Policy and Management Analysis

0.3%

0.6%

0.3%

  - Economic Analysis

7.7%

7.7%

7.7%

 

  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods

7.7%

7.7%

7.7%

  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice

7.7%

7.7%

7.7%

Institutions and Context

21.3%

19.6%

41.4%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

15.4%

15.5%

15.4%

  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability

4.3%

1.2%

7.5%

  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts

1.5%

3.0%

18.5%

Management Functions

8.0%

8.3%

8.0%

  - Public Financial Management

0.3%

0.6%

0.3%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

  - Other Management Functions

7.7%

7.7%

7.7%

Policy Sectors

47.2%

48.2%

27.1%

  - Macroeconomic Policy

7.7%

7.7%

7.7%

  - International Development

28.6%

4.2%

2.2%

  - Health

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

  - Other Policy Sectors

10.9%

36.3%

17.2%

                              Total

100%

100%

100%

III. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among

      Curricular Type Groupings of Subjects

Policy-Oriented Subjects

64.4%

67.0%

61.2%

Management-Oriented Subjects

35.6%

33.0%

38.8%

Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)

23.1%

23.2%

23.1%

Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects  (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)

31.2%

31.5%

31.2%

Archetypal International Affairs Subjects  (I&GC, ID, DS&FR)

31.4%

9.5%

31.4%

IV. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

0.67

0.70

0.67

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

1.56

1.61

3.84

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

3.75

3.78

4.68

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

1.52

1.81

1.76

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

1.16

1.16

1.16

Total Courses in "NASPAA-Required Subjects"

8.67

9.07

12.10

V. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

0.38

0.39

0.38

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

0.72

0.74

1.77

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

1.00

1.01

1.25

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

1.02

1.21

1.17

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

1.46

1.47

1.46

Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed

0.87

0.91

1.21

 

Source: At http://mppga.ubc.ca/ and related sites (accessed 14 March 2015).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 14 March 2015 and updated by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Last updated by Ian Clark, 18 May 2015.

UBC MPPGA Course Map
Courses Listed, organized by Public Policy and Management Subject

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  GPP 581 Behavioural Foundations for Public Policy

 Economic Analysis

  GPP 501 Microeconomic Analysis for Public Policy (R)

 Quantitative Methods

  GPP 503 Measurement and Data Analysis for Policy (R)

 Analytic Methods

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

  GPP 509 Communicating Policy (R)

 Professional Practice

 

Capstone or Thesis
(multiple subjects)

 Capstone and Special Topics

  GPP 590 Capstone Project (2R)
  GPP 591 Special Topics in Public Policy

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  GPP 505 Domestic and Global Policy Process (R)
  GPP 506 Public Management (R)

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  GPP 508 Philosophical and Ethical Foundations for Public Policy (R/2)
  GPP 567 Human Rights and Justice (3R/7 for Stream 3)

 Social and Political Context

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  GPP 560 Global Governance (R for Stream 3)
  GPP 561 Impact of Globalization on Societies (3R/7 for Stream 3)
  GPP 563 Asia Pacific Human Migration and Social Change (3R/7 for Stream 3)
  GPP 580 Internet and Global Affairs
  GPP 562 Resource Governance, Environment and Human Security (3R/7 for Stream 3)

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  GPP 504 Policy Analysis and Evaluation (R)

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  GPP 582 Public Engagement in Policy Decisions

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  GPP 502 International Macroeconomics (R)

 International Development

  GPP 520 Economics of Poverty (R for Stream 1)
  GPP 521 Development and Institutionsn (3R/7 for Stream 1)
  GPP 522 Development Discourses and Practices (3R/7 for Stream 1)
  GPP 523 Economic Change and Reforms in Asia (3R/7 for Stream 1)
  GPP 524 Legal Change and Sustainability Challenges in Asia (3R/7 for Stream 1)
  GPP 525 Social Policy Responses to Rapid Development (3R/7 for Stream 1)
  GPP 527 Corporate Social Responsibility and the Public Interest (3R/7 for Stream 1)

 Social Policy and Welfare

 Health

 Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  GPP 526 Challenges of Urbanization (3R/7 for Stream 1)

 Environment and Sustainability

  GPP 507 Environmental Law and Policy Frameworks (R/2; R for Stream 2)
  GPP 540 Tools and Techniques for Sustainability Assessment (R for Stream 2)
  GPP 544 Economic Foundations of Environmental Policies (2R/5 for Stream 2)
  GPP 545 Ecology for Policy (2R/5 for Stream 2)
  GPP 584 Policy Responses to Global Climate Change (2R/5 for Stream 2)

 Agriculture and Resources

  GPP 543 Sustainable Water Systems (2R/5 for Stream 2)

 Science, Technology and Innovation

  GPP 542 Science, Technology and Public Policy (2R/5 for Stream 2)

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  GPP 541 Policy Dimensions of Energy Systems

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  GPP 564 Security Challenges for Asian States and People (3R/7 for Stream 3)
  GPP 565 Nationalism, Religion and Ethnic Conflict in Asia (3R/7 for Stream 3)
  GPP 566 Asia Diplomacy and International Relations (3R/7 for Stream 3)
  GPP 583 Food Security

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets


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