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MPP and MPA Programs

York University, School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) - MPPLA 

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: York's Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) is provided by the School of Pubic Policy and Administration, one of 21 departments and schools within the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University.

Curriculum Design: The MPPLA is unique in Canada in several respects. The program has no electives. It is two-year program that is designed be completed by students with full-time jobs. Unsurprisingly given this ambition, the number of one-semester courses for degree is one of the lowest of the programs reviewed to date. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that students take about 33% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 69% in management-oriented subjects and that none of their courses have high math-economics content. This places the York MPPLA in the "low course requirement, management-oriented, lower math-economics content" curricular type, along with such programs as the York MPIAA and the Oregon MPA (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). The competency gap analysis below suggests that a York MPPLA student would graduate with approximately 66 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including shortfalls of 12 course-weeks in both Economic Analysis and Quantitative Methods, 9 course-weeks in Leadership Skills and 6 course-weeks in each of Socioeconomic and Political Context; and Macroeconomic Policy. On the other hand, this student would graduate with well over the minimum competency requirements in Human Resource Management and especially in Ethics, Rights and Accountability. 

Professional Program Features: The program website does not include references to career advice other than for the general university site at or to research other than the faculty site

Program Summary


University: York University (main campus)

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Degree: Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL)

Marketing Approach: "York's executive-style Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide you with the skills needed for effective public administration and public policy analysis, with an emphasis on the themes of constitutional and administrative law and social justice. It draws on the strengths of faculty from across York University, including the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Glendon College, Osgoode Hall Law School and Environmental Studies. The MPPAL is offered as a part-time executive or professional development program, allowing you to pursue a degree and enhance your career prospects while continuing to work full-time. York's MPPAL will provide you with the competencies and professional opportunities that a graduate degree brings, as well as prepare you to be an influential voice in your chosen career." (At, accessed 14 May 2015.) 

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: The School of Pubic Policy and Administration is one of 21 departments and schools within the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University. The school offers a Bachelor of Public Administration, a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law, and certificate and diploma programs and its website states that "All of our programs are characterized by an emphasis on social justice, public ethics and good governance." (At, 14 May 2015.)   

Related Academic Units and Degrees: York University’s graduate programs are listed, by graduate unit, at

Posted Tuition: $18,748.02 total program fee excluding supplementary fees for MPPAL for domestic students entering in 2014 and $32,151.24 total program fee excluding supplementary fees for MPPAL for international students entering in 2014 (at

Concentration/Curriculum Overview:

Degree Requirements

Summary: Students move through three conceptual modules, with 9 credits in each:

  • Public Management and Finance;
  • Law, Administration and Ethics; and
  • Public Policy and Analysis.

Each module must be completed in its entirety. The last module provides students with the option of completing a research paper or a public policy issue and development course. Students normally progress as a cohort. The specific order in which courses are taught may vary from year to year. However, students must complete the Research Methods and Information Systems and Program Evaluation and Public Policy Analysis courses in Module 3 before embarking on the Major Research Paper.

Duration: 2 years (part-time)

Academic Prerequisite: To be considered for admission, candidates must have: completed an Honours Bachelors degree or its equivalent from a recognized University with a minimum grade point average of B+ in the final two years and a minimum of five years work experience in a relevant public sector management, administrative, or supervisory position; or completed an Honours Bachelors degree or its equivalent from a recognized University with a minimum grade point average of A in the final two years. Under this category, students may have completed less than five years work experience in a relevant public sector management, administrative, or supervisory position. At the discretion of the selection committee, in exceptional circumstances, students who have completed a three-year Bachelors degree with a minimum grade point average of B+ and have significant work experience in terms of time frame and/or quality of experience (specifically more than five years work experience in a relevant public sector management, administrative, or supervisory position) may be recommended for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Note also: Although it is not a prerequisite, students are advised that they may find it helpful to have completed a university level two-term introductory course covering both microeconomics and macroeconomics (ECON 1000/1010 or equivalent) prior to enrolling in the MPPAL.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 9

Number of Required Courses: 9

Number of Electives Typically Taken: 1 (choice between Topics in Public Policy or a Major Research Paper)

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 1 (choice between Topics in Public Policy or a Major Research Paper)

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No, although an option of a Major Research Paper

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Not referenced on program website

Student-run Journal: Not referenced on program website

Applied Projects: No, although an option exists for a Major Research Paper

Pro Bono Consulting: Not referenced on program website

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-2014 MPPAL courses is found at: The information has been downloaded to the Atlas as Course List for Master’s program in Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) on 24 January 2014. In the Course Map below, required courses are indicated by (R).

Course Material Online: Short course descriptions, but no syllabi are available to the public 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.



Curricular Type Parameters

Number of Courses Required for Graduation


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


Policy-Oriented Subjects


Management-Oriented Subjects


Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution

Analysis and Skill Subjects


  - Policy and Management Analysis


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods


  - Leadership and Communication Skills


Institutions and Context Subjects


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Function Subjects


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sector Subjects


  - Macroeconomic Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)

Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student


Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement

  - Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks)


  - Economic Analysis (CCR = 12)


  - Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12)


  - Analytic Methods (CCR = 6)


  - Leadership Skills (CCR = 9)


  - Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses)


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18)


  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses)


  - Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6)


  - Global Context (CCR = 3)


  - Public Financial Management (CCR = 6)


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6)


  - Human Resource Management (CCR = 3)


  - Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3)


  - Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6)


  - Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3)


Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls)


Additional Parameters

Total Courses Listed


Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs)


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


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


Source: At;;;; 21 January 2014 and 14 May 2015).

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon on 22 January 2014; updated by Ian Clark on 24 January 2014 and Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Last updated by Ian Clark on 14 May 2015.

York MPPAL Course Map
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Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PPAL 6000: Public Management (R)

 Economic Analysis

 Quantitative Methods

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 Analytic Methods

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

Multiple Subjects

 Capstone Courses, Internships, Major Projects, Theses, etc.

  PPAL 6250: Major Research Paper (R/2)
  PPAL 6230: Topics in Public Policy (R/2)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PPAL 6100: Canadian Constitutional and Administrative Law (R)

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PPAL 6120: Ethics, Privacy, and Access to Information (R)
  PPAL 6130 3.0 - Equity, Policy, Law and Planning (R)

 Social and Political Context

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

PPAL 6020: Public Finance and Accounting (R)

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

PPAL 6210: Program Evaluation and Public Policy Analysis (R)

 Human Resource Management

  PPAL 6010: Leadership and Human Resources Management (R)

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare



 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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