Message from the Director

The Master of PuProf. Dagmar Soenneckenblic Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL)

Created in 2007, the MPPAL program turned 10 in 2017. It was good to see so many of you at one of our events to celebrate this important milestone!

We had a lot to celebrate! MPPAL was created for busy, working professionals who want to advance their careers in the public sector by obtaining a degree part-time while continuing to work full-time. This requires a lot of organization, planning and energy on behalf of those who sign up for the ride. That is why students and alumni consistently tell us that they could not have gotten through it all without the built-in support network of their fellow students. The cohort model (where you take almost all your courses with the same classmates), we have learned, also gives our student access to an instant networking circle that is supplemented by the many engaged alumni, faculty and practitioners that they encounter in our classes and at our events. Being able to tap into these networks right away is also a great career booster for the few, exceptional students that we admit straight from their B.A.s.

Given the unprecedented numbers of  public servants who are expected to retire over the coming decade, there certainly has never been a better time to consider a career in the government or in the broader public sector.  However, we have heard from many of our students that the skills learned in the MPPAL program are also highly useful in private sector careers from banking to insurance because of their regular engagement with the public sector, for example in government relations.

Today's public sector careers require a diverse, interdisciplinary skill set. We have packaged our skill set in the form of three, unique thematic modules: public management & finance, law & ethics and public policy & analysis. Each module consists of three half (3.0) courses.  Since the MPPAL was designed as a part-time program from the start, all of our required courses are held on evenings and on weekends. We have found that while some people are intimidated at first at the thought of taking a class on the weekend (and for a whole day!), our students end up looking forward to "their" Saturday (or Sunday) class because of the greater opportunities for engaged learning they create. As part of our commitment to our students, we also provide plenty of food throughout the day for our weekend classes, and all the material you will need for your courses (should you choose to join us soon), all as part of our program fee. Last but not least, you can choose between taking our program at our "uptown", Keele campus or at our downtown location (for your weeknight classes).

York University has long been a leader in championing social justice and diversity. The MPPAL program adds a special focus on law, ethics and good governance to this. We boast an exceptionally large number of teaching award-winning or -nominated faculty members, whose research engages with these themes from the perspective of economics, sociology, political science, business, finance, human resource management and law. They also bring a wide range of public sector backgrounds and connections to the table, that makes them an interesting crowd to hang out with.

I invite you to explore our program further on our web-site, discover our amazing faculty members and alumni by scrolling through some of their profiles, so you can find out what meaningful opportunities the MPPAL program could offer you.

Feel free to contact me or Jasmattie Jewan, the MPPAL graduate program assistant, should you have any questions. Perhaps I will see you at one of our information sessions, at one of our upcoming events or in one of our (my) classrooms soon!


Dagmar Soennecken,

Director of the MPPAL Program