The admissions process for the MPPAL program at York is competitive. To be considered for admission, candidates must have either:
- 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.
- 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.
Preference will be given to students who have completed an Honours Bachelors degree in Public Administration or Political Science with an emphasis on public administration and who have at least five years of work experience.
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: Applicants for our new full-time stream must have acquired some work experience in the public sector already, otherwise they will not be considered for admission.
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.
The application window for Fall 2020 start, will open in Fall 2019. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2020.
The Admissions Office will automatically retrieve transcripts from students who graduated with York University degrees, but transcripts from other universities must be sent by those universities to the York University Admissions Office as soon as possible after the on-line application is completed.
Please contact Jasmattie Jewan (Graduate Program Assistant) at: Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 77528 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must submit:
- a CV or resumé
- a writing sample
- a statement of interest outlining their experience, background and fit
- a Supplemental Information Form (SIF) and
- three reference letters.
Ideally, one reference should be from a supervisor or former supervisor, or a co-worker. Another should be from an academic (i.e. a current or former professor). If you are unable to obtain an academic reference, please contact the MPPAL program office for advice (416-736-2100 ext 77528). We reserve the right to contact your references for confirmation.
Please use the Graduate Admission Package Checklist to ensure that your application is complete.
For more information on admissions, please read our Frequently Asked Questions or, for general questions, contact:
Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box GA2300
Student Services Centre
4700 Keele Street
CANADA M3J 1P3
Future Students Website