MPPAL Program

Gain a competitive edge

York's Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) program provides students with a comprehensive, cutting edge education focused on social justice issues, public and administrative law, public sector ethics and human rights.

While including all the elements of the standard curriculum followed by other Canadian MPA programs, the MPPAL includes the opportunity to study leading-edge subjects such as change management, human resources management, the impact of multiculturalism on policy development and implementation, as well as innovative approaches to labour relations and conflict resolution, e-government and the impact of globalization. The program consists of 3 thematic modules, consisting of 3 half (3.0) courses each.

Students are provided with a combination of legal, policy analysis and public management skills all rooted in a social justice perspective, and applicable to any area of the public sector, including government, emergency, police and military services as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The MPPAL is offered exclusively as a two-year, part-time professional program. Courses are held once a week during the evening and in intensive monthly weekend sessions over three terms. Course materials can be accessed by students up to one month in advance, so that readings can be spread over a longer period of time, if desired.