Master On Campus

Public and International Affairs

York University

30 months
12550 CAD/year
2870 CAD/year
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The two-year Public and International Affairs MPIA program at York University prepares Canada's future leaders for today's global challenges. 


Course Details

The Public and International Affairs MPIA program at York University has three distinguishing features. First, it is bilingual, students being required to take one-third of their courses and do their assignments in them in Canada's other official language. Second, it seeks to fuse together theory and practical knowledge. Instructors are both academics and practitioners. Students learn to write briefing notes and memos to senior government officials.

They do a paid supervised internship with a government department, an international agency, or a non-governmental organization. Those students at York University who wish to pursue an academic career have the opportunity to do a major research paper in their final year. Third, it is multidisciplinary and integrative: students are exposed in their courses to different methodological approaches and skills. The second-year Capstone Seminar is designed to bring together these diverse aptitudes in a dynamic learning environment.

As its name suggests, the Public and International Affairs has a strong international component. It encourages second-year students to go on a one-term exchange or to opt for the double Masters degree the MPIA has with the Université de Strasbourg in France. Our programme boasts a very high success rate in placing its graduates in enriching jobs in the federal or provincial civil service, as well as in international organizations or local bodies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods
  • Colloquium: Canada and its Place in the World
  • Public Management
  • Economics and Public Policy
  • The Environmental Crisis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are required to be proficient in at least one language (English or French), with at least a working knowledge of the other language
  • Resumé or CV
  • Statement of interest (approx. 500 words), in French & English, including Grad Course List
  • Seminar paper (7,500 words)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12550 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6275 CAD per semester during 30 months.
  • National

    2870 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1435 CAD per semester during 30 months.

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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