20 months
82354 CAD/year
48425 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program offered by University of British Columbia equips future policy makers with a profound understanding of policy-making processes through a solid foundation of rigorous knowledge acquisition, policy analysis, career development, and experiential learning.

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The Public Policy and Global Affairs program offered by University of British Columbia  students will gain expertise in one, or all, of our three main streams: Development and Social Change; Resources, Energy, and Sustainability; and Global Governance and Security. With the additional flexibility to choose a range of electives – including courses concentrating on Asia – students graduate from the program ready to address complex public policy challenges and drive meaningful change, both locally and globally.


MPPGA students will benefit from our unique curriculum which fosters creativity, innovation, and collaboration by seamlessly integrating course-based learning and practical learning experiences. Complementing this, you will learn from our diverse faculty and policy practitioners at UBC, a top ranking university in both academics and action on climate change, in Vancouver, British Columbia, one of the greenest and most livable cities in the world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Economics for Policy
  • Measurement and Data Analysis for Policy
  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation 
  • Domestic and Global Policy Processes
  • Public Management 
  • Policy in Context 
  • Communicating Policy 
  • Professional Practice in Public Policy and Global Affairs 
  • Research Design and Qualitative Methods
  • Leadership for Policy Professionals

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 20 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

MPPGA applications are open between October and January for the following academic year.


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


48 alternative credits
  • Each MPPGA student must complete 27.5 credits of required core courses, 15 credits from stream and elective courses and 6 credits for the Global Policy Project for a total of 48.5 credits.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the online application form
  • Upload your admission documents
  • Ask your referees to submit their letters of recommendation online
  • Pay the application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    82354 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 82354 CAD per year during 20 months.
  • National

    48425 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 48425 CAD per year during 20 months.

Living costs for Vancouver

1590 - 2686 CAD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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