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Master of Public Policy
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Program Overview

Adler University’s Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program prepares graduates to address today’s complex policy problems and advance a more just society. The program shapes future policymakers, public administrators, and community-based professionals seeking to impact systemic social change. Students in the program participate in small, dynamic classes with a cohort of learners and receive individualized attention to support their learning.

The innovative MPPA program addresses the content areas for public policy and administration programs defined by the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), along with unique training in domains not found in other programs, such as community psychology and social justice.

Our program prepares students with the skills, knowledge, and experience for a range of career pathways including with municipal, provincial, and federal governments and agencies, as well as with not-for-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and research institutes.

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      Concentrations

      The Master of Public Policy and Administration program offers two concentrations: the Social Change Leadership concentration and the International Justice Studies Concentration.

      Social Change Leadership

      The Social Change Leadership concentration prepares graduates to head government and community efforts that advance a more just society. The concentration educates students in understanding frameworks for social policy analysis, applying research methods, engaging in critical analysis, and developing knowledge of contemporary social issues in Canada. Students build skills to address intolerance, discrimination, and inequality through community and government efforts.

      International Justice Studies

      The International Justice Studies concentration prepares graduates to lead government and community efforts that advance a more just society. The concentration educates students in a critical understanding of global governance systems, and the frameworks and agreements that affect Canadian policy. Students learn about contemporary international issues and the major political, social, economic and environmental forces confronting global communities. Students undertake a research capstone project and engage in field experience needed to build skills to undertake policy work that addresses oppression and inequality. Further, this innovative program is aligned with skills identified by the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), along with unique training in domains not found in other programs, such as community engagement and social justice.

      Student Outcomes

      Careers in Public Policy and Administration

      Our program is designed to prepare you with the skills, knowledge, and experience for a range of positions in Canada’s government and non-profit sectors—in social policy development, analysis, and reform, administration, and social service.

      Roles include:

      • Program administrator
      • Community organizer
      • Policy analyst or researcher
      • Community development specialist
      • Advocacy and policy council strategist
      • Government leader at local, provincial, and national level
      Professional Development & Training

      Gain the knowledge and tools to create positive social change through policy and administration, learning through small classes and individualized mentorship from leading practitioners and scholars in the field.

      You’ll get hands-on experience and prepare for policy and administration work, leadership, and advocacy—and connect to unique professional development opportunities through the University’s network of community partners.

      As part of successfully completing our program, you will also complete an experiential capstone project in your specific area of professional interest working with a governmental, community, advocacy, or nonprofit organization towards the end of your studies.

      Graduate Spotlight

      Manuel-Yvan Ekpini, graduate
      Master of Public Policy and Administration

      “Every class, every discussion, and every experience at Adler has provided me with unique opportunities to learn and grow on personal and professional levels. The MPPA program creates a special environment for students who seek, through policy development, to support marginalized populations.”

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      Curriculum

      The Master of Public Policy and Administration is a 36-credit hour program. Successful completion of this program includes the courses listed below.

      Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University course catalog.

      Public Policy and Administration Courses

      MPPA 500 - Principles of Community Psychology (3 cr.)

      Community Psychology investigates people’s wellbeing and mental health in the context of community and social life. Largely informed by a concern with social justice, it focuses on social inequalities that impact the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

      MPPA 505 - Public Sector Governance (3 cr.)

      This course provides an examination of the institutions and processes involved in developing, influencing and forming public policy as informed by macro level processes such as our changing national ideology, emerging and established social movements, governmental/legal systems, and political ideologies and practices.

      MPPA 510 - Applied Research Methods I : Models and Analytics (3 cr.)

      This course addresses the assumptions, approaches and methods underlying the development of research in public policy. Covering the fundamentals of the research process from the inception of the research interest to information dissemination, students explore all the necessary requirements to conduct research on a public policy issue.

      MPPA 520 - Applied Research Method II: Application (3 cr.)

      This course offers an advanced investigation and hands-on application of, qualitative and quantitative, and mixed methods research approaches within a policy context.

      MPPA 530 - Public Policy Analysis and Application (3 cr.)

      This course focuses on social change and how it takes place by considering social problems and the development of public policy within the contexts of public administration, community organizing and activism.

      MPPA 540 - Organizational Leadership & Management Practice (3 cr.)

      This course will provide an introduction to leadership and management practices; both at a scholarly and a practical level. At a scholarly level, it will focus on issues such as authenticity, ethics, power dynamics and leading in crisis.

      MPPA 550 - Economy and Economic Analysis (3 cr.)

      This course is focused on the basic economic tools and models relevant to current policy and public sector choices. It explores contemporary debates about the roles of the state within market economy, as well as the impacts of global neoliberalism and other global economic forces.

      MPPA 560 - Social Program Planning and Implementation (3 cr.)

      Public policy can only succeed in building effective social systems and practices through the development and implementation of quality programming.

      MPPA 570 - Ethics, Diversity & Socially Responsible Practice (3 cr.)

      This course provides students with a solid foundation for ethical and socially responsible practice in public and social policy work as well as community-based practice. Students will explore ethical standards expected of public and not-for-profit leaders and how these standards impact policy related scenarios.

      MPPA 650 - Social Justice Practicum (1 cr.)

      In their first year of the MPPA program, students are required to complete a 200-hour on-site practicum with an authorized community partner. Students will spend approximately eight to ten hours per week over the course of six months, and must concurrently enroll in required coursework.

      MPPA 651 - Social Justice Practicum Continued (0 cr.)

      Students completing first-year coursework will spend eight (8) to ten (10) hours per week over the course of eight months at approved SJP sites and must concurrently enroll in required coursework. A minimum of 200 clock hours of SJP is required.

      Social Change Leadership Concentration Courses

      MPPA 600 - Foundations of Community Development (3 cr.)

      In this course, community development is understood as a dynamic and comprehensive process that has social, political, economic and ecological dimensions.

      MPPA 610 - Advocacy Strategy and Tactics for Social Change (3 cr.)

      This course explores theories of change and impactful social movements as a means of preparing students to lead change processes.

      MPPA 655 - Policy Intern - Social Change (1 cr.)

      In their second year of the MPPA program, students are required to complete a 300-hour on-site internship that provides an opportunity to build professional competence, including hands-on application of their studies, network development, and direct experience of an organizational culture.

      MPPA 656 - Policy Internship Continued - Social Change Leadership (0 cr.)

      Students in the MPPA program are required to complete a 300-hour on-site internship that provides an opportunity to build professional competence, including hands-on application of their studies, network development, and direct experience of an organizational culture.

      MPPA 670 - Capstone Paper - Social Change Leadership Concentration (1 cr.)

      This seminar focuses on the Social Change Leadership stream. The course supports students with the development and completion of their individual capstone projects.

      MPPA 671 - Capstone Paper Continued - Social Change Leadership Concentration (0 cr.)

      This seminar focuses on the Social Change Leadership stream. The course supports students with the development and completion of their individual capstone projects.

      International Justice Studies Concentration Courses

      MPPA 601 - Global Governance Mechanisms (3 cr.)

      This course examines the organization of global politics and global governance institutions, agreements and processes that affect the developing, influencing and forming of public policy. The course reviews the development of governance institutions at the global level and the factors that influenced these developments. It then examines international cooperation beyond the confines of formal governance structures with particular emphasis on international agreements and processes. While a primary focus is on global governance institutions, agreements and processes as it relates to Canada, comparisons with other models in the global environment are also considered.

      MPPA 611 - Contemporary Issues in Global Justice (3 cr.)

      This course examines contemporary global issues affecting global relations in terms of the major political, social, economic and environmental forces confronting global communities. It positions issues in relation to dimensions of social justice, and explores the opportunities and constraints in mobilizing against inequality in the global and national arenas. The course explores a variety of perspectives on global justice topics, for example, issues of global concern such as North-South relations, environmental issues, world poverty, sustainable development and global economic development. Specific topics will change over time with an emphasis on recent developments.

      MPPA 660 - Policy Internship: International Justice Studies Concentration (1 cr.)

      In their second year of the MPPA program, students are required to complete a 300-hour on-site internship that provides an opportunity to build professional competence, including hands-on application of their studies, network development, and direct experience of an organizational culture.

      MPPA 661 - Policy Internship Continued: International Justice Studies Concentration (0 cr.)

      Students in the MPPA program are required to complete a 300-hour on-site internship that provides an opportunity to build professional competence, including hands-on application of their studies, network development, and direct experience of an organizational culture.

      MPPA 675 - Capstone Paper: International Justice Studies Concentration (1 cr.)

      This seminar focuses on the International Justice Studies stream. The course supports students with the development and completion of their individual capstone projects.

      MPPA 676 - Capstone Paper Continued: International Justice Studies Concentration (0 cr.)

      This seminar focuses on the International Justice Studies stream. The course supports students with the development and completion of their individual capstone projects.

      Social Justice Practicum

      200-hour internship to give students real world experience

      A unique and proven program designed to give students real-world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

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      Admissions Requirements

      At Adler University, we take great pride in our diverse student body. Students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. We admit individuals with a strong record of academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility.

      Applicants to the program must have the following:

      • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.
      • Evidence of interest and experience in social change efforts
      • A GPA of 3.0 or higher for all undergraduate or graduate coursework.
      • Completion, with a grade of C or better, of two, three-credit courses (six credits total) in program-relevant areas such as political science, sociology, women’s or gender studies, economics, policy, community development, research methods, and statistics; equivalencies are considered.
      1. International students must have a minimum score in one of the following English proficiency tests:
        • 88 or better on the IBT (Internet-based TOEFL);
        • 6.5 IELTS in all bands;
        • PTE must have a minimum score of 62
      2. Statement of Intent
      3. Resume indicating related experience

      All applicants who meet the minimum requirements in (1) and (2) will be required to interview with a program representative. Applicants will be assessed on their academic background, work and/or volunteer experience, fit with university mission and the program of interest. Based on the interview, the decision will be (a) direct admission to the graduate program of interest (MPPA), or (b) admission to the Graduate Preparatory Program (GPP) + MPPA or (c) denied admission.

      Students who are admitted to the GPP are required to successfully complete this 12-week, non-credit program.

      International Applicants

      Applicants with international (outside the U.S. or Canada) post-secondary education should send a scan of their official transcript to the admissions office as this program is exempt from the requirement to complete a transcript evaluation. Please speak to your Admissions Advisor if you require more details.

      *Applicants submitting admission documents (transcripts, bank documents, English proficiency scores, etc.) that are found to have been altered or fabricated will be denied admission. Denials based on fraudulent documents cannot be appealed.

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