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Graduate Studies Calendar 2011-2012 Program Descriptions Public Policy PPOL
Public Policy - PPOL
Contact Information Location: School of Public Policy
 Room 926, Earth Sciences Bldg
Faculty number: 403.210.6112
Fax: 403.210.6939
E-mail address: mpp@ucalgary.ca
Web page URL: www.policyschool.ca
1. Degrees and Specializations Offered Master of Public Policy (MPP), course-based
The MPP is a 12-month program offered for full-time study.
2. Admission Requirements

Master of Public Policy
In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the School requires:

a) A minimum 3.30 grade point average (on the four-point scale) in the last two years of program or over the last ten full-course equivalents;

b) A current resume;

c) A personal statement outlining the applicant’s career goals and how the applied-for program would help achieve those goals;

d) For students required to prove proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (written test), 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based test) or a score of 7.0 on the IELTS.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Applicants wishing to undertake a doctoral program on a special case basis should contact the School of Public Policy.

3. Application Deadline

Deadline for the submission of completed applications is March 1 for Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canda and February 1 for International Students.

4. Advanced Credit The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not normally be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma. If graduate-level courses are taken as post-BA courses and not used as credit towards another degree, the School may allow the student to claim up to two half courses at our graduate level towards the MPP requirements should the student be admitted into the MPP program.
5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty requirements, the School requires that all students complete the following:

Master of Public Policy

a) Two preparatory/foundation courses (Public Policy 601 and 603) during the last two weeks of August and during Fall Block Week prior to the start of the Fall Term. Satisfactory performance in these courses is required for continuation in the MPP program. Exemptions will normally be given for these two preparatory/foundation courses to those who have completed courses with a grade of "B" or better in economics, mathematics, and statistics offered by a recognized undergraduate program within the past 5 years.

b) An effective writing and research course (Public Policy 613) during the January Block Week.

c) The following eight core courses:
Public Policy 605: Markets and Public Policy
Public Policy 607: Politics and Collective Choice
Public Policy 609: Decision Analysis
Public Policy 615: Public Finances
Public Policy 617: Regulation and the Law
Public Policy 619: Governance, Institutions and Public Policy
Public Policy 621: Communicating Policy
Public Policy 623: Capstone Project

d) Two elective courses:
The elective courses must be selected from graduate-level courses offered at the University of Calgary. In selecting electives students need to be aware that they must satisfy the prerequisites for those courses. The two elective courses should be related in such a way that they form a concentration in an area of public policy. See “Approved Graduate Elective Courses” below for suggested electives. The choice of elective courses must in all cases be approved by the Academic Director.

6. Additional Requirements None.
7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses The School does not give graduate credit for courses taken below the 600-level, except in special cases.
8. Time Limit Maximum completion time for the MPP is four years.
9. Supervisory Assignments Master of Public Policy
All students in the program will be guided by faculty holding appointments to the School.
10. Required Examinations No additional examinations outside of the courses are required.
11. Research Proposal Requirements No additional research requirements outside of the courses are required.
12. Special Registration Information None.
13. Financial Assistance Students admitted to the program will automatically be considered for financial awards from the School of up to $10,000 per student. Other financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the website for the School and the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar
14. Other Information None.
15. Faculty Members/Research Interests Current research interests in the School can be found at: http://www.policyschool.ca.
Samples of Graduate Elective Courses for the MPP Note: not all elective courses may be available in all years and availability may depend on student’s undergraduate program.  Other elective courses not listed here may be considered. In all cases the choice of elective courses must be approved by the Academic Director.
Courses offered by the Department of Communication and Culture Communications Studies 605: Organizational Communication
Communications Studies 619: Communication Policy and Regulation
Communications Studies 623: Social and Economic Impacts of Communication and Information Technology
Communications Studies 627: Mass Media and Democracy
Communications Studies 641: International and Intercultural Communication
Courses offered by the Department of Economics Economics 619: Economics of International Commercial Policy
Economics 621: International Trade
Economics 625: The Economics of the Petroleum Industry
Economics 627: Energy in the Production Sector of the Economy
Economics 635: Regulatory Economics
Economics 653: Public Revenue Analysis
Economics 655: Cost/Benefit Analysis
Economics 667: Seminar in Industrial Organization
Economics 675: Advanced Topics in Natural Resource Economics
Economics 677: Seminar in Economics of the Environment
Economics 679: Health Economics I
Economics 681: Health Economics II
Courses offered by the Department of Political Science Political Science 617: Advanced Political Theory
Political Science 619: War and Interpretation
Political Science 631: Parties Elections and Representation
Political Science 641: Selected Topics in Public Law
Political Science 651: Policy Studies
Political Science 653: Gender and Public Policy
Political Science 683: Advanced Studies in Foreign Policy
Political Science 685: Strategic Studies
Political Science 689: Unconventional Warfare
Courses offered by the Department of Sociology Sociology 603: Seminar in Sociology of Health and Illness
Sociology 653: Seminar on Urban Sociology
Sociology 665: Seminar on Social Stratification and Inequality
Sociology 667: Seminar on Ethnic Relations
Sociology 671: Seminar on the Sociology of Families
Sociology 677: Seminar in Sociology of Gender Relations
Courses offered by the Faculty of Social Work Social Work 632: Social Policy and Social Justice
Social Work 665: Policy
Social Work 679: Special Topics Seminar I (Interested students should contact the Faculty of Social Work for a list of topics to be examined)
Courses offered by the Faculty of Law Law 648: Securities Law
Law 577: Tax Policy
Law 630: International Petroleum Transactions
Law 624: Environmental Law and Ethics
Courses offered by Haskayne School of Business Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics 601: Managing Human Resources
Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics 691: Project Team Building and Interpersonal Skills
Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics 721: Advanced Leadership and Technical Skills
Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics 745: Cross Cultural Leadership and Human Resources Management
Strategy and Global Management 701: Strategic Management
Courses offered by Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences Community Health Sciences 661: Health Economics
Medical Science 659.06: Decision Analysis in Health Care Economics