Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration

McMaster University’s new Master of Public Policy (MPP) in Digital Society

McMaster University’s new Master of Public Policy in Digital Society is a 12-month-long professional degree program that aims to train prospective policy leaders to navigate the rapidly changing dynamics of the technological landscape so as to more effectively address the complex social, political, and economic challenges that have accompanied the digital age.

The MPP in Digital Society program is the first Canadian graduate degree offering of its kind to specialize in the implications of digital transformation for public policy and governance. It offers a unique co-teaching model which pairs reputed academics with accomplished practitioners to provide students with a comprehensive learning experience. The program is further distinguished by way of its innovative curriculum comprised of seminar-based instruction as well as skills development labs designed to develop complementary technical competencies that provide graduates with a competitive advantage in the field.

By leveraging their training as both policymakers and technologists, graduates of the program will be expected to lead interdisciplinary teams in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. They will be able to draw on a combination of theoretical knowledge, subject matter expertise, and technical skill to devise innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges associated with emergent digital technologies.

Please Note: Given restricted access to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021-22 MPP program will be offered online through synchronous, virtual instruction. Optional in-person learning experiences may be made available as restrictions ease.

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