Program Benefits

UBC’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) is a highly challenging and rewarding graduate program that provides a path for high-performing professionals to enhance their careers or transition into senior management roles in international institutions, companies, non-governmental organizations and various levels of government in all parts of the world.


New skills

You will learn how to:

  • Apply multidisciplinary policy analysis and creative design skills to create, implement and evaluate public policy
  • Articulate ethical guidelines to guide policy analysis in a way that acknowledges and respects cultural differences
  • Assess alternatives and evaluate options in complex policy scenarios
  • Develop effective communications at all levels of an organization
  • Prioritize and rationalize resource allocation for innovative policy initiatives
  • Collaborate with clients and stakeholders effectively in a policy studio and in situ—whether that’s a boardroom, a government office or the field
  • Lead cross-functional teams in implementing boundary-crossing solutions

New knowledge

You will come away with:

  • Unique insights into Asia Pacific policy issues and interactions between emerging Asia and developed countries
  • A deeper understanding of policy challenges and solutions as they relate to sustainability, resources and energy
  • A broad perspective of global development and social change
  • Proficiency in global governance and security issues
  • The ability to navigate domestic and global policy settings and interactions between the two

New career possibilities

The leadership skills you cultivate in the MPPGA program will help you succeed as a change maker in your organization and open up new career opportunities. Graduates will go on to:

  • Address complex challenges and drive positive global change as policy or market analysts, senior policy officers and foreign policy strategists
  • Advance sustainability as renewable energy specialists in corporations and sustainability advisors in government
  • Lead policy development and stakeholder engagement as directors of corporate policy
  • Change how policy solutions are designed and communicated as directors of communication

Learn more about the unique benefits of the MPPGA program in our Q&A with Assistant Professor Cesi Cruz, through insights shared by Professor Navin Ramakutty, and in this video by Yves Tiberghien, Associate Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Institute of Asian Research at UBC.