How to apply

How to apply

Interested in applying to the MPP program? You've come to the right place!

Please note that you you must submit, complete and pay the application fee via the School of Graduate Studies online application portal. 

We've included a list of required documents and helpful tips below.  We suggest that you review the School of Graduate Studies Admissions FAQ page before starting your online application.

Questions? Contact Rejeanne Puran, Recruitment and Admissions Officer, at mpp.admissions@utoronto.ca.

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Deadline to apply

Applications open on October 1, 2022. The deadline to apply to the MPP program is January 25, 2023.
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Required documents

  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary studies
  • Two academic references
  • Statement of purpose
  • Optional diversity essay
  • Proof of English language is required for international students who completed their undergraduate (admitting) degree at an institution where English was not the language of instruction
  • GRE if you completed your undergraduate (admitting) degree outside of Canada
  • Curriculum vitae

Applicants must pay a $125 CAD application fee in order to complete the submission process. 

Submitting your application

Please review each of the following items before you submit your application to the MPP program. If you have questions, contact mpp.admissions@utoronto.ca.

Using the online admissions application

 

  • Visit the website at https://admissions.sgs.utoronto.ca/apply/ and click on Create an Account. You will receive a verification code via email – once this is entered, you can create a password.
  • You can save your application at any point in the process and return to it at a later date.
  • You will be required to enter the names and contact information for your referees. They will receive a notification email and instructions on how to submit their reference letter. You can set an automatic reminder to them to submit their letters.
  • You can upload non-required application materials, including unofficial transcripts, statements of intent, writing samples etc., through the portal after you have submitted your official application.
Statement of purpose

The statement of purpose is your opportunity to convey to the Admissions Committee information that cannot be found in transcripts, letters of recommendation, or in a current resume or curriculum vitae. It should clearly explain your reasons for wanting to pursue a Master of Public Policy, your areas of policy interest, and why the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy is the best place for you to explore these interests. The statement should be approximately 500 words and should demonstrate your ability to write effectively and communicate clearly.

Optional diversity statement

The Munk School is committed to diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We invite all applicants to submit an optional 400-500 word statement explaining how they might contribute to diversity through their participation in the MPP program or their future work.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

A current resume or curriculum vitae must be submitted, highlighting your employment history and any relevant voluntary sector experience and/or academic or professional awards of achievement.

Letters of recommendation

Two letters of academic recommendation are required. These should be from faculty members in your major discipline(s) of undergraduate study. You may submit up to an additional two letters of reference, which may come from other sources (an employer or volunteer coordinator, for example).

We strongly prefer and recommend that references sent from institutional email addresses. If this is not possible, please contact mpp.admission@utoronto.caPlease see the online application for further instructions.

Transcripts
  • ​​​​​​You must submit a digital copy of your transcript from your undergraduate institution (in PDF format), in addition to transcripts for any additional coursework or advanced degrees that may help the applications review committee in making their decision.
  • Digital copies of transcripts must be up-to-date and must include the transcript legend which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript. Where possible, the file should also include the university’s grading legend and your name. Some universities do not include the same information on the student web service as they do on the official transcript (e.g., class size or average) — if the admissions committee determines that the file is incomplete, you may be asked to submit a copy of the official transcript.
  • Please ensure that the file is complete and readable before submitting.
  • Official copies of your transcripts will be requested if you are offered admission, but are not required for as part of your application.
  • ​​​​​​​Please review the full technical requirements for uploading your transcripts included in the online portal.
English language proficiency

You are required to submit official English test scores if and only if (a) you do not have a degree from a Canadian university and (b) the language of instruction and examination for your degree was not English.

Visit the SGS website for information about the English Language Proficiency test: 

International student degree equivalency

If you are an international student you should refer to U of T's School of Graduate Studies International Equivalency tool to find out if your degree meets the School of Graduate Studies requirements to apply.

Other requirements

If you have completed your admitting degree (undergraduate degree) outside of Canada, you are required to write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (www.ets.org/gre).

MPP Application Deadline for Fall 2023 entry  

The application deadline to apply to the MPP program for fall 2023 is:
January 25, 2023 

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