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Public Policy and Administration, MA

Admission Requirements

Video Information

Watch the video of Graduate Program Director, Dr. Carolyn Johns at the program's Open House held 06 November 2018.

Minimum Academic Requirement

  • Four-year honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent).
  • Minimum GPA of 3.33 / 4.33 (B+), or equivalent, in the final half of the undergraduate program.

Program Specific Documents

To review a listing of all required documents, please refer to the Required Documents page of the YSGS website.  Please read carefully the instructions there, as well as the instructions on this this page (below)!

Note in particular that the listing of “Required Documents” on the YSGS website contains items that do not pertain to applications to the MPPA program.  Specifically, applicants to this program need NOT submit the following materials:

  • Supplementary Tests
  • Sample of Work
  • Portfolio/Dossier
  • Statement of Authorship for Portfolio/Dossier
  • Professional Designations/Employee Verification Forms

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson, the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program requires the following materials:

1. A Statement of Interest

You are required to submit a brief statement (about 500 words in length) that should address the following:

  • your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate-level study in Public Policy and Administration;
  • research interest(s) you may wish to pursue in your thesis or major research project (only for those students intending to pursue the Research Option);
  • how your previous studies and experience have prepared you for the MA program; and
  • your career objectives and how the MA program relates to them.

2. A Résumé

Please submit an updated résumé and highlight how your previous studies and experiences have prepared you for graduate study at Ryerson University.

3. Letters of Recommendation

Two Letters of Recommendation are required for each application

Full-time applicants who graduated from a post-secondary institution within the past five years are to provide TWO letters of recommendation from academic referees: former professors or research supervisors familiar with your abilities.

Full-time applicants who graduated from a post-secondary institution more than five years ago are still encouraged to submit TWO letters of recommendation from academic referees (former professors or research supervisors familiar with your abilities) however, if this is not possible, one academic and one professional letter of recommendation may be submitted.

Part-time applicants may submit one academic reference (former professors or research supervisors familiar with your abilities) and one professional reference.

Application Deadline

The priority of consideration deadline for the MPPA program is the second Monday of December of each year for possible entry the following September. Please follow the instructions on this page and also those in the Admissions Process section of the YSGS website.

We recommend that you submit your application for the "priority of consideration" deadline in order to be competitive for limited admission and scholarship considerations. Only applications deemed complete will be forwarded by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS) to the program's Admissions Committee.

After the "priority of consideration" deadline, applications will still be considered. However, as soon as the program is full, the YSGS will post a notice on its main admissions website and on the MPPA website stating that applications to the MPPA program, for admission the subsequent September, will no longer be considered.


Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an automatic e-mail from the Graduate Admissions Office acknowledging receipt of your application and giving you instructions on how to create an account on Ryerson’s Student Administration System (known as RAMSS). You will need to log in to RAMSS periodically to verify that all your application materials have been received and to check the status of your application.

Make sure to check your junk mail files/folders on a REGULAR basis because emails are sent within 2-3 business days from the time you submit your application payment.

Ensure you have confirmed Ryerson University as a safe sender/recipient to avoid any notices ending up in your junk email folder.

Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that all correspondences from Ryerson University are delivered to an appropriate inbox and NOT a junk mail folder.

Further Information

For further information on deadline dates, English language proficiency requirements, and the online application process (including links), please visit Graduate Admissions Office .