Major Program in Public Policy Major (HBA)

Admissions Category: Social Sciences & Humanities

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Program Overview

The Major Program in Public Policy equips students with the analytical and methodological skills they will need to secure employment as policy analysts in government, business, and non-governmental sectors, or to continue to graduate training in public policy. Public Policy courses examine the context, institutions, and processes of policy-making and implementation, as well as concepts and criteria for policy evaluation. Students will learn how to address theories of how policy is made and the influence of key actors and institutions.


Complementary Programs:

City StudiesInternational Development StudiesHealth Studies-Health PolicyEconomics for Management StudiesEnvironmental StudiesMinor in Applied Statistics.

Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

Competencies & Skills

  • Critical thinking and evaluation
  • Ability to design and execute research projects
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data
  • Knowledge about the context, institutions, and processes of policy-making and implementation
  • Ability to apply concepts and theories about policy-making
  • Ability to analyze policy issues in a variety of formats, including policy briefs and policy recommendations

Careers for Graduates

  • Economic Advisor in Government
  • Legislative Aide in Government
  • City Planning Assistant in Government
  • Policy Research Associate in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)
  • Foreign Service Officer in Government
  • Researcher in Think Tanks
  • Policy Analyst in Corporations

Further Education

  • Political Science
  • Policy (many varieties)
  • Public Administration/Service
  • Business Administration
  • Law
  • Paralegal
  • Public Relations
  • Community Service Management
  • Economics

Program Pathway

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

Year 1
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Learn how to read and write academic texts and do your own research; seek support from your professors and TA’s.
  • Book an appointment with your program librarian for in-depth research assistance with your assignments, and get writing support at the CTL Writing Centre.

Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
      Participate in Department of Student Life’s (DSL) programs:

Plan for Your Future Career

Year 2
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 3
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Build on your skills and knowledge by attending relevant events on and off campus.
  • Help to organize on-campus events related to policy issues, such as election leadership debates, or information sessions on topics such as the environment, poverty, or education.
  • Run for a seat on UTSC Campus Council to contribute to important issues.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 4
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • Complete any remaining credits you have towards the required 3.0 credits for the Applications of Public Policy requirement (see Calendar for the full list of courses). Keep in mind that of these 3.0 credits, 2.0 credits must be at the C- or D-level and an additional 0.5 credits at the D-level.
  • Ensure you fulfill the depth requirements by taking appropriate number of C- and D-level courses for your degree.
  • Make sure you have fulfilled your breadth requirements.
  • Use Degree Explorer to ensure you are on track to graduate.
  • Register your “Intent to Graduate” on ACORN by the deadline.

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Talk to professors from C- or D-level courses in which you did well to explore research assistantships.
  • Check the Research Catalogue on CLNx for possible research opportunities.
  • Develop your own research project by enrolling in POLD95 Supervised Research course.

Apply Theory to Practice
  • Seek out volunteer or job opportunities in organizations related to public policy, such as with a local community organization, your local MP/MPP’s office, a political party, or a corporation’s public affairs office.
  • Explore summer internships or job opportunities in Public Policy.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Participate in the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning to work or further education.
  • Consider joining the Public Policy Forum; volunteer for their events and get to know people in your industry of interest.

Plan for Your Future Career
  • After you graduate, apply for the Ontario Legislature Internship Program to build a career in government, business, journalism, law, or academic life.
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired job search conference in April/May.
  • Attend a Jobs for Grads orientation for a job search “crash course.”
  • Get your Personal Statement reviewed in the AA&CC.


  • AACC - Academic Advising and Career Centre (
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (
  • CTL - Centre for Teaching and Learning (
  • DSL - Department of Student Life (
  • ISC - International Student Centre (
  • LSOU - Law Society of UTSC (
  • NGO - Non-Governmental Organization (
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (
  • UTMP - University of Toronto Model Parliament (
  • UTMUN - University of Toronto Model United Nations (


Program Coordinator

Marishka Pereira


Public Policy Librarian

Sarah Fedko

Location: ARC main floor
Phone: 416-208-4881

Academic Advising & Career Centre

Location: AC213
Phone: 416-287-7561

Department of Student Life

Location: SL157
Phone: 416-208-4760

Political Science Student Association (PSSA)

Did You Know?

Professor speaking to class

There is a Public Policy co-op program which students can take advantage of to gain real-world experience.