Welcome to Masters in Public & International Affairs

Prepare to lead. Within Canada’s first bilingual School of Public and International Affairs, you’ll get a unique, high-quality education that lays the groundwork for careers in public affairs and in the not-for-profit and private sectors. Through this two-year degree, you’ll become well-versed not only in public policy and administration, but also in public affairs, with a broader examination of Canadian public institutions and the role the country plays on the international stage.  

In small classes, you’ll get an intensely personal experience with the flexibility to tailor your studies. Choose from three streams, including a dual degree with the Institut d’Études Politiques (IEP) from Université de Strasbourg, France, that immerses you in francophone culture. 

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Skills You'll Learn

  • Analyze the key challenges in Canadian public life 
  • Place Canada’s public institutions in their global content 
  • Apply the core knowledge and tools of public management and policy 
  • Work effectively in both English and French 


As a Masters in Public & International Affairs graduate, you are well-equipped to become a leader and changemaker.  

  • Civil service in provincial or federal government 
  • International organizations, such as the UN, NATO or UNESCO 
  • Public Servant or Diplomat at a Canadian Embassy abroad 

Visit the Career Centre for more career options in Public & International Affairs. 

Hands-On Experiences

Apply the concepts and theories you’re studying to real-world challenges. Engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, workplace, community and abroad. These are some opportunities for Masters in Public & International Affairs students. 

  • Complete an internship within the provincial or federal government, or within either a non-governmental or international organization, such as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs; the Prime Minister’s Office; Canadian Border Services Agency and the United Nations.  
  • Get involved in the National Annual Public Administration Case Study Competition 
  • Choose to join the Dual Degree Program with the Université de Strasbourg or to take on a one-term exchange with Université Laval in Québec, Sciences-Po Paris, Université de Strasbourg  

Admission Requirements

The Masters in Public & International Affairs is open to students who hold an honours undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum grade point average of B+ in the final two years of study. You also must be proficient in one of Canada’s official languages (either French or English) and have a working knowledge of the second official language. 

For more details on requirements, visit York University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies admission page

Student Supports & Programs

Glendon Campus prides itself on being a supportive community that goes the extra mile to ensure you get the help you need. See some of the resources Public & International Affairs students use the most. 

Meet Your Professors

You’ll learn from and get to know high-profile faculty who are experts in their fields, as well as national and international visiting professors.  

News & Events

Get involved on campus and in the community to meet fellow students and boost your Glendon experience. 

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