A professional training program for Canada's next public servants

The Master of Public Service is a graduate co-operative education program that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need for a public service career at any level of government in Canada. 


  1. Aug. 6, 2020100% Co-op Employment 8 years and counting
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    Even a worldwide pandemic can’t break the Master of Public Service’s 8-year record for 100% co-op employment for all their determined students. 

    “Give them a long round of applause and celebrate their accomplishment,” says program director Professor Anindya Sen. “This was the most challenging round of coop matches ever. Quite a few positions were cancelled and delayed. And it was so stressful for the cohort. However, they went with the flow, kept applying, and with some help from our network, coop positions came through and people have employment.”

  2. Mar. 6, 20202020 MPS Policy Datafest, sponsored by RBC, goes university-wide

    The Master of Public Service (MPS) program hosted the second annual Policy Datafest last week with more than 70 graduate students digging into public datasets to extract meaningful narratives and recommend policies for positive change.

  3. Mar. 15, 2019Inaugural MPS Policy Datafest

    While much of the world is talking big data, the story in Canada seems to be our shortage of it.

    Recent media reports about our country’s data deficit may be true to an extent, says Anindya Sen, professor of Economics, but there are actually good datasets available through open government portals. The challenge is fully utilizing them to make informed policy decisions that improve people’s lives.

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  1. Dec. 4, 2020Data and Privacy During a Global Pandemic Conference
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    What needs to be done in order to curb the spread of Covid-19: Contact tracing, legal considerations, and statistical modeling

    Organized by the Master of Public Service Policy & Data Lab and GEDI and sponsored by the Waterloo Cybersecurity & Privacy Institute, this virtual conference brings together experts from the social and physical sciences, computer science and engineering, statistics, and law to help frame policy recommendations for a variety of socie

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Meet our people

Ben

Ben Schnitzer

Alumnus - Class of 2012

Current position: Senior Policy Analyst, Periodical Programs Directorate, Canadian Heritage 
Co-op experience: Policy Analyst, Canadian Heritage
Academic background: Music, University of Manitoba