The MPS program considers applicants from most disciplines with the following minimum requirements:
4-year Honours Bachelor's degree, or equivalent
An overall average of at least 75% (B) in the final two years of the degree
International applicants may need to complete an English Language Proficiency (ELP) Certification. Please review the International Admission requirements on the Graduate Studies website for more information. (see notes section)
If you have any questions about your eligibility to apply, please contact the MPS Program Officer.
You complete the entire application online on the Waterloo portal of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre website. Application support material includes:
All previous university transcripts
Three letters of reference, at least two of which must be from academic sources
Statement of Interest (maximum 500 words)
Resume (maximum two pages)
We are now happily accepting applications for our next offering of Fall 2023 and are no longer accepting applications for this coming fall. Please complete the online application by the February 1, 2023 deadline.
Note for all applicants: Most applicants should select "Master of Public Service, Co-operative Education Program" during the application process. Only applicants who demonstrate evidence of at least one year of full-time public service experience will be considered for the Master of Public Service regular (non-co-operative education) degree.
Note for International Applicants: While we've had some international students in the program, it is generally difficult for a student who is neither a Canadian Citizen nor a Permanent Resident to obtain a government co-operative education position.
If you have any questions about your application, please view the MPS FAQs page or the Discover Graduate Studies website. Still need help? No problem. Please feel free to contact the MPS Program Officer for general support or email firstname.lastname@example.org for technical support with Quest, Waterloo's online student management system.
Please contact our Program Officer. She'll be happy to talk with you over the phone or by email.