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 only accepting applications for Fall 2017. Please complete the online application by the new March 1, 2017 deadline. The deadline to upload all your documents is March 7th. All referees should complete their online reference forms by March 14th. If you slightly missed the February 1st deadline and want to apply then please email the MPS Program Assistant, Ramona Petz.
Note for all applicants: Most applicants should select "Master of Public Service, Co-operative 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-op) 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-op 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 email or meet with you at our program space in East Campus 5 (305 Philip Street).