Frequently asked questions

Questions and answers about MPS


  • How will my "last-two-years'" average or GPA be calculated?
  • Do I need French language skills in order to be accepted into the program?
  • Can international students apply to the MPS program?
  • Considering that there are two MPS courses in finance, do I have to have strong mathematics skills?


  • What should I include in my MPS application's Statement of Interest?
  • When will offers for MPS admission be made to applicants?
  • Do my references need to submit a letter in the mail?
  • How do I upload my documents?
  • My referee has not received a request to submit a reference for my application. What should I do?
  • I need to change one of my references. What should I do?
  • My question is not listed. Where can I get more information?

The program 

  • Why does Waterloo offer a Master of Public Service program?
  • How is the MPS program different from graduate programs in Public Policy or Public Administration?
  • How many students are in a typical MPS cohort?
  • Is the program available on a part-time basis?
  • What kinds of topics would the major team project cover?

Tuition and financing 

  • What is the approximate tuition? 
  • Why is the tuition higher than other Masters degree programs?
  • What is my earning potential while on co-operative education?
  • Could I get a TA or RA job while completing the MPS program?
  • Where can I find out more about financial support?

Co-operative Eduation 

  • What kinds of co-operative education jobs might be available?
  • How can I find a good paid co-operative education position?
  • The co-operative education process still sounds scary. Who will support me?
  • What is the pay range I can expect to earn during each co-operative education term?

After graduation

  • What are the key skills government looks for in potential employees?
  • What types of public service careers could an MPS graduate enter?
  • What are some positions MPS alumni have moved into after graduation?