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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 20, 2017
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The School of International Policy and Governance at Wilfrid Laurier University and housed at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), is a partnership of Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation. The BSIA is a community of scholars and students working on the broad themes and problems arising from the globalization of economic, political, environmental and social systems. We see collaboration and interdependence in its many manifestations as key to coping with and addressing the emerging challenges of the 21st century. We recognize that no one discipline can fully address all of the challenges arising from rapid social, political, economic and environmental change. As political scientists, economists, geographers, sociologists and legal scholars we are drawn together by our common interests and concerns. We invite you to examine our professional biographies to discover the breadth and depth of our scholarship.

Promoting good governance for the benefit of the majority of global society lies at the core of our research agenda and the content of our programs. The Universityís core values of civic engagement, global citizenship, justice, leadership and sustainability inform all of what we do. We direct our scholarship, our programs, and our engagement to the attainment of excellence in the fields of governance, environment, and social and cultural analysis. We are guided by a respect for the publicís investment in post-secondary education, and our obligation to strengthen the vitality of civil society.

We offer two graduate programs and one undergraduate option. The joint Laurier -Waterloo Doctoral Program in Global Governance has exceeded all expectations, becoming in a few short years competitive with some of the best Ph.D. programs in world. Our graduates have gone to secure impressive roles in academia, government and NGOs. Please contact us for further information should you be interested in being one of the twelve PhD students admitted annually into the doctoral program.

We also offer the Masters in International Public Policy program to applicants who aspire to professional careers in public service, transnational organizations, and non-governmental civil society organizations.  We designed this intense twelve-month program to serve as a capstone to an applicant's undergraduate background. Our program offers exposure to our world class faculty through small scale and interactive seminars, as well as integrated hands on learning and skills development in combination with Laurierís award winning ASPIRE; a professional skills development training program. MIPP students also travel to Ottawa in the spring for an intensive fieldtrip where they meet civil servants and international government representative to learn how policy is formed and how the business of governing is conducted in the nationís capital.

We also offer an international policy undergraduate option for undergraduate students at Laurier that provides the necessary skills and prerequisite courses to enter the MIPP.

 All of these ingredients set our students on the path for post-degree success. Our alumni have gone on to form highly successful careers in all levels of government, academia, the private and NGO sector as well as global civil society groups. We invite you to look at the brief professional biographies of some of our graduates so you can assess the programís success for yourself. Once you do, I hope you will consider taking the next step toward your successful future, and submit your application.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Margaret Walton-Roberts, PhD.

Associate Dean

School of International Policy and Governance

Wilfrid Laurier University

Associate Director

Balsillie School of International Affairs

tel. +1.226 772 3138

Laurier's School of International Policy and Governance (SIPG) comprises two graduate programs: the PhD in Global Governance (offered jointly with the University of Waterloo) and the Master's in International Public Policy (MIPP). These programs are offered through the Balsillie School of International Affairs, a collaborative partnership among Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a public policy think tank that addresses international governance challenges.

Students prepare for careers in teaching and research in the field of international affairs, as well as for a growing range of careers within various levels of government, international organizations, the non-government sector, and the private sector.