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Master of Engineering and Public Policy (MEPP)

Engineering and Public Policy

Public policy is created through decisions made by governments, industries and communities; they determine our lives. You will develop capabilities to create policy proposals which benefit from your technical knowledge and provide a sound basis for decision making.

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Notice regarding COVID-19:

As of mid-March, the School of Engineering Practice and Technology is delivering all graduate courses online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will deliver courses online until Ontario Public Health and McMaster University allow in-person programing to resume.

Programs will continue online as long as COVID-19 remains an active pandemic.

Create public policies that are scientifically sound

Application Deadlines

January 2021 admissions
Online portal opens May 1, 2020
Deadlines for:
Domestic applicants - October 31, 2020
International applicants - Closed

September 2021 admissions
Online portal opens Oct. 15, 2020
Deadlines for:
Domestic applicants - June 30, 2021
International applicants - May 15, 2021

International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months.

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Canadian: $3,240.00 CAD each term
International: $11,000 CAD each term

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2020-2021)
Canadian: $3,240.00 CAD each term
International: $11,550 CAD each

Refer to the Apply section for more details.

Students enrolled in multiple academic years ( e.g. January admission) pay the fees corresponding to these years. The University reserves the right to correct typographical errors or to adjust the Tuition and Fees schedule at any time it deems necessary.

If you want to take an important role in developing policy directions for government, industry and society as they adapt to new regulatory frameworks and technological platforms, this is the program for you. Acquire expertise in policy analysis and development and fill an existing demand for technically oriented policy professionals.

Our focus is on policies which address economic benefits, social well-being and environmental protection and optimize outcomes across these three priorities.

Develop the ability to step back and to see an issue in its entirety. Then, take an evidence-based approach to develop and propose policy solutions.

Graduates of our policy program find work in a variety of challenging and fulfilling roles.

Program Duration

Full-time students are expected to complete the program in 16 months. The actual duration of studies may be shorter (not less than 12 months) or longer (not more than 24 months), for students who work faster or slower. Domestic students may complete the program on a part-time basis. It is recommended that part-time students complete the program within 40 months.

The program requires completion of 24 units in courses along with a major policy research project equivalent to 6 units.

In this program you will…

  • Have opportunities to be involved in on-the-ground policy initiatives with community and industry partners
  • Learn to initiate and drive real evidence-based policy solutions
  • Develop the research, analytical, and communication skills the policy profession demands
  • Get the skills that will allow you to work across business, government and communities
  • Build professional connections and learn from conversations with leading stakeholders to navigate your way towards a great career




January 2021 admission
Online portal opens May 1, 2020
October 31, 2020 - Domestic applicants.
Closed - International applicants.

September 2021 admission
Online portal opens October 15, 2020
May 15, 2021
 - International applicants. 
June 30, 2021 - Domestic applicants.

International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months.

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Application Checklist

Step 1: Click on the link above to open your application with McMaster University

Step 2: Pay the application fee ($110)

Step 3: Register for your online interview on Kira Talent along with payment ($60)

Step 3: Gather the required documents

  • Your current resume or CV including academic and professional experience
  • Your clearly written Statement of Interest (This is a letter explaining your interest in the program)
  • Recent IELTS or TOEFL scores (within the last 2 years) required for international students. Minimum IELTS score 6.5 overall (minimum requirement 5.5 in reading and writing and 6 in listening and speaking). Minimum TOEFL score is 88. Note that if your medium of instruction was English and this is documented on your transcripts, you do not need to submit an ELP test.
  • Transcripts from all post secondary institutions you have attended
  • Complete Contact information for 2 Academic References (to be included in the on-line application). 
  • Only submit your application once all the above documents have been uploaded and you have provided contact information for your references

Step 4: Complete your online interview on Kira Talent after you have submitted your application. (Step 3 must be completed in full.)

Step 5: You will be contacted if there are any issues with your application. Please do not email about the status of your application. You will be contacted with a decision whether your application is accepted or rejected.

Step 6: Once you receive an offer and have accepted it, you are required to pay a deposit of $500. (This is non-refundable if you withdraw your acceptance or do not attend.)

*No additional documents should be uploaded as they will not be reviewed*

**Please note that applications cannot be reviewed until all documents have been uploaded, the referees have responded and online interview has been completed. All applications must be completed before the international or domestic deadline to be considered.**

Tuition and Fees

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Canadian: $3,240.00 CAD for each term *
International: $11,000 CAD for each term *

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2020-2021)
Canadian: $3,240.00 CAD for each term *
International: $11,550 CAD for each term *

*The program requires 3 terms of full-time study.

Part-time Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Canadian: $1,800.00 CAD for each term
International: $5,379.14 CAD for each term

Part-time Tuition & Fees (2020-2021)
Canadian: $1,800.00 CAD for each term
International: $5,648.09 CAD for each term

Students enrolled in multiple academic years ( e.g. January admission) pay the fees corresponding for the academic year the term is within. The University reserves the right to correct typographical errors or to adjust the Tuition and Fees schedule at any time it deems necessary.

Other Fees:

  • Application Fee: $110.00
  • Online Interview Fee (Kira Talent): $60.00
  • Non-refundable deposit upon acceptance: $500.00

Admission Requirements

Prior degree: STEM Degree, B- average in last 10 technical courses (equivalent to a McMaster 7.0 GPA out of 12).

The Master of Engineering and Public Policy is aimed at highly motivated students seeking advanced training to guide, develop and interpret policy in fields including sustainability, technology, science and engineering. Application for admission to the program may be made through the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology. The program accepts full-time and part-time students - see the Program Structure section for details.

In addition to the general requirements for entry into a graduate program in Engineering, students must hold an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or STEM discipline with at least a B- average (equivalent to a McMaster 7.0/12 GPA) in their final 10 courses.

Candidates may be enrolled on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students will complete the degree in twelve consecutive months of study. Students are admitted for September. Part-time students will normally be expected to complete the program in 28 months.

McMaster students may receive advanced standing for up to two courses (note that a maximum of two 600-level courses can count towards a SEPT graduate program) with the approval of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

Program Structure

Full-time students are expected to complete the program in 16 months.  The actual duration of studies may be shorter (not less than 12 months) or longer (not more than 24 months), for students who work faster or slower.

A total of 8 courses and policy research project (30 units) must be completed by candidates joining the program in September 2021. For candidates beginning in September 2020, the requirement remains 27 units (7 courses and policy research project).

  • Five (5) core half-courses (or equivalent) provide the content and methodological skills that allow you to understand and analyze societal issues in order to contribute to public policy solutions
  • Three (3) focus elective half-courses (or equivalent) allow the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in a range of engineering, science and social science realms
  • Up to two (2) optional graduate engineering half-courses (or equivalent) from any department within the Faculty of Engineering.  You can also enroll in courses from other departments and Faculties with the approval of a faculty member
  • Two-term project course in which students prepare a substantive research paper exploring a problem at the interface of engineering, science and public policy

For more details please refer to the Graduate Calendar.

Domestic students (Canadian citizens or permanent residents) may complete their MEPP degree on a part-time basis and establish their schedule according to how much time they can devote to studies. It is recommended that part-time students complete the program in 32 to 40 months.

Research Project - Inquiry/Thesis in Engineering and Public Policy

Early in the program, students select a research topic that intersects with engineering, science and public policy. As the student progresses through the program, they conduct inquiry-driven research on the topic to complete a formal research paper and publish their results for broad dissemination. Examples of previous research projects can be found under the “Projects to Inspire Change” tab. 

Candidates for the MEPP degree will follow a program consisting of the following unique courses:

Five half-courses required for the program:

  • SEP 701 - Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis: Frameworks and Models (3 units)
  • SEP 702 - Systems Engineering and Public Policy (3 units)
  • SEP 709 - Emerging Issues, Technology and Public Policy (3 units)
  • SEP 772 - Innovation Studio (3 units)
  • SEP 773 - Leadership for Innovation (3 units)

Required project course:

  • SEP 704 - Public Policy Research Project, Part I (3 units)
  • SEP 704 - Public Policy Research Project, Part II (3 units)

All full-time students in W Booth School programs are required to attend the following 0-unit components:

  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part I (Seminar series)
  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part II (Seminar series)

Three half-courses are required for electives. Recommended electives include but are not limited to:

  • SEP 6I03 - Sustainable Manufacturing Processes (3 units)
  • SEP 6X03 - Liveable Cities, the Built and Natural Environment (3 units)
  • SEP 705 - Green Engineering, Sustainability and Public Policy (3 units)
  • SEP 706 - Energy and Public Policy (3 units)
  • SEP 708 - Special Topics in Engineering and Public Policy (3 units)
  • SEP 710 - International Governance and Environmental Sustainability (3 units)
  • POL SCI 784 - Quantitative Political and Policy Analysis (3 units)
  • POL SCI 785 - Public Sector Management (3 units)
  • POL SCI 786 - Organizational Theory and the Public Sector (3 units)
  • POL SCI 790 - The Politics of Economic Policy in Market Economies (3 units)
  • POL SCI 792 - Public Choice (3 units)
  • Other courses across campus with faculty approval

Students may take up to two additional graduate engineering half courses, selected from any department within the Faculty of Engineering. Students can also enroll in other courses in other departments and Faculties with the approval of a faculty member.

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology strives to offer a full complement of courses every academic year; some of the course listed here are currently being reviewed. Their offering is subject to the pending internal approval.

MEPP Handbook

The MEPP Handbook will help you get started in the program with information about:

  • Important Terminology
  • Inquiry Guidelines and Logistics
  • The Government of Canada and Public Policy

Projects To Inspire Change

The Master of Engineering & Public Policy is a different type of program in which students engage in projects that lead thought and action. Through evidence-based analysis, they enable technological advancements to improve social, economic and environmental outcomes.

Below is a sample of projects completed by the program’s alumni. You’ll find these projects are diverse and address policy challenges that affect people and communities located around the globe.

Project: Pathways to Sustainable, Integrated Urban Water Management for Ontario Municipalities: Diagnostic and Toolkit

By Kim Jusek, 2017


As many Ontario municipalities are growing rapidly, pressure is placed on urban water services. This includes clean drinking water supply, sewage treatment, the systems that transport both to and from homes and workplaces, and more. Municipalities face certain constraints when they plan for growth and expansion of their water services. This project provides municipal policymakers across Ontario a diagnostic and toolkit they can use to inform key policy decisions in their development of more sustainable and integrated urban water services and build consistency between municipalities.

Read the full paper [PDF]

Project: A Canadian Perspective on Policies to Address Obesity in Populations of Low Socioeconomic Status

Harshal Patel, 2017


Evidence shows that obesity is a growing problem among Canadians with less wealth, largely due to availability of cheap processed foods, and the challenges in buying fresh fruits and vegetables. This is a major healthcare issue, with estimates that obesity costs the public between $1.27 billion to $11.08 billion. Less affluent neighbourhoods are underserved by supermarkets, forcing them to rely too heavily on inexpensive, high-calorie/low-nutrient, processed foods. Including research into policies adopted elsewhere in the world to help curb the trend of growing obesity. The project makes policy recommendations based on successful initiatives elsewhere, including incentives for supermarkets to open in underserved neighbourhoods, zoning restrictions for fast food chains and taxation on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Read the full paper [PDF]

Project: Water, Energy & Food Nexus: From model to Policy framework, towards the realization of SDGs-Case Study of Pakistan

Obaid Shah, 2016


Many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focus on water, energy or food security as separate issues to be addressed separately in local policy. This project analyzes this practice and draws on case studies from Pakistan to propose a “Water, Energy & Food Nexus” to link these development topics together. The framework proposed in this paper aims to guide policymakers towards solutions that address these issues in tandem, leading to more sustainable development actions and greater social and economic improvements.

Read the full paper [PDF]

Project: Case Study Assessment of Economic Development Surrounding Autonomous Vehicles: A Comparative Analysis of Michigan and Ontario

Hatim Elhag, 2017


Ontario and Michigan both adopted “supercluster” models in recent years to expand investment and collaboration to advance target industries. This project conducted a comparative analysis of the models implemented in Michigan and Ontario, specifically with respect to developing local leadership in autonomous vehicle technology. The project identifies a number of ways that Michigan’s approach is superior in terms of a more integrated and connected industry for developing and manufacturing autonomous vehicles. The project concludes that Ontario could build a more competitive ecosystem through greater interconnectivity between its advanced manufacturing and digital technology superclusters.

Read the full paper [PDF]


Policy Recommendations for Passive Parks as a Sustainable Solution to Urban Stormwater Management in Ontario: Lessons from the Hamilton Conservation Authority's East Escarpment Wetland Restoration Project
Christopher Boothe, 2017

Policy Recommendations for Reducing Urban Heat Island Effect in Hamilton
Ruberwa Bruno, 2017

Policies for Developing Sustainable Communities: A Review of Ontario
Augusta Eruero, 2017

An Analysis of Transboundary Water Resources: A Case Study of South Asian Rivers
Prakash Jha, 2017

Policy Making for Sustainable Development: Goal 6 and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
Krupesh Patel, 2017

Rapid Transit: A Case Study of Tianjin BRT and the Problem Solving Towards Hamilton LRT
Zhiyuan Yang, 2017

Combination of Brexit and CETA - Study on the Possibility of Motor Corporation Moving Vehicle Platforms from UK to Canada
Jessie Junxi Yu, 2017


Jiaqiang Guo, 2016
Sanja Ivanovic, 2016

Energy Retrofitting in Built Environment: Financing and Policy Evaluation

Ravi Shah, 2016 
Likun (Queena) Wang, 2016
Maham Masood Sadiq, 2016


Policy Recommendations for Reducing the Carbon Footprint of information and Communication Technology Devices
Alex Braun, 2015

Landfill Gas as a Climate Change and Waste Management Initiative
Aloefuna Kingsley Okoye, 2015


Fazlur Rahman Hassan, 2014
Gonzalo Pineros, 2014
Justin Readman, 2014
Mohammed Elneel, 2014
Victor Mguni, 2014
Vipul Thakur, 2014
Xin Shi (Iris), 2014
G. Krantzberg and Jinxin Zhu, 2014


Joy Gnanapragasam, 2013
Bernhard Heikoop, 2013
Jinxin Zhu, 2013
Huijing Xu, 2013
Alejandro Islas Lopez, 2013
Thomas Li, 2013
Pauline Watson, 2013
Wenqi Zheng, 2013
Younggew Kim, 2013


Nick Larson, 2012
Kristin Pouw, 2012
Khagendra Dhakal, 2012
Cylma Foxton, 2012
Robert Wood, 2012
Philander Khuu, 2012
Morooj A. Habbani, 2012


Omar Al-Dabbagh, 2011
Mark Adamaley, 2011
David Arseneau, 2011 
Sophia Blaschke, 2011
Jim Sanders, 2011
Nadeem Jaffer, 2011
Fahad Khan, 2011
Ralph Krueger, 2011
Xu Zhang, 2011


Charity Kabango-Lowe, 2010
Lauren Krieger, 2010
Reaj Morshed, 2010
Roy Raghavan, 2010
Farshad Salehzadeh, 2010
Maria Topalovic, 2010
José Vera, 2010


Roddi Bassermann, 2009
Priya Tandon, 2009


Walid Abou Chacra, 2008
Sommer Abdel-Fattah, 2008
Sura Abdul-Razzak, 2008
Scott Hubbard, 2008
George Shaparew, 2008
Peter Topalovic, 2008
Chunbo Wang, 2008
Mohamed Zakzouk, 2008 
Mohamed Zakzouk, 2008
Mohamed Zakzouk, 2008
Greg Zilberbrant, 2008


Scott Fraser, 2007 
Gussai Sheikheldin, 2007
Tomo Saotome, 2007 
Peter Topalovic, 2007 
Peter Topalovic, 2007 


Cheryl de Boer, 2006
Mark Gallant, 2006


Philander Khuu
Adam Hempstock
Sagira Nazhmetdinova

Co-op and Experiential Learning

Co-op is an optional component of the Master of Engineering & Public Policy program. McMaster established its graduate student co-op program in 2017, seeing it grow rapidly. Employers are quickly embracing it as a mechanism for recruiting talent and expertise.

There are several steps you must complete before you begin applying to co-op positions. Firstly, ensure you enrol in the Graduate Co-op Prep Course ENG 701 in September. You will also need approval from your program chairperson before accepting a co-op placement. Speak with Co-op and Career Services if you have any questions.

If you intend to find a co-op placement remember that it is competitive, much like any job search. Start early and put in consistent effort throughout the school year to make connections and grow your network.

Here are some tips for finding your co-op position:

  • Attend as many career events throughout the school year – and try to speak with the employers who attend. Events are posted in OSCAR plus and require you to register as an attendee.
  • Search OSCAR plus for posted co-op opportunities. Hundreds of openings are offered by employers in a year and some of them might be right for you. Apply to any that look like a good fit – make sure you keep your resume current so you can apply as they’re posted.
  • Find opportunities to network with professionals in your field. Look for networking events, become active on LinkedIn, make meaningful connections and schedule information interviews. Whenever you meet someone new, ask them if they can recommend anyone else you should speak with.
  • Reach out to your existing network. This could be family, friends from your time in undergraduate studies who are now employed, or really anyone you have an established relationship with who works for a company that operates in your field.


If you’re an employer interested in hiring graduate students for a co-op term connect with our co-op office to discuss listing your open opportunities.

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