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Engineering and Public Policy

Educating Policy Professionals for a Complex World. Program (with an internship option) for professionals with interest in policies that manage complex relationships between people, technology and society.

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Educating Policy Professionals for a Complex World

Apply your Engineering Mindset to Policy Making

  • This program responds to the growing demand for policy professionals with backgrounds in engineering, science and technology
  • Organizations in every sector — including business, government and not-for-profit — create and respond to policies that manage complex relationships between people, technology and society
  • Many exciting employment opportunities await graduates of our policy program — see “Where You Could Work” below

Tackle a Burning Policy Issue that Excites You

  • Manufacturing in a Low Carbon Economy
  • Quality Healthcare in the Digital Age
  • Smart City Infrastructure ~ energy, water, transportation
  • Chemical Management
  • Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicles
  • And others …

Why You Should Enrol

  • Access to potential internship placements for policy students if available
  • Government and business need people who can speak “each other’s language” and facilitate relationships
  • The public sector expenses account for approximately 1/3 of the GDP
  • Build your professional network

What You Will Do in the Program

  • Engage with stakeholders from multiple sectors to identify needs
  • Create policy solutions for decision makers
  • Develop research, analytical and communication skills required in the policy profession

What You Will Learn

  • Theory and practice in how to formulate, implement and evaluate policies in collaborative settings
  • Real world insights on policy making in business, government (municipal, provincial/state, federal) and not-for-profits
  • The role of policy professionals in the decision-making process

What You Will Take Away

  • Skills to collaborate effectively across business, government and community
  • Competencies to initiate and drive evidence-based policy solutions
  • A network of professional contacts

Where You Could Work


  • Create policies and guidelines to achieve corporate goals and objectives
  • Help company leaders understand and respond to changes in government policies and regulations ~ local, provincial/state, federal and international
  • Engage with government agencies to secure available funding
  • Work proactively with external regulators to inform and influence policies
  • And other contributions …

Consulting Firms

  • Help clients ― public and private sector ― research, develop and implement policies
  • Execute polling and advocacy programs to shape public opinion and policies
  • And other contributions …


  • Create effective policies that respond to public needs
  • Inform and advise officials ― elected, non-elected — on policy-related matters. Contribute to the creation and rehabilitation of valuable public assets ~ built and natural
  • Become a policy analyst in federal, provincial/state and municipal governments
  • And other contributions …


  • Engage business and government to co-develop evidence-based policies in support of a cause
  • Use policy insights to build awareness and raise funds
  • And other contributions …

Apply Online


September 2019 (online portal opens November 15, 2018)
August 15, 2019 - Domestic applicants
July 1, 2019 - International applicants. International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months

January 2019 (online portal opens August 15, 2018)

November 15, 2018 - Domestic applicants
September 30, 2018 - International applicants. International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months

Full-time: 12 months (3 terms)
Part-time: 28 months (7 terms)

Start: September or January

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

Tuition & Fees:
2018/19 Tuition:
Canadian: $10,800 ($3,600 per term) 
International: $29,100 ($9,700 per term) 

$500 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance 

IELTS/TOEFL:  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.


About This Program

A professional Master's degree in Engineering and Public Policy (MEPP) is offered within the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster. Engineers and applied scientists from a wide cross-section of organizations who want professional graduate training will find our program goes well beyond a conventional technical Master's to develop candidates as leaders in the public policy area. 

In today's complex world engineers and scientists are called upon to design technical systems that provide goods and services to society in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner. In this context, engineers and scientists can serve as key advisors to and take the lead as decision makers in both the public and private sectors. Therefore, engineers and scientists need more than extensive technical skills; you need an enhanced understanding of public policy and the role of engineering and science in sustainable technological, social, ecological and economic systems.

The future will be green, or not at all. This truth lies at the heart of humankind's most pressing challenge: to learn to live in harmony with the Earth on a genuinely sustainable basis.

Sir Jonathan Porritt
The intersection of the environment with all aspects of business, society, and the economy is here to stay. In the 21st century, sustainable action, innovation, and policy will shape every major decision made by both public and private companies.

In the forefront of this revolution is informed public policy.

Learn the skills and acquire the experience through the McMaster Public Policy program to enact change and strengthen the link between sustainability and our ever changing world.

"... my previous notions on sustainability, public policy and environmental impact have been substantially changed for the better."
Mark Gallant, B.Eng., MEPP


The information on this page has been replicated from the School of Graduate Studies for your convenience. You may view the original page here »


The curriculum has three main components:

  1. Core courses that provide the content and methodological skills necessary for understanding and analyzing societal issues for which engineering and science can contribute to public policy solutions;
  2. Focus elective courses that allow students to deepen their knowledge of a range of engineering, science and social science applications;
  3. The completion of a substantive research paper on a problem at the interface of engineering, science and public policy;

Research Project - Inquiry/Thesis in Engineering and Public Policy

Students select a research topic at the interface of engineering, science and public policy which is of interest to them and carries out inquiry-driven research; completes a formal research paper and prepares to publish their results for broad dissemination.

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

Required Courses

Four half-courses:

  • SEP 701 / Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis: Frameworks and Models
  • SEP 702 / Systems Engineering and Public Policy
  • SEP 709 / Emerging Issues, Technology and Public Policy
  • SEP 773 / Leadership for Innovation

Additional Program Requirements

  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part I (Full-time students only)
  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part II (Full-time students only)
  • SEP 772 / Innovation Studio

Focus Elective Courses

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

  • SEP 6I03 / Sustainable Manufacturing Processes
  • SEP 6X03 / The Regeneration Imperative: Liveable Cities Revitalization of Built and Natural Assets
  • SEP 705 / Green Engineering, Sustainability and Public Policy
  • SEP 706 / Energy and Public Policy
  • SEP 707 / Communication Technology and Public Policy
  • SEP 708 / Special Topics in Engineering and Public Policy
  • SEP 710 / International Governance and Environmental Sustainability
  • POL SCI 784 / Quantitative Political and Policy Analysis
  • POL SCI 785 / Public Sector Management
  • POL SCI 786 / Organizational Theory and the Public Sector
  • POL SCI 790 / The Politics of Economic Policy in Market Economies
  • POL SCI 792 / Public Choice
  • Other courses across campus with faculty approval

Additional Courses

Up to two graduate engineering half courses 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. 

MEPP Handbook

In the MEPP Handbook, you will find information about such orientation topics as:

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


At W Booth, we educate our students to be policy professionals for a complex world. 

This includes having students: engage with stakeholders from multiple sectors to identify needs; create policy solutions for decision makers; and develop research, analytical and communication skills required in the policy profession. Students leave the program with a deep understanding of the skills required to collaborate effectively across business, government and community, as well as, competencies to initiate and drive evidence-based policy solutions.

Students must complete an inquiry-driven thesis in Engineering and Public Policy. Below is a showcase of publications written by our students, for our community


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

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

Pathways to Sustainable, Integrated Urban Water Management for Ontario Municipalities: Diagnostic and Toolkit
Kim Jusek, 2017

A Canadian Perspective on Policies to Address Obesity in Populations of Low Socioeconomic Status
Harshal Patel, 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
Obaid Shah, 2016 
Ravi Shah, 2016 
Likun (Queena) Wang, 2016
Maham Masood Sadiq, 2016


Policy Recomendations 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

Admission Requirements

Students should hold a 4-year engineering, science, technology or mathematics undergraduate degree, with at least a B- average (equivalent to a McMaster 7.0 GPA out of 12) in the final year in all courses in the discipline, or relating to the discipline, in which the applicant proposes to do graduate work. Applicants will be required to complete an online interview.  Professional work experience is desirable but not essential.

As part of the application process, each applicant is required to provide:

  • Resume or CV
  • Complete Contact information for 2 Academic References (to be included in the on-line application). Only institutional emails will be accepted as credible references. 
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended along with grading scale.
  • 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.
  • Statement of Interest is also required. 
  • KIRA online interview

* No additional documents should be uploaded*

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

Prospective applicants who did not attain the required standing in their undergraduate degree, , should discuss their situation with the Program Lead. If the applicant’s experience is deemed sufficient, the Program Lead will recommend an interview. Evidence of ability to do graduate work will be required. (See Sections 2.1.1 Admission Requirements for Master’s Degree and 2.1.3 Admission of Students with Related Work Experience or Course Work Beyond the Bachelor’s Degree in the Graduate Calendar.)

The W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology has the following program objectives for the Master’s degree in Engineering and Public Policy (MEPP):

  • to provide a high quality educational experience to graduate engineers and scientists in the areas of engineering, science and public policy;
  • to foster applied research in the areas of engineering, science and public policy through the successful completion and dissemination of a research paper;
  • to develop viable, working linkages between engineering, science and fields of study within social sciences and the humanities (public policy, economics, society, and others);
  • to produce graduates who will provide inspired leadership in the engineering, science and public policy areas within the public, private and NGO sectors.

Candidates may be enrolled on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students will complete the degree in twelve consecutive months of study, beginning in September or January. 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.  

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