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Public policy for the real world

The School’s flagship teaching program is a one-year Master of Public Policy, combining courses in the theory of public policy with courses covering the complexities of the real-world policymaking process.

The Four Pillars of the Max Bell School of Public Policy

McGill’s Max Bell School of Public Policy is committed to the research, teaching, public outreach, and practical advocacy of sound public policy, with each of these four dimensions grounded in a solid understanding of the overall policy process, not merely as it is described in theory but as it exists in the real world, with all its imperfections and limitations. 

Practical Policy Teaching

The Max Bell School of Public Policy’s flagship teaching program will be a one-year Masters in Public Policy. The School will also offer a suite of “executive” teaching programs aimed at specific niches within governments, the NGO sector, and the private sector.  Details about the application process and the program are available here

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Applied Policy Research

The School will represent a hub for McGill’s many policy-minded researchers, making linkages with individuals and their research centers. Some connections will be through teaching programs, some through research collaborations, and others through the various events created to engage with the public.

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Effective Policy Outreach

This pillar will involve the communication of complex and contentious policy ideas with the general public, whose support is ultimately required for the implementation of policies. These efforts will recognize that people with different perspectives usually require and benefit from different styles of communication.

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Credible Policy Engagement

This pillar is aimed at bridging the disconnect between existing policymakers and policy-minded academics. More and deeper interaction between the two groups is essential to building such a bridge, with the valuable flow of information and perspectives in both directions.

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Applications for the Policy & Data Science Summer Program 2019 are now closed!

The PODS Program is a partnership between the Centre for Social and Cultural Data Science and the Max Bell School training students to tackle Canada’s policy problems.

Fighting hate speech online: digital media expert Taylor Owen weighs in

Following the Christchurch Call to Action summit on online extremism, global leaders pledge to enforce their strategies to regulate tech giants, eradicate online hate speech. 

Speech by Carolyn Wilkins, Senior Deputy Governor at the Bank of Canada 

The Max Bell School welcomed Ms. Wilkins to shed light on the policy issues surrounding monetary policy frameworks and how they have increased in complexity in a post-crisis world. 

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