Ph.D in Comparative Public Policy
McMaster is the only university in Canada, and one of very few universities worldwide, to offer a PhD in Comparative Public Policy.
In order to more robustly examine and explain policy dynamics and change, students are trained in the comparative method and required to examine a policy issue in at least two political jurisdictions. These jurisdictions may be states, but they could also be at the subnational or international level.
Students have the option of specializing in two of the following fields: theories and approaches to comparative public policy, public administration, internationalization of public policy. In addition, they are able to combine comparative public policy with courses in related fields such as comparative politics and globalization. The program prepares graduates for working in Canadian and overseas universities, international organizations, and federal, provincial and local public services. Our graduates have taken up position at a number of Canadian universities and in federal and provincial public services.