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International Centre for Northern Governance & Development


University Catalogue


Grad Chair: Hayley Hesseln

Program Officer:

Phone: (306) 966-1238

International Centre for Northern Governance and Development
University of Saskatchewan
Kirk Hall – Room 231
117 Science Place
Saskatoon SK CAN   S7N 5C8

“I value the program because it provides distance education to northern communities which will open so many doors; especially for individuals with families who cannot move to the city to further their education.”

Nathan Ray
MNGD (2010 Pilot Cohort), Resident of Sandy Bay, SK

“I’ve had a really positive experience with the MNGD so far – excellent instructors and coordinators. In particular, I’ve found the trips to northern regions useful in allowing me to make comparisons about northern issues in different parts of the world.”

Ilya Lipin
MNGD (2010 Pilot Cohort), International student from Syktyvkar, Russia

Northern Governance & Development

The Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) was new to the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. It is the only program of its kind in North America, training its students for leadership positions in northern regions – particularly Northern Saskatchewan. The program was developed in response to a call by stakeholders for programming that prepared Northerners, or northern affairs enthusiasts, to lead the future development and governance of their regions.

Boasting a state of the art videoconference centre, students can take the MNGD while remaining in their Northern Saskatchewan communities. Students connect to the classroom via videoconference at the appointed class times and submit their coursework via email. Occasional travel to the U of S is required for key elements of the program.


The ideal candidate will have completed a four-year undergraduate degree (any discipline) with a minimum GPA of 70% over the last 60 credit units. The applicant must also supply a statement of interest, TOEFL scores (where applicable), three letters of reference, and a resume. Relevant work experience will be taken into consideration. Applicants must have adequate training to pursue graduate level study in the field of northern governance and development.


For a fall enrollment, applications are requested by May 1st of that calendar year. No more than a dozen students are admitted per year and not all available spaces are necessarily filled. The program gets underway in September.


Tuition fees are in line with similar graduate programs at the U of S – $1,268 for domestic and $1,902 for international studentsStudents who complete the program on schedule will complete their degree in 2 ½ years of part-time study, on average.

The International Centre for Northern Governance and Development is pleased to offer funding scholarships of $16,000 per qualified student. This funding can help towards tuition costs, as well as cover living expenses during the period of study. Additional funding may be available for international applicants.


For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

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  • University of Saskatchewan four-year Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, with a cumulative weighted average of at least 70% over the last 60 credit units (or equivalent) completed.
  • Applicants should possess an academic record that shows promise of the ability to successfully pursue advanced study.
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: For International applicants whose first language is not English, English language proficiency is required as per College of Graduate Studies and Research Regulations
  • Applicants will be selected by the Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC) of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) on the basis of academic and research potential as demonstrated by academic credentials, letters of reference, and past experience and scholarly contributions.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A statement of research interests of approximately 1-3 pages in length describing specific areas of interest for the project; a description of why the applicant wants to pursue research in the interdisciplinary context of the ICNGD; and, a description of any employment or study experiences that relate to the research interests described.
  • A writing sample such as a term paper or essay, graded or ungraded, by an instructor, or a work report.
  • 3 letters of recommendation; at least one of these letters should be from a professor acquainted with the applicant's previous scholarly work, while other letters may comment on the student's preparation for continuing studies through his/her work experience.