International Centre for Northern Governance & Development
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Phone: (306) 966-8433International Centre for Northern Governance and Development
University of SaskatchewanKirk 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.”
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.”
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.
FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Tuition fees are in line with similar graduate programs at the U of S – $1,150 per term for domestic students and $1,750 per term for international students. Students who complete the program on schedule will need to register in six consecutive terms (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer) over 24months.
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.
The Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) is an interdisciplinary project-based program that is designed to be completed within 24 months of study. The program includes: coursework, a research project, an industry internship, and an international field school.Students are required to take the following courses: Strategic Communications for Northern Development (NORD 836.3), Northern Resource Economies and Policy (NORD 837.3), Aboriginal Self-Determination through Mitho-Pimachesowin or “Ability to Make a Good Living” (NS 810.3), Topics in Northern Governance (POLS 825.3), Policy, Planning and Evaluation in Northern Communities (POLS 828.3) and Northern Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Students are also required to complete a Graduate Seminar in Northern Governance and Development (NORD 990). In addition to the coursework, the program includes an internship (NORD 850.6) and a research paper (NORD 992).