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Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy


University Catalogue


Graduate Chair: Peter Phillips

Graduate Secretary: Susan Mason

Phone: (306) 966-8525

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan
Diefenbaker Building, 101 Diefenbaker Place
Saskatoon SK CAN   S7N 5B8

What I like best about the U of S is that it provides a place where I can meet new people from all over the world and we can share our ideas and grow from each other. The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy has created many opportunities for me now and in the future.

Neil Kewistep
MPA student
BA, First Nations University of Canada

Public Administration

The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) is a provincial centre for advanced education, research, and, outreach and training activities with campuses at both the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. The school provides students and faculty the opportunity to work on contemporary public policy and administration challenges in an academic environment renowned for innovation and is fast becoming a destination for students from across the country and around the world.


  • February 1 (guaranteed funding consideration) for fall (September) entry
  • May 1 (possible funding consideration) for fall (September) entry
  • Late applications will be considered with the next deadline


The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School's University of Saskatchewan campus is offering several scholarships for MPA applicants enrolling in the 2012-13 academic year. At least six scholarships of up to $5,000 each and two up to $10,000 each will be awarded to students based on academic standing. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must take at least six program-related courses in the 2012-13 academic year. As a condition of this scholarship, students may be asked to provide some limited scholarly assistance for the Johnson-Shoyama School and its faculty and/or the Diefenbaker Canada Centre. All complete applications received by February 1, 2012, will be considered for a scholarship.


The M.P.A. program prepares students for careers in public administration and policy work in such diverse areas as NGOs, industry associations, and, of course, the public service.


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

M.P.A. +

M.P.A. students are exposed to core concepts in policy formation and analysis. They have the opportunity to explore policy in such areas as higher education, health and social policy, Aboriginal peoples and public policy, the social economy, international trade agreements, innovation and science policy, regulation, and economic and cultural development. This combination of theory, application, and research ensures that graduates are well prepared to:

  • Draft policy papers and decision documents;
  • Engage in basic and applied policy research;
  • Work with governments and advocacy groups to identify and promote specific policy measures; and
  • Participate in and lead teams of individuals or groups seeking to examine problems, identify issues, promote solutions, and evaluate and assess outcomes of policy measures.

Students entering the program are required to participate in the "Get Connected" academic orientation program offered in the fall. 


  • Bachelor's degree (4 year) from a recognized university
  • average of 75% or better during the final two years (60 credit units) of undergraduate program (or in the graduate program if students are coming to the M.P.A. after a graduate degree)
  • students from a wide variety of disciplines are eligible ( e.g., fine arts to the social sciences to the physical sciences to the professional college disciplines)
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college.