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Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

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Graduate Chair: Peter Phillips

Graduate Secretary: Amy Hassett

Phone: (306) 966-8525

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

The MPP program at JSGS has given me the opportunity to enhance my knowledge of public policy, while also providing me with the flexibility to undertake research in areas which have excited me the most. The program has definitely helped me in improving my research and analytical skills which can be applied to both academia and job markets. Cordial environment and a sense of closely knit community have been the hallmark of my stay at JSGS, where engaging in meaningful dialogue with faculty members and fellow students has always been encouraged.

Ata-Ul Munim
MPP student
BA (Hon) Economics, McMaster University BA (Hon) Political Science, McMaster University

Public Policy

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.

The school's faculty members have significant research backgrounds and interests in health and social policy, leadership and governance, trade and transnational policy, and science, technology and innovation. Students have the opportunity to explore topics in areas such 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.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • 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

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Master of Public Policy - The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School will make available for MPP students in the 2012-13 academic year up to five one-time funding awards of up to $10,000 each. To be eligible for this funding, students must commit to completing the program over a maximum of two academic years. All complete applications received by February 1, 2012, will be considered for funding.

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy - Highly qualified doctoral students who are engaged in the program on a full-time basis will receive funding at a competitive rate to support their research. All complete applications received by February 1, 2012, will be considered for funding.

 

 

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

M.P.P. +

The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) provides students with opportunities to conduct research and contribute to the study of public policy and the application of policy expertise in the real world. Students graduating from this program possess the research skills necessary to play integral roles in the civil service, research organizations, and industry associations. Top students from this program may go on to doctoral programs in public policy.

The program is designed for completion in two years of full-time study, although part time study is possible. The program involves a combination of course work, research, and the writing of a thesis. Each student is assigned a research advisor and an advisory committee. The M.P.P program is currently being offered only through the University of Saskatchewan campus.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • bachelor's degree from a recognized university
  • average of 75% or better must be maintained in the last two years (60 credit units) of the undergraduate program or graduate program, if applicants are coming to the M.P.P. after a graduate degree
  • Students will enter the program from a wide variety of disciplines - fine arts, social sciences, physical sciences, and professional college disciplines are eligible.
  • Because concepts derived from micro economics and statistics are used in part of the program, students without a background in these areas are encouraged to take additional non-credit instruction, which will be offered in the first two months of the fall term.
  • 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 (TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5 minimum).

Ph.D. +

The Ph.D. is a doctoral-level research program designed to offer learning and research opportunities for highly qualified students who will advance knowledge and move the study of public policy forward. Students graduating from this program will be in a position to train the next generation of public service professionals and to conduct public policy and management research for government, business, think tanks, and other research organizations. Students completing the program on a full-time basis can expect to receive financial support and to complete the program in approximately three years. The program involves a combination of course work (culminating in a comprehensive exam) and proposing, writing, and defending a dissertation. The School's faculty has significant research background and interest in three research areas: health and social policy; science, technology, and innovation; and trade and transnational regulation. This provides opportunities for research students to explore topics in areas such as higher education, health, aboriginal people, the social economy, international trade agreements, innovation and science policy, and regulation and rural and remote areas. For more information, please visit School of Public Policy.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Masters of Public Policy (M.P.P.) or Public Administration (M.P.A.), or, a Masters in a cognate discipline such as economics, political science, political sociology, or educational administration from a recognized university
  • an average of 75% or better in previous program
  • students with an M.P.A. degree will be considered, but must successfully pass a qualifying exam
  • students with a course-based Master’s degree will be required to complete the qualifying exam as a condition of admission
  • Proof of English proficiency – TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5 minimum

Students applying for the program will be required to prepare a research program outlining research they would like to pursue in the area of public policy. The research program should have a well-defined problem statement, a review of the appropriate literature, an initial methodology, and a statement indicating the significance/relevance of such a research program. While students will not be held to the research program that they outline, the document will serve to guide the student and their committee with the courses and the material they explore through their course work.