Master of Public Administration

Program Description

CAPPA Accredited
What's your policy passion?

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed to prepare students for careers in public administration and policy work in such diverse areas as non-government organizations, industry associations, and, of course, the public service. MPA students are exposed to core concepts in policy formation and analysis, and have the opportunity to explore such substantive areas as social policy, health policy, innovation policy, trade and immigration policy, resource and environmental policy, and public-sector management. This combination of theory, application and research ensures that our graduates are well prepared to:

  • Develop strategic planning, leadership, and management skills;
  • 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. 

The MPA program can be completed in one year with the appropriate selection of courses; however, the program can be extended beyond one year for those students who need more time, are working or whose first language is not English.

NOTE: The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy made changes to the MPA program that took effect Fall 2011. Students who began the MPA prior to the Fall 2011 semester are required to meet the program, as it was constructed when they were admitted.

Admissions Qualifications

University of Regina
All applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Applicants must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in any area with a GPA of at least 75 per cent.

University of Saskatchewan
Applicants must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university. An average of 75 per cent or better must be maintained during the final two years (60 credit units) of the undergraduate program or in the graduate program if students are entering the MPA after a graduate degree. 

Program Competitiveness
Admission to the MPA program is very competitive. Please note that because the number of applications received greatly exceeds the number of available places (we typically admit 25-30 students a year per campus), not all qualified applicants will be offered admission (i.e., successful candidates will typically have an average in excess of 75 per cent [or upper second class]).

Additional Information
Students from a wide variety of disciplines - including everything from the fine arts to the humanities to the social sciences to the physical sciences to professional college disciplines - are eligible. While it is not necessary, some knowledge of economics, statistics and social science is generally an advantage.

Core Courses

MPA students are required to complete 30 credit units, consisting of:

  • Five core courses (15 credit units)
    • JSGS 801 - Governance and Administration
    • JSGS 802 - Public Finance
    • JSGS 805 - Economics for Public Policy Analysis
    • JSGS 806 - Public Policy Analysis
    • JSGS 807 - Statistics for Public Managers
  • One elective must be selected from the following list of public management/administration courses.
    • JSGS 808 - Ethical Leadership and Democracy in Public Service
    • JSGS 815 - Strategic Human Resource Management: Legal and Policy Issues
    • JSGS 831 - Seminar on Public Administration
    • JSGS 836AA - ZZ Selected Topics in Public Administration (for U of R students)
    • JSGS 838 - Public Sector Financial Management
    • JSGS 898 - Special Topics (for U of S students)
  • One elective must be selected from the following list of public policy courses.
    • JSGS 816 - Tax Policy and Fiscal Federalism
    • JSGS 817 - Health Policy
    • JSGS 818 - Program Evaluation
    • JSGS 819 - Gender and Public Policy
    • JSGS 822 - Comparative Public Policy
    • JSGS 840 - Public Policy and Public Opinion
    • JSGS 849 - Social Economy and Public Policy
    • JSGS 854 - Higher Education Policy
    • JSGS 859 - Innovation Policy
    • JSGS 863 - Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy
    • JSGS 864 - Social Policy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
    • JSGS 868 - Resource and Environmental Policy
    • JSGS 872 - International Trade and Commercial Policy (online)
    • JSGS 875 - Politics of International Trade (online)
  • Three remaining electives can be taken from either campus. Click here for a complete list of courses. JSGS 872 and JSGS 875, which are on the list of approved public policy restricted electives, are both online courses. Students wishing to take online courses other than these two must first have approval from the Graduate Chair at their home campus. The rules and regulations of the university through which the course is taken will apply to the student.
  • Students must also complete JSGS 990 or JSGS 990AB Seminar Series (continuous registration required)
  • Students at the U of S campus must also complete – in their first term of study – GSR 960 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity. This is a non-credit, online course required by the College of Graduate Studies and Research and is at no cost to the student.

NOTE: Restricted electives are subject to change.

All students enrolled in the program have access to courses offered at either campus. The MPA program can be completed in one year, studying full time. Students may also choose to study part time over a maximum of five years at the U of S and maximum of six years at the U of R.

Students entering the program in September are required to participate in the Get Connected! academic orientation for new students. This event will be held at the U of S campus in September. More information will be provided in the late spring to all students.


The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School (JSGS) offers MPA and MPP students the opportunity to enhance their postgraduate work with an internship in the federal or provincial public service, municipal government, the Saskatchewan School Boards Association or in health services research. The many concrete benefits to interns in the Johnson-Shoyama Executive Internship Program include initial job placement, valuable career preparation and experience, the development of an extensive professional network as well as accelerated professional growth and advancement.

Tuition and Student Fees

For the 2014-15 academic year,

JSGS Campus Cost per three-credit
unit course

International surcharge
(per term)

Additional graduate
student fees

University of Regina $1,228.50 $1,000.00 Click here
University of Saskatchewan $1,227.00 $800.00 Click here

A total of 30 credit units (10 courses) are required to complete the MPA program.

Please note, tuition and fees are subject to change. Should there be a discrepancy between the information posted on the institution's website and information posted on the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy website, the institution website should be viewed as accurate (U of R U of S).  

For a comprehensive list of living expenses, please visit - U of R  |  U of S

Click here for information on scholarships and funding.

Fact Sheet

Download a print friendly copy of our Master of Public Administration fact sheet.


If you have any questions, please contact us at (U of R campus) or (U of S campus).