Master of Public Policy

The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) has made changes to the MPP program, which takes effect for students beginning in fall 2011.  Students who began the MPP prior to the fall 2011 semester will be required to meet the program as it was constructed when they were admitted.

Program Description

CAPPA Accredited

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) 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 so that students can finish in as little as 16-24 months of studying full time. Upon entry into the program, each student is assigned a research advisor and an advisory committee.

The school’s scholarly work includes: public process intelligence, budgets and public finance, multi-level governance, agenda setting, decision making, ethical leadership and good governance, all within the context of the faculty’s substantive research areas (social policy, health policy, innovation policy, public-sector management, resource and environmental policy, and trade and immigration policy).

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.

Application Qualifications

University of Regina
To meet the entrance requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, all 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. To meet the basic program requirements, 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 MPP after a graduate degree.

Program Competitiveness
Admission to the MPP program is very competitive. Please note that because the number of applications received greatly exceeds the number of available places (we typically admit six to eight students a year), not all qualified applicants will be offered admission. Successful candidates will typically have an average in excess of 80 per cent (or lower first class).

Additional Information
Students will enter the program from a wide variety of disciplines - including everything from the fine arts, to the humanities, to the social sciences, to the physical sciences, to the professional college disciplines - are eligible. Because concepts derived from micro-economics and statistics are used in parts of the program, students without a background in these areas are encouraged to take additional non-credit instruction, which may be offered by the school.

Core Courses

The MPP is a research-based degree that involves a combination of course work, research, and the writing of a thesis. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credit units of course work. Once an applicant has been admitted, the program of studies (i.e., selection of appropriate courses) will be determined.

  • Minimum one course (3 credit units) from the following*:
    • JSGS 805 Economics for Public Policy Analysis
    • JSGS 862 Political Economy
    • JSGS 865 Decision Making in Organizations
  • Minimum one course (3 credit units) from the following*:
    • JSGS 803 Quantitative Methods
    • JSGS 851 Qualitative Methods
  • Minimum one course (3 credit units) from the following*:
    • JSGS 806 Public Policy Analysis
    • JSGS 867 Advanced Policy Analysis
  • Minimum one course (3 credit units) from the following*:
    • JSGS 817 Health Policy
    • JSGS 849 Social Economy and Public Policy
    • JSGS 854 Higher Education Policy
    • JSGS 859 Innovation Policy
    • JSGS 864 Social Policy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The remaining elective course (3 credit units) must be selected from the courses offered by the school [click here for a complete list]. The rules and regulations of the university through which the course is taken will apply to the student.  

  • Students must also registered in the two following courses:
    • JSGS 990 or JSGS 990AB Seminar Series (continuous registration required)
    • JSGS 994 Research (U of S campus students - continuous registration required) OR JSGS 901 Research (U of R students)

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.

Health Services Research Stream (MPP-HSR)

The Master of Public Policy Health Services Research Stream (MPP-HSR) is a thesis-based program that equips students with the knowledge to address the research needs of a wide range of health-care policy makers, and provides them with the opportunity to conduct applied health services research. This program is offered only at the school’s University of Regina campus.

Students enrolled in the MPP-HSR stream are required to follow the following program of study:

  • Three required core courses: (9 credit hrs)
    • JSGS 803: Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
    • JSGS 805: Economic Analysis for Public Policy
    • JSGS 860: Health System Research Methods
  • One of the following two courses (3 credits hrs)
    • JSGS 806: Public Policy Analysis (3)
    • JSGS 851: Qualitative Methods (3)
  • One of the courses from following selected list (3 credit hrs):
    • JSGS 817: Health Policy
    • JSGS 827: Health Care Organization and Administration
    • JSGS 832: Population-Based Health Program Management
    • JSGS 833: Performance Measurement in Health Care Organizations
    • JSGS 837: Health Economics
  • Health services research seminar, bi-weekly, fall and winter terms (0 credit hrs)
    • JSGS 990AA: expected to attend and participate in at least 80% of seminars
  • Thesis research and writing (15 credit hours)
    • JSGS 900: Thesis, supervised by Professor Gregory P. Marchildon

Students in the MPP-HSR may also be eligible for funding through the Western Regional Training Centre in Health Services Research (WRTC). The application process is competitive, and students are selected on the basis of past performance. In addition to the academic requirements of the program, WRTC-funded students are also expected to:

  • Attend conferences as directed by WRTC Site Director including the Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) annual conference
  • Present their research results at WRTC-sponsored events, institutes and conferences.
  • Take place in a four-month working field placement with WRTC partners (e.g. Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and the Regina-Qu’Appelle Health Region)

The WRTC is accepting new students for the 2012-13 year. For more information, please contact Beth Miller at beth.miller@uregina.ca or 306-585-5469.

Internships

The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School (JSGS) offers 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 2013-14 academic year, tuition for students in the MPP program at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and the University of Regina (U of R) is approximately $1,280 per term regardless of the number of courses taken. International students pay an additional fee of $800 per term at the U of S and $1,000 per term at the U of R. Continuous registration for all students in the MPP program is required – that is, students must register in all three terms each academic year until their program is completed. 

Student fees vary at each institution. For a comprehensive list of student fees, please visit our institution websites: University of Regina  |  University of Saskatchewan

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).  If you have any questions, please contact us at jsgs@uregina.ca (U of R campus) or jsgs@usask.ca (U of S campus).

For a comprehensive list of living expenses, please visit our institution websites - University of Regina University of Saskatchewan

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Fact sheet

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