Program Description

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.

CAPPA accreditedStudents entering the MPP program are required to participate in the Get Connected! academic orientation for new students, which is held in early September.

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

Research

As one of Canada's leading schools for policy analysis and research, the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is making a difference by concentrating its research capacity on three main priority areas:

JSGS faculty are committed to encouraging student involvement on research projects, grant applications, seminar series, and other opportunities for knowledge translation. As such the school has on average three to five fully funded fellowships to support Master of Public Policy students ($20K over 16 months) and doctoral students ($23K annually for three years).

Reseach Supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the individual research interests of our faculty.

JSGS faculty Areas of research interest
Michael Atkinson Structure of government, Political economy of public policy, Ethics and corruption
Daniel Béland Comparative public policy, Fiscal policy, Social policy, Political sociology, Historical and comparative sociology 
Ken Coates Regional innovation;University education and higher education generally; Aboriginal rights and land claims; Science and technology policy; Japan and Canada-Asia relations; Northern development/Circumpolar affairs
Bruno Dupeyron Comparative politics; Multilevel governance; Processes of regional integration; Public action in the international and transnational fields; Border governance; Strategies of institutional building in the European Union, NAFTA and the Mercosur; Immigration policy
Brett Fairbairn Governance and innovation in non-profit enterprises, Membership, participation, and organizational identity, History of democracy and democratic movements, Co-operatives in the new economy
Murray Fulton Behavioural economics, Governance, Co-operatives and the social economy, Agricultural and resource policy 
Robert Hawkins Administrative law (public inquiries, bias, standards of review); Constitutional law (crown prerogative and conventions); Post-secondary education policy
Tarun Katapally Population health interventions; Active living research; Child and youth health; Built environment and health; Aboriginal health; Health policy
Iryna Khovrenkov Economics of charities, Foundation and leadership giving, Applied microeconomics, Public economics and tax policy 
Justin Longo Applied information and communication technologies (i.e., open governance, open government, Web 2.0 technologies, etc.), Public policy studies, Environmental and natural resource policy, Transboundary governance 
Kathleen McNutt Digital government; Social Media; Policy Analysis; Program Evaluation
Haizhen Mou Health policy; Fiscal policy
Peter Phillips Science, technology and innovation policy; International political economy; Regulation, governance and trade policy; Decision making theory and behavioural experimentation
Dionne Pohler Labour policy, Strategic human resource management, The role and professionalization of HRM, Compensation systems, Inequality in organizations, Organizational governance, Co-op development, Labour-management relationship and union impact, Systems of employee voice, Policy implementation 
Ken Rasmussen Public enterprise management; Administrative reform; Administrative history; Non-profit organizations; Ethics and leadership; Provincial politics
Jeremy Rayner Global forest governance; Resource, environmental and energy policies; Policy theory (especially institutionalism and problems of policy change)
Keith Walker Mentorship and executive leader development, Professional and applied ethics, Governance and board governance: public and social sectors, Policy making and decision making, Collegiality, Vitality, Productivity and engagement in organizations, Hope fostering, Trust-brokering, Compassion and moral agency, System, organization and leader well-being , K-12, post secondary, and public sector administration, Personal and spiritual dimensions of leadership and followership
Amy Zarzeczny Health law, Health and science policy, Governance of emerging, unproven and experimental medical interventions and biomedical technologies, Medical tourism 

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:

Minimum one course (3 credit units) from the following:

Minimum one course (3 credit units) from the following:

Minimum one course (3 credit units) from the following:

The remaining elective course (3 credit units) must be selected from the courses offered by the school. 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: 

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.

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.

Application Qualifications

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.

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).

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

To meet the entrance requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, 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.

Funding and Tuition

Funding

Highly qualified students who are engaged in the program on a full-time basis will receive funding at a competitive rate to support their research. MPP students must commit to completing the program over a maximum of two academic years to be eligible for this funding.

On average the school also has three to five fully funded fellowships to support MPP students engaged in faculty research ($20K over 16 months).

All complete applications received by February 1, will automatically be considered for funding.

In addition to potential funding from the school, there are scholarships and awards available for students at the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.

Tuition

For the 2015-16 academic year, tuition is approximately $1,344/term plus graduate student fees, as well as an international surcharge (if applicable). 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.