Deadlines

Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Entry into these programs is only possible for September and there are two application deadlines:

  • January 15 for guaranteed funding consideration
  • May 1 for possible funding consideration

To meet either of these deadlines, all components of your application must be received by the dates above. Applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed nor will they be deferred to future terms.

International students are highly encouraged to apply by the January 15th deadline to allow for sufficient time to secure all documents required to study in Canada.

Master of Public Administration (MPA) on campus 

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are evaluated in the order in which they are completed. Therefore, it is to your advantage to submit your completed application as early as possible, as enrollment is limited. The admission process is competitive and later applications may be at a disadvantage.

Entry to the in-person MPA program is possible in September only. The latest application deadline is May 1st for international students and July 1st for domestic students.

To meet these deadlines, ALL components of your application must be received by the dates above. Applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed nor will they be deferred to future terms. 

Master of Public Administration (MPA) online

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are evaluated in the order in which they are completed. Therefore, it is to your advantage to submit your completed application as early as possible, as enrollment is limited. The admission process is competitive and later applications may be at a disadvantage. 

Entry is possible in any semester.

  • The latest application deadline for Fall entry is May 1st for international students and July 1st for domestic students.
  • The latest application deadline for Winter entry is September 1st for international students and November 1st for domestic students.
  • The latest application deadline for Spring entry is January 1st for international students and March 1st for domestic students.

To meet these deadlines, ALL components of your application must be received by the dates above. Applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed nor will they be deferred to future terms.

Joint Master of Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI)

Entry into the GENI is only possible for August and the application deadline is March 15. 

Graduate Certificates

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are evaluated in the order in which they are completed. Therefore, it is to your advantage to submit your completed application as early as possible, as enrollment is limited. The admission process is competitive and later applications may be at a disadvantage. 

Entry is possible in any semester.

  • The latest application deadline for Fall entry is May 1st for international students and July 1st for domestic students.
  • The latest application deadline for Winter entry is September 1st for international students and November 1st for domestic students.
  • The latest application deadline for Spring entry is January 1st for international students and March 1st for domestic students.

To meet these deadlines, ALL components of your application must be received by the dates above. Applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed nor will they be deferred to future terms.

How to Apply

When applying to the JSGS University of Saskatchewan campus, please note that you must submit an application through the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Submitting required documents

Once you’ve completed an online application, you will need to upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

Preliminary Statement of Marks
  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

Additional program-specific documents

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • A current resume that includes background and relevant employment history.
  • MPA Letter of Intent: The MPA is a professional program designed to prepare you for a career in public administration and policy work in diverse areas such as non-government organizations, industry associations, and, of course, the public service. To help the committee understand whether the MPA program is right for you, and whether you will be a good fit for our school, please address the following in your letter of intent:
    1. What has motivated you to pursue an MPA degree? Why are you interested in public administration and public policy?
    2. How will your background and preparation, including education and professional experience, contribute to your success in the MPA program?
    3. What particular policy interests do you hope to explore, specifically as they relate to our three areas of research priority (Governance, Social Policy and Inequality, and Innovation, Science and Technology). Why are you interested in these areas?
    4. What do you hope to achieve in this program?
  • The committee wants to see that you can clearly articulate your interests and ideas. Please restrict your comments to 500 words.

For questions regarding the Master of Public Administration:

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

Graduate Administrator
Email: jsgs@usask.ca

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • A current resume highlighting your 3-5 years of relevant employment history and educational background.
  • MPA Letter of Intent: The online MPA is a professional program designed to advance your career in public administration and policy work in diverse areas such as non-government organizations, industry associations, and, of course, the public service. To help the committee understand whether the online MPA program is right for you, and whether you will be a good fit for our school, please address the following in your letter of intent:
    1. What has motivated you to pursue an MPA degree? Why are you interested in public administration and public policy?
    2. How will your background and preparation, including education and professional experience, contribute to your success in the MPA program?
    3. What particular policy interests do you hope to explore, specifically as they relate to our three areas of research priority (Governance, Social Policy and Inequality, and Innovation, Science and Technology). Why are you interested in these areas?
    4. What do you hope to achieve in this program?
  • The committee wants to see that you can clearly articulate your interests and ideas. Please restrict your comments to 500 words.

For questions regarding the online Master of Public Administration:

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

Graduate Administrator
Email: jsgs@usask.ca

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • A current resume that includes background and relevant employment history.
  • MPP Letter of Intent - The MPP is a research degree. Your letter of intent offers you the opportunity to describe to the admissions committee your interests and fit with the MPP program. It also provides you the opportunity to clearly detail your background and preparation, the ideas and methods that you bring to public policy and an indication of the particular areas of public policy that interest you. Please clearly address each of the following:
    1. Why do you want to pursue a research degree focusing on public policy?
    2. Research background and preparation on policy-related research, including scholarly and practical experience.
    3. Theories, ideas and methods that you want to use or explore.
    4. Any specific research interests you hope to explore, especially as how your research interest fits one of our three areas of research priority (Governance, Social Policy and Inequality, and Innovation, Science and Technology).
    5. Have you approached any of the faculty at the school? If so, please name them.

You do NOT need to have a well-developed research proposal. However, the committee does like to see that you can clearly articulate your interests and ideas. If you do have a specific project that you are committed to, please include that information in your letter. This letter is an opportunity to show your personality, critical thinking ability, and interest in public policy research. Please say something original and distinctive that sets you apart from other applicants.

Your letter of intent should be a maximum of 700 words.

For questions regarding the Master of Public Policy:

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

Graduate Administrator
Email: jsgs@usask.ca

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • A current resume that includes background and relevant employment history.
  • PhD Letter of Intent - The PhD is a research degree and is the highest degree awarded in Public Policy. It denotes an advanced level of competence in scholarly research and communication. Your letter of intent offers you the opportunity to describe to the admissions committee your interests and to clearly detail your background and preparation, the ideas and methods that you bring to public policy, and to indicate the particular areas of public policy that interest you. Please clearly address each of the following:
    1. Why do you want to pursue a PhD focusing on public policy?
    2. Research background and preparation on policy-related research, including scholarly and practical experience.
    3. One or more general areas within public policy in which you would like to do research, and some examples of specific topics you consider interesting and researchable within these areas.
    4. Theories, ideas and methods that you want to use or explore.
    5. An example that demonstrates your ability to define a topic, to apply theoretical concepts to it, to cite existing key literature, and to propose ways to create new scholarly knowledge on that topic. This example might relate to one of the sample topics you identify in (3) above.
    6. How your research interest fits one of our three areas of research priority (Governance, Social Policy and Inequality, and Innovation, Science and Technology).
    7. Have you approached any of the faculty at the school? If so, please name them.

Your statement should be around 1,500 words or 5-6 pages in total length. You do NOT need to have a well-developed research proposal. However, the committee does like to see that you can clearly articulate your interests and ideas.
This letter is an opportunity to show your personality, critical thinking ability, and interest in public policy research. Please say something original and distinctive that sets you apart from other applicants.

Most importantly, your letter will help the admissions committee to find a match among the faculty to supervise you in one of your proposed areas of research.

For questions regarding the PhD in Public Policy:

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

Graduate Administrator
Email: jsgs@usask.ca

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • Statement of purpose (approximately two pages), and should include the following:
    • What has motivated you to pursue an online master's degree focused on northern and Indigenous areas?
    • How has your personal background, education, and/pr professional experience prepared you for the core themes and research methods you will encounter in the program?
  • Scanned image of your valid passport.
  • Writing sample, such as a term paper or essay, that demonstrates writing and analytical ability.
  • All international students need to provide proof of Higher Education Entrance Qualification (such as High School Diploma or verification of the completion of upper secondary education.)

The GENI Admissions Committee will contact applicants that are shortlisted for an interview.

For questions regarding the Joint Masters of Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas:

Emmy Neuls
Manager, Graduate Programs (Distance Delivery) GENI and Online MPA
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan campus
Email: emmy.neuls@usask.ca

Please also upload the following documents:

  • Current resume that includes background and relevant employment history
  • Personal statement, two pages maximum, that outlines your purpose in applying to the Certificate program

For questions regarding the Graduate Certificate in Social Economy and Co-operatives:

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

Graduate Administrator
Email: jsgs@usask.ca

Please also upload the following documents:

  • Current resume that includes background and relevant employment history
  • Personal statement, two pages maximum, that outlines your purpose in applying to the Certificate program

For questions regarding the Graduate Certificate in Economic Analysis for Public Policy, contact:

Please also upload the following documents:

  • Current resume that includes background and relevant employment history
  • Personal statement, two pages maximum, that outlines your purpose in applying to the Certificate program

For questions regarding the Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management, contact:

Please also upload the following documents:

  • Current resume that includes background and relevant employment history
  • Personal statement, two pages maximum, that outlines your purpose in applying to the Certificate program

For questions regarding the Graduate Certificate in Public Management, contact:

Please also upload the following documents:

  • Current resume that includes background and relevant employment history
  • Personal statement, two pages maximum, that outlines your purpose in applying to the Certificate program

For questions regarding the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Analysis , contact: