The Science and Innovation Policy Certificate provides you with a foundation in science and innovation policy theory, methodology and practical policy applications. Throughout the program, you will develop analytical skills and gain a solid understanding of the basics of science and innovation policy.
Comprised of three graduate-level classes, the certificate covers a range of topics and issues, including:
- theories and models of policymaking and decision making
- the policy cycle
- policy design, formulation, and evaluation
- the roles of various participants in the policy process
- the context of economic growth, technological change, and innovation
- theories and methods of innovation
- policy applications
- critiques of innovation policy
This certificate is designed for current public servants and working professionals who want to increase their understanding of key policy issues in science and innovation and those already in the science and innovation space who want to gain skills in policy analysis. It may also be of particular interest to those from STEM-related disciplines who wish to advance their understanding of public policy and the science-policy interface.
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|12 months studying part time (one course per term)
|Entry is possible in any semester (September/Fall, January/Winter, and May/Spring).
Domestic Students: May 1 (for September entry), October 1 (for January entry), February 1 (for May entry)
*International Students: May 1 (for September entry), October 1 (for January entry), February 1 (for May entry)
*JSGS does not recommend graduate certificate programs to international students due to complications with maintaining registration across terms and course offerings per term that may affect full-time student status.
|Effective September 1, 2023, the tuition rate per three-credit-unit course for domestic students is approximately $1,598 and $2,492 for international students. Students are also required to pay on-campus graduate student fees.
|JSGS Scholarship Funding
|English Language Requirements
|Proof of language proficiency is required.
|This certificate includes a combination of in-person and online courses. Students must attend some classes in person. If you live outside Regina or Saskatoon, please contact us about options that may be available to you.
|Potential Career Paths
|Senior Policy Advisor, Senior Policy Analyst, Science Policy Researcher, Science Policy Advisor
Core Learning Outcomes
In consultation with our public sector and community partners, the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy has created a signature JSGS pedagogy to support your development in core competencies and skills needed for success in public administration. This competency framework encourages students to demonstrate the ability to:
- Develop and apply an evidence-informed approach to policy issues and policy options;
- Be able to communicate with different audiences to build relationships and harness diverse perspectives to gain understanding, design, and advance policy solutions; and
- Lead self, teams, and partners to implement policy decisions, manage change initiatives, monitor progress, and support continuous improvement.
As a student enrolled in the Science and Innovation Policy Certificate, depending on your course selection, you may be exposed to specific readings, assignments and activities that will help you both acquire and develop the ability to:
- Understand policy, policy analysis, and the policy cycle and its components from an academic and practical perspective
- Appreciate concepts of innovation policy in theory and apply them in practice;
- Formulate an argument and apply evidence and reason to support your claims; and
- Effectively present complex ideas, so they are easy to understand.
Upon successfully completing your Economic Analysis for Public Policy Certificate, we encourage you to speak with an academic advisor to explore the option of applying your courses to a full master's degree at JSGS.
Certificate students are required to complete 9 credit units, consisting of one core course (3 credit units) and two elective courses (6 credit units).
Students registered for this certificate must complete the following two three-credit hours courses:
Focuses on the analysis of the processes whereby public policies arise and are enacted in Canada. The course compares theories and models of policy making and decision-making to illustrate the special requirements of the Canadian environment and examines the roles of various participants in the policy process: legislators, political parties, interest groups, administrators and administrative structures, citizens, and the judiciary.
This graduate course is designed as a special topic course in the theory and practice of innovation policy. The graduate students will investigate the theory, methodology and applications of innovation policy through primary readings, discourse and writing.
All students must also complete, two of the following elective courses (6 credits hrs):
This class analyzes governing institutions and the process of modern government within Canada as a means of enhancing a student's understanding of policy formulation and implementation. This course is intended to provide a basis for critically assessing political and administrative decision-making and policy outcomes.
There is growing attention being given to executive leadership, applied ethics and efforts to create and sustain trust within and through the profession of public administration. This course descriptively and critically examines these three key concepts in relation to the professional public servant and the environments of public sector decision and policy making.
Governance refers to who gets to decide what in political systems, sectors of the economy, the use of technology, and organizations. This course examines the development of governance systems in response to authority no longer being confined entirely to government and examines arrangements leading to both desirable and undesirable outcomes.
This course focuses on developing practical knowledge and skills public sector managers require to effectively “get things done” through others. Management skills developed include self-assessment/reflection, goal-setting, teamwork/collaboration, verbal/written communication, influence/persuasion, conflict resolution, stress management, and creative thinking.
This course looks at the manner in which scientific and technological innovation, or the commercialization of technology-based products and services, is shaping the Circumpolar world.
Effective September 1, 2023, the tuition rate per three-credit-unit course for domestic students is approximately $1,598 and $2,492 for international students. Students are also required to pay on-campus graduate student fees.
If you are offered admission into the Science and Innovation Policy Graduate Certificate program, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $1,000 CAD is required to save your seat. You have 30 days from the date of the offer of admission being made to accept. If you enroll in the program consistent with the terms of the offer, the $1,000 deposit will be applied to your student account. If you do not enroll, the deposit is retained by JSGS.
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's website should be viewed as accurate.
Admissions and Deadlines
Applications to Graduate Certificate programs are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed in the order in which they are completed. Therefore, it is to your advantage to submit a completed application as early as possible, as enrollment is limited. The admission process is competitive and late application submissions may be at a disadvantage.
Entry is possible in any semester (September/Fall, January/Winter, and May/Spring).
|Latest Application Deadline for International Students*
|Latest Application Deadline 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.
* JSGS does not recommend graduate certificate programs to international students due to complications with maintaining registration across terms and course offerings per term that may affect full-time student status.
Please ensure that you meet the entrance requirements of either the University of Regina Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research or the University of Saskatchewan College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (depending on your choice of campus).
|University of Regina
Applicants interested in this program must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree with a minimum overall GPA of 70 percent.
There is also a mid-career option for admission, through which prospective students with at least five years of government or non-profit organization management experience may be admitted without an undergraduate degree.
|University of Saskatchewan
|Applicants must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university. A cumulative weighted average of at least 70 percent must be maintained during the final two years (60 credit units). Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
NOTICE: JSGS does not recommend graduate certificate programs to international students for the following reasons:
- The certificates are only 3 courses (9 credit units) in length, and to be considered a full-time student, you must register in 6 credit units (2 courses) per term.
- For example, if a graduate certificate student wants to maintain full-time status, the maximum time in the graduate certificate program would be 6 months if starting in January (encompasses Winter and Spring terms), or 8 months if starting in May (encompasses Spring and Fall terms) or September (encompasses Fall and Winter terms), and a student would need to take a fourth course and pay additional tuition to have full-time status in each term.
- JSGS cannot guarantee that courses required for our graduate certificate programs will be available each term.
- If a required course is unavailable, it can affect the opportunity for full-time studies.
Application Process and Required Documentation
The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy has aligned its application requirements (where possible) across its two university campuses; however, please note that the application portal varies by campus.
Please apply through one campus only
When applying to the JSGS University of Regina campus, please note that you must submit an application through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
You may choose to upload unofficial transcripts, supporting documents, letter of intent, and resume via your online application portal.
You will have the opportunity to enter the names and email addresses of your referees in the online application portal. Once you pay the application fee and submit the application, the system will automatically contact your referees with a link for their submission. Remember to advise your referees to check their spam folder for the auto-email from uregina.ca domain.
To troubleshoot document uploads, referee issues, other technical aspects of the online application, contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Student waiver form
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is a collaboration between the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan. To share information between the two universities, please complete and upload the student waiver form.
Upload unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary education, that is, from each accredited institution you’ve attended where you’ve received at least one grade for one course for academic credit. If you are registered in such a course presently, upload a transcript even without the course completed.
Do NOT upload University of Regina transcripts. FGSR staff will access these internally.
JSGS will evaluate applications based on unofficial documents. JSGS only requires official documents after an acceptance letter is issued.Option 2: Is it easy to obtain official transcripts? Is it inexpensive? Is the application deadline at least a month away? If you answer yes to all questions, consider skipping the unofficial transcript upload and send your official documents directly to FGSR.
|Proof of English proficiency (if required)
International applicants may need to submit proof of English proficiency in the form of a recognized test. Search for your post-secondary institution on the WHED database. If this database clearly indicates solely English as language of instruction, this will suffice as proof of English proficiency.
|An updated resume with scholarly contributions, background information, education history, and relevant employment history.
|Personal Statement / Letter of Intent
The University of Regina’s online application form includes a personal statement section where applicants are asked to answer the following four questions:
As you answer these questions, please keep in mind the Admissions Committee is assessing your ability to write in a clear, coherent and professional manner. You should make every effort to ensure your personal statement is free of spelling and grammatical errors, is properly referenced (if applicable) and is concise. Please limit your response to each of the questions to no more than 200 words.
|Letter of Recommendation
The University of Regina requires three letters of recommendation. Please choose academic and/or professional people who can comment on your ability to succeed in the program. Applicants can supply name and contact information in the online application portal.
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. The online application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may start an application, save it and return to it any time before the application deadline.
Once you have completed an online application, you will need to upload a series of 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.
If your application fee has not been processed after 48 hours after being submitted, please contact email@example.com or phone 1-306-966-5788 for assistance. Please ensure you are checking the status of the application fee before emailing or calling. To check the status, please log into your application profile.
|Preliminary Statement of Marks
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
|Letter of Recommendation
When applying to the University of Saskatchewan campus, you will need to submit three letters of reference. Two of these referees must be academic, and one must be professional.
As an applicant, you are responsible for sending the reference letter links and updating the referee’s contact information. Through your application profile, you can update your referees, change your referee contact information, and send/re-send the link for the letter of reference.
|Proof of English language proficiency (if required)
For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:
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
|A current resume that includes background and relevant employment history.
|Personal Statement / Letter of Intent
|Personal statement, two pages maximum, that outlines your purpose in applying to the certificate program.
The Admissions Committee wants to see that you can clearly articulate your interests and ideas. You should make every effort to ensure your personal statement is free of spelling and grammatical errors, is properly referenced (if applicable) and is concise.
For questions about the application process or requirements for the Graduate Certificate program, please contact:
Graduate Administrator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
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