Designed for individuals working in the public and quasi-public (e.g., NGOs, non-profits) sectors, the online Master of Public Administration program provides students with the knowledge and administrative and management skills needed to address the contemporary policy challenges of an increasingly complex world.

Program Description

Online Master of Public Administration

Accredited by the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, the Johnson Shoyama online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program exposes working professionals to core concepts in policy formation and analysis, and provides students with a competency-based education to help advance their careers in the public service, non-profit sector and/or industry. Through the MPA, students gain valuable experience and knowledge in:

  • Management, Governance and Leadership
  • Communication and Social Skills
  • System Thinking and Creative Analysis
  • Public Policy Formation and Community Engagement
  • Continuous Evaluation and Improvement
  • Policy Knowledge

The online option provides an applied focus, using case-studies and projects to illustrate the applications of public policy theories and models. Upon completion of the program, our graduates have the ability to:

  • Inspire support for a vision or course of action and successfully direct the teams, processes, and changes required to accomplish it;
  • Analyze and contribute content to at least one applied policy field;
  • Identify key issues and problems, analyze them systematically, and reach sound, innovative conclusions;
  • Understand how organizational and public policies are formulated, their impact on public policy and management and how to influence their development;
  • Communicate effectively and build enduring, trust-based interpersonal, professional relationships; and are
  • Committed to on-going evaluation for continuous organizational and personal improvement.

Key Features

  • Students enrolled in the online MPA participate in two, 3-4 day residencies at the beginning and end of the their program.
  • The courses are delivered fully online and provides flexibility to students with many obligations.
  • The online MPA program can be completed in two years of full-time or four years of part-time study.
  • Students can enter the program from a variety of disciplines.

CAPPA accredited


MPA students are required to complete 36 credit units, consisting of eleven core courses (30 credit units) and two elective courses (6 credit units).

All MPA students are required to complete the following set of core courses:

The two remaining elective courses (6 credit units) must be selected from the courses offered by the school.

Students must also complete the following non-credit, required courses:

Application Qualifications

University of Saskatchewan

Applicants to the online MPA program must have completed a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university with a cumulative average of at least 75%. 

The application portal is now open! 

Funding and Tuition


The school offers the potential for funding for online MPA applicants. Financial support will be considered when completed applications are assessed.


Effective September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, the tuition rate for the online MPA program is $30,000 (program rate)plus graduate student fees. The tuition is paid as students take courses and is charged on a per-credit unit basis

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Should there be a discrepancy between the information posted on the University of Saskatchewan's website and information posted on the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy website, the institution website should be viewed as accurate.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact: 

Emmy Neuls
Manager, Graduate Programs (Distance), GENI and Online MPA
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan campus
Room 141.1 – 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, Canada S7N 5B8
Phone: 306-966-1380