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Program Description

Are you interested in learning about the theoretical and practical aspects of policymaking? What about the policymaking cycle, and how decisions are made and implemented in government?

Accredited by the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, the Johnson Shoyama Master of Public Administration (MPA) program will expose you to core concepts in policy formation and analysis, and will provide you with the competencies needed in the public service, and private or non-profit sectors. 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

During the program, students have an opportunity to explore substantive areas such as social policy, health policy, innovation policy, trade and immigration policy, resource and environmental policy, and public sector management. This combination of theory, application and research ensures that 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.

Students entering the program are required to participate in the Get Connected! academic orientation offered in the fall.

The standard program length for the MPA is two years. However, the MPA can be completed in a period as short as 16 months (via an accelerated program) and as long as five years (the maximum time allowed for Masters students).

CAPPA accredited

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) made changes to the MPA program, which took effect for students who began in the fall 2015 semester. We have expanded the program to 13 courses, including the introduction of more required courses and fewer electives. Those MPA students who started the program prior to then will be required to meet the program as it was constructed when they were admitted.


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 and can be taken at either campus. For all courses taken, the rules and regulations of the university through which the course is taken will apply to the student.

Additional courses required by Graduate Studies and Research at each university

University of Saskatchewan campus

  • JSGS 990 Public Policy Seminar Series (0-credit course, continuous registration required)
  • GSR 960 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity (0-credit course, taken in the first term of study)

University of Regina campus

  • GRST 800AA Academic Integrity Tutorial (0-credit course, taken in the first term of study)

These are non-credit courses required by Graduate Studies and Research at each campus and are offered at no cost to the student.


The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School (JSGS) offers MPA and 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

Admission to the MPA program is very competitive. Please note that because the number of applications received greatly exceeds the number of available places (we typically admit 25-30 students a year per campus), not all qualified applicants will be offered admission (i.e., successful candidates will typically have an average in excess of 75 per cent [or upper second class]).

University of Regina

All applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. 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. 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 MPA after a graduate degree. 

Students from a wide variety of disciplines - including everything from the fine arts to the humanities to the social sciences to the physical sciences to professional college disciplines - are eligible. While it is not necessary, some knowledge of economics, statistics and social science is generally an advantage.

Funding and Tuition


The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School offers at least ten scholarships (minimum five awarded at each campus) for MPA applicants. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on academic standing. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be enrolled in the school on a full-time basis. All complete applications will 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.


University of Saskatchewan campus

Effective September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020, the tuition rate for the 36-credit MPA program at the University of Saskatchewan campus is $16,081.32 (program rate). The tuition is paid as students take courses and are charged on a per-credit unit basis. Please note that all students must also pay a graduate student fee, as well as an international surcharge (if applicable). 

University of Regina campus

The tuition rate for the 36-credit MPA program at the University of Regina campus is approximately $16,101 (program rate) for the 2019/20 academic year. Please note that all students must also pay a graduate student fee, as well as an international surcharge (if applicable).

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.