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Are you interested in learning about Canadian institutions, public sector processes, and the theoretical and practical aspects of policymaking? What about the policymaking cycle, and how decisions are made and implemented in government?
Students entering the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program gain the knowledge and skills that will allow them to begin or advance a career in the public service, the NGO sector or public administration more broadly. Here, students begin to understand the competencies that modern public servants must possess and to apply them to real problems in public administration.
JSGS competencies reflect the values of the Canadian Association of Programs of Public Administration (CAPPA), through which the MPA program receives professional accreditation. The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and its faculty are committed to help students flourish as public administration professionals in modern public and non-profit sectors.
Through the development of the following competencies, JSGS MPA graduates will be prepared to meet the policy challenges of a rapidly changing world:
- Analysis and Use of Evidence – how to use evidence and develop the necessary analytical skills to succeed in a public administration career;
- Politics and Democracy – ensuring that students have a deep understanding of the role of politics and democracy in public policy development including the roles of the various institutions and policy actors; and
- Policy Delivery – the importance of effective service delivery and the ongoing management and evaluation of public policy.
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).
The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy made changes to the MPA program, which took effect for students who began in the winter 2020 semester. 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.
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The following listing of courses applies to all MPA students enrolled in the program prior to January 2020.
MPA students are required to complete 36 credit units, consisting of eleven core courses (30 credit units) and two elective courses (6 credit units).
The following listing of courses applies to all MPA students enrolled in the program starting in January 2020.
MPA students are required to complete 36 credit units, consisting of ten core courses (30 credit units) and two elective courses (6 credit units).
Additional courses required by Graduate Studies and Research at each university
University of Saskatchewan campus
- JSGS 990 Public Policy Seminar Series (0-credit course)
- 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 MPA program at the University of Saskatchewan schedules an academic break during the Spring/Summer term, which runs May through August. During a scheduled academic break, MPA students may still choose to continue to study, or they may take a break from studies for the term. Please note that due to limited availability of course offerings during the Spring/Summer term, there may not always be course offerings available which are relevant to the students’ programs of study.
- Students enrolled in the MPA program at the University of Regina campus are required to take at least one class in the spring/summer semester to maintain student status. However, students who are unable to register at this time, due to either personal reasons or academic reasons resulting from COVID-19, are encouraged to consult the University of Regina’s Spring/Summer Registration Option Flowchart to help guide their decision making. If you are required to maintain full-time status but are unable to register in Spring/Summer for some reason, you will have to complete a Request for Registration Accommodation During COVID-19.
The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School (JSGS) offers MPA 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.
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.
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 website should be viewed as accurate.
University of Saskatchewan campus
Tuition for the MPA program at the University of Saskatchewan campus is $17,067.00 (program rate) for the 2021/22 academic year (September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022). It is paid as students take courses, and is 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, $1,227.75 per term).
University of Regina campus
Tuition for the MPA program at the University of Regina campus is approximately $16,101 (program rate) for the 2020/21 academic year. Please note that all students must also pay a graduate student fee, as well as an international surcharge (if applicable).