Generating, developing and applying science, innovation, and technology to benefit humanity and serve public needs has never been more important and challenging for decision-makers at both local and global levels of government and industry.

The Graduate Certificate in Science and Innovation Policy provides students with a foundation in science and innovation policy theory, methodology and practical policy applications. Students will develop analytical skills and gain a solid understanding of the basics of science and innovation policy. This certificate will be of interest to those 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.

This certificate is designed for current public servants and working professionals and may be of particular interest to those from STEM-related disciplines who wish to advance their understanding of public policy and the science-policy interface.

NOTICE: 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.

Learning Objectives

This certificate encompasses theory, methodology and practical policy applications across a range of topics including policy analysis, governance, leadership, strategic management and circumpolar innovation and entrepreneurship.

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

Courses

Course Delivery Modes and Schedules

This certificate includes a combination of in-person and online coursesStudents must attend some classes in person. If you live outside Regina or Saskatoon, please contact us about options that may be available to you.

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Laddering Option

Students who have successfully completed this program may have their course work count towards a full master's degree within JSGS. Please talk with an academic advisor for more details.

Admission Requirements

University of Regina campus

Standard Admission Option

Applicants interested in this program must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university, with a minimum overall GPA of 70 percent in the final two years. Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

Mid-Career Admission Option

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. Proof of English proficiency is required.

University of Saskatchewan campus

Standard Admission Option

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. 

Non-Standard Admission Option

Applicants who do not meet the standard admission requirements can apply using the non‐standard application process. In this case, applicants must have completed at least one year (18 CUs) of higher education, taken a minimum five-year break from formal higher education, and possess a minimum of ten years of work experience with at least five years of management experience.

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.

Tuition

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 Regina campus

The tuition rate for the master’s certificate program at the University of Regina campus is approximately $1,507.50 (per 3-credit unit course) for the 2022/23 academic year (September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023). Students must also pay mandatory graduate student fees. 

University of Saskatchewan campus

The tuition rate for the master’s certificate program at the University of Saskatchewan campus is  $1,507.56 (per 3-credit unit course) for the 2022/23 academic year (September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023)Students must also pay mandatory graduate student fees and an international surcharge (if applicable, $1,264.58 per term).

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