The Social Economy and Co-operatives certificate will provide students with an understanding of the role played by co-operatives and social economy organizations in the modern economy. The focus of the certificate is on policy and governance questions — what are the social, political, economic, and institutional contexts that serve as catalysts for the formation of organizations that use the co-operative model, and how should the governance structure of social economy and co-operative organizations be structured to best deal with the challenges of modern society?

This graduate certificate is being co-delivered with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn how to:

  • analyze the historical and present day conditions that led/lead to the formation of co-operatives and social economy organizations
  • articulate the policy conditions that support the development of co-operatives and social enterprises
  • evaluate the role of co-operatives and social economy enterprises in delivering services
  • compare and contrast the governance structures in co-operatives, social economy, and other organizations
  • reflect on a range of leadership and decision-making theories
  • describe the relationship among co-operatives, the social economy, and the state
  • apply the ideas and concepts learned in the program to specific co-operative and social economy organizations using the case study method


Admission Requirements

Applicants interested in entering the certificate program must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree with a minimum overall GPA of 70 per cent.


Effective September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, tuition for domestic students in the graduate certificate program offered at the University of Saskatchewan is $1,340.07 (per 3-credit unit course), plus graduate fees and an international student differential (if applicable). A total of nine credit units (three courses) are required to complete the Graduate Certificate program.

Please 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 University of Saskatchewan website should be viewed as accurate.  

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