Alongside the public and private sectors, there is a rich diversity of third sector organizations—co-operatives, credit unions, non-profits, charities, community associations, social enterprises, and more—working to provide goods and services to individuals and communities. Some of these organizations, such as locally-owned financial services and grocery providers, have operated for decades, while others are relatively new, working in areas ranging from renewable energy to affordable and supported housing, to mental health and addictions, and more. All of these organizations, however, share a commitment to inclusive decision making and concern about larger social-economic problems.

Offered in partnership with the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, the Graduate ­­­­­Certificate in Social Economy, Co-operatives and Nonprofit Sector (GSECN) is designed for mid-career professionals from these sectors or governments who are interested in improving their understanding of the third-sector.

NOTICE: This certificate includes a combination of in-person and online courses. Depending on the stream and courses selected, students may have to 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

Comprised of three graduate-level classes, the certificate covers a range of topics and issues, including:

  • Organizational forms in the social economy sector (including co-operatives, nonprofits, social enterprises and more);
  • Principles of good governance in the social economy; ;
  • Management and leadership excellence;
  • The interplay between the social economy and public policy;
  • Emerging forms of sector-led initiatives and inter-organizational governance; and
  • Public and community engagement strategies.

After completing a foundational course that provides you with a solid grounding in issues across all third-sector organizational forms, you will have the option to specialize in one of three possible streams: (1) nonprofit management and governance, (2) co-operative management and governance, or (3) public policy and administration for the social economy sector.

Courses

JSGS 846: Cooperatives in the New Economy Institutions Governance and Policy

All students registered in the certificate program must complete the following foundational three-credit hours course, before specializing in one of three streams:

Students interested in the Non-Profit Stream must also complete the following two three-credit hours elective courses:

Students interested in the Co-operative Stream must also complete the following two three-credit hours elective courses:

Students interested in the Social Economy & Government Stream must also complete two of the following three-credit hours elective courses:

Course Delivery Modes and Schedules

This certificate includes a combination of in-person and online courses. Depending on the stream and courses selected, students may have to attend some classes in person. If you live outside Regina or Saskatoon, please contact us about options that may be available to you.

Click here for the course schedule and delivery modes for the above courses.

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).

Contact Us

For more information on the Social Economy, Co-operatives, and Non-Profit Sector Certificate, please contact: