Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy – Professional and Research-Based Graduate Degrees and Certificates

Established in 2007, by the University of Regina (U of R) and University of Saskatchewan (USask), the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is a joint provincial school dedicated to educating graduate students, public servants and those across sectors who are interested in, and devoted to, advancing public value. With nationally accredited graduate programs and a wealth of executive education training opportunities, the school is recognized for its innovative professional training and research excellence.

Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in the public service, or the NGO or non-profit sectors, our programs will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to begin or advance your career as a public administration or policy professional.

Professional Master’s in Public Administration and Certificate Options
With both part-time and full-time study options, and in-person and online delivery options, our Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed for students and mid-career professionals looking to advance their understanding of public administration. During the MPA program, students develop the necessary analytical skills to know when and how to use evidence to support their work; gain 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, learn the importance of effective service delivery and the ongoing management and evaluation of public policy. MPA courses cover themes such as governance and administration, public finance, public policy analysis, ethical leadership and democracy, and strategic management in the public sector. Students enrolled in the MPA program are also eligible to apply for the JSGS Executive Internship Program, which pairs interns with senior level public servants in the federal or provincial public service, or with municipal governments and non-governmental organizations.

For those not interested in a full master’s program, we also offer a suite of graduate certificate options comprised of three graduate-level classes. Certificate topics include:

  • Economic Analysis for Public Policy
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Public Management
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Economy and Co-operatives

Come and join our faculty and graduate programs managers to learn more about our MPA and certificate options at one of our upcoming information sessions, held remotely via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants prior to each session.

o   February 24, 2021 | 12 p.m. (CST) – Click here to register

o   March 30, 2021 | 10 – 11 a.m. (CST) – Click here to register

o   April 27, 2021 | 2 – 3 p.m. (CST) – Click here to register

o   January 21, 2021 | 3 p.m. (CST) – Click here to register

o   February 24, 2021 | 9 a.m. (CST) – Click here to register

o   March 29, 2021 | 3 p.m. (CST) – Click here to register

Research-Based Graduate Degrees in Public Policy
Are you intrigued by the complex network of public and private interests that impact society? Do you want to conduct research that will contribute to the study of public policy in the real world? Our students learn from, work alongside and are mentored by globally renowned scholars and former senior public servants. There really is no better combination than getting discovery, experience, and accountability in the same room.

The Master of Public Policy and Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy programs provide you with the knowledge of classical and contemporary theories of public policy, different frameworks, and research concepts and techniques for collecting and analyzing data. Plus you are able to conduct original research that addresses 21st century policy challenges!

To learn more about our research-based degrees, please join one of the following upcoming information sessions with JSGS USask Director Murray Fulton and Graduate Programs Managers, Amy Hassett. These sessions will be held via Zoom, so please register in advance and a link will be emailed to you.