Applications are due by March 15th each year. The program begins in August.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.N.G.D.2 years

The MNGD is the only program of its kind in North America and offers students the unique opportunity to focus on northern issues. The program has supports in place so that northern-based applicants may remain in their home communities while completing the program. Students from northern regions are strongly encouraged to apply. Lectures are available via video-conferencing, onsite teaching, and online learning (blended delivery method).

The program works in partnership with northern and Aboriginal communities, industry, and government on economic development and governance issues in Northern Saskatchewan. At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to successfully lead northern development in Saskatchewan and elsewhere.

The MNGD is an interdisciplinary, project-based program that includes coursework, an internship and a 10-day international field school. It's designed to be completed over two years and students have the option to work while studying or work towards the degree full-time.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. However, the list below may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our center members.

Name Research areas
Michael AtkinsonPolitical institutions, Public policy , Political corruption
Daniel BelandComparative public policy, Fiscal policy, Social policy, Political sociology, Historical and comparative sociology
Loleen BerdahlEvidence, federalism, public opinion, public policy, regionalism
Beth BilsonAdministrative and municipal law; labour and employment law; legal history
Joel BruneauInternational trade, environment, pollution, resource, water
Douglas ClarkPolar bear-human conflicts, wildlife and protected area management, environmental governance and policy processes
Ken CoatesRegional innovation, Higher education, Aboriginal rights & land claims, Science & technology policy, Canada-Asia relations, Northern development
Kalowatie DeonandanLatin America, development, foreign policy, human rights, indigenous, mining, nuclear, politics, resource development, women
Brett FairbairnNon-profit enterprises, Membership, participation, and organizational identity, History of democracy, Co-operatives in the new economy
Murray FultonInnovation policy, Behavioural economics, Climate change policy, Intellectual property rights, Co-operatives, Agricultural and resource policy
Joseph GarceaAboriginal, aboriginal politics, citizenship, governance, immigration, indigenous, intergovernmental affairs, multiculturalism, public policy, public-private partnerships
Don GilchristRegional economics, public economics, urban economics
Richard GrayAgricultural international trade, land use, risk and production economics, food safety, economics of nutrition, agricultural marketing
Jill HobbsEconomics of food safety, quality and traceability, supply chain relationships in the agri-food sector, consumer behaviour
William A. (Bill) KerrPrimary competitiveness & productivity; functional food processing; bio-energy/bio-product development; innovation systems analysis
David McGraneCanadian Political Parties, Canadian Politics, Federal NDP, Federalism, Quebec, Saskatchewan Politics, elections, nationalism, poltical theory
Haizhen MouHealth policy, Fiscal policy
David PalmerEnzymology, Inhibitor design and synthesis, Medicinal chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Natural Products, Organic chemistry, Reaction mechanisms, biological chemistry, radiochemistry
Peter PhillipsScience, tech, & innovation policy, International political economy, Regulation, gov. & trade policy, Decision making & behavioural experimentatation
Jeremy RaynerGlobal forest governance, Resource, environmental and energy policies, Policy theory (especially institutionalism and problems of policy change)
Peggy Schmeiser
Kara SomervilleCanada, India, ethnicity, family, immigration, transnational
Keith WalkerLeadership Ethics, Policy Making, Community Relations

Tuition and funding


The International Centre for Northern Governance and Development is pleased to offer funding scholarships for qualified students. This funding can help towards tuition costs, as well as cover living expenses during the period of study. Additional funding may be available for international applicants.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission Requirements

Master of Northern Governance and Development

  • A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
    • Two of your referees must be persons under whom you've studied. The third may be either a person whom you have worked professionally under, or under whom you've studied
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting Required Documents

Once you’ve completed an online application, you will need to upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • Writing sample, such as a term paper or essay, that demonstrates writing and analytical ability
  • Statement of Research Interest, which should be approximately 1-3 pages in length and include:
    1. Specific areas of interest for the research project
    2. Demonstrated knowledge of northern and indigenous issues


International Centre for Northern Governance and Development
Room 231 Kirk Hall
117 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8

Academic Programs Coordinator
Tessa Mannix
Telephone: 306-966-1238