Established in 2008 as a joint collaboration between the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina, the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) has swiftly become one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in and devoted to advancing public value. Our students can select from a number of course-based and research programs offered on either campus or online. 


All students accepted into this program begin in September. Applications received by February 1st will be considered for funding. Applications will continue to be accepted until May 1st but may not be considered for some funding opportunities.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.P.P.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) provides students with opportunities to conduct research and contribute to the study of public policy and the application of policy expertise in the real world. Students graduating from this program possess the research skills necessary to play integral roles in the civil service, research organizations and industry associations. Top students from this program may go on to doctoral programs in public policy.

The program is designed so that students can finish in as little as 16-24 months of studying full time. Upon entry into the program, each student is assigned a research advisor and an advisory committee.

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy

The Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy (PhD) offers learning and research opportunities for highly qualified students to advance knowledge and move the study of public policy forward. Students graduating from this program will be in a position to train the next generation of public service professionals and to conduct public policy and management research for government, business, think tanks and other research organizations.

The PhD program involves a combination of course work (culminating in a comprehensive exam) and proposing, writing and defending a dissertation. It is designed so that students can finish in as little as three years of full-time study. Students who are engaged in the program on a full-time basis can expect to receive financial support. Upon entry into the program, each student is assigned a research advisor and an advisory committee.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

The school’s scholarly work includes: public process intelligence, budgets and public finance, multi-level governance, agenda setting, good governance, decision making and ethical leadership, all within the context of the faculty’s substantive research areas (social policy, health policy, innovation policy, public-sector management, resource and environmental policy, and trade and immigration policy).

Name Research areas
Michael AtkinsonPolitical institutions, Public policy , Political corruption
Daniel BelandComparative public policy, Fiscal policy, Social policy, Political sociology, Historical and comparative sociology
Ken CoatesRegional innovation, Higher education, Aboriginal rights & land claims, Science & technology policy, Canada-Asia relations, Northern development
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
Haizhen MouHealth policy, Fiscal policy
Peter PhillipsScience, tech, & innovation policy, International political economy, Regulation, gov. & trade policy, Decision making & behavioural experimentatation
Greg PoelzerAboriginal, Indigenous, development, governance, northen regions, policy
Dionne PohlerStrategic human resource management, Compensation systems, Inequality in organizations, Co-operative development & governance, Labour-management
Jeremy RaynerGlobal forest governance, Resource, environmental and energy policies, Policy theory (especially institutionalism and problems of policy change)
Keith WalkerLeadership Ethics, Policy Making, Community Relations
For a full list of Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy faculty members, including those at the University of Regina campus, visit our school's faculty directory.

Tuition and funding


Highly qualified students who are engaged in the program on a full-time basis will receive funding at a competitive rate to support their research. MPP students must commit to completing the program over a maximum of two academic years to be eligible for this funding,. All complete applications received by February 1, will automatically be considered for funding.

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.


Program Canadian International
Master and PhD of Public Policyper term $1,378.00 additional $800 per term

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

  • 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 minimum Cumulative Weighted Average of 75% for the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline 
  • A minimum Cumulative Weighted Average of 75% from your Masters degree
  • 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
  • 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 have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, email the following to the program office listed below:

All applicants

A current resume that includes background and relevant employment history and a student waiver

MPP applicants

A personal statement, two pages maximum, that outlines your purpose in applying to the MPP program

Ph.D. applicants

Research Program Statement: Students are required to prepare a research program that outlines the research that they would like to pursue in the area of public policy. This research program should have a well-defined problem statement, a review of the appropriate literature, and an initial methodology. While students will not be held to the research program that they outline, the document will serve to guide the student's choice of courses and the material they explore in their readings and course work.


Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Diefenbaker Building
101 Diefenbaker Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B8

Graduate Chair
Brett Fairbairn

Graduate Administrator
Amy Hassett