This unique program is for senior professionals working in corrections. A letter from your employer will be required to participate in the program.

Through a combination of theory and applied work, carried out in the context of ongoing employment and supported by one-on-one supervision and mentoring, this field-based program helps to build both individual and organizational capacity for applying evidence-based practice in the areas of offender assessment, management and treatment.

By equipping participants with the advanced knowledge and skills needed to support the development and implementation of effective corrections programming and practices and to provide active organizational leadership in corrections research and evaluation, the Postgraduate Degree Specialization Certificate in Corrections provides a strong foundation for both enhancing correctional effectiveness and advancing community safety.

The program is comprised of seven courses completed over a two-year period, concurrent with full-time employment. Full employer support and involvement is required to ensure the goals of the program are achieved.


Tuition for this program will be covered by the sponsoring agency.

Admission requirements

Postgraduate Degree Specialization Certificate (P.G.D.S.C.)

  • Completion of a Master's degree from a recognized university in one of Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Social Work, or another relevant graduate degree in the Human Services area with a 70% average for coursework completed within that degree
  • Current employment with and written letter of nomination from the sponsoring corrections agency (employer) confirming commitment to participate
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process


Contact the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies at or via telephone at (306) 966-2687 for more information or questions about applying for the Postgraduate Degree Specialization Certificate in Corrections.

Submitting required documents

  • 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 USask.
  • 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.

  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Letter from employer confirming applicant’s employment status and the employer’s intent to support the applicant’s participation in the program


The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies
9 Campus Drive
Room 110B
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5