Applications are due by March 15, 2019, for September 2019 entry.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.G.E.N.I.A.3 years

The Joint Master Degree in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) is delivered and administered with the UiT the Arctic University of Norway. GENI is interdisciplinary and is open to students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds.

GENI will provide competence in the fields of governance, consultation and entrepreneurship for northern and indigenous communities. The graduates will form an international network that strives to understand the current and future challenges of the north such as climate change and globalization, and how to best resolve them in ways that strengthen the position of the communities and the peoples of the region.

Mobility is an integrated part of the program. Students are expected to participate in short-term exchanges in the form of field schools, both in Northern Saskatchewan and Northern Norway. Flexible education and online teaching will be a part of all core courses in the program. Through the applied research based internship, the program will provide students with a unique opportunity to gain work experience from industry, government and indigenous peoples concerning natural resource management, consultations and negotiations, and economic development or other governance issues in the circumpolar north.

An important outcome of the program is to provide students with the ability to take a leadership role in supporting their communities with economic development by using innovative and entrepreneurial approaches. 

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 faculty involved with the GENI program

Name Research areas
Daniel BelandComparative Public Policy, Fiscal Policy, Social Policy, Political Sociology, Historical and Comparative Sociology.
Loleen BerdahlCanadian politics; Election studies; Energy Policy; Federalism; Indigenous; Intergovernmental relations; Internal trade; Political behaviour; Public opinion; Public policy; Regionalism
Beth BilsonAdministrative and municipal law; labour and employment law; legal history
Joel BruneauInternational trade; environment; pollution; resource; water
Douglas ClarkIndigenous co-management of resources and ecosystems; polar bear-human conflicts; wildlife and protected area management; environmental governance
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
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; food policy
William A. (Bill) KerrInternational Trade Policy, International Commercial Policy and International Agribusiness
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 SchmeiserSecularism/Religion law and policy , Science and innovation policy , Culture and heritage policy
Elizabeth SchwartzClimate change policy , Energy policy , Environmental policy , Local government and governance , Qualitative research methodology
Kara SomervilleImmigrant Families; Indo-Canadians; International Migration; Race/Ethnicity; Second Generation; Transnationalism
Keith WalkerLeadership Ethics, Policy Making, Community Relations

Tuition and funding


The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is pleased to offer funding scholarships for qualified students.


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 and Mexico.


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, 2019 $1420.00 $2243.60
January 1 - April 30, 2020 $1420.00 $2243.60
May 1 - August 31, 2020 $1420.00 $2243.60
Total per academic year $4260.00 $6730.80

Student fees

In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.

Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
Student fees $741.84 $282.81 $22.50 $22.50

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 Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas

Applicants will be selected by the GENI Program Board, which will include representatives of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and the Sami Study Centre (SESAM, UiT).

  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time study (i.e. 60 credit units U of S equivalent).
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent from a recognized college or university in academic fields of the social sciences, law or education, or
    A three-year first cycle undergraduate degree, in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, from an institution that meets the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration, will be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate honours degree.
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English 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 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • 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.

Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

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 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

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 in northern and indigenous issues


Graduate Affairs Committee
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan
141, 101 Diefenbaker Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8

Specialist, International Graduate Programs and Circumpolar Outreach
Emmy Neuls
Telephone: 306-966-1380