ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
Graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management1 year

The Non-Profit Management Certificate provides students with an understanding of the Canadian non-profit sector and its public policy involvement. This certificate program explores strategic leadership in the sector, focusing on governance, executive leadership, and the roles of boards of directors in strategy formation and implementation. Throughout the program, students develop analytical skills to evaluate policy frameworks that guide the operation of non-profit organizations and critically assess policies that advance the functionality and greater contribution of the sector to our society.

All students must complete the following course (3 credit units):

  • JSGS 811 Nongovernmental Organizations and Alternative Service Delivery

All students must complete two of the following elective courses (6 credit units):

  • JSGS 810 Non-Profit Leadership and Governance
  • JSGS 838 Public Sector Financial Management
  • JSGS 846 Philanthropy and Fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations
  • JSGS 882 Strategic Management in the Public Sector

Please note that only those registered in the Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management will earn the certificate. The certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program and the courses can be applied to the completion of the M.P.A.

About the School

Located at both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina, the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy has swiftly become one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in improving public management and creating public value. Committed to providing a relevant, theoretical and competency based education, the school draws on the expertise of leading scholars and former senior public servants to inform classroom discussions on issues that are important to our communities.


Program Canadian International
JSGS Graduate Certificates (Social Economy, Public Policy Analysis, Public Management, Non-Profit Management, Economic Analysis for Public Policy) $1,340.10*

Tuition is assessed at a rate of $1340.10 per 3 credit unit course.                                                                                                          *International students pay an additional $1158.25 per term.

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 2020Spring 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. Tuition fees for the 2020-2021 academic year will be determined by the Board of Governors in March 2020.

Admission requirements

Graduate certificate in Non-profit Management

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. A minimum overall TOEFL score of 86 is required with a minimum score of 20 in each area, or a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each area, or another approved test as outlined in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies.
  • 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 a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)

Admission deadline

We are not currently accepting applications for this certificate program.

Application process

Submit an online application

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

  • Graduate-level Certificates application

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

Please also upload the following documents:

  • Completed student waiver form
  • Current resume that includes background and relevant employment history
  • Personal statement, two pages maximum, that outlines your purpose in applying to the Certificate program


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

Graduate Chair
Jeremy Rayner

Graduate Advisor
Amy Hassett