The GENI program is a joint degree program delivered and administered with University of Tromsø, the Arctic university of Norway (UiT). GENI is interdisciplinary and is open to students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. Students applying for the Master's program require a Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in the social sciences, law or education. The program is project-based and provides a flexible course schedule in which all the requirements are completed within a 36-month period.

For more information, see the Graduate School of Public Policy website.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Applicants will need to complete successfully the online application form and pay the $90 CAD application fee. As part of the online application process, students are required to submit the following documentation:
  1. A Statement of Intent written in English of approximately 1-3 pages in length describing specific areas of interest for the project. The Statement should include a description of why the applicant wants to pursue advanced study in the interdisciplinary context of the Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) program and a commentary on how their employment or study experiences relate to the research interests described. The student must demonstrate a basic knowledge of northern and indigenous issues. The students will also need to select their preferred home institution (where the student will be required to attend orientation and complete the majority of their course work).
  2. Applicants must submit an English writing sample (a term paper or essay, graded or ungraded by an instructor, or a work report) that demonstrates writing and analytical ability.
  3. Three official copies of all post-secondary transcripts (only one copy will be required if all documents are from the University of Saskatchewan)
  4. Three letters of recommendation. At least one of these letters should be from a professor acquainted with the applicant's previous scholarly work. Other letters may comment on the student's preparation for continuing studies through his/her work experience.
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • A minimum level of TOEFL 550 (paper based test) or 213 (computer based test) or 80 (Internet based test), or
    • IELTS Academic test with a minimum score of 6.5, or
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Certificate of Proficiency in English, or
    • CanTest with an overall score of 4.5 required, or
    • Pearson test of English (PTE) with an overall score of 4.5 required.

The GENI Program Board prioritizes applicants with at least TOEFL 580 (paper based test) or 85 (for internet based test) for admission.

The language requirement does not apply to students who qualify for the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification (NHEEQ).

Please direct all inquiries about the application process to the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at 1-306-966-8433.

Degree Requirements

GENI students are required to complete a minimum of 34 credit units of coursework, along with a research project equivalent to 14 U of S credit units (equivalent to 120 ECTS at UiT). The required elements include required coursework, electives, an internship, a project and the 990 seminars. Students must complete the following required courses:

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects
  • JSGS 806.3
  • JUR-3621 Indigenous Peoples Rights (UiT course equivalent to 4 credit units)
  • NORD 806.1
  • NORD 830.2
  • NORD 835.2
  • NORD 847.4
  • NORD 857.4
  • NORD 870.2
  • NORD 990.0 (Students must maintain continuous registration in this course through the program)
  • NORD 992.0 (U of S), IND-3901 (UiT equivalent to 14 U of S credit units). Students must maintain continuous registration in NORD 992 through the program. Students will register in IND-3901 while completing project work.
  • Negotiations in Indigenous and Northern Areas (UiT course equivalent to 4 credit units)
  • Research Methods and Indigenous Ethics (UiT course equivalent to 2 credit units)
  • STV-3040 Northern Governance (UiT) (equivalent to POLS 855.4)
  • Students must complete 2 credit units of electives subject to approval from the Program Director